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Alex Yermolinsky vs Stefan Kindermann
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 1, Dec-10
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh. Benoni Defense Advance Variation (E75)  ·  1-0



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  plang: This game was from the first round of the WC tournament. Kindermann had won the first game of the match so Yermolinsky's win in this game forced the tiebreaks which were won by Kindermann (he was defeated by Milos 2-0 in the second round). Yermolinsky had prepared 15 Qc3 but had missed 15..Bh3 16 Nd2..Bg2 17 Rg1..Bxe4
18 Bxh5..Bf5+! which leads to a powerful black attack. Yermolinsky was critical of 24..Nh7 recommending 24..Qxc4. Kindermann felt that 25..Qg5 would have been an improvement with sufficient compensation for the pawn. Yermolinsky, on the other hand, felt that a direct assault with 26 f4 would have been the right plan. Yermolinsky termed 43..Qf1 a "needless excursion" and that just pushing the a pawn should have been sufficient to draw. He also noted that 44..Qb1 would have been an interesting tactical chance as the queen ending after 45 Qxc6..Qxc2 is probably drawn. White was clearly winning after 51..Rxe5?; 51..Kh7 would have been a tougher defense.

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