A Chessplaying Statesman by Edward Winter

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Qb8 and his position is objectively winning. In this critical situation Ivanchuk makes a bold decision: 45…Kf6! The king leaves the corner and goes for pawn hunt on the kingside. Five moves later the following position has been reached. Ka2? g5! Qf4+). Black should give away his beautiful knight then, and his position would have become hopeless. But time pressure took its toll and White went astray. He erroneously swapped queens, after which the black king made a feast of pawns and the battle has been decided.

A5? Kxg2 Ng4! Qd4 to follow, is fine for White. NewsId=51 (9 of 11)11/11/05 20:04:01 WCC Israel 2005 News 26…Nxf2! Kg1 Qf3 Black threatens Qxg3+ and the rook joins the attack with great effect. Qxb7 h6? 32…c5! g. a6 Qe5! Kg2 Ra7. In the game White advanced his queenside pawns, which became unstoppable right after the time control. Black resigned. NewsId=51 (10 of 11)11/11/05 20:04:01 WCC Israel 2005 News have helped USA beat China's women 4:0, but the result doesn't indicate the course of the match.

Rf5!? is a possible improvement. Kg1 Bd4+! Kh1 f6 and White can still fight, though Black has a large advantage. Qxf2 37…Rxb2! Rf2 Re3, White resigned. NewsId=52 (10 of 12)11/11/05 20:09:53 WCC Israel 2005 News Zhao Xue-Aronian: Analyzing the game From the third board game it is sufficient to show the position after move 21, which is a real picture. 5). A four-point lead, with two rounds to go, is usually sufficient to ensure the victory. NewsId=52 (11 of 12)11/11/05 20:09:53 WCC Israel 2005 News and anything but a 4:0 result would be a surprise, whereas China confronts Armenia.

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