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Vincent Colin vs Fabien Libiszewski
French Championship (2006), Besancon FRA, rd 1, Aug-14
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0
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Aug-20-06
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: A blistering attack from the French Championship, and an early candidate for a brilliancy prize, if they offer one.

3...h6 is puzzling. Perhaps Black wanted to expand in the center with ...c6 and ...d5 without worrying about Bg5, but White simply uses the free tempo to cramp Black in the center. In retrospect, Black might have done better to fianchetto the dark-squared Bishop instead of swapping it.

Note that White eschews e2-e4 and e2-e3. The former restricts his own Bishop and the latter takes away a very useful square for his Knight. Sometimes, it's the pawn moves you *don't* make that win the game.

g3-g4 is a thematic break in this pawn formation. After 22.Qd4, Black must oppose the White Queen's domination of the long diagonal. Perhaps 22...Nc8 and 23...Qf6 was the best plan. 22...h5 intending Ng8-h6-g4 *might* also deserve consideration.

After 24.Rg1!,Nxf4 runs into 25.Bxe4. The Nxe4 sacrifice which occurs in the game is no surprise, but impressive nonetheless, because White had to foresee the key move 27.Rc7+! 26...Be8 or 28...Rf8 look like the last places to find an improvement for Black, if any exists. The final combination is a nice enough one to qualify for a future daily puzzle.

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