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Le Quang Liem vs Wouter Spoelman
Tata Steel Group B (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-17
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-11  zluria: Man, this is one heck of a crazy game. If anyone has a game collection of stubborn defense saving catastrophic positions, this game should be in it. White gets a crushing attack right out of the opening (due to the pawn sac' 6. e4!) and does everything he can to break through on the kingside. Spoelman utterly refuses to be on the wrong side of a brilliancy, declining winning sacrifices at moves 25, 35,36, 37. By move 40 Black is just down down a pawn and his King is a homeless vagabond. Comps give White as much as +3.

Spoelman continues his stubborn play, and White begins to go wrong. First he sac's the exchange for a pawn, which looks plausible (he gets three connected passers). Then he gives a couple of checks, helping Black's King to escape. Finally, he allows the queen trade.

According to all the rules of endgame play I know about, three connected passers is more than enough compensation against an exchange in the endgame. However, in this game, Spoelman's Queenside majority looks more dangerous than White's Kingside pawns. Incredible game.

Jan-18-11  Kazzak: Yes, it was one strange game to follow yesterday. I have a soft spot for Liem after his rampage at Aeroflot a while back, and was looking forward to a swift demolition.

Then he just didn't find the win.

For another see-saw "now I win it, now I don't" (rinse, repeat) game, check out this one between Bluvshtein and Swiercz in round 2. Bluvshtein finally rolls it home, but it was his opponent's to take away from him on several occasions.

Jan-18-11  Kazzak: [Event "Tata Steel Chess 2011"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2011.01.16"]
[Round "Round 2"]
[White "Bluvshtein"]
[Black "Swiercz"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteClock "0:50"]
[BlackClock "0:49"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. g3 Nbd7 9. Bg2 Nb6 10. O-O
Re8 11. Qc2 Bd7 12. b4 a5 13. b5 c6 14. bxc6 bxc6 15. Nf4 Bd6 16. e4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 Bf5 18. Qxc6 Bxe4 19. Nxd5 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Nxd5 21. Qxd5 a4 22. Rb1
Be7 23. Qc4 Qd7 24. d5 Red8 25. Rd1 Rac8 26. Qd3 h5 27. Bf4 h4 28. d6 h3+ 29. Kf1 Bf6 30. Qd5 Qg4 31. d7 Rc2 32. f3 Qg6 33. Qe4 Rxh2 34. Qxg6 fxg6 35. Bc7 Rf8 36. Kg1 Rg2+ 37. Kh1 Bd8 38. Bd6 Rf7 39. Bc5 Kh7 40. Rb8 Bc7 41. d8=Q Bxd8 42. Rdxd8 g5 43. Rh8+ Kg6 44. Rb6+ Kf5 45. Rxh3 1-0

Jan-18-11  DAVI DE RAFE: white should have won this game easily. poor viatnameese,lost in the middle stage, may be still having napaam element in his brain.

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