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Loek van Wely vs Steven Zierk
Western States Open (2009), Reno, NV USA, Oct-23
Indian Game: Saemisch-Indian (A50)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-10  James Bowman: Not a bad scalp almost 400 elo points and he make Leok look pretty weak with black no less. Probably a case of taking a lesser opponent for granted until its too late.

17...Ba6 drawing the queen starts a nice exposure of the uncastled king, with 20..b5 setting up an attack on the b2 pawn very pleasing. Leok certainly made several rudamentary mistakes but Zierk punished them all.

Nov-27-10  James Bowman: Errr use force Luke not the farce. sorry I know ;o]
Nov-27-10  wordfunph: Van Wely-Zierk

after 21.Qf1

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24...Rxb2+! but 24...Ba3!! was the bomb..

Analysis by Rybka 2.2n2 mp 32-bit:

1. (-15.96): 24...Ba3 25.Rb1 Re3 26.Qe2 Rxe2+ 27.Nxe2 Rc8+ 28.Nc3 2. (-4.61): 24...Rxb2+ 25.Kxb2 Bb4 26.Kb1 Rb8 27.Qb5 Rxb5 28.Nxb5 3. (-2.70): 24...Re3 25.Nb5 Qe5 26.Re1 Rxe1 27.Qxe1 Qf5+ 28.Be4

Aug-02-11  wordfunph: Van Wely (2733) - Zierk (2333) exactly 400 elo difference!

Zierk's best game of his life :)

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