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Sergei Rublevsky vs Zhang Pengxiang
Karpov Poikovsky (2007), Poikovsky RUS, rd 2, Mar-16
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0



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Mar-17-07  The Chess Express: Excellent play by Rublevsky. A mobile queen is worth much more than a couple of inactive rooks. Great technique. As far as the opening I wonder why black didn’t play 5...a6. I thought the point of this line was to trade knight for bishop and keep a sound pawn structure.
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  Mateo: <The Chess Express: Excellent play by Rublevsky.> I completely agree. <Great technique> and very creative approach. After 31.f4, I came to the conclusion that Black is lost, despite the fact that White has only Queen vs 2 Rooks, which is considered to be to Black's advantage. Worthy considering.

31. f4 Bg4 32. h5+ Kh7 <32...Bxh5 33.f5+ Kg7 (33...Kh7 34.Qh2, White wins) 34.Qg3+ Kf8 35.Bc5+ Ke8 36.Qb8+, White wins. 32...Kxh5 33.f5, White wins.> 33. f5 Rg8 <33...Bxh5 34.Qh2 Bd1 35.Qxh6+ Kg8 36.Qg6+ Kf8 37.Qg3!, White wins.> 34. Bd4 Re8 <34...Kg7 35.Bxf6+! Rxf6 36.Qe7+, White wins. 34...Rgf8 35.e5! Bxf5 36.e6, White wins.> 35. Bxf6 Rxe4 36. Qd8 Rxf6 37. Qxf6 Bxh5 38. Qd6 Bf7 39. Qc7 Kg7 40. Qxb7 Rf4+ 41. Ke3 Rxf5 42. Qxa6 Re5+ 43. Kd4 Rb5 44. Kc3 <44…Be8 45.Qa7+ followed by a6, easy win.> 1-0

May-04-07  The Chess Express: <Mateo> I agree that white is winning after 31.f4. The rooks are only better if they are active and the Q isn't.

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