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Andrei Volokitin vs Alexei Vladimirovich Barsov
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 4, May-24
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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Mar-25-07  notyetagm: Volokitin just won a Chess Informant Best Novelty Prize for his stunning 14 ♘f3-g5!!. I believe the main move in the position was 14 ♕h5-g4 but this new Volokitin move blows that away.

Is it just me or does Volokitin seems particularly adept at demolishing the Winawer with kingside attacks? I seem to remember him twice crsuhing Timman's Winawer in a similar fashion in a rapid match.

Mar-25-07  Plato: For some reason the CG database seems to misrepresent many openings. In this game, for example, it is NOT the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Winawer. That would be if Black plays 7...Qc7. This is the French Winawer Main Line with 7.Qg4 0-0.
Mar-25-07  Plato: <notyetagm> Thank you for pointing out the Best Novelty award. It is a stunning novelty indeed.

Regarding your question, Volokitin does have a good score against the French Winawer overall (+14 -5 =10, but most of these games were before he became a GM). In his last 5 Winawer games, however (after the two rapid wins over Timman) he performed below his rating with +2 -2 =1, the latest being a 23 move loss against Zhang Pengxiang (missing mate in 1 ! -- but his position was already bad).

Anyone who wants to see a serious Winawer game in action can follow Game 1 of my Grudge Match with <RookFile> on the Ziggurat chessforum! I am playing the Black side of it in that game, and if you browse the comments on that thread, you'll find a lot of interesting remarks related to the French Winawer.

Mar-26-07  notyetagm: <Plato: <notyetagm> Thank you for pointing out the Best Novelty award. It is a stunning novelty indeed.>

You're welcome.

Mar-20-08  Udit Narayan: Unbelievable Game!! 14. Ng5 is a sparkling sacrifice indeed!!
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  whiteshark: <notyetagm> But what's your evaluation after <17...Rh8! 18.Qxg6+ Kxg6 19.Rxh8>

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e.g. <19...b6 20.g4 Bb7 21.gxf5+ exf5>

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