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White: GM Varuzhan Akobian
Black: FM Peter Bereolos
Chicago Open, 2004
Round 2, Board 9
40/2, SD/1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bg5 d6 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Be2 e5 8. O-O h6 9. Bh4 g5 I played 9... c6 against Eric Vaughan in the 2000 Knoxville City Championship, but here decided to follow the game Ruban-Judit Polgar 1993 PCA qualifier. 10. dxe5!

A big improvement on Ruban's 10. Bg3 which allows Black to capture the bishop with 10... Nh5 10... dxe5 11. Bg3 Qe7 My original notes quoted analysis by Judit of 11... Nh5 12. Bxe5 with clear advantage to White. However, engines now point out 12...Nxe5 (insead of 12...Bxe5, which is the only move that has been seen in practice) 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Bxh5 Be6 12...Bxe5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Bxh5 Nxc4 has been tried a couple of times. 12. Qc2 c6 13. Nd2 Re8?! This move doesn't really accomplish much. Shirov won a game in the Budesliga with 13... Ne8 looking to cover the e4 square with ...f5 14. a3 b6 14... a5 might be a small improvement, but White likely continues in similar fashion to the game. 15. Rfd1 e4 Trying to stop Nd2-e4-d6, but unleashing Bg3 and weakening d4. 16. b4 Nf8 17. Nb3 Bg4 18. Nd4 Bd7 19. Rd2 an impressive move. I had expected 19. b5, but Akobian realizes that Black can't do anything constructive with his position so first doubles rooks on the open file. 19... N6h7 20. Rad1 f5 21. b5 Qf6 22. bxc6 Bxc6 23. Nxc6 Qxc3 24. Qxc3 Bxc3 25. Rd5 Re6 26. Nd4 Bxd4 27. R1xd4 Rf6 28. Be5 Rc6 29. Rd6 Rac8 30. Rxc6 Rxc6 31. c5 Nf6 31... bxc5 32. Bc4+ Ne6 33. Rd7 is brutal 32. Rd6 Rxd6 33. Bxd6 much stronger than 33. cxd6 when Black can hold out for awhile by blockading the d-pawn. 33... Ne8 loses immediately, but 33... bxc5 34. Bxc5 and the a-pawn drops off, so it doesn't look like Black has much hope. 34. Bc4+ Kg7 35. Be5+ Kh7 36. c6 Ng6 37. c7 Ne7 38. Be6 [1:0]