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Ivan Sokolov vs Pablo San Segundo Carrillo
Madrid (1994), Madrid ESP, rd 6, May-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-19-20  nummerzwei: In Sokolov's 2013 book 'Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess', this game is annotated, starting from the double-edged 22.h4 - rather than 22.Nf3 Nd5 23.Qxc7 Nxc7 24.Nxe5 Nxe5 25.Bxe5 Rxd3 26.Bxc7 =.

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Sokolov points out that 22...Rxd3 is bad due to 23.Bxe5 Nxe5 24.Rxe5 hxg5 (for 24...Rxg3+ see below) 25.Rxe7 Rxg3+, and here

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26.fxg3 is given, when it unsurprisingly turns out that Black has no perpetual. Had he been analyzing without an engine, he would probably have recommended 26.Kf1, when Black has to give up the queen immediately: After 26...Qxe7 27.Qxe7 Rh3, White can even play 28.hxg5 Rh1+ 29.Kg2 Rxa1 30.g6 Bd7 (or 30...Be6) 31.Qxd7 Rf8 32.Qf7

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Despite the reduced material, Black is so uncoordinated that White's attack is decisive. He will win the f5 and g7 pawns, when Black's king is totally exposed.

After 24...Rxg3+, White has to take the rook, transposing to Sokolov's line, since 25.Kf1 Qd8 26.Rxe7 Qd3+ 27.Re2 hxg5 28.fxg3 f4

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gives Black sufficient counterplay.

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