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A Reijnerwold vs Tim Krabbe
Hillegom, tt Netherlands (1997), ?
French Defense: Normal Variation (C10)  ·  0-1


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  Madjesoomalops: A favourite game of mine.

<12...exf5> A strong doubled pawn; the front one is a perpetual breaking threat on f4; the back one controls e5.

<14...♘e5> Assuming that 15.dxe5 fxe5 16.♘xd5 f4 17.♗c1 fxg3 was winning, but this kind of sacrifice does not need calculation.

<16...♖de8> After 17.♘f4 there will be exchanges on f4, followed by ♖e4 and f4.

<18.dxe5> Or 18.♕d1 ♘c4 19.♗c1 ♕f7 20.b3 and, for the third time, ♘e5.

<24...♕xh4+> This is of course forced - but the prozaic ♕xh5 (25.♘h3 e4 26.♔h1 ♗c5 etc.) was an easier win - if there is a win now.

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  Madjesoomalops: <25...e4+> Better is 25...d4 with the sort of long-range tactics at which computers are not really good. Two possibilities:

a) 26.♘c4 ♖f4 27.♘xd6+ cxd6 28.♔h3 ♔c7 29.♘xf3 ♗xf3 30.♖g1 ♗xd1 31.♖xg8 ♗xc2 and Black wins.

b) 26.♘h3 dxe3 27.♖g1 e4+ 28.♔h1 exf2 29.♖xg8 ♖xg8 30.♘xf2 e3 31.♕e1 ♖e8 32.♕c3 exf2 and White is defenceless.

<27.♘f5> White should have used his Knight-desperados in reverse order: 27.♘xf3 exf3 28.♘f5 ♖4xf5 29.♖g1 ♖gf8 and Black has enough compensation for the Queen, but not more.

<28.♘e2> Or 28.♘h3 ♖g2 29.♕d4 ♖f8 30.♖fd1 ♖h2+ 31.♔g1 ♖g8+ 32.♘g5 ♖xh4 33.♕f6 ♔b8 and White loses everything.

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