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Vladimir Kramnik vs Xavier Vila Gazquez
Barcelona sim (2002) (exhibition), Jun-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  1-0


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Jun-01-10  tonsillolith: Why is <10. d5> a good move? I would be hesitant to play it because it seems to weaken c5 and e5, allowing the knight on d7 to hop to either. I can see that the move shuts off the b7 bishop, providing more support for the e4 square to prepare the advance of the e pawn.

I also see that after <10...exd5 11. cxd5>, black has a backward c pawn which might be hard to defend.

Are there aspects of the position I'm missing?

Jun-01-10  tonsillolith: Thanks for the input. Interestingly enough, some computer analysis suggests that 10...e5 may not be forced, and I have provided the lines given.

Analysis by FireBird 1.2 x64:

1. = (0.12): 10...Nc5 11.b4 Nce4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Qd3 Nf6 14.Nd2 a5 15.bxa5 Rxa5 16.dxe6 Bxg2 17.exf7+ Rxf7 18.Kxg2 Qa8+ 19.f3 Ra3 20.Nb3 Ng4 21.Kg1 Ne5 22.Qd5 Qe8 23.Rfc1 Nc6 24.e4

2. = (0.21): 10...exd5 11.Nxd5 Nc5 12.Nd4 a5 13.Qf4 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Bxd5 15.cxd5 f5 16.Qd2 Qe8 17.e3 Qe4 18.Nc6 Rfe8 19.Rac1 a4 20.Rc3 Qf3 21.Qd1 Qxd1 22.Rxd1

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