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Alexander Areshchenko vs Kiril Georgiev
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 3, Jan-27
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: The young 18-year-old Ukrainian GM Areshchenko plays a good game, except for one single blunder, which costs him a full point in this tournament. He wisely side steps the trap 25.Bxf8?! Rxf8 26.Rfe1 dxc4, when Georgiev's passed Queenside pawns will probably decide the game in Black's favor.

White's Queen sacrifice 27. Qxe8! is solid and good, and gives White a strong advantage. However, he throws it all away with the blunder 31. Rf3??, when the simple 31. Bxb4! would have given him strong winning chances.

Play might have continued 31.Bxb4! Qg7 32.Bxa3 Bc8 33.Bb4 cxb3 34.axb3 Be6 35.h4 h5 36.Bc6 Bg4 37.Bc3 Qf8 38.Rd2 , when White's control of the board is decisive.

P.S. A sample of the potential mess for White in simply "winning the exchange" is 25.Bxf8?! Rxf8 26.Rfe1 dxc4 27.Be4 h6 28.Qe3 Qg5 29.f4 Qf6 30.Qc5 Qd6 31.Qf5 Qd4+ 32.Kg2 g6 33.Qe5 Qxe5 34.fxe5 cxb3 35.axb3 c5 36.Kf2 Re8 37.Bg2 Bd3 38.Bc6 Re6 39.Be4 Bxe4 40.Rxe4 f6 41.Ke2 f5 42.Re3 Nd5 43.Rf3 Rxe5+ 44.Kd3 Re4 45.h4 Ne7 46.Rf4 Nc6 47.Rxe4 fxe4+ 48.Kxe4 Na5 49.Rb1 c4 50.bxc4 a2 51.Ra1 b3 52.Kd4 b2–+.

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  patzer2: Georgiev's decisive deflection 45...g4+! forces White's resignation because of the impending 46.♔h4 [46.Kxg4 Qd1+ 47.Rxd1 cxd1Q+ –+; 46.Kg2 Qf3+ 47.Kg1 Qd1+ 48.Rxd1 cxd1Q+ 49.Kg2 Qd2–+] 46...♕d2 47.♖c8+ ♔e7 48.♖c7+ ♔d6 49.♔xg4 [49.R7xc2 Qg5#] 49...♔xc7 –+.
Sep-19-05  MrSifter: <patzer2> 26. Kh4 Qd8+ 27. Kxg4 Qg5+ 28. Kh3 Qxc1 ... seems faster and more to the point as in the other variations.

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