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Martin Matthiesen vs Tim Jaksland
Danish Championship (2007), Aalborg DEN, rd 2, Apr-01
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0


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  YouRang: Nice game by white, playing both sides of the board to produce the win.

Black faced this position on his 19th move:

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White had just played 19.Bd5! (moving it from c4) to put enormous pressure on the queenside black pawns. Black's curious response was <19...h6?>, evidently fearful of Bg5. His bigger fear should be the advancing pawn attack on the queenside, which is supported by both bishops, a rook and the queen. A better choice for black might have been 19...Bf8, which would support the backward d-pawn and free the Rd8 to help with the queenside defense.

Here, it seems that white took advantage of black's kingside worries with <20.Qd2!>. This creates a B+Q battery that hits the h6 pawn, and it provoked black to play <20...Kh7>.

However, the deeper purpose of Qd2 is to clear the first rank in preparation for the creation of a murderous rook battery on the open c-file, which white initiates with <21.Rc3!>.

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Perhaps hoping to neutralize the queenside threats, black exchanged bishops with <21...Bxd5 22.Qxd5>, although this simply replaced the strong Bd5 with an even stronger Qd5.

I'm not sure black has any good reply at this point. He went with <22...Qe7>, evidently preparing for ...Rd7 to support his pawns with a R+Q battery. White proceded to double his rooks with <23.Rfc1!> and black proceeded with his planned <23...Rd7>.

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But white's queenside attack is too strong. The march begins with <24.a5!>. Black attacks the opposing queen with <24...Qe6>, again hoping to neutralize the attack by exchanging material. But white continued with <25.Rc7> (one of several moves that win) <25...Qxd5 26.exd5>

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The best black can do here is 26...Rxc7, but it's obvious that 27.Rxc7 will follow and fork black's b-pawn and f-pawn. Also, after taking the b-pawn, the doubly-attacked a-pawn must fall, and the queenside pawn avalanche will prevail.

So, black instead played <26...Rad8?>. The black rooks guard each other, but the a-pawn is free to grab with <27.Bxa7>, and there's nothing to stop the pawns. Black tries <27...e4> giving his bishop more mobility, but after <28.Bb6>, black realizes that it's futile and resigns.

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A sample continuation might be: 28...Bb2 29.Rxd7 Rxd7 30.Rc7 Rd8 31.Rxf7+ Kg8 32.Rxb7 Rc8 (hoping for a miracle) 33.Rc7 Ra8 34.a6, and black cannot stop the a-pawn's promotion short of sacrificing his rook.

Aug-18-13  AlonzoMosely: I remember Tim had a bad cold. I don't know him very well, but this was surely below his normal level.
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  fredthebear: What's worse than a player noisily coughing and sneezing on the other players during a tournament? It's best to withdraw for all concerned.
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  perfidious: <fredthebear: What's worse than a player noisily coughing and sneezing on the other players during a tournament?.>

Perhaps constantly referring to oneself in the third person, perhaps also coming it over on matters of morality.

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