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Denis Khismatullin vs Arman Pashikian
Aeroflot Open B (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Feb-15
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: This is an entertaining game with a couple of instructive twists and turns.

Black obtained a near winning advantage with the strong sham sacrifice 25. Bxg4!, when capturing the poisoned piece with 26. fxg4?? loses quickly to 26...Ne4! 27. Qe2 Qa3+ 28. Kb1 Nc3+ 29. Ka1 Qxa2#.

White countered with the strongest possible defensive move in 26. Rhf1! and play correctly continued 26...Bh3! 27. Rg1!

In this difficult and complex position, Black played 27...Qa1+!?, which was still good for the advantage, but missed the winning line 27...Rc8! 28. Kb1 Rc4 29. Rg5+ Rb4+ 30. Bb3 h6 31. Re5 a5 32. Rc1 Qd3+ 33. Ka1 a4 34. Bxd5 Bf5! 35. Rxf5 Qxf5 .

As play progressed, Black threw away any winning chances with 30...Qa5+?!, which was not immediately losing but overlooked the muchstronger 30...Rc8! maintaining winning chances.

After drifting further in an inferior position, Black surrendered with 34...Ne4?! (allowing 35. Qxg4 ), when 34...Bxh3+ 35. Qxh3 Qe3 36. Rg2 Qf4 37. Bd3 g6 would have put up more stubborn resistance with some slim hopes of swindling a draw.

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