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White: GM Aleksander Wojtkiewicz
Black: FM Peter Bereolos
2006 Chicago Open
Round 2, Board 6

This game was also analyzed by Jonathan Hilton and Dean Ippolito in the book Wojo's Weapons Volume 2. 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.d4 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 a6 9.Re1 exd4 10.Nxd4 Re8 11.h3 Rb8 12.Rb1 Probably the best set up against the Gallagher Variation.

12...Ne5 If Black is going to play the thematic ...c5 and ...b5 he should do so immediately with 12...c5 13.Nc2 b5 as I did against Calvin Blocker in the 2003 Kings Island Open. White's set up is really directed against the knight move as it generally results in White getting the moves b3 and f4 for free. In many White setups, b3 exposes Ra1 to tactics along the long diagonal and f4 loosens the position of a Be3. Here, White has preemptively removed the rook from the long diagonal and has refrained from playing Be3. As we will also see, the move f4 also allows tactics with e5. 13.b3 c5 14.Nc2 b5?! Here Black needs to just fight for squares with 14...Nc6 15.f4 Ned7 the problem now is that 15...Nc6? just drops a piece to 16.e5 16.Qxd6 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Qxd6 is another good option for White 16...Qa5 It is probably better to play 16...Nh5 17.Ne2 bxc4 at least restoring material equality 17.Qd3 Rd8 18.Rd1 Bb7 19.Bd2 b4 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.cxd5 Qxa2 Black has gotten his pawn back, but at a great cost in time and space.

22.e5 Qa5 23.Ne3 Qb5 24.Qc2 Nb6 25.Be1 Rbc8 26.Bf2 c4 27.bxc4 Nxc4 28.Qe2 Bf8 29.Nxc4 Qxc4 30.Qxc4 Rxc4 31.d6 Bxg2 32.Kxg2 a5 Trying to break up the White pawn chain and bring the king into play doesn't seem to work either 32...f6 33.Rd4 Rxd4 34.Bxd4 fxe5 35.fxe5 a5 36.Bb6 Ra8 37.d7 Be7 38.e6 33.Bb6 Ra8 34.d7 Be7 35.d8Q+ Bxd8 36.Rxd8+ Rxd8 37.Bxd8 a4 38.Be7 Rc2+ 39.Kf3 b3 40.Rd1 Rc3+ 41.Ke2 f5 42.Ba3 Kf7 43.Rd7+ Ke8 44.Rd3 Rc2+ 45.Rd2 Rc3 46.e6 Rxg3 47.e7 Rg2+ 48.Ke3 Rxd2 49.Kxd2 h6 50.h4 Kf7 51.Kd3 Ke8 52.Kd4 Kf7 53.Ke5 b2 54.Bxb2 Kxe7 55.Ba3+ Kf7 56.Bd6 Kg7 57.Ba3 Kf7 58.Bc5 Kg7 59.Bb4 Kf7 60.Bd6 Kg7 61.Ke6 g5 61...Kg8 62.Kf6 Kh7 63.Ba3 h5 64.Be7 Kh6 65.Ke5+-] 62.Kxf5 gxh4

63.Ke6 Hilton and Ippolito discuss the move 63.Kg4? and improve on Wojo's line of 63...h3? 64.Kxh3? Kg6 65.Kg4 h5+! 66.Kg3 Kf5 with a draw They first tnote that White wins with 64.Be5+! Kf7 65.f5 winning since 65...h2 66.Bxh2! Kf6 67.Bd6 h5+ 68.Kf4! prepares Be5+ again when the bishop can simultaneous guard both f6 and a1. Next, they impove for Black with 63...h5+ but their comment of dislodging White's king first and allowing Black to play ...Kf6 stopping f4-f5 is slightly in error. After 64.Kxh4 Black must play 64...Kg6! (as 64...Kf6? is refuted by 65.Kxh5! Kf5 66.Kh4 a3 67.Kg3 and White is still in time to play Be5 stopping the a-pawn.) ; Black can also draw after 63. Kg4? with 63...Kf6 64.Be5+ Ke6! 65.Bd4 h5+! 66.Kg5 h3 67.f5+! Kd5 68.Be5 a3! 69.Kh4! h2! 70.Bxh2! Kf6! but not with 63...Kg6? 64.f5+! Kf6 65.Kf4 h3 66.Be5+ Kf7 67.Kg3+- 63...h3 64.f5 a3 65.f6+ Kg6 65...Kh7 66.f7 a2 67.f8Q a1Q 68.Qf7+ 66.f7 a2 67.f8Q a1Q 68.Qf5+ 1-0