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Matthew Sadler vs Victor Bologan
Enghien-les-Bains 3rd (1999), Enghien-les-Bains FRA, rd 4, Mar-06
Mexican Defense: General (A50)  ·  0-1



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Jul-26-08  Jason Frost: No Kiblitzing yet?

Very strong game by Bologan, sacking the pawn for intiative and piece activity and finding the nice intermidite move 20...f3. Computer shows he made some mistakes after that and could've won far quicker, but still a very intertaining game.

Jul-02-09  ToTheDeath: Interesting opening and game.

The pawn sacrifice <11...Nd4> gives Black just enough time to get his initiative going. However 18.b4! was strong- if 18...Bxh3 19.Kh2 is cold bloodedly winning a piece for probably not enough compensation, and if 18...Nd7 then White has time for 19.Bg4! Ne5 20.f3 etc. consolidating his kingside.

<20...f3!> is a nice zwischenzug.

<23.Qd2?> is a bit too grovelly- why return the pawn just to get queens off in an ending that is probably better for Black? After 23.c5! Qh5 24.Qb4 White gets his queenside play going and Black's attack is not convincing.

Bologan plays the rest of the game very well.

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  plang: Bologan used the Two Knights Tango (2..Nc6) on several occasions during this phase of his career. 7 h3 was new; 7 Be2 is the most popular move. Bologan spent an hour on the pawn sacrifice 11..Nd4! deciding whether his compensation would be adequate; after 11..Ne7 12 g4 White would have had a clear edge. 22 Qxa7 would have given Black a winning attack after 22..Ng4+ 23 Kg1..Qh5 24 h4..g5. Bologan identified 26 Rc1? as a serious error; suggesting 26 g4..Kf7 27 Kg3..h5 28 g5..Ke7 29 Rc1..Rf8 with equality. 36 b4?! made it easier for Black to open lines (with 37..a4!); 36 Kd1 was better.

Bologan after 42..Kf6: "Black's plan is blissfully simple: he needs to get his king to e5, exchange one pair of rooks on a4, and then the e4-pawn will be doomed."

57 a4..Ke2 58 a5..Kxf2 59 a6..Kxg3 60 a7..f2 61 a8(Q)..f1(Q)+ 62 Kc6..Qf4 would have been winning for Black.

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