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White: GM Aleksander Wojtkiewicz
Black: Peter Bereolos
1996 Kings Island Open
Round 3, Board 3

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 c6 9.Rb1

Not the most popular move in this position, but a Wojo favorite. This idea got an intense workout in the 2nd Piatigorsky Cup with Portisch and Donner (once with the knight on e2 instead of f3) taking up the White side against Fischer, Reshevsky, and Najdorf. 9...exd4 This was Wojo's choice when he was on the Black side of this position. Vassily Kotronias recommends Fischer's choice of 9...a6 in his King's Indian repertoire book. Kasparov, on the other hand, went for the more classical setup with 9...a5 against Gavrikov in 1994 10.Nxd4 Re8 11.h3 Nc5 12.Re1 a5 13.b3 Deviating from 13.Bf4 in the Kunsztowicz-Wojtkiewicz game 13...Qb6 13...Nfd7 is the main move here. One more World Champion is heard from at this point. In a simul game Kramnik played 13...Bd7 but this move doesn't really impress and Black would not likely have gotten offered a draw in the final position if he was a lesser player. 14.Be3 The database shows White scoring 76.8% from here, not the kind of statistics you want to face a GM from unless you have some improvement prepared, which I did not. 14...Qc7 15.Qc2 h6 The best move is likely 15...Nfd7 On Chess Base's Let's Check database there is a line from Deep Fritz with 15...Qb6 16.a3 Qc7 which is too deep for me! 16.Rbd1 Bd7 17.f4 Re7 18.Bf2 Rae8 The doubling of rooks on the e-file keeps the pressure on the White e-pawn, but there are times in an emergency when Black needs to defend the d-pawn with Bf8 or Ne8 which are now off the table. 19.Re2 Nh5?! 19...Qc8 20.Kh2 h5 20.Kh2

20...Ne6? Showing a complete lack of understanding of the position. Yes, an exchange of minor pieces helps relieve Black's cramped position, but the Nc5 was doing it's job keeping pressure on e4. Black should wait for a3 and b4 kicking the knight before retreating as in that case White would have loosened c4. Although it is very difficult to move a piece back one move later, Black should admit that ...Nh5 was rather pointless and play 20...Nf6 21.Nxe6 Bxe6? Bad moves in bunches. The awkward 21...Rxe6 had to be played. 22.Red2 Black doesn't have a good way to defend the d-pawn. 22...g5 22...Rd8 23.c5; 22...Rd7 23.f5 23.Bf3 Nf6 24.f5 Bc8 25.Rxd6 Nd7 26.c5 Be5 27.Rxh6 Kg7 28.Rhd6 f6 29.Ne2 Rh8 30.Kg2 Qb8 31.R6d2 Bc7 32.Nd4 Ne5 33.Be2 Rhe8 34.Nf3 Nf7 35.Bd3 Rh8 36.Qc3 Bd7 37.Bc4 Qe8 38.Bxf7 Kxf7 39.Nxg5+ fxg5 40.Rxd7 Rh7 41.e5 Bxe5 42.Qc4+ Kf6 43.R1d6+ Kg7 44.Rxe7+ 1-0