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Mihail Marin vs Hannes Hlifar Stefansson
Istanbul Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 7, Nov-04
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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  plang: White loses material after 12 Nxe5?..Bf6. Not sure what the idea was with 12..Bb3 and 13..Be6 - it seems to help White favorably rearrange his pieces. With 17 Ba1!? Marin sacrificed the exchange for play on the light squares along with two powerful bishops. Afew months later at Bucharest 2001 Solak played 22..Nc8 against Marin and after 23 Rc1..Nd7 the game ended in a draw; Marin thought that White could have maintained an edge (after 22..Nc8) with 23 Qc3..Ne7 24 Ba7..Ra8 25 Be3..c6 26 bxc..bxc 27 Bc5. The center pawns were very strong after 35..Rxa4?! 36 Rxf5; perhaps 35..g6 would have been an improvement.

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