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Hua Ni vs Dmitry Jakovenko
Russia - China Match (2007), Nizhniy Novgorod RUS, rd 8, Aug-28
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1



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Aug-29-07  IMDONE4: And Jakovenko completely swindles Hua out of a game, hard to believe a grandmaster not under severe time pressure would blunder like this. Bxf7? is a big mistake, but f5 is the icing on the cake and instantly loses. Believe it or not, by the time Hua takes the pawn on g6, he has no possibilities for further invasion and the game becomes more or less equal. Instead of the dumb waste of time Re5?, Hua should have made the move Bd4+! followed by Qh7+ and Bc6, picking up the exchange.

For the black pieces however, surely Nxd4 was a dubious move and 21...Bxf6 was simply a mistake, allowing white the c5 square. gxf6 would have limited whites advantage, although it would clearly still be there. And Bxg2+ is another ?, clearly giving white a dominating lead.

Aug-29-07  IMDONE4: However, soon after Re5? Jakovenko completely messes up with Rd2+??, providing necessary king cover. The simple Bxb2 would have drawn, but instead Jakovenko makes a blunder. Here Hua after Bg7 should have played f5!, clearly winning, instead of going for the aesthetically pleasant but stupid Bxf7.

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