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Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov vs Peter Svidler
EU-chT (Men) (1997), Pula CRO, rd 9, May-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Becker Defense (C34)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  plang: 4 b3 is an interesting idea; one that probably wouldn't have been considered prior to 1930 when the Kings Gambit used to be played more often. Fedorov is critical of 8 Qe2; saying that * Bc4 is preferable. Still, Fedorov gets a promising attack for his exchange sacrifice. He recommends 18 Ne3 as leading to a large advantage for white. The game continuation leads to interesting complications which peter out to a draw.
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  fredthebear: If the Black king tries to make a run for it to the queenside in hopes of avoiding the draw, White will/must give check perpetually. The White queen will move laterally and check along the 6th rank repeatedly (f, g, and h-files). The White bishop will contribute checks from the kingside with Bh5+ and Bg4+. The bishop checks cover when the Queen cannot safely go to e6 or d6 (she covers the dark squares from Qf6). The Black king will be kept on h8, g8, f8, e8, and d7 until three-fold repetition of the position occurs. No other Black piece will be given an opportunity to move.
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  fredthebear: Well, the Black rook could capture the White bishop, but it would be foolish to do so because the rook is pinned. 27...Kf8 28.Qf6+ Ke8 29.Bh5+ RxBh5? 30.QxQd4 etc.
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