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Alexander Onischuk vs Pavel Eljanov
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 7, Jun-15
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Nimzowitsch Attack (E15)  ·  0-1


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Jun-17-08  Augalv: Onischuk Alexander - Eljanov Pavel, Aerosvit 2008, 7th Round.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5

Nowdays more popular is 7..Bxc5.

8.O-O Be7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Rd1 d6 11.Bf4 Qb6 12.Rd2

Other alternatives are 12.Rab1 and 12.Qb3.

12..h6 13.Rad1 e5 14.Be3 Nc6 15.Qb5?!

Fashion in chess is a strange thing, I really can't see why should 7..Bxc5 be more played than this line.This line gives more interesting play. I consider this Queen move to be not the best.Black has firm grip in center and White must play with energy like 15.Nh4.

15..Qc7 16.Qb3 a6 17.Nh4 Rfb8 18.Bxc6

Sad but true, White must give his Bishop.18.Nf5 Nd4 with problems for White.From now on Black is better.

18..Qxc6 19.f3 e4!

Very good! Black at once takes control over light central squares.More quiter option like 19..Qc8 gives necessary time to White to consolidate.20.Qc2 Qh3 21.Qf5 Bc8 22.Qxh3 Bxh3 23.b3 with pleasant play for White.


If 20.Nf5 Qd7 21. Nxd6 ( 21.Nxe7+ Qxe7 22.f4 Bc6 and no problems for Black) 21..Bxd6 22.Rxd6 Qh3 23.Qc2 Re8 24.Rxf6 exf3 25.exf3 gxf6 and Black is better.20.f4 would be so good to play but it's not working due 20..Qc8! aiming for weak light squares around White monarch.

20..Re8 21.fxe4

Again so badly wanted 21.f4 is bad 21..Qc8 22.Rxd6 Qh3 with initiative.21.Nf5 exf3 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.cxd5 Qd7 24.exf3 Bf6 is clear who's in charge.


21..Nxe4 22.Nxe4 Qxe4 23.Qxe4 Bxe4 24.Nf3 g5 25.h4 f6 is also better for Black but move in the game is more direct.

22.Nf3 Qh3 (diagram)

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Life is cruel to White.Every move is bad.23.Nd5 Bxd5 24.cxd5 Bf8 25.Qd3 Nxe4 26.Rc2 f5 is better for Black.23.e5 Ng4 is not improvement.23.Bf4 g5! 24.Bxd6 Ng4 and end is near.

23..Bf8 24.Rd5

Trying to close b7 Bishop but that's not helping much.

24..Bxd5 25.cxd5 Ng4

This Knight jump is the main White's problem.

26.Bg1 g6 27.e5 Nxe5 28.Ne4 Ng4 29.Nh4 Rab8 30.Ng2 Rxe4 31.Qxe4 Qxh2+ 32.Bxh2 Nf2+ 33.Kg1 Nxe4 34.b3 h5 35.Rc1 Bg7 36.Rc2 g5 37.Ne1 Re8 38.Kf1 Nc3 39.Rd2 g4 40.Ng2 Bh6 0-1

Energetic play by Eljanov, very nice endeed.

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

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