|3rd Karpov International Chess Tournament / Poikovsky, 16-24 April 2002|
Brief grandmasters commentaries after 7th round.
In this game the critical position was after my 26…e5. White's 27.Rdg1 was not the good move. After 27.Re4 c5! 28.d5 Nf6 29.Rxe5 Rxd5 position is better for Black. However, White could play 27.Re1!? Nf6 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.Nxe5 Nxg4 30.Nf7+ Kh7 31.Nxd8 Nxf2 32.Kc2 and arising position is unclear, interesting and non-standard.
30.Ne5 was a mistake. Of course, White can not play 30.c4 in view of 30...Ne4 with further Nd2 and winning a pawn. Better would be 30.Kc2; may be, Black would be a better but only a little.