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Alexander Khalifman vs Peter Acs
Essent Crown (2002), Hoogeveen NED, rd 4, Oct-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  0-1



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  TheAlchemist: Another spectacular game by Acs. Hoogeveen was really his lucky place!
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  plang: In this very sharp line 16..0-0-0 had been played in a 2000 rapids game; 16..Bb4 was new. Acs thought that 17 e5 would have been a more promising choice for White. 19 Bxh6 would have been an improvement as the passed White h-pawn would have been powerful and there would have been no clear way of breaking up White's center.

Acs after 23..Rd4:
"The game has turned round! Now I am a pawn down, but this is compensated for by harmonic piece play, and I finally felt my king was secure. 23..Rd2? 24 Qxd2..Nxe4 25 Qf4."

24 Rfd1..Rxe4! 25 Bf3..Re1+ 26 Rxe1..Bxf3 would have been winning for Black. 26 Na4? did nothing to slow Black's attack; better was 26 Kh1..Rgxf3 27 gxf..Nh5 28 Rg1..Nf4 29 Rg8+..Ke7 30 Qc2..Rxf3 with Black having compensation for the exchange. After 29..Nd2! there was no defense.

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