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Wang Hao vs Ernesto Inarkiev
Karpov Poikovsky (2008), Poikovsky RUS, rd 1, Jul-08
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0



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Jul-09-08  imag: I had a strong deja vu feeling when looking at this game. I found out why:

Piket vs Smirin, 1993

Jul-09-08  beenthere240: I have a feeling we'll see this again. It looks like a bit of a trap to me, letting Black think he was stealing a pawn because the rook "couldn't" be driven away once the H6 bishop pinned the f4 pawn.
Jul-09-08  veigaman: Wang Hao is knocking the door to get into the top!.
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  Ron: This is an excelent game by Wang Hao--his sacrifice of material in this game is very interesting. I would like to see our great annotators here :)
Jul-10-08  falso contacto: <veigaman: Wang Hao is knocking the door to get into the top!.> totally agree.
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  Mateo: Brilliant win for Hao in a very entertaining game. Here the Chinese reminds us of Tal.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Be2 exd5 11. cxd5 a6 12. a4 Bd7 13. h3 b5 14. O-O Rb8 15. axb5 Bxb5!? <15...axb5 seems more natural.> 16. Nxb5 axb5 17. b3 Re8 <17...Ned7, B Lalic vs G Timoshchenko, 1996 1/2-1/2.> 18. Ra6 <White has the Bishop pair and controls the open file.> Re7?! <the idea is Ne8-c7 but it is very slow. 18...c4! should be considered. If 19.f4 Ned7, the ‘e4’ pawn becomes a target.> 19. Qd2 Ne8 20. Bg5 f6 21. Be3 Nc7 22. Ra7?! <Not the best. This allows Black to free his play.> Nf7! <Threatens Nxd5.> 23. Rfa1 f5 24. R1a2 fxe4 25. Nxe4!? <25.fxe4 was safer than this pawn sacrifice.> Re5 26. Bf2 <Strange at first glance but the idea is that after 26.Qa5 Nxd5, the Bishop is attacked.> Nxd5 <This is the real challenge instead of the natural 26...Rxd5 27.Qa5 Ne6 28.Bxb5 which was nearly equal.> 27. f4 <I believe this was the point of his 25th move.> Bh6? <Inarkiev clearly ‘underestimated’ Hao next move. Better 27...Rxe4. 28.Qxd5 Rxf4 29.Ra8 (threatens Rxb8 Qxb8, Ra8) Rf5 30.Qc6 (30.Qe4?? d5) Ne5 31.Qd5+ Nf7 was a draw.> 28. fxe5!! Bxd2 29. Rxd2 Nf4 <Black’s position is very difficult. For instance, 30...Nb4? 31.e6, Black’s position collapses. Or 30...Nc7 31.exd6.> 30. Nf6+ <Subtle. Inviting the King on the 7th rank. Then the Knight is pinned.> Kg7 31. Bf3 Qb6 32. Rda2 Qd8 <Black is lost. If the Rook moves to avoid the fork, there are many variations but White wins either because of Nd7 either because of Nd5.> 33. Rd7 Qf8 <If the Queen returns to b6, then 34.Nd5! Nxd5 35.Bxd5 wins. If 33...Qh8 34.Raa7 Rf8 35.Rxd6 is horrible for...Black. 33...dxe5 34.Rxd8 Rxd8 35.Ne4, Black has only 2 pawns for a minor piece, so White should win.> 34. Raa7 Rd8 35. Rdb7! <There is no hurry to take the Knight.> h6 <White threatened Nxh7.> 36. Ne4 Kg8 <36...dxe5 37.Bxc5 Qg8 38.Nd6 wins too.> 37. Rxf7 Qxf7 38. Rxf7 Kxf7 39. Nxd6+ Ke6 40. Bxc5 Nd3 <40...Kxe5?? 41.Nf7+. 40...h5 was better.> 41. Bd4! <Beautiful beginning of small combinations electing the squares f7, d7 or c6 for 3 different forks!> Rb8 <41...Nxe5 42.Bxe5 Kxe5 43.Nf7+, White wins.> 42. Nb7! Kf5 <42...Nxe5 43.Nc5+ White wins. The King moves, then Bxe5 with the the fork Nd7+ if Black takes the Bishop.> 43. Na5! <43...Nxe5 44.Bxe5 Kxe5 45.Nc6+.> 1-0

Jul-18-08  PAWNTOEFOUR: mateo.........always a pleasure to read your analysis,thanks for all the effort
Sep-07-08  notyetagm: Wang Hao annotates this brilliant win in the lastest issue of New In Chess Magazine, 2008/6 (
Sep-07-08  notyetagm: Wow, this is really a *brilliant* game by Wang Hao.

27 ... ♗g7-h6

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28 f4x♖e5!!

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28 f4x♖e5!!, sacrificing the ♕ for ♖♗ and *tremendous* piece activity, is very reminiscent of the famous Keres win in Euwe vs Keres, 1940.

Sep-08-08  notyetagm: This is an *exceptionally* brilliant game by Wang Hao. I am surprised there are not more comments.

Mar-01-09  falso contacto: he's from far away i guess.
Aug-02-12  fisayo123: Beautiful game. Everything is so easy for white. Should be game of the day!
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