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Loek van Wely vs Alexei Fedorov
European Team Championship (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 5, Dec-03
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack (E97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: 14 Qb3 was a new move; 14 b5 had been played previously. Van Wely's positional knight sacrifice led to an unclear position. Fedorov thought he could have gained an advantage with 31..a6 32 Bb6..Ne7 33 Bxd8..Qxd8 34 Rc7..Rb8. After giving the piece back Fedorov should have taken the draw with 37..Ne2+ 38 Kg2..Nf4+, instead after 37..Rxh1? he was in trouble. White doesn't have time for 39 Rxe7+..Kg6 40 Qd1..Rc8 41 Bf3..Rc3 (42 Bh1?..Rc1). 59 Qc7..Rxf3 60 Kxf3..Qh1+ 61 Ke2..Qxe4+ 62 Kd2..Qxd5+ 63 Kc1 would have been winning for White ( 63..Qxe6 64 Qg7+..Qg6 65 Bh4+). After Van Wely unnecessarily gave up the a-pawn he was worse and Fedorov would have likely won had he played 76..Qa2 and if 77 g5..Kxg5 78 Bd4..Rxh2+),

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