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Oleg Romanishin vs Sergei Rublevsky
European Championship (2001), Ohrid MKD, rd 3, Jun-03
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1-0



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  plang: The sharp 8..b5 9 d5 led to fascinating complications. 14..Kf8 would have been a better defense; one sample line provided by Romanishin: 15 Qxf3..Bg4 16 Bxf6 (16 Qb7..Bh5 is unclear) 16..Bxf3 17 Bxd8..Rxd8 18 gxf..axb 19Nxb5..Bb8!. 16..Qb8 17 Bf4..Qa7 18 b6 would not have solved Black's problems.

Voted the 2nd best game in Informant 82.

Apr-16-21  Gaito:

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Black's King is in check. What should he play: 14...Be6 or 14...Be7...? Black played 14...Be7?? which proved to be a mistake, or rather a blunder.

Correct was 14...Be6!, e.g. 15.Bxf6 Bxh2+! (see diagram below):

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In his comments and analysis (Informant 82) Romanishin did not mention the move 15...Bxh2+!, and only considered 15...gxf6, a move whose consequences he analyzed very deeply and thoroughly. Of course, the move 15...Bxh2+! was not found by me, but by Stockfish13, and according to the engine, White would have no advantage whatsoever after that move.

A likely continuation: 16.Kxh2 Qxf6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Qd6 Kf7 19.Re3 Rhd8 20.Qc7+ Kg8 21.Rxf3 Rac8 with equality (see diagram below):

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Apr-16-21  Gaito: In his annotations in Chess Informant No.82, Romanishin did not attach a question mark to the move 14...Be7, but it was a blunder. Romanishin's lengthy analysis apparently was only intent on trying to show that 14...Be6 would have been no better for Black. Sure enough, his analysis was done twenty years ago when engines were not as strong and reliable as today, and Stockfish 13 or Komodo 14 had not yet been invented. But I am pretty sure that if Romanishin should attempt to annotate the game again twenty years later with the aid of computers, he would arrive to very different conclusions and variations, as compared to what he wrote in Informant 82 twenty years ago.
Apr-16-21  Gaito: After 15.Qxf3 (+ −) Black was already completely lost, but White's task was made easier because Rublevsky defended poorly. He played 15...Be6 which was weak. In his annotations, Romanishin only considered the alternative 15...Bg4? 16.Rxe7+! (+ −) but failed to mention a better defense for Black, namely 15...Ra7. Nevertheless Black was lost anyway, the only point being that 15...Ra7 would have put up a sturdier resistance. Naturally enough, the move 15...Ra7 was not found by me. I am not a grandmaster, only a patzer with a fast computer and some very strong engines at my disposal. Patzers with computers and engines tend to be nasty upstarts for the real grandmasters. Sorry.
Apr-16-21  Gaito: 16...Qb8 would have been a lesser evil, but it is irrelevant, as Black was lost anyway, and in a completely lost position any move should be considered as good (or as bad) as any other alternative. Having to resign a lost game after 25 moves or after 30 or 35 moves should really make no difference at all.

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