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Alexander Onischuk vs Bruce W Leverett
32nd World Open (2004), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 6, Jul-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0



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Jul-09-04  RonB52734: It looks to me as though the beginning of the end is 29...h5. (Arguments could certainly be made that it's even earlier. White gains a pawn with 21.Nxd5 and his position after 28.Rfe1 is incredible.) So here's my question, is there an alternative to 29...h5 that salvages things for black? It looks to me like it's already a completely lost position.
Jul-13-04  RonB52734: Bruce? Might you weigh in here?
Mar-22-06  RonB52734: Hmmm. Surprising I can't get anybody to comment on this game. I would love to be able to go into a chess club meeting and say, "Hey Bruce, you know that game against Onischuk? I think you should have played 29...j12!

Help me out here, folks. Throw me a bone. Need the info!

Mar-22-06  Chess Classics: <RonB52734> 29...j12 30. nxf9!

No, seriously, I've no idea.


Mar-22-06  RonB52734: LOL smart alek!
Mar-22-06  aw1988: You people are starting to sound like Capablanca.
Mar-22-06  chesstoplay: 21 N x d5 is the game breaker.

Black avoids "winning" the exchange of

21. ..... B x N
22. R x B Q x R

and losing the Queen to White's 23. B c4 pinning the Black Queen to the Black King on g8.

But in wisely avoiding the loss of the Queen, gives up a pawn, a key file and the a2 g8 diagonal, all of which plays into Alex's game style strengths.

Take a look at Alex's game style at the U. S. Championship that finished 10 days ago. Since this 2002 game with Leverett, Alex has become more precise... and dangerous!

Mar-22-06  Chess Classics: Okay, I just ran this through Fritz 8, and it agreed with chesstoplay. 21. Nxd5! is the winning move for white.

If you want to tell Bruce what he "should" have done just for kicks, Fritz spat out 20...d4 instead of 20...Qe5?

But no, 29...j12 is worthless ;-)


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