Wijk aan Zee 2009

(1) Navara,D (2638) - Sasikiran,K (2711) [B25]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (9), 27.01.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.f4 Rb8 7.Nf3 b5 8.a3 e6 9.Be3 Nge7 [9...Nd4 is more usual in such positions, preventing the advance d3-d4.] 10.d4 b4 11.axb4 Rxb4 12.dxc5 d5?! [12...Rxb2 looks a better try, with a murky position after 13.e5 ] 13.exd5 exd5 14.Ne5! Nxe5 15.fxe5 d4 If he does not takethe piece, Black is clearly worse, so Sasikiran decides that he may as well have some material to suffer for. However, the position proves to be very bad for Black. 16.Bg5! dxc3 17.Qxd8+ Kxd8 18.bxc3 Rg4 19.0-0-0+ Ke8 20.Bf6! Bxf6 [The text loses simply, but after 20...Rg8 21.Rd6 Black is tied hand and foot. Against the threat of Rhd1, the only attempt to defend is 21...Ra4 22.Kb2 Ra6 but then simply 23.Rxa6 Bxa6 24.Ra1 is overwhelming.] 21.exf6 Ra4 22.c6! Better than taking back the piece on e7, wince the latter is not going anywhere. 22...Bg4 [22...Nf5 23.Rhe1+ Be6 24.c7 mates.] 23.Rd2 h5 24.c7 Bd7 25.Bc6! [An extremely elegant final blow. 25.Bc6 Nxc6 26.Re1+ Kf8 27.Rxd7 forces mate in 15, as Fritz 11 politely points out.] 1-0

(2) Kasimdzhanov,R (2687) - Vallejo Pons,F (2702) [D80]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 28.01.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Rb1 b6 9.Nf3 c6 10.a4 Bg7 11.Nd2 0-0 12.Be2 a6 13.Nxc4 Nd7 14.Nd2 b5 15.c4 bxc4 16.Bxc4 Bxc4 17.Nxc4 Bf6 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.0-0 Qc7 20.Ne5 Nd7 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Qc2 Rab8 23.Qc4 a5 24.Qc5 Qc7 25.Rb5 Ra8 26.Qc3 Rfc8 27.Rc5 e6 28.Rc1 Ra6 29.h4 h5 30.Rb1 Raa8 31.g3 Ra6 32.Kg2 Qa7 33.Rbb5 Kh7 34.Rxa5 Rxa5 35.Rxa5 Qb7 36.Rc5 Qb1 37.Qc2 Qxc2 38.Rxc2 Ra8 39.Ra2 Kg7 40.a5 Ra6 41.Kf3 Kf6 42.Kf4 Ke7 43.Kg5 e5 44.dxe5 c5 45.Kf4 c4 46.Ke4 1-0

(3) Bosboom,M (2418) - Bitalzadeh,A (2400) [B57]
Corus C Wijk aan Zee NED (10), 28.01.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Bd7 7.Bb3 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.h3 0-0 10.0-0 b5 11.Re1 b4 12.Nd5 a5 13.a4 Rc8 14.Bg5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5! dxe5 18.d6 Re8 19.Qf3 Bf5 20.g4 Qxd6? 21.gxf5 gxf5 22.Kh1 h6 23.Qh5! hxg5 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.Qh5+ Kg7 26.Rg1 g4 27.Qxf5 Qf6 28.Rxg4+ Kh6 29.Qe4 e6 30.Qe3+ Kh7 31.Qg3 1-0

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