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Loek van Wely vs Evgeny Alekseev
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 4, Jun-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  Bobsterman3000: Oh, so this game explains why VW gets invited to all of the best tournaments...

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  Bobsterman3000: Why not 18...a4?

I don't see the point behind 18...re8

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  tamar: Van Wely now has a plus record versus a 2700 supergm.
Jun-11-08  Alphastar: <Bobsterman3000> Most of the time he has a below par score in these 'superGM' tournaments, but he makes up for that because his style is quite aggressive and theres lots of stuff happening in his games usually.
Jun-11-08  arnaud1959: After 18.-a4; 19.♗xe6+ ♖h8 20.d5; 21.c6; 22.♗xf5 seems to collect everything with a strong attack on the whole board. One must NEVER underestimate Van Wely.
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  Check It Out: <bobsterman30000> 18...Re8 defends the vulnerable e6 pawn.

This was one of those times when saccing the exchange was not such a good idea. After 25...e5? Van Wely blows the center open and takes control.

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