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Alexander Beliavsky vs Daniel Stellwagen
Youth - Experience (2006), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, Aug-20
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System (E97)  ·  0-1



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  Albertan: The two players followed the following game until move 14: D Sharavdorj vs M Al-Modiahki, 1999

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  Albertan: An interesting line involving an exchange sacrifice is: 16... axb4 17. axb4 Ra1 18. Bb2 Ra8 19. Na3 Rxc3!? 20.Rxc3 Nxe4 21. Rd3 Ra4 22. Qb3 Nf5 23. Nc2 Bh6 24.Bc1 Bxc1 25.Rc1 Qa7 and Black has compensation for the pawn.
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  Albertan: Beliavsky erred on move 43. Instead of 43.b6? he should have continued 43.Qf2 and play might have continued: 43...Qh5 44.R7c3 f3 45.Rxf3!? Bxf3 46.Qxf3 Qxf3 47.gxf3

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  tpstar: 44 ... Qg3! is an excellent coupe de grace, threatening 45 ... fg+ 46. Qxg2 Bf3 along with 45 ... f2 46. Qxf2 Rxh2+!. If White tries 45. Rc8, easiest is 45 ... fg+ 46. Qxg2 Qxg2+ 47. Kxg2 Bxc8+ & 48 ... Bxb7.

After 48. Rcf2 White is totally boxed in the corner, so Black calmly snatched a Pawn (48 ... Bxe4) followed by grabbing the exchange and trading down. At the end White is out of checks, plus he must mind the mate threat on f3 (55. Qf6 Qf5).

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  Gilmoy: Looks like White's opening idea was "nolo contendere" <Latin: "I will not contest it"> to Black's KID K-side rush, using that time to double Rs on c, targeting the weak b-pawn. By 21..Rg7, they're both tripled on b5. Black pushes back on f-g, and they both shift to K-side.

White "wins" the b5-pawn, with queening threats, and as <Albertan> notes, seemed to have a holdable K-side defense with ideal play. Was White's plan a winner?

OTOH, Black probably sacked the b-pawn intentionally for the 2 tempi that White's Q pays to grab it, just to stir up counterplay on the K. In the ensuing maze of tactical complications, White misses one.

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