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Aleksey Dreev vs Ilia Smirin
GMA (2001), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 6, Apr-24
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation (E81)  ·  1-0



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  plang: The key game in this 10 player round robin as the two players finished tied for first at +2. This is a rare sideline of the Samisch - there is a gambit line with an early ..c5 but here combined with ..a6 and ..Nbd7 a quieter position is reached. 13..Qb7 had been played in Luce-Morovic Copenhagen 1982 (not included in this database); 13..e5?1 was new but is not an improvement. Black may have been counting on bringing a knight to d4 but after 17 cxd this wasn't going to happen. 24 Nf2! initiated a powerful redeployment of White's pieces. An alternative continuation could have been 29 Nxe5..Qxa4 30 Qxb7..Qd4+ 31 Kh1..Qxe5 32 Qxa6..Qxg5 33 Qxa5..Qe3 when the win would not be that easy to achieve. 29..Kg7 30 f4..f6 31 fxe would have been winning for White. In time pressure Dreev missed 31 fxe!..Be6 32 Qf2! winning quickly but had he played (after 31 exd..f5) 32 Qb3..Rd6 33 Ng4 he still would have been winning; instead after 32 Rd1?! Black obtained counterplay. After Smirin's 38..exf? the game was again lost; 38..Rd7 would have prolonged the resistance.

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