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Alexander Galkin vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Wch U20 (1999), Yerevan, rd 8, Sep-18
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0


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  plang: Galkin won this tournament, the World Junior (Under 20), with a score of 10.5-2.5 one half point ahead of Kasimdzhanov; Aronian finished in a tie for third with 9-4. This key game was played in the 8th round. 8 Bh6 was played in the famous game Kasparov-Topalov Wijk aan Zee 1999. I don't understand the idea behind placing the knight on f4; Galkin shows several variations where the knight is misplaced on this square. The alternatives 21 Nxc3?!..Ng4 22 Bb6..Qe5 23 fxg..Qxc3would have been good for Black. After some fascinating complications the ending after 28 Rb7 was approximately even. Galkin recommended 32..Kg7 instead of Kasimdzhanov's 32..Bd7?!. The quickest win was 45 Bc7..Bc5 46 Kd1..Bxd6 47 Bxd6..Kxd6 48 Kc2..Kc5 49 Kxc3; instead after 45 b5? Black had saving chances had he played 45..Bc5 (if 45..Kxd6 46 Bc7+..Kc6 47 Bc4+ and wins) which he missed. Now 46..Kxd6 would have lost to 47 Bc7+..Kc6 48 Bxe5..fxe 49 Bb5+!. Black resigned due to 49..Kg5 50 Ba4..c2 51 Kd2..Bc3+ 52 Kc1. Four bishop endings are incredibly tactical.
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