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Michal Krasenkow vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Pamplona (1998/99), Pamplona ESP, rd 8, Jan-04
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense (D26)  ·  1-0



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  plang: By omitting ..a6 Vallejo-Pons avoided the most popular mainlines though this rare sideline has not scored well for Black. 10..b6 at once would have been poor due to 11 d5. 15..f5 had been played in Yakovich-Kharlov 1997 Russian Championship (Elista; White won); 15..g6!? daring White to sacrifice was new. Krasenkov recommended 22..Rf6 followed by ..Qe8 as the best method of defending. An alternative method of defending would have been 23..exd 24 Qg6+..Kh8 25 Bxf8..Qxf8 26 Rxc8..Bxc8 27 Rd3..Qg7 28 Qe8+..Qg8 29 Re3..Nc4 30 Qxg8+..Kxg8 31 Re8+..Kf7 32 Rxc8..Nxb2 with an unclear ending. Vallejo-Pons could have drawn with 32..e5 33 dxe..Bxa2 34 Rh4+..Kg8 35 Qh7+..Kf8 36 Qf8+..Kg8 but after 32..Nc6? the 3 pieces versus queen ending was clearly better for White due to the extra pawns and the exposed Black king. 51..Bxa2? was a blunder but, by that time, Black was clearly lost.

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