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Rafael Vaganian vs Henrique Mecking
Bazna Kings Tournament (2007), Bazna ROM, rd 1, Jun-16
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1-0


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Jun-18-07  Davolni: Nice game, nice opening by Vaganian!
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  Mateo: <Davolni: Nice game, nice opening by Vaganian!> No doubt but an easy job, because Mecking play was not really impressive.

After 40..f6?, Black's position collapses. After 40...Nb6, it seems that White still has to work hard to break through.

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  Mateo: After 40...Nb6, maybe the winning idea is to come back with the Rook to c2 or c1, and then begin a King march to c5 and c6.
Jun-19-07  Davolni: <Mateo> did you know Vaganian used to be world #3 for a long time?
Jun-27-07  lonepsycho: <Davolni> Apparently, so was Mecking in 1977 (behind Karpov and Korchnoi).
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  Domdaniel: Yes, a nice game: good to see two old warriors back in action.

One small correction: the opening is [D78] - a Fianchetto Gruenfeld or Slav-Gruenfeld (a variation which could use a snappier name -- Karpov, Vaganian and Baburin have regularly played it as White). It is not a King's Indian: in fact, some players (eg Nunn) use it to avoid the Fianchetto KID.

A more recent game (from Oct 2007, European club championship in Turkey -- Korneev won as black, I think) follows this as far as 10.e4 but then becomes much more complex.

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  Domdaniel: This -- J Kytoniemi vs A Kornev, 2007 -- is the recent game.

The only other example of 10.e4 in the CG database is a 1977 game between Tseitlin and Osnos.

Oct-12-07  hovik2003: <Mateo>
I am sure you have been in a similar situation with your flag ready to fall any moment, and you have to make that last move in inferior position before time control, so 40...f6? was simply one among many 40th bad moves.
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