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Wang Zili vs Aleksey Dreev
5th Tan Chin Nam Cup (1999), Shenyang CHN, rd 4, Apr-11
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  0-1



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Oct-18-11  Hesam7: I don't understand 57. h4? at all, it gives away a pawn for nothing. But the losing move seems to have been 69. Ra8? after 70. ... Ke2:

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Critter 1.2.1 already sees the end with -4.62 @ depth 29.

Jul-30-12  Everett: An interesting dual of pawn sacs starting with 21.d6!

A shame White didn't follow-up his play with <26.Be4!> That's the best diagonal on the board, and this bishop is better than its counterpart.

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  plang: 7..a6 is a line popularized by Morozovich in the late 90s. Already 8 c4, preventing ..b5, was a new move; 8 g3 and 8 Bd3 were the most popular moves played previously. 9..Bf6 first would have been more accurate as after 10 Qd2..c5 11 d5 the White queen would have been on the inferior d2 square.

Dreev after 13 Nd2!:
"This is the correct maneuver for White after which Black's position, which is presently quite suspicious anyway, becomes even more critical. White is preparing f2-f3, followed by Bd3. Black's main problem is that he cannot complete his development, due to his weakness on f5. His only plus is that his dark squared bishop has been deployed to the important diagonal a1-h8. It is not so easy to exploit that advantage though, but as we are going to see later, that was what helped me come out of my difficult situation later."

At Dubai 2002 against Short, Anand came up with improvement 16 Rdf1 preparing g4; Wang Zili's 16 h3 was a bit slow.

Dreev after 42..Rxc6:
"White has an extra pawn indeed, but he cannot play for a win anymore. He should not have problems to make a draw either...Still, my opponent, who was playing quite well in the previous part of the game, started to play rather unconvincingly. I began to accumulate gradually small advantages and I managed to win that game at the end."

46 Kd2?! was inaccurate; 46 Kd3 would have maintained equality. With 62 Nc4 followed by b4 White would have had excellent chances of achieving a draw; instead after 62 Kb2? he lost quickly. An alternative line 72 Re8..Rxc4 73 bxc..f3 74 Kb3..f2 75 Rf8..f1(Q) 76 Rxf1..Kxf1 77 Ka4..Bb6 78 c5..Bd8 would also have been losing for White.

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