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Henrique Mecking vs Krishnan Sasikiran
Corus Group B (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: Another long theoretical opening line in a Mecking Corus game, but this time Mecking seizes his opportunities and wins, a testament to his character after a morale sapping start to the tournament.

Sasikiran emerges from the opening with a satisfactory position, but then underestimates the danger in trying to secure an advantage by concentrating his forces on Mecking's <f2> square with <26..Rf6>. Instead, the more modest <26..Rdd8> would have kept a balance. Mecking gets an advantage by <27.Nxe4> and soon has a R solidy posted on <c7>.

<30.Qxb4?> would lose the exchange to <30...Qxc7> 31.Nxc7 Rxb4

Sasikiran's <31...Rg6?> is a blunder, <31...Re6> 32.Qc3 Qxe4 33.Qxd3 Qxd3 34.Rxd3 Rf6 would allow him to play on. A double rook endgame with 3 v 4 connected pawns on the K-side would be difficult for Mecking to win without his opponent making some mistakes .

The ending with a set of Rooks less, would be similar to:

Gligoric vs Euwe, 1953

Mecking would have to force a passed pawn, in a situation similar to move 64 in Botvinnik vs Najdorf, 1956, but first he would have to reach that position.

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  vonKrolock: Excellent overview, <Chessical>

<<31...Re6> 32.Qc3 Qxe4 33.Qxd3 Qxd3 34.Rxd3 Rf6> Of course not 32.Rxd3?? Rb1+ etc

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