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Loek van Wely vs Victor Bologan
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-22
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1

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Jan-22-04  Hidden Skillz: unescapable for wely..what a game by bologan!!..
Jan-22-04  PinkPanther: Its only a shame that van Wely didn't play this poorly against Adams, but I guess that is just poor Mickey's luck.
Jan-23-04  aulero: Bologan had to figure out 21... ♘a5 several moves before. So I'm inclined to think that he set a formidable trap. Perhaps it was opening preparation.

van Wely lost the game playing 20.♖d6: he thought to gain a pawn, instead he fell into the trap.

<PinkPanther>, I totally disagree. If van Wely played poorly here, then he played poorly also in the game Van Wely vs Adams, 2004 (see it for comments). Both games contain only ONE van Wely's very clear weak move: it was up to Adams to exploit the error. I cannot certainly consider <just poor Mickey's luck> what "poor luck" is not: the move missed by Adams was incredibly simpler to find than the sofisticated Bologan's plan.

Oct-30-21
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  plang: Played in the 10th round; Bologan had gotten off to a poor start and was at -2. This game was part of a 4.5-0.5 finish that lifted him to a tie for 4th with Topalov. This was the first time in his career that Bologan had played the Queens Indian. In Milov-Onischuk Polanica Zdroj 1999 (game not included in this database) White played 13 0-0-0 and Black went on to win; 13 dxc was new. In playing 16 Qd6? Van Wely later admitted that he had forgotten the analysis that he and Chuchelov had worked on; his original idea had been 16 f4 and if 16..Rg8 then 17 e3 with an eventual Qh7 (Black can't respond with ..Rh8 due to Nxg4!) followed by Be2, Nf1, e4 and Ne3. Bologan agreed that White would have kept a slight edge in this unbalanced middlegame. White was lost after 20 Rd6?; better was 20 e3..Nc6 21 Qc7..Rb8 22 Be2..Qd8 23 Qd6..Na5 though Black would have had a solid edge in this case.

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