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Alexander Khalifman vs Sergei Rublevsky
EUR vs Tartarstan (2001), Kazan RUS, rd 2, Aug-16
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Rublevsky is one of the leading practitioners of the Kan Sicilian and the sideline 7..Bd7 is a specialty of his but the effectiveness of 10 b4! in this game calls the line into question and he stopped playing it shortly after one fortunate win over Luther. 14..Bb7 was new; 14..Rc8 had been played in Kaidanov-Rublevsky Cheliabinsk 1993 (game not included in this database). 16..Bf6? was an error leading to a tactical breakthrough for White; better was 16..Rc8 or 16..Re8 (not 16..Qc7 17 Nd5!..Qd8 (17..exd 18 Qg5! mates) 18 Qh5..Bh4 19 Bh6 when White wins a piece). 25 Qe3?..Qxc4 26 Qh6..Nxf6! would have been a faulty way of prosecuting the attack. Black would have lost a piece after 26..Nxf6? 27 Qxe5..Qxe5 28 Rxd8+..Rxd8 29 Rxd8..Qe8 30 Bxf6. While the endgame was good for White 27 Qd2 leaving the queens on would have been stronger. 37 Rf2+..Kg6 38 Rc2 would have been more accurate. 39..Ke4 would have put up more resistance.

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