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Victor Bologan vs Alexander G Beliavsky
European Club Cup (2004), Izmir TUR, rd 3, Oct-05
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Aug-26-06  Albertan: Beliavsky played the move 9...Bc5 N in this game.It was a theoretical novelty at the time, and according to my research has not been played again.
Aug-26-06  Albertan: After Beliavsky played 10.Nc3 the game transposed back to known theory. The move 11...d6 is a new idea for the position. Up until this game only the move ...Re8 had been used by Black on move 11.
Aug-26-06  Albertan: On move 21 Beliavsky could have played the interesting 21...Nxb4!? after which play might have continued with him winning a pawn by the following combination: 22.Bxb4 Bxf3 23.d4 Bb7 24.Rxe5 Rxe5 25.dxe5 Qd4 26.Qe1 Bxc5 27.Bxc5 Qxc5

Aug-26-06  Albertan: On move 26 the chess program Shredder 8 evaluated the position as equal.

Beliavsky's 30 move of 30...g6? was a mistake. Instead he could have played 30...Ng8 and play might have continued: 31.Kf3 Rxe1 32.Rxe1 Kf8 33.Be4 Re8 34.a4!? bxa4 35.Ra1 Re6 36.Rxa4 Ne7 and White has compensation for the pawn.

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  plang: 9..Bc5 is rarely played but is based on the premise that Black can afford the tempo loss given the quiet White setup. 11..Re8 had been played in Bologan- Tkachiev Shanghai 2001 where White went on to win; 11..d6 was new. Bologan was sceptical of14..d5?! recommending 14..Re8 15 Ng3..c5 instead. Already, after 17 Qc1!, a sacrificial attack was already threatened. After 21 Bc3 White's advantage was overwhelming. 23..Bxg2 24 Kxg2..Qd5+ 25 Re4..Rxe5 26 Bb3..Qc6 27 Bxf7+..Kh8 28 Qf4..Re7 29 Kf1..Rxe4 30 Qxe4..Qxe4 31 dxe..Ng5 32 Bd5 would have left White with a winning position. Perhaps better was 24 Bf4..Rxe1+ 25 Qxe1..Re8 26 Qc1 and if 26..Nxh3+ 27 gxh..Qxh3 28 Qf1 Black does not have enough for the piece. Bologan had calculated that after 30 d4 he would have the better endgame despite being a pawn down but he was probably being overly optimistic. 30..Ng6 would have been a better defense though White would still have had excellent winning chances. Black resigned due to 34..Bb8 35 Bb3..Rf8 36 Kg3..c6 37 Kf4..h5 38 Kxf5..h4 39 Kf6.

Black never recovered from having his king bishop shut out of the game after 20 c5.

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