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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Boris Gelfand
Pamplona (1999/00), Pamplona ESP, rd 1, Dec-27
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1



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  plang: White avoided 5 Nxe5!?..Qe7 6 f4..d6 7 Nd3..Bf5 though it may be playable. 7..c6 was a new move; 8..0-0 and 8..h6 had been played previously. 15..Nd4?! led to a dubious piece sacrifice; Gelfand recommended 15..Nd6 16 Qxe5..Nxe4 17 Qxe4..Re8 18 Qf3..Qd4 19 Rg1 with a small White edge. Black's attack would have been very strong after 30 Qxb6..Qh2 31 Rxg4..Qxf2+ 32 Kd1..Rab8 33 Qe6+..Kh8 34 Bc1..Qxa2. After 33 Qf4?! White no longer had an advantage; better was 33 Rh3..Qg4 34 Qf4..Qg1 35 Rxh5..Qzf1 36 Qf5!..Qvf2+ 37 Kb1..Qe1 38 38 Qxh7+..Kf7 39 Qf5+..Kg8 40 a3..f2 41 Qh3..Kf8 42 Qf3+..Kg8 43 Rh1..Qe2 44 Qh3 and White should prevail. After 34 Bh3? White was lost; 34 Rh3 was better.

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