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John van der Wiel vs Mark van der Werf
Hoogovens Open (1995), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: Instead of 11.Bg2, 11.Be3! is interesting. If Black takes the rook, 11...Qxh1 12.Bg2 Qxh2 13.Bxc6+ Nxc6 14.Qxh2 wins the Queen. Even so, the position is so chaotic that black has reasonable compensation.

Black can also refuse the Rook and try 11...Nd7 12.Bg2 Qc2, when white's advantage is minimal.

The first 8 moves follow a famous Bronstein-Beliavsky game from 1975. With 6 examples in the database (including one from Kasparov in 2004), White scores 100% in this line. Of games not currently in the CG database, there's a 107-move draw between Zarnicki and Slipak, and another where Slipak (as Black) beat Paglilla in 22 moves.

[Event "Villa Martelli Pro-Am op"]
[Site "Villa Martelli"]
[Date "2003.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Paglilla, Carlos"]
[Black "Slipak, Sergio"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B18"]
[WhiteElo "2379"]
[BlackElo "2497"]
[EventCountry "ARG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Nc5 Qb6 6.g4 Bg6 7.f4 e6 8.Qe2 Bxc5 9.dxc5 Qb4+ 10.c3 Qe4 11.Bg2 Qxe2+ 12.Nxe2 Nf6 13.g5 Nd5 14.Bxd5 cxd5 15.Be3 Nc6 16.Nd4 Be4 17.Rf1 h6 18.Rf2 hxg5 19.Nb5 Ke7 20.O-O-O Rh3 21.Re1 Rah8 22.Nd6 Rxh2 0-1

So the line isn't quite as disastrous for Black as the CG stats might indicate -- but it helps to have a few Elo points to spare.

Feb-20-16  pth: Is 20. O-O not better than 20. O-O-O? Why would black not play 21. … Rxa3?
Feb-20-16  sneaky pete: 21... Rxa3? 22.Bxb8 .. and wins.

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