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Semion Alapin vs Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky
St Petersburg (1905)
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  0-1
ANALYSIS [x]

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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-06-12  Bnasty: 23. Rb1 Nc7? 24 Rb4????
please explain. Why did Chotimirsky leave his pawn open and more importantly why didnt alapin take on b6?
Mar-06-12  JohnBoy: <Bnasty> - if 24.Rxb6 then 24...Ndb5 picks up the trapped a3 rook.
Mar-07-12  Bnasty: I dunnoh if my chess engine isn't that great but after 25.Bf5 Nxa3 26.Bxd6 Nc2 is better for white than what played out.
Mar-07-12  sambo: Rxb6 looks pretty clever to me.

Notice that if 24...Ndb5 25. Rb3! is nice, since after 25...axb3 the black rook is trapped.

If instead 24...Ncb5 then 25. Bf4 Nxa3 26. Bxd6 Nc2 27. Kf2 is good.

The moral is that although the white rook seems to be trapped, the black rook on c4 is not really in such a good place, either.

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