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Pavel Tregubov vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group B (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-26
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 9..Bb4 was a new move; 9..h6 and 9..0-0 had been played previously. Played in the penultimate (10th) round; Sokolov needed a win to keep in contention for first place )Krasenkov ended up winning qualifying for the 2003 A group). 24..Nb7 was the start of desperate queenside attack rather than the more solid 24..Rad8. 26 Bxf5? was not possible due to 26..Qb4 27 Be6+..Kh8 28 Qc3..Qxc3 29 Rxc3..Rxf3 and if 30 Bg2? then 30..Rf2 31 Rc2..Nd2+ 32 Kc1..Nab3+ 33 axb..axb 34 Kd1..Ra1+ 35 35 Rc1..Nc4 36 Rxa1..Rd2+ 37 Kc1..Rc2+ 38 Kb1..Nd2# would have been a pretty finish. 28..Nd2+? led to fatal material losses; necessary was 28..Qb7! with good chances to draw: eg. 29 Rc3..Nxe3 30 Rxe3..Nc4 31 Rxc4..Rxa4 32 Rxa4..f4 33 Bxd4..Rxf4 34 Re8+..Kf7 35 Rea8..Ke6 36 Re8+..Kd6 37 Rd8+..Kc7 38 Rda8..Kd6.

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