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Rafael Vaganian vs Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky
11th Ordix Open (2004) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 9, Aug-08
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Aug-18-04  themindset: wow!!
Aug-27-04  JoshuaJ8588: The KIA is just dangerous. I have a high winning percentage with it, it's very effective.
Nov-29-04  OverDjinn: Oh I agree! Love the KIA!
Aug-22-05  tornado100: interesting opening I use it a lot well played Vaganian!
Dec-21-11  rilkefan: I didn't understand why black didn't take on c3, so broke out my laptop.

Stockfish decides on 36...h6 at a depth of 28 plies (2 Gnodes), after having entertained ...Qa8, which appears to lead to white taking a perpetual. It thinks black has an advantage of a third of a pawn (depth of 31 after ...h6) out of concern (I suspect) for c3 and f2, as it thinks white should play 37. Rf1. It frowns on 37.Qd2/39.Qe2, assessing 39...Rxc3 as -4 at a depth of 28/3 Gnodes. It thinks 46...Ra8 was about -5 at a depth of 28. It thinks that black threw away his winning advantage with 48.Qd3+ (Qb6), that white gave it back with 50.gxf6, and that 50...Rd2 is +2 (black had to play 50 ...Ne6 to retain his -3). Then 51...Ne6 (instead of Qd7) is just losing.

Oh, it's a rapid game, they were probably in dire Zeitnot the last twenty moves, hence the tragicomic finish. I guess I wouldn't mind the position after 23.Nxf6+, so the game is still interesting to me from an opening perspective.

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