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Victor Bologan vs Mark Paragua
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) (rapid), Tripoli LBA, rd 1, Jun-20
Sicilian Defense: Kramnik Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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Sep-04-05  rjsolcruz: Mark Paragua, RP's 6th GM to date, used the ancient Kan Variation of the Sicilian to defeat Bologan. And it was Torre's favorite variation, too! Of course, the Philippines is a small world and Torre may have shared this to the young Paragua.

Looking back, on GM Bologan's 7th move, Spielmann fired 7. a3 vs Tartokower in 1925 Marienbad while Geller laid 7. Be3 vs Taimanov in 1958 Riga.

Back to the present, Ehlvest rocked with 7. Bd3 vs Kasparov in 1991 Linares and 7. Qe2 vs Movsesian in 1998 New York.

The now retired Kasparov followed Spielmann's 7. a3 vs Kramnik in 2001 Moscow and vs Vallejo and vs Ivanchuk in 2002 Linares.

And Mark's 7th reply differed from Tarrasch's 7. ... d6 vs Hromadka in 1922 Bad Pistyan, Saemisch's 7. ... b6 vs Opocensky in 1922 Bad Pistyan and Bronstein's 7. ... Bc5 vs Honfi in 1963 Miskolc.

Well, Mark would not have been a GM for nothing!

This is not just a nice win for Mark. It is a historic win considering the importance of the event; THE World Championship.

Sep-04-05  euripides: <rjsol> welcome ! This is a nice game, but I think Bologan won.
Sep-16-05  rjsolcruz: you are correct! it was the other game that paragua won.

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