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{Welcome again to Chessdom live coverage of the Wijk Aan Zee’s Corus.
The top encounter in the 3-rd round of Corus B is Ivan Cheparinov vs. Jan Smeets. They’re both leaders in the standings with 1,5 out of 2. Ivan and Jan are from one and the same generation, as Andrei Deviatkin calls it “the cyber-generation”. They played their first game together 7 years ago. The result from these 7 years is 4 draws and no decisive games. I hope this game will tip the balance. There’s nothing more enjoyable for observers and the commentators than a sharp effective chess game, ujst as the one we are expecting today!
Enjoy it!}

1.e4 c5 {Cheparinov enters in Sicilian once again.} 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ {Moscow variation! Smeets escapes from the Najdorf} Nc6 4.O-O Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d3 {Smeets has played these moves twice in his career, and here he deviates from his previous 8.h3} e6 9.Nbd2 Nfd7 {This way he avoids the Nh4 in the variation with Be7. With this move in 2001 Topalov wins in Dortmund with black against Anand. However, there is also a drawback. This move does not help the control in the center (does not control e4 and d5) and slows down development.}
10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.d4 cd4 13.cd4 e5 14.d5 Ncb8 15.h4 h6 16.Bh3 Be7 17.h5 Bh7 18.Nf1 {the moves until here coincide with GM Nikola Sedlak – GM Ivan Ivanisevic 1-0, Serbia 2004. The flying moves show that they are not surprised from the opening.} a5 (18…a5 19.Ng3 Na6 20.Bf1 Nac5 21.Bb5 O-O 22.a4 Kh8 23.Nd2 Bh4 24.Ndf1 Nf6 25.f3 Rc8 26.Be3 Ng8 27.Re2 Bg5 28.Ra3 Bf4 29.Rc3 Qg5 30.Bc5 dc5 31.Rg2 Qf6 32.Ne3 Rfd8 33.Nc4 Ra8 34.Rd3 Ne7 35.Ne2 Bg5 36.Qe1 Nc6 37.Bc6 bc6 38.d6 Re8 39.Qc3 Re6 40.Qa3 g6 41.Qc5 gh5 42.gh5 Rg8 43.d7 Rd8 44.Qa5 Qe7 45.Qc7 f5 46.Nd6 Bg8 47.ef5 Rf6 48.Nb7 Qb4 49.Nc3 Qh4 50.Qe5 Bf4 51.Qe7 Bh2+ 52.Kf1 Bg3 53.Rg3) {1-0 Sedlak – Ivanisevic. Where will Smeets and Cheparinov deviate?} 19.Ng3 Na6 20.Bd2 {Finally a new move!} Nac5 21.Re3 {Smeets was looking for natural development with Rc1, but looks like he is affraid of Nd3. The move is not dangerous at all} (21.Rc1 Nd3 22.Ba5 Qa5 23.Qd3) {and even gives slight advantage to white} b5 22.Qe2 b4 23.Rc1 Qb6 24.Kh2 Qa6 25.Qa6 Ra6 26.Bf1 Rb6 27.Ree1 Rb8 28.Kh3 O-O 29.b3 (29… Rfc8 30.Nh4){ with idea Nhf5 is unpleasant for black} Rfc8 30.Nh4 {Of course this advantage is not decisive yet} Bh4 31.Kh4 f6 32.f3 Kf7 33.Kh3 Rc7 34.Rc2 Ra7 35.Rb1 Ke7 {Smeets has only a minute until the time control. Cheparinov has close to half an hour} 36.Be2 Nb6 37.Rcb2 Rc7 38.Kg2 Ncd7 39.Kf2 Nc8 40.Ra1 Nc5 {Smeets passed the control, holding a slight advantage. At the same time Topalov – Polgar and Adams – Carlsen finished draw, while the young Yufan Hou literally crushed Short in 23 moves} 41.Rc1 {And a problem again with the DGT system. Smeets time shows 0:00. Let’s hope this will be solved soon, as already 3 rounds it creates confusion.} Nb6 42.Ke1 Nbd7 43.Be3 Ra7 44.Rc4 Rc7 45.Kd2 Rbc8 46.Rcc2 Rb8 47.Rc1 Rbc8 48.Rbc2 Rb8 49.Bd1 Rbc8 {Probably draw will be agreed soon} 50.Ke2 Nb6 51.Bd2 Kd8 52.Ke3 Na6 53.Rc7 Rc7 54.Rc7 Nc7 55.Be2 {White’s advantage becomes more and more clear} Nd7 56.Bc4 Nb6 57.Bd3 Kc8 58.Ke2 {The king frees the path of the knight towards c4 (Nf1-e3-c4)} Kb7 59.Be3 Nd7 60.Nf1 Nc5 {Smeets reached a veey nice position. Even 60… Nc5 61.Bc5 dc5 62.Ne3 is enough to create serious trouble for Cheparinov} 61.Bc4 Kc8 62.Nd2 Bg8 63.Kd1 Bf7 64.Be2 Nb7 65.Nc4 Be8 66.Bb6 a4 {after} (66… a4 67.Nb2 ab3) {black cannot keep the b4 pawn} 67.Kd2 ab3 68.ab3 Nb5 69.Ne3 Nd4 70.Bd4 ed4 71.Nf5 {black cannot defend the position. The only thing that can help Cheparinov is time trouble, but there is no way to know how much is left} Nc5 72.Bc4 Kc7 73.Ng7 Bd7 74.Ne6+ Be6 75.de6 Kd8 76.Bd5 {We do not know if this is the final move of the game, but Cheparinov has resigned. Very good game for Jan Smeets. He built the way to victory step by step and used all the weaknesses in the srtucture of Cheparinov. Thank you for following the game live on, tomorrow we continue!} 1-0

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