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Loek van Wely vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. General (E91)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: No one can complain that these games aren't being played down to the wire.
Jan-15-06  ahmadov: Van Wely narrowly escapes losing a full point. It is a very big disappointment, but I hope this will not affect Shak's performance tomorrow.
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  Mateo: <ahmadov: Van Wely narrowly escapes losing a full point.> I don't know what you are thinking about. Van Wely got the better from the opening,until he played 24. ef?! instead of 24. ed, which retains a small advantage for White. Then, Mamedyarov got a small advantage, but I do not see where he could have get a full point.

26... h6!?. He could have tried 26... R2e4 27. f5 Qd5. But where is the win here?

29... Re1!?. Maybe 29... gf is slightly better. But White may draw anyway.

Jan-16-06  ahmadov: It is always easier to kibitz than play. As for 24.ed, I do not think that that move is any better than ef.
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  Mateo: <ahmadov:> It is always easier to criticize than to answer. You wrote <Van Wely narrowly escapes losing a full point.> But you did not give any variation to prove what you write. Too easy.
Jan-16-06  ahmadov: <Mateo:> You probably was not following the game live. In move 35 van Wely had 4 or 5 minutes on his clock, while Mamedyarov was at least 40 minutes ahead. Additional time saved van Wely. He probably had less than 1 minute when they had reached move 40. Even after that van Wely took 15 or 20 minutes in move 42 to save the game. This is what I meant "narrowly escaping a loss" in my previous post.
Jan-17-06  daromott: White typically has a slightly better position in the Bg4 variation of the King's Indian Defence, but surely black has plenty of room for counterplay on the queenside after exchanging two minor pieces and using two half open files.
Jan-18-06  ajile: This almost looks like a delayed Benko Gambit by transposition.

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