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Ali Marandi – Simply Unstopable…
IMG_2072After his first and last draw in round one, he started marching through the tournament like a high speed train, simply crashing through everybody! It's no surprise that the recently crowned world schools champion is considered to be one of the greatest hopes in Turkish chess. In round 5 he beat Algerian's topseed, Mohamed Haddouche, in a nice tactical display:

alimarandiPosition after 23. Qd2. It is obvious that something must have went terribly wrong in white's camp as the pawns on the queen side seem very vulnerable and the black squares incredibly bad. Black used the moment to finally make it an end 23... Rc3!! 24. Bxc3? - + (last chance to give it some hope was 24. Nxe5! Bxe5 25. Rxf4 Bxf4 26. Qxf4 Rxd3 (26... Bxb3 27. Bxc3 dxc3+ 28. d4 b4 29. axb4 axb4 30. e5 Be6) 27. Rc7) 24... dxc3+ 25. Qf2 Ne2+ 26. Kh2 Qxf2 27. Rxf2 Nxc1 28. Nxd6 Bxb3 29. Bf1 c2 30. Nf5 Rxf5 31. exf5 Nxd3 32. Bxd3 c1=Q 33. Bxb5 Qc5 0-1
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