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Jan Smeets vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-10  Marmot PFL: In hindsight maybe 17 Na5 and 18 Rhe1 is better than spending time taking the h pawn, which probably won't run away and won't help white win the middle game. Once a counterattack like black's gets going its very hard to stop.
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  al wazir: 37. Qa2 Bc1+ 38. Nxc1 (38. Ka4 Qc6#) Qc5+ 39. Ka4 Qb4#.
Jan-18-10  drnooo: At first glance move 30 for black axb2 seems even stronger or is it?
Jan-18-10  sezori: I'm not sure if it's strong, but 26...Ne3 forking both rooks looks interesting...The endgame wouldn't look too bleak for Ivanchuk if he had did this...Now that I'm looking at it with this engine, which I barely do, it's saying my suggestion is stronger than his continuation...Just not sure how to convert the win, lol =P
Jan-18-10  melianis: Better way to overprotect the Nc3 would probably have been Nb3-c1-a2, but then after ...d5, the position becomes quite open -> uncertain. 11.Bd3!?. An unusual strategical try from Smeets to open a diagonal for DSB blew against a higher ranked player.
Jan-19-10  M.D. Wilson: I like Chucky's Rh4, he's playing the whole board and asking for trouble, but he has to re-group for an attack on the kingside.
Jun-12-13  chrisfalter: This is game 86 in Vassily Ivanchuk 100 Selected Games by Kalinichenko. The author states that 26...Ne3 loses the initiative after 27. Nxa5 Nxd1 28. Bxd1 Qb6 29. Nb3 Rc7 30. h4 Bh6 31. Bf3, and white has material equality with a better position. @drnooo - the point of 30...Nxb2 is to clear the c-file for the queen's entrance, with mate threats on b2 (assisted by the a3 pawn). So 30...axb2, while it doesn't throw away the win, is not as strong. Smeets could have defended better with 32. Rd3 Rxa5 33. bxa5 Nxd3 34. Qxd3 preventing ...Qc3, per Kalinichenko. However, black is still much better after 34....Rc8.

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