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Alexander Onischuk vs Yannick Pelletier
41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-22
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0



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Jul-22-08  emayev: no kibitzing? Onischuk showed good foresight around move 30 and with some nice maneuvering won the rook and pawn endgame... congrats to Onischuk!
Jul-22-08  messachess: <no kibitzing?>--yeah, surprising. I'm at 17.Nf5--nice move. If you don't get to see that one, you're missing something. Very interesting game--well played by Onischuk, and gamely fought by Pelletier.
Jul-22-08  ajile: So now 6.Qc2 is the main line for White to defend c4? Seems to be working better than 6.b3 lately.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Onischuk has fought hard, and it's good to see his effort finally lead to a win. His handling of this Rook ending impresses.
Jul-23-08  achieve: Indeed. Very good endgame technique by Onischuk, although Pelletier didn't 'have' to let him prove it. But the fact that he did makes this game have great instructional value. Nasty PIN from as early as move 14 -- was Black's development sound upto that point? Haven't checked with the engine/book yet.
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  whiteshark: <41...g5> is weakening the black pawns without necessity and it looks like it is the losing move.
Jul-23-08  parmetd: very impressive play by onischuk!
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  whiteshark: My last post is not sustainable. Black is lost in that position, in any case.
Jul-24-08  Ezzy: Al Onischuk (2670) - Y Pelletier (2569) [E15]
41st Biel International Chess Festival Biel SUI (3), 22.07.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 Bb4 6.Qc2 0–0 7.Bg2 d5 8.0–0 c5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Ne4< With the strong threat 12 Nxc5 bxc5 13 Ng5! and 14 Rd1> 11...Nb4 12.Qd2 Be7 13.a3 Qxd2 14.Bxd2 Nd5< 15...Bxe2 is threatened >15.Nd4 Bc5 16.Nxc5 bxc5 17.Nf5 Nc6 <[17...Bxe2 18.Rfe1 Bd3 19.Ne3 Nc6 (19...Rd8?? 20.Nxd5 exd5 21.Bxd5 Rxd5 22.Re8#) 20.Nxd5 exd5 21.Bxd5 Regaining the pawn.]> 18.Rfc1 Nd4 19.Nxd4 cxd4 20.Bb4 <Forgetting about his 'e' pawn for now and creating some counterplay against black's pawns> 20...Rfd8 21.Bc5 e5 22.Rc2 Rac8< With the idea 23...Nc3> 23.Rac1< With the idea 24 Bxa7> 23...Nc3 <Counter attacking with the threat 24...Nxe2+> 24.bxc3 Rxc5 25.cxd4 Rxc2 26.Rxc2 exd4 27.Be4 Kf8 28.f3 Ke7 <Pelletier has an isolated pawn, but it's hard to imagine he was going to lose from this position.> 29.Kf2 d3?< Very sloppy play from Pelletier, giving up a pawn for nothing.> 30.Rc7+ Kf8 31.Rxa7 d2 32.Bc2 Rc8 33.Bd1 Rc1 34.Rxa6 Rxd1 35.Ke3 h5 36.a4 Rh1 37.Kxd2 Rxh2 38.Rc6 h4 39.gxh4 Rxh4 <Winning this is a matter of technique. Onischuk has that technique>. 40.a5 Ra4 41.a6 g5 42.e4 Ke7 43.Kc3 Kd7 44.Rf6 Ke7 45.Rb6 Kd7 46.Kb3 Ra1 47.Kc4 Ra3 48.Kb4 Ra1 49.Kb5 Rb1+ 50.Kc5 Rc1+ 51.Kd5 Ra1 52.Rb7+ Kc8 53.Rxf7 Rxa6 54.Ke5 Ra1 55.Kf6 Rg1 56.e5 Rg3 57.Ke7 1–0

Soul destroying for Pelletier. A momentry lapse of concentration and it’s 1-0 instead of a draw.

Aug-28-10  waddayaplay: Strangely enough, 10. ..Bxe2 has never been played, when black gets the exchange for two pawns.
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