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Ilia Smirin vs Tomasz Markowski
European Team Championship (2003), Plovdiv BUL, rd 4, Oct-14
Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation. Wing Attack (B43)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-14-08  D.Observer: Black was nearly winning but what happened?!
Apr-14-08  slomarko: he lost.
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  plang: Ten days prior to this game at the European Club Cup at Rethymnon Markowski had played 8..Be7 against Smirin and, although he was outplayed and was completely lost, managed to draw. 12 f3?..Bc5 13 Be3..Qb6 14 a5..Qa7 15 c3..bxc 16 bxc..Nxc3 would have favored Black. 12..bxc had been played in Walther-Pomar 1960 Madrid Zonal (Black won); 17..Nd7 was new. 17..Nb3?! missed White's idea; 17..Rc8 would have been more tenacious. Black may have expected 21 Nd4?..Nxd4 22 cxd..Qxd4+ 23 Kh1..Rd8 with a playable position underestimating 22 Qd1! when White was able to maintain his pawn advantage. 31 Re2 or 31 Qe2 would have been more accurate.

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