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Ian Rogers vs Zhong Zhang
Corus Group B (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-25
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Ian Rogers thrives on complicated tactical situations as in this impressive win against 2624 rated Zhang Zhong. Even the final position requires a little analysis. Black resigns since 41...Rd3 42. Ra8+ Ke7 43. R1a7+ Rd7 44. Qxh6 Kd6 45. Qf4+ Ke7 46. Qh4+ Kf7 47. Qh6 Qe7 48. Rxd7 Qxd7 49. Qf8+ leaves him hopelessly lost (+10.91 @ 15/60 depth & 820kN/s per Fritz 8) with white pinning and winning the black queen within the next three moves.
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  patzer2: Black should have played 24...Rc8, which offered a good chance to equalize without sacrificing th exchange.

If 24...Rc8, then Fritz initially indicated white holds an advantage with 25. f3 Bg5 26. Ra1 f5 27. fxe4 fxe4 28. Bc5 Rb8 29. Ra7 Bh6 30. Be3 Bxe3+ 31. Rxe3 (+1.50 @ 14/14 depth & 754kN/s). Yet, a further analysis of this analyzed position yields a reply of 31...Rf7 32. Re1 Qf6 33. Qa1 Rbf8 34. Kh1 Qf2 35. Ra2 with only a slight white advantage (+0.31 @ 13/13 depth & 714kN/s). Further analysis of this analyzed position indicates black fully equalizes after 35...Qf6 or 35...Qf4 or 35...Qb6 (0.00 @ 13/35 depth & 761kN/s).

Perhaps this analysis indicates the importance of looking deeper at initial computer analysis indicating an initial "winning advange."

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