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Andrei Volokitin vs Dragisa Blagojevic
European Club Cup (2002), Halkidiki GRE, rd 7, Sep-28
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-20-05  waddayaplay: If white plays 43.exf6 then black plays Qxc8
Feb-16-09  lefthandsketch: In his book on the ruy lopez main line, Flear gives (52. N3g Qf6 53. Nc6, which is actually zugzwang.
Feb-16-09  lefthandsketch: but that makes no sense to
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  plang: 17..Bc6 had most recently been played in the draw Dominguez-Svidler Erevan 2001; 17..Nf8 was new. 26..Be5! 27 dxe! initiated some interesting complications. 41 Nb5 would have been better than Volokitin's 41 Nc8? though Black did have to avoid the trap 41..Qc7? 42 Bxh7+..Kh8 43 Qb4..Nd6! when Black's advantage would have been gone. The initiative passed to White after 46..Kf8?; better was 46..h6 or 46..Rd8. The pawn ending after 49..Qxd7 50 exd..Kxf7 51 dxe(Q)+..Kxe8 is tricky but should be drawn. White missed a win with 52 Ne5!..Qf6 53 Nc6 when Black is in zugzwang: eg. 53..h6 54 e7..Rxe7 55 Qxe7+..Qxe7 56 Nxe7..Kxe7 57 Kf4..Kf6 58 Ke4 and wins. 56 Qc5+ would have kept some edge for White. Black had to avoid 60..Rxf5? 61 Nd6 and the e-pawn would have been decisive.

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