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Friso Nijboer vs Michal Krasenkow
Corus Group B (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-26
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: Krasenkov is one of the foremost experts on the Sveshnikov. In Nijboer-Czebe Ohrid 2001 Black played 20..f4 and White developed a strong initiative; 20..Nf4 was new. 26 Rxf7!? was a clever sacrifice; the quieter 26 Nf5 would also have given White a dangerous initiative. 26..Kxf7 27 Qxd5+..Kf8 28 Rf1+..Bf6 29 Rxf6+..Kg7 30 Rf7+..Kh6 31 Ne6! would have led to mate in all lines. 32..Kb7? was an inaccuracy that left Black in trouble; 32..Kb8 would have given Black good drawing chances. After 36 Qd6! White was clearly winning. However, shortly after that, White spoiled his nice play with 38 Rc5? allowing Black to untangle his queenside; instead 38 d7..Rg8 39 Rc6..Kb8 40 Kd2..Ra7 41 Kg3..b4 42 Kf4..a5 43 Ke5 would have won easily.

This game won the spectator's prize for the tenth round. The result was instrumental in Krasenkov winning the B tournament by a point over Nijboer and Sokolov thus qualifying for the 2003 A tournament.

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