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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vladimir Akopian
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 12, Oct-26
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  0-1

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  plang: The super sharp 7..b5 was still in vogue at the time of this game; Kasparov had played several games on both sides of this line. Akopian instead chose the more classical 7..Be7. Rohde suggested that 15 Ng3 might be a bit slow. 15..Ne5 was new; 15..Bb7 and 15..Qc7 had been played previously. Ponomariov was critical of 17 f4? recommending 17 Kb1 instead. White's approach in this game wasn't quick enough; Black's attack got there first leading to a decisive material gain.

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