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Sergei Tiviakov vs Vadim Milov
Groningen (1998), Groningen NED, rd 7, Dec-27
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: 12..b4? had been played previously in a few games leading to a positional advantage for White due to the weakness at c4 after 13 Nb1. 12..Bb7! was new, 12..Rb8 is an alternative that avoids White's sacrificial attack although this game appears to show that White's attack does not lead to any advantage. 13 Qe2 or 13 Bg5 are alternatives to keep the game strategically complex. Tiviakov spent more than an hour on move 21 looking at the complications arising from 21 Bxf6+..gxf 22 Qxf6+..Kc7 23 Qxh8..Bxe4 but could not find a win; his alternative 21 c4 also led to no advantage. Black needs to keep queens on as after 22..Re8 23 Rxc6..Rxe6 24 Rxe6..fxg 25 b4..Bxe4 26 c5..Bxf5 27 Ra6..Kc7 28 b5 the ending should be a win for White.

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