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Loek van Wely vs Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian
European Team Championship (2005), Gothenburg SWE, rd 4, Aug-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-05  LIFE Master AJ: A wonderful game by GM Loek Van Wely. The VERY powerful Armenian team lost their match in this tournament to the team from the Netherlands. This game was the deciding factor, as the other three games (in the teams match) were drawn.
Aug-12-05  DanRoss53: Nicely played on both sides of the board... but in the end a passer on the d-file proved decisive. Could Black have maintained equality with 24... fxe4!? One potential line: 25. ♘xe4 d5 26. cxd5 exd5 27. ♖xd5 ♗c5 28. ♘xc5 ♘xc5 29. ♗e5 ♘xe5 30. fxe5 ♘d7 31. ♘d4 ♖xe5 32. ♖xe5 ♘xe5
Aug-12-05  dhotts: Black has moved his Queen and Bishop 3 times each in the first 10 moves. Is this book, or a waste of Black's time? I feel guilty when I move a piece three times in the opening except for some Knight manuevers. But moving the Q and B 6 out of the first 10 moves is something I could never do.
Aug-12-05  Shams: <DanRoss53> in your line white might try 31.e6!? instead -- 31...Rc2 32.exd7 looks good for white.
Aug-16-05  LIFE Master AJ: I am in the process of annotating this game for one of my web pages. ("Game of The Month.") Hopefully, it will point out where Black went wrong. <dhotts> It is all book ... for a long time. I also happen to agree with you that Black wastes a lot of tempo in the opening.
Aug-16-05  Shams: a waste of time in the opening, yet in book for many moves. I see. It's this kind of analysis that sets you head and shoulders above the crowd, Goldsby.
Aug-16-05  shenoyn: Danross53 24...fxe4 25 Nxe4 and the d4 pawn is a goner
Aug-16-05  DanRoss53: <Shams> After 31. e6 ♖c2?? (using my line from above) Black is a goner. Why not simply 31... ♖xe6 keeping the game even?

<shenoyn: 24...fxe4 25 Nxe4 and the d4 pawn is a goner> Yes, but as I posted previously, after 25... d5 26. cxd5 exd5 27. ♖xd5 ♗c5 28. ♘xc5 ♘xc5, White must play 29. ♗e5 to avoid going down a piece; Black wins back the pawn and equality is preserved.

Aug-22-05  LIFE Master AJ: This is my "Game of The Month," (; for August, 2005.
Aug-22-05  LIFE Master AJ: Taking on e4 - by Black, on move 24 - is probably an error. [ </= 24...fxe4?!; 25.Nxe4 d5; 26.cxd5 exd5; 27.Rxd5 Nc5; This could be forced. (Or 27...Bc5!? 28.Kf3!, '') 28.N2g3 Nxe4; 29.Nxe4 Bxg5; 30.Nxg5 h6; Maybe best. (</= 30...Re2+?!; 31.Kg3! Rxb2; 32.Rc1, and wins. White threatens Rxc6 and then Rd8 mate, Black has no good answer.) 31.Kf3! hxg5; 32.Rxg5 Rd8; 33.Rag1, '' White is up a solid Pawn ... and still has the better position and the initiative. (Maybe "plus-slash-minus") ]
Aug-23-05  SEMENELIN: Seems to me that this game is in favor of Loek Van Wely from the opening to the ending game. Vladimir had bad exchanges.
Aug-26-05  LIFE Master AJ: <Sem> White's edge is nothing special after 13.Bb2, however Black began to drift slowly downward from this point on. I do agree with you that the remainder of the game ... clearly favored White. (Black's position seemed to get worse and worse.)

Have you looked at my analysis yet?

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An interesting game ... and a better than average ending.
from Games in my "GOTM" web site. by LIFE Master AJ

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