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Loek van Wely vs Emil Sutovsky
European Club Cup (2003), Rethymnon GRE, rd 4, Oct-01
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Seville Variation (D87)  ·  0-1



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May-29-15  SpiritedReposte: Sharp Gruenfeld. White almost has a defensive resource in Rd8 but the cross pin ends the show.
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  plang: 12 Bxf7+ is referred to as the Seville variation; it achieved some popularity for awhile after being used four times in the 1987 Karpov-Kasparov match. This game followed the game Yusupov-Popovic Belgrade 1989 through 19 Ke1; Black played 19..Bxe5?!and White went on to win. In his analysis Yusupov had mentioned 19..Bh6! as an improvement which Sutovsky used in this game. Yusupov's analysis had looked at 19..Bh6! 20 Qc2..Rc8 with unclear play but Sutovsky found the stronger 20..Rf8 when Black wins after 21 Qc5 (21 Rd1..Qf7) 21..Nxe4 22 Qc4+..Kh8 23 Qxe4..Qd2+ 24 Kf1..Be3 25 Qf3..Rxf3 26 gxf..b5. Sutovsky thought that if White is going to continue to play this line he should consider 18 Qd3.

21..Rf4! would have been very powerful. White was lost after 24 Ke2?!; necessary was 24 Qb5..Qxb5 25 Nxb5..Nxe4 26 Bh4 (26 Bxa7..Ng3!) 26..g5 27 Rd4..Re8 28 Nc7..Bg7 29 Rd7..Re5 30 Rd8+..Kf7 31 Bf2..Ke7 and now Kotronias found 32 Rb8..Kd7 33 Bd4..Kxc7 34 Rg8..Re7 35 Rxg7..Rxg7 36 Bxg7 with realistic drawing chances for White. The alternative 26 Qd5..Nxe4 27 Qxf7+..Kxf7 28 Bd4..Rc8 29 Kd3..Nc5 would likely have been good enough for Black to win.

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