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Igor Alexandre Nataf vs Joel Lautier
Clichy FRA (2001), GM, rd 2, Jun-26
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Aug-05-07  AuDo: 15...0-0=
Jan-28-18
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  plang: In this long theoretical line Black's exchange sacrifice is considered necessary as otherwise White just gets a better endgame with a favorable pawn structure. In a 1996 blitz game between Rublevsky and Anand White had played 19 Be3; 19 Bf4 was new. A cute trap would have been 19..Nxc5?! 20 0-0-0..Nd3+ 21 Rxd3..Bxd3 22 Re1+ and White wins. Nataf's 21 0-0-0! gave back the exchange for a better endgame. The alternative 24..axb?! 25 cxb..Nd3+ 26 Kc2..Ne5 27 Rc5..f6 28 a5..Rb8 29 c4..Kf7 30 Rxe5!..fxe 31 31 c5 would have been winning for White. 32 Bc7 would have been an improvement. 33 Rd4? threw away White's advantage; 33 Rd7..Ne5 34 Ra7..Nc6 35 Rxa6..Ke7 36 Ra8..f5 37 a5..f4 38 a6..f3 39 a7 followed by Re8+ would have been winning for White.

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