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Vladimir Bagirov vs Zsofia Polgar
Brno Morava-B (1991), Brno CSR, rd 1
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: English Variation (A01)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  fredthebear: White couldn't quite get the center pawn fork trick going. After the possible 9.NxBc6 BxBc6 10.e5 forking two Black minor pieces is met by the counterattack 10...BxNc3 removing the e-pawn's defender and threatening the White queen. So the necessary safeguarding 11.QxBc3 loses the now unprotected e-pawn to 11...Bxe4.

Instead White actually played 9.Nbd2 to prepare to thwart Black's best response to an e5-pawn thrust by arranging 11.NxNc3 to make the fork trick work. Black saw it coming and played 9...e5 to block the advance, preventing White from getting in the fork trick.

As a result of Black advancing the e-pawn instead of White, a closed center pawn chain ensues, and it's rather slow going in this one. Rook exchanges occur on the open c-file. Then there's a jig or two with the minor pieces but neither side gets the edge.

We're left with a bishop's of opposite colors ending with the pawns on one side of the board. White has two extra pawns, but it's a pair of doubled pawns, so a draw is agreed.

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