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Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez vs Nigel Short
Dortmund (1980), Dortmund FRG, rd 7, Aug-24
Modern Defense: Two Knights Variation (B06)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-18-04  ConLaMismaMano: Is there an advantage for white or black if 34.Qxc5 Qh2 (Qg2 35.Qxe5+, etc) 35.Rd7+ Kh6 36.Qd6 Rb2 37.Qd2 Rxd2 38.Rxd2, etc??
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  tpstar: <ConLaMismaMano> I agree that 34. Qxc5 would have held in all lines, although I would leave the Rd6 alone and bring the Qc5 back first:

1) 34 ... Qh2 35. Qe3 Ra2/Rb2 36. Rd2, or 35 ... Rc2+ 36. Kd1 Ra2/Rb2 37. Rd2

2) 34 ... Ra2 35. Qe3 Ra1+ 36. Kd2 Ra2+ 37. Kd3 (this is what White may have missed = King up)

3) 34 ... Rf3 35. Qg1! Rxc3+ 36. Kd2 and Black has no checks plus the Qg3 can't leave the file (37. Qxg6+)

I think 34. Rxg6+!? proves White was playing for the win, gaining 3 Pawns (g6/c5/a6) for the extra Rook while ending the immediate mating threats. Moreover, Black had to find 35 ... Qg3! holding everything for the moment (i.e. something that wouldn't lose to 36. Rg1). So easy for us without the clock ticking, huh!? Good job CLMM on that pick-up, and congratulations to both players for a marvelous fighting draw.

Mar-27-10  ainong: Definitely 34.Qxc5 was the best move.
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