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White opens with 1. d4 and MatoJelic responds with the ultra-sharp ALekhine Variation of the Slav Defense, starting with 3. …dxc4 and 4. …b5. Black obtains a very reasonable position from the opening due to his extremely active piece-play, although white manages to create a long-term weakness on e6 as well as win the bishop pair. Black is further compensated by white’s knight on a2 that is totally out of play, leading to a very interesting, dynamically imbalanced position after 30. …Qxc5+. Black has good winning chances due to white’s pawn weaknesses on the queenside, however white is compensated by better coordination and black’s weak pawn on e6. MatoJelic actually had a winning line after 41. Qe5? by playing 42. Rb8! – however in time pressure he played 42. …b2 that allowed 43. Rb5. After a mass exchange of pawns, white came out with a clear advantage however black would have retained excellent drawing chances with 46. …Rg6 – simultaneously attacking the g3 pawn and defending black’s g7 pawn. After 46. …Rf1+ the position is lost for black. This game was a fantastic demonstration of the power of the initiative and after a well-played opening MatoJelic was unfortunate to make a few small errors in time-trouble towards the end.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e4 b5 5.a4 b4 6.Na2 Nf6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Bxc4 e6 9.Nf3 Nd7 10.0–0 Be7 11.Bd2 a5 12.Qe2 N7b6 13.b3 c5 14.Bd3 cxd4 15.Nxd4 0–0 16.Nc6 Qd7 17.Qe4 f5 18.exf6 Nxf6 19.Nxe7+ Qxe7 20.Qe2 Bb7 21.Rae1 Bd5 22.Nc1 Qb7 23.f4 Nc8 24.Be3 Nd6 25.Bc5 Qc6 26.Bxd6 Qxd6 27.Bc4 Ne4 28.Nd3 Bxc4 29.bxc4 Nc5 30.Nxc5 Qxc5+ 31.Rf2 Rae8 [31…Rxf4 32.Qxe6+ Kh8 33.Qe3 Qxe3 34.Rxe3 Rxc4 35.Rf7 Rc1+ 36.Kf2 h6 37.Ree7 Rc2+ 38.Kg3 Rg8µ] 32.g3 Qc6 [32…e5! 33.fxe5 Rxe5 34.Qxe5 Qxf2+] 33.Qe5 Rf5 34.Qe4 Qxa4 35.Rd2 b3 36.Rd6 Rf6 [36…Qb4 37.Rxe6 Rxe6 38.Qxe6+ Kh8 39.Qc8+ Rf8 40.Re8 Qe1+–+] 37.Rb6 Qa3 38.Qc6 Ref8 39.Qb5 a4 40.Ra6 Qb2 41.Qe5 Qxe5 42.Rxe5
42…b2? [42…Rb8! 43.Re1 b2 44.Rb1 Rb4 45.c5 Rf5 46.Ra5 Rb3 47.Rxa4 Rxc5 48.Kg2 Rc1 49.Rxb2 Rxb2+; 42…Rb8 43.Re1 b2 44.Rb1 Rb4 45.c5 Rf5 46.c6 Rc5] 43.Rb5 e5 44.Rxa4 exf4 45.Rxb2 fxg3 46.hxg3 Rf1+ 47.Kg2 Rc1 48.Rb7 Rc2+ 49.Kh3 Rc8 50.Raa7+- R2xc4 51.Rxg7+ Kf8 52.Raf7+ Ke8 53.Rxh7 Rc1 54.Kg4 R1c4+ 55.Kg5 R4c5+ 56.Kg6 R5c6+ 57.Kg7 R6c7 58.Rh8# 1–0
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