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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
World Team Championship (2001), Yerevan ARM, rd 3, Oct-14
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  0-1



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May-15-04  ConLaMismaMano: Interesting game, why does white lose?
May-15-04  Tigran Petrosian: Black is a piece up for 2 pawns. Or maybe white lost on time.
May-15-04  Jim Bartle: Maybe it has do with the rook's pressure on e3 and h2, plus the need to keep the black queen out of a3.
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  tpstar: <CLMM> Yes, very interesting battle featuring unique tactics, and out of book so early! (This is probably what FRC would look like at the GM level.) For 2700 strength players in a team tournament, I doubt either would resign without a clear winning line, so TP is probably right about the flag falling. But JB pointed out how White should lose a Pawn soon, then face a fierce counterattack. 35. Kd2? Rxh2+ 36. Be2 Bf3 is out, and 35. Qd2 Qa3+ 36. Kd1 (36. Kb1 Be4+ 37. Ka1 Rxh2! 38. Qxh2 Qc1++) Bf3+ 37. Ke1 (37. Be2? Rxh2) Ne4 and the Queen has no moves (38. Qd3 Qc1+; 38. Qc2 Rxh2! 39. Qxh2 Qc1+). The other option is take the money and run with 35. Bxf7 Rxe3; now White must avoid slippery tactics (36. Bb3 Re1+ 37. Rd1?? Nd3+) but still has reasonable chances to hold, although 36 ... Qa5 is strong (37. Rc4 Ba6). I'd love to see this one played out!
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  plang: 6..Bc5 is a rarely played alternative to the more popular 6..a6 and 6..Nc6. 8 Bf4? worked out poorly for White and has not been repeated but other moves have not worked out much better. Apparently what White missed when playing 8 Bf4? was that he could not play 14 Bc7+..Ke8 15 Bf4 due to 15..Qxh2. White's flag did not fall; he resigned perhaps due to his king being vulnerable to attack in addition to being down a piece.

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