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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Ivan Cheparinov
NH Chess Tournament (2007), Amsterdam NED, rd 9, Aug-31
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Aug-31-07  percyblakeney: <The most important game of the day turned out to be the one between Alexander Beliavsky and Ivan Cheparinov. After a dramatic struggle the Bulgarian managed to score a win that put him within striking distance of Karjakin again.

The opening didn’t bode too well for Cheparinov as his opponent wasn’t out to take any risks. Or, as Topalov’s second put it, ‘he was playing for a stupid draw with White exchanging pieces.’

Still, Black managed to take over the initiative after 15.a4?! a5!. Things looked fine for the second player until he blundered with 28…Rc8?. This could have cost him the game had Beliavsky seen that he could have played 31.Qb5! which after 31…Qa7 32.Rd8+ Bf8 33.Rxf8+ Kxf8 34.Qxb4+ Kg8 35.Qd4 would have led to an ending that shouldn’t be too difficult to win for White.

Another move that Black had missed was 35.Bh3 which should have secured the draw. But on move 40(!) Beliavsky made the decisive mistake. With 40.Re2 he could have reached a draw, after 40.Qe2? Black reached an ending that was practically winning due to the weak white king. After 52 moves the point was Cheparinov’s.>

Sep-02-07  LivBlockade: <percyblakeney:> Very instructive comments. It's amazing how strong Black's 40...Qc5 is. White has no good way to break the pin, trade rooks, etc. I suppose if White tries 41. a5, Black simply plays 41...h6, with similar play to the game.

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