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Ivan Salgado Lopez vs Evgeny Alekseev
European Team Championship (2009), Novi Sad SRB, rd 9, Oct-30
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0



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Oct-31-09  Eyal: <Several unlikely things happened in the final round to send the second-seeded Boys from Baku home with the trophy. First, Russian 4th board Alekseev had to get blown off the board by Spain's Ivan Salgado, a 170-point underdog. That evened the match after Morozevich beat Vallejo with black on board two.

Hard to say what inspired the theoretically-obsessed Alekseev to play a very risky French that left him struggling to survive from the start. White has a fantastic score in this h7 sac line. Alekseev defended it successfully against Mamedyarov earlier this year [Mamedyarov vs E Alekseev, 2009 ], however, so maybe just bad luck for him and a very powerful game from Salgado to play the spoiler. And/or Alekseev just wasn't ready for the immediate 13.h4 the Spaniard played -- followed by 14.h5 and 15.h6 and 16.h7! Excelsior! Something to be said for single-mindedness.> (

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  Domdaniel: Yep, that White h-pawn can be a nuisance in the Winawer. A possible improvement for Black is 15...Rg6 16.h7 Rh8 -- posting the other Rook on h8 and retaining play on the g-file. This does however lose the d-pawn if White plays 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Qxd4. In return, though, the h7-pawn can be rounded up with ...Rg7 etc.
Aug-01-15  maxi: Salgado on a good day is a tough customer. A very nice game.

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