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Aleksey Dreev vs Alexander Graf
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 2, Dec-12
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  1-0

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Aug-17-08
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  plang: This was game 2 of their second round match in the World championship tournament. Game one had been drawn so this game clinched the match for Dreev who went on to defeat Sadler in the third round, Zvagincev in the fourth before losing to Gelfand in the fifth. The Tarrasch is not played often; Kasparov had played 16 nc4in his win against Gavrikov in the 1981 USSR championship. Dreev felt that 17..Qxe5? was a serious error recommending retreating with 17..Qd8 although after 18 Nc5 he thought white was clearly better. Dreev said it would have been stronger to play 22 Qc2 with the idea of 23 Rfd1 or 23 e3. Still, he had a large advantage in the endgame and had little trouble converting.

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