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Victor Markovich Mikhalevski vs Richard Wang
Edmonton International (2012), Edmonton - Canada, rd 4, Jun-29
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line (A37)  ·  1-0

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Jun-30-12
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  Eyal: White had to win this game twice. In the position after 31...b5, 32.h5 seems like a rather straightforward win. Instead, Bd4+ and then Ba7 transfer the bishop from a super-strong post to a square where it's rather ineffective - probably Mikhalevsky was under the illusion that it gets the black king into a mating net (time trouble?), as 33.Ba7 threatens Nd4#. However, 33...Nc3! clears the d5 square for the king with a gain of tempo, and Black gets a lot of counterplay on the Q-side which might have been enough for a draw.

But then 50...a1Q? loses; 50...Rxb4 instead seems to hold - compared to the game, 51.h5 Ke8 52.h6 Rb7 53.g4 doesn't work because of 53...Rh7 & Rxh6 (54.g5? loses to 54...Rxh8 55.Nxh8 a1Q).

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