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Sergey Volkov vs Rafael Vaganian
Aeroflot Open (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Feb-18
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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Mar-07-05  ArturoRivera: very nice way of punishing the advantage obtained by blacks horrible opening.

This may be one way of finishing it.

25.-Ng4! Qe7
26.-Qf3 Rc8 (otherwise 27.-Qxc6 wins the bishop)
27.-Nxf6+ Kg8
28-Nh5 Qc8
29.-Qe4 Qe7
30.-Qg6! winning another pawn, now if black tries to get a compensation for the pawns with 30.-...Nxg3?? 31.-Qxg6 wins the knight

Mar-07-05  Saruman: <AR> Where did the king go after 27.Nxf6+?
Mar-07-05  aw1988: <ArturoRivera> Horrible opening? Vaganian is a master of the French Defense, and to my eyes this does not look horrible; I'm sure he only went wrong later.
Mar-07-05  ArturoRivera: Vaganian itself critiziced this line fo the french calling it pasive, i agree with him, almost like if it were a rubinstein.

And <Saruman>, the king goes to g8, otherwise it comes Nh5+, and if the queen covers the check Qg4!, treathing Rf1, and the atack grows even stronger!

Mar-07-05  Saruman: <ArturoRivera> I am sorry, but I dont understand your notation. After 27.Nxf6+ the king is ALREADY at g8, which is why I am a bit confused here.
Mar-07-05  jperr75108: good win for volkov here i didnt see this game until today...
Mar-08-05  ArturoRivera: oh, sorry, seems like i was confused, pardon my mistake <Saruman>, the king goes to h8 to avoid the lines mentioned abvove, as well as discovery check treaths.
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  Chessdreamer: According to Volkov (Informant 93/210) the game ended with 25...Kg7 26.Nxf6 Kxf6 27.Rf1+ Ke7 28.Qh5 Qd5 29.Rf7+ Kd6 30.Qxh6 Re8 31.Qf4+ e5 32.Qh6+ Qe6 33.Rf6 exd4 34.exd4 Bc8 35.Bf5 Nxb2 36.Bxe6 Bxe6 37.Rf8 1-0.

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