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Dimitri Reinderman vs Ivan Sokolov
Essent ch-NED (2002), Leeuwarden NED, rd 3, Jun-22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense McCormick Defense (C35)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-16-03  refutor: i wonder if the queen sack was the best way to go? i think that white escaped with a draw by the skin of his teeth
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  nasmichael: I love wars between different armies. One would have to be on her/his toes to play it well, and although the masters often do not have to search so deeply for the tactics, the amateur (one who loves to play, in this case) can have the mental vitamin and invigorate himself with the mind exercise. The process sticks with him/her for days after, and sparks discussion, and excitement.
Jun-24-06  KingG: White got lucky in this game. 24.Ng3?? was a huge blunder, and should have been losing. Black should have played something like 27.Nd6, with a completely winning position. 27.Nc5 allowed a bit of counter play, but should still have been winning. 28...Rxe3?! was another mistake.

But on the other hand, White had a nice position out of the opening, only to play a series of possibly inaccurate moves.

13.Nd5 looks a bit premature. Why not complete development with something like 13.Qd3, followed by Rae1 ? Even 13.Kh1 looks pretty good.

However 13.Nd5 probably isn't that bad. But why 17.Qe1 ? Again 17.Qd3, followed by Rae1 looks much better. White can still play Qg3, but playing Qd3 first is more flexible IMO.

And finally there is 19.Be3?. The previous two moves probably weren't mistakes, although i'm not convinced they were best. But 19.Be3 completely loses White the initiative. 19.Be5! was better, giving White an edge.

19...Ne4 is no good anymore because after 20.Qf4, Black can't play Re8 to protect the knight. So 19...Nh5 is pretty much forced, but then 20.Qd3(20.Qf2!?), and White's pieces are all well placed and aiming at the Black king, whereas Black's pieces look a bit uncoordinated.

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