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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-05
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  0-1



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Nov-19-06  suenteus po 147: <refutor> Speaking of awesome game collections, this game looks like it belongs in your Game Collection: D44!
Nov-19-06  Albertan: Hi suenteus this is quite a game. The move 17.b3 was played in this game and has never been repeated. Instead White has played 17.f7+ or 17.Qe2 in games in this variation which occurred after this game.

Hiarcs 10 suggests that on move 18 it would have been better for Beliavsky to play 18.Qg4 (instead of 18.bxc4 ) A possible continuation after 18.Qg4 is 18...b4 19.Bxb7+ Kxb7 20.Qf3+ Kb6 21.Ne4 with a clear advantage to White.

Hiarcs 10 evaluates that Illescas Cordoba could have played another idea on move 21 (which involves a variation with an exchange sacrifice): 21...Ba6 with this continuation possible: 22.Qc2 Bxc4+ 23.Kg1 Rde8 24.Bf1 Re4 25.Bxc4 Rxc4 26.Qd3 Qe6 27.Kg2 Rxh4!? 28.gxh4 Rg8+ 29.Kf1 Qxe6 with sufficient compensation for the pawn.

Hiarcs 10 evaluates that a better idea on move 22 for Beliavsky was 22.Qxc4= however after 22...Bxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Qc6+ 24.Kg1 Rd4 25.Qf7 Be3!? 26.Rf1 (not 26.fxe3?? due to 26...Rd2 27.e4 Qxe4 28.Qe6+ Qxe6 29.Bg5 Re2 30.h4 Qe4 31.Rh2 Qd4+ 32.Kf1 Rxh2 33.Be3 Qxa1+ 34.Bc1 Qxc1 checkmate!) 26...Rhd8 it evaluates the position as .

Nov-19-06  Albertan: Beliavsky made a decisive mistake on move 27 when he played 27.Be7?? instead of this move he could have drawn the game after 27.Qe6 as this variation shows: 27...Bc3 28.Rc1 Rc7 29.Qe8+!? Rc8 30.Qe6 Rc7 31.Qe8 Rc8 32.Qe6 with a draw by repetition of position.

Beliavsky resigned because after 31.axb3 cxb3 32.Bh6 b2 33.Ke2 b1(Q) 34.Rxb1 Qxb1 he would have been down a rook for a pawn.

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