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Tomi Nyback vs Michal Krasenkow
European Championship (2004), Antalya TUR, rd 2, May-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: The 7 Bc4 line was popular around the time of the Kasparov-Karpov matches; at that time it was fashionable for Black to play ..Bg4 forcing f3. Here Black chooses a different course. In Pedersen-Platz 1952 Helsinki Olympiad Black had played 15..Rfc8 and White had gone on to win; 15..Nc6?! was new (15..e6 was suggested as better) but led to a loss of time and a promising White initiative. 19 Bd7! with the idea of e6 looks like an improvement. 26 h5 would have been more aggressive after which Black would have had to take into account possible sacrifices on g6. 28 Bd2?! was illogical chasing the knight to a more centralized square.

Bogdanov on 29 d5?:
"Spectacular yet bad. During the last few moves Black has noticeably improved the cenralizationof his forces, so there should be no reason for such a sharp action."

Black, however, had let White off the hook with 30 dxe?; Black would have had excellent winning chances after 30..dxc 31 Nd5..Qe6 32 Nf6+..Kh8 33 exf..Rxe4 34 Be3..Nb4 35 Qc3..Ree8!. Better would have been 37..gxh! with equality after 38 Bxf6+..Qxf6 39 Rxb5. White's last chance to play for a win would have been 42 Bh4!..Rc2 43 Rf5..Kg7 44 a4.

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