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Ivan Sokolov vs Teimour Radjabov
33rd Bosnian Sarajevo (2003), Sarajevo BIH, rd 5, May-22
King's Indian Defense: Six Pawns Attack (E77)  ·  1-0

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Jul-19-05  notyetagm: Damn, that White f6-pawn just kills Black in this game.
Feb-04-21
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  plang: 9..cxd would have transposed to a Benoni structure but Sokolov was looking for something quieter against his young opponent. The most popular continuation in this line is 11..Ne3 12 Bxe3..Rxe3 13 Bd2..Re8 when Seirawan thinks Black is better and Short is of the opposite opinion. In Barczay-Letelier Havana 1971 (game not included in this database) White had played 13 g4!?; 13 Qb3 was new. Black would have been better after 19 Bxb4..Qb6 20 g4!?..Ne3! 21 Rf3..cxb 22 c5..dxc 23 a5..Qxa5 24 Re3..b5. White had originally expected 22..Kxg7 23 Qc3+..f6 24 N2g3 with advantage; ie:24..Re7 25 Nxd6..b6 26 Bf5!. However, instead, Black played 25..Rxe4! blunting White's initiative. Black would have been fine after 24..Kg8 25 Ng3..f5 26 Bb1..Re8; instead, misjudging the danger in the endgame, Black played 24..Qf6?!. 29..b5 30 30 axb..Rb8 31 Re1..Bxb5 32 Re7..a6 was an alternative but that also would have been difficult for Black. 32..Rxb2 33 Nxc5..Be8 34 Rd1..a3 35 d6..Bc6 36 Be4!..Bxe4 37 Nxe4..Nc6 38 d7..Rb8 39 Nd6!..Ne5 40 c5..Nxd7 41 c6 would have been winning for White. Black resigned due to ie. 38..Ba4 39 Re7..Rxc2 40 Rxf7+..Kg8 41 Rg7+..Kf8 42 Rxh7..Kg8 43 f7+.

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