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Etienne Bacrot vs Viktor Antonovich Bologan
6th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2005), Poikovsky RUS, rd 8, Mar-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
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  patzer2: After 40...Ne6? 41. Rc6! a5?!, White's 42. Bc3! springs a decisive deflection and pin attack.

Instead of <40...Ne6?>, Black seems to hold with 40...Ne4+, when play could continue 40...Ne4+ 41.Kf3 Re5 42.Bf7+ Kg7 43.Bc4+ Kg6 44.Bxa6 Bxh4 45.Rc6+ Bf6 46.Rxb6 Ng5+ 47.Ke2 f4 48.Bd2 Kg7 49.Rb7+ Kg6 50.Bd3+ Kh5 51.Rd7 Nh3 52.e4 Rg5 53.b4 Rg2+ 54.Kd1 Nf2+ 55.Kc2 f3 56.a4 Ng4 57.Ba6 Bg5 58.Kc3 Nf6 59.Bxg5 Nxd7 60.Be3 Nf6 61.Bd3 f2 62.Kd4 Ng4 63.Be2 Kg6 64.b5 Nxe3 65.Kxe3 f1Q 66.Bxf1 Ra2 67.Kd4 Rxa4+ 68.Bc4 Ra8 69.Bd5 Rd8 70.b6 h5 71.Ke5 h4 72.b7 h3 73.Ke6 h2 74.e5 Re8+ 75.Kd7 Rxe5 76.b8Q Rxd5+ 77.Ke6 Rd6+ 78.Kxd6 h1Q 79.Qg8+ Kf5 80.Qe6+ Kg5 81.Qe5+ Kg4 =.

Putting up more resistance than <41...a5?!> would have been 41...Nc5!? 42.Bc3! Nd7 43.Ke2 Re7 44.Bxf6 Nxf6 45.Rxb6 a5 46.b4 Kg7 47.Be6 axb4 48.axb4 , though White still appears to be winning.

Earlier, Black's <30...Nf7?!> looks to be the start of his problems in this game. Better perhaps was the obvious but solid 30...Ne4!?, when play might continue 31.Bb1 b5 32.b3 Kf7 33.Ba5 Rxc2+ 34.Rxc2 Bd8 35.Bxd8 Rxd8 36.Rc6 Rd6 37.Rc8 Kf6 =.

Mar-17-05  csmath: This whole opening is a suspect. Bologan has all the time d5 pawn to defend and after making an error with 14. ... Be6 instead of more active defence with b6-Ba6, he was not able to equalize the game. Even after 40. ... Ne4 I don't think he has much to hope for. (48. Bd2 in your analysis has a much stronger alternative Bd3 and black is pretty much lost).

In general the rule is if you have a hanging pawn passive defence won't do. Bologan must have known that but he did it anyway, and that is why he lost.

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  patzer2: <csmath> <48. Bd2 in your analysis has a much stronger alternative Bd3 and black is pretty much lost> Not so fast! I agree 48. Bd3 gives White an advantage, but I'm not convinced it wins.

After 48.Bd3+ Kf7 49.Rb7+ Ke6 50.Bd2 f3+ 51.Kf2 Rd5 White has a small advantage, but Black has good practical chances of holding the draw. Fritz 8 continues the analysis @ 18 depth with 52.Rb3 Ne4+ 53.Bxe4 Rxd2+ 54.Kxf3 Rxb2 55.Rxb2 Bxb2 56.a4 Bc3 57.Kf4 h5 58.Bf5+ Kd6 59.Bg6 h4 60.Kg4 = for an apparent draw in an opposite color Bishop ending.

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