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Loek van Wely vs Jan Smeets
Dutch Championship (2005), Leeuwarden NED, rd 2, Sep-07
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0

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Sep-19-05  JordanKwiatek: Hmmm. Very inventive and accurate play by white. It's my understanding Smeets is considered one of the best of a young group of dutch youngster, but Van Wely clearly shows his world-class switching from subtble Q-side attack down to endgame, with a beautiful (and I'm sure it must be thematic) forced pawn Queening. Congrats Loek and Good luck in the future. JordanKWIATEK
Sep-20-05  HelaNubo: Nice ending, but it's hard to name it an inventive game, since it's all theory until the 30th move. Black made a weak move with 31....Rd6 (it was better 31....Rh8; 32. Re7+, Kd6 with equality) and a crying blunder with 32...Rd7??. It was enough to play 32....Kc6; 33.g5,Rd8; 34.h5, Rg8, and it is still a long way to win for White.
May-07-07
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  DEF: Novelty was 26.f3, in order to avoid the forced draw arising after 26.h4 played previously.
Oct-02-07  KingG: In his DVD on the Slav and Semi-Slav, Shirov claims that this game has virtually refuted the Botvinnik variation.
Oct-02-07
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  whiteshark: Did Shirov said so? Well, that's nonsence! Don't buy it.

Smeets blundered a drawish game in his last 2 moves away, as <HelaNubo> pointed out correctly.

<19... Re8> or <19... Bxe7> (instead of 19... Bh6) could be played alternatively, couldn't they ?

Feb-12-11  GilesFarnaby: <KingG: In his DVD on the Slav and Semi-Slav, Shirov claims that this game has virtually refuted the Botvinnik variation.>

<whiteshark: Did Shirov said so? Well, that's nonsence! Don't buy it.>

This specific line hasn´t been played again by GM since Van Wely - Smeets, so there must be some truth to it; nevertheless the ending of the actual game is drawn, only that is black who has to strive to get the half point so I understand why no GM wants to choose this torture as black.

Oct-15-18  modustollens: How precisely can black claim a draw after the 30th move? If Shirov said that this game was a refutation of the Botvinnik, what is the drawing line that he overlooked?

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