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Andrei Volokitin vs Yannick Pelletier
38th Biel Chess Festival (2005), Biel SUI, rd 8, Jul-25
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0


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Jul-28-05  sfm: Wow, black really has problems after 11. ♗c1!, never surviving the dark-square holes. Can we conclude that the line where black exchanges at c3 is a mistake?
Jul-28-05  sitzkrieg: No that probably would go to far...:)
Jul-28-05  Hesam7: <sfm>, <sitzkrieg> After 7 ... Bb4 there are only 4 games in the database and the result is 2 wins for white and two draws. Also 11 Bc1 is a novelty.
Jul-28-05  sitzkrieg: Thanks Hesam..
Bc1 seems logical to get the diagonal a3-f8 for the bishop. Still i would say that such a position must be defensable for black. In the taimanov i played some games without a black bishop and pawn structure similar to this; I placed my bishop on c6 where it covers d7 and almost cant be touched. As long as u dont move d7 and e6 it is amazingly hard to get trough.
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  patzer2: Perhaps Fritz 8's suggestion of 12...d5 improves over the game continuation and gives Black a defendable position.

For example, after 12...d5 (instead of 12...0-0) 13. exd5 0-0 14. c4 Ba6 15. Qb4 e4 16. Bb2 Qf4 17. Qd2 Qf5 18. Be2 exf3 (18...Rfe8 19. O-O e3 20. Qd4 ) 19. gxf3 Bxc4 20. Bxc4 Rfe8+ 21. Be2 Rxe2+ 22. Qxe2 Re8 23. Bxf6 Rxe2+ 24. Kxe2 Qxf6 25. Rad1 Kf8 26. d6 Qe5+ 27. Kf2 Qc5+ 28. Kg3 Qg5+ 29. Kh3 Qf5+ 30. Kg3 Qg5+ 31. Kf2 Qc5+ = (0.00 @ 15 depth & 1828kN/s) Black forces a draw by perpetual check and threefold reptition of moves.

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  patzer2: Following 20...Rc6? (relatively better for Black was 20...Qb6 21. Qb2 Qc6 22. h4 ), White's deflection 21. g5! exploits Black's weakened back rank to win decisive material:

<21. g5! Nh5 22. Bxe5 Qc5> Black is lost.

(A) 22... Rxe5 23. Qxd7 Qb8 24. Qxb7 ;

(B) 22... Re7 23. Rhg1 ;

(C) 22... d6 23. Bxd6 a4 24. Ba2 Rcc8 25. Qd4

<23. Qxd7 Qxe5> Losing immediately is 23...Rxe5 24. Qxf7+ Kh1 25. Qg8#. <24. Bxf7+ Kf8 25. Bxe8 Rc7 26. Qd8 Qf4+ 27. Kb1 Rc8 28. Qb6 1-0>

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