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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Alexander Khalifman
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  0-1

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Jul-06-04  ConLaMismaMano: If 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Qc2 Bxg5 22.Qxg6+ Kf8 23.Rh8#

If 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Qc2 Bf7 22.Nxf7 Kxf7 23.Rh7+ Ke6 (23...Ke8 24.Qxg6+ Kd7 25.Qxf6 winning.) 24.Qe4+ Kd6 (or 24...Kd7 25.g5 Bh8 26.Bh3+ Kc7 27.Bf4+ Kb7 28.Rxe7+ and white wins) 25.Bf4+ Kd7 26.Bh3 maybe g5? i don't see any good defense moves, then 27.Qf5+ Ke8 28.Bxg5 and it's over.

If 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Qc2 Kg7 22.Rh7+ Kf8 23.Qxg6 Qe8 or what else can black move? 24.Rh8+ Bxh8 25.Nh7#

If 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Qc2 Qe8 22.Rh6 Bf7 23.Nxf7 Qxf7 24.Rxg6+ (24...Kh8 brings too many problems 25.Qe4 threatening check on h1 and taking the Knight on c6. The threat is Qh1+, Qh7, Rh6 winning the Queen,etc.)24...Kf8 25.Bh6+ Ke8 26.Qe4 Rc8 27.o-o-o Nb4 or what other move could it be? 28.g5 Bh8 29.Rxb6 winning the Knight. (22...Kg7 23.Ne6 Bxe6 24.g5 Bxd4 25.Bxd4 Nxd4 25.Qc3 Qd7 26.o-o-o Rd8 27.Bg2 Na4 28.Rdd1 Bg8 29.Qe3 Qd6 30.Rxg6+ Qxg6 31.Qxe7+ Bf7/Qf7 is the same 32.Qe5+ Kg8/f8 33.Rh8#

If 20.Nxf6+ exf6 21.Nf3 Bxf3 22.Qxf3 (If 22...Nxd4 23.Bxd4 Qxd4 24.Qxa8 winning the Rook.) or if 21...Nb4 then 22.Be2 seems ok. I can't find Blacks plan, if there is one of course. I also can't see the reason for giving the rook away.

So, am i missing something here?

Jul-06-04  acirce: <or if 21...Nb4 then 22.Be2 seems ok.> I suggest that Black is more than ok after for example 22..Be4, White is cramped, good outposts for Black's pieces, nice invasion squares c2 and/or d3, secure initiative (White is totally in defence mode). White has trouble in the game continuation too of course, but I don't know exactly where he goes wrong.
Jul-12-04  Goodgame: 9.e5?? concede center, pawns hanging, undevelope.
Jan-26-13
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  plang: <If 20.Nxf6+ exf6 21.Nf3 Bxf3 22.Qxf3 (If 22...Nxd4 23.Bxd4 Qxd4 24.Qxa8 winning the Rook.) or if 21...Nb4 then 22.Be2 seems ok. I can't find Blacks plan, if there is one of course. I also can't see the reason for giving the rook away.>

In his notes to his win over Svidler at Wijk-aan-Zee 1999 Anand gave 20.Nxf6+?! exf6 21.Nf3 Qd7 with Whiyes attack blunted and with Black having very good play for the exchange.

Apr-21-19
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  plang: At Linares 1999 Anand had played 20 Qd2 (followed by 21 f3) against Svidler and had gone on to win a nice game; 20 f3?! was new but after the response 20..e5! White was already in trouble. Kasimdzhanov acknowledged after the game that he had intended to follow the Anand-Svidler game but had confused the move order; in a variation as sharp as this it does not take much to go wrong. White lost quickly after 24 g5?; perhaps 24 Qxd8+..Rxd8 25 Bxb6..Rxb6 26 Rd1..Nc6 27 Nc3..Nd4 was a better try though Black would still have been clearly better.

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