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Evgeny Alekseev vs Aleksey Dreev
Aeroflot Open (2004), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Feb-23
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  0-1



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  plang: Played in the 7th round (of a 9 round Swiss); in the 1st round Kruppa had played 4 Be3 against Dreev and the game had ended in a draw. 16..Nf5?! had been played in Yudasin-Furdzik New York 2003 (game not included in this database); 16..Nf7 was new. 20..Bd3 21 Rf3..Rxg4 22 Rxd3..Ke7 23 Re3 would have been fairly balanced with some edge for White; instead Dreev's ..Ke7!? prepared an interesting pawn sacrifice.

Wells on 21..e5!
"A radical solution to the dual weaknesses (e6 and e5)...For his pawn Black gains time not just to create a genuine target on the kingside but also to rearrange his pieces to start attacking it. Moreover, although White's passed e-pawn might prove far from innocuous in the longer term, for the moment it nicely shields the black king, critical to his seizing the initiative."

White's position went downhill after passive defense with 30 Nf1?!; perhaps he should have considered the more aggressive 30 c4!? when after 30..Nxg3 31 cxd..Ne2+ 32 Rxe2!..Bxe2 33 Re3 his strong center gives him promising counterplay. 37 Rf2? cost White material; 37 Bg2 would have held on longer.

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