(1) Nepomniachtchi,I (2733) - Smeets,J (2662) [D45]
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (9), 25.01.2011
[Elshan Moradiabadi]

Contrary to his countryman, Smeets scored a win, in order to excite the local fans!

Eh? Isn't "Nepo" an 1.e4 player? A strange time to decide to experiment with 1.d4

1...d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2
Slav...Though just a "semi"

6...Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 a6 10.Rd1 b5 11.e4?N
Well...A Novelty!

11...bxc4 12.e5 Qc7 13.exd6 Qxd6 14.Bg5 a5 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.Na4 Ba6 17.Nc5 Rfb8 18.Rac1 h6
Black is not fully a pawn up, nevertheless, the White's self-destruction plan is starting to bear fruits!

19.a3 Nd7 20.Ne4 Qd5 21.Nc3 Qf5 22.Qe2 Qf4 23.Rc2 Rd8 24.Rcd2 Rab8 25.g3 Qc7 26.Qe3 Bb7 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.Qxe5 Qxe5 29.dxe5 Rxd2 30.Rxd2 c5 31.f4
White has maintained equality in spite of the pawn he lost...Sorry...."sacrificed" on move 13.

31...g5 32.Kf2 gxf4 33.gxf4 Bc6 34.Ke3 Kf8 35.Rd6 Be8 36.Rd2 Bc6 37.h4 Ke7 38.Rd6 Bh1 39.Na4?!
[39.Ra6 would have been enough for a draw!]

39...Rb3+ 40.Kd2 Rf3
Black rooks invade White's territory, and Black is clearly better now.

41.Nxc5 Rxf4 42.Ra6 Rxh4 43.Rxa5 h5 44.Ke3 Rh2 45.Ra7+ Kf8 46.Rc7 Rxb2 47.Nd7+ Kg7 48.Rxc4 Rb3+ 49.Kf2 Rxa3 50.Rh4 Bc6 51.Nf6 Rf3+ 52.Ke2 Rf5 53.Nxh5+ Kg6 54.Ng3 Rxe5+ 55.Kf2 Ra5 56.Rg4+ Kf6 57.Rg8 Ra2+ 58.Ke3 Ke5 59.Rc8 Ra3+ 60.Kf2 Bd5 61.Nf1 Ra2+ 62.Ke3 f5 63.Nd2 f4+ 64.Ke2 Kd4 65.Rf8 e5 66.Ke1 e4 0-1