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Renier Vazquez Igarza vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
Aeroflot Open (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Feb-17
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fianchetto Variation (A58)  ·  0-1


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  PhilFeeley: I wish my games could be as devastating as this!
Feb-19-09  Shams: You and me both. :)

Benko players are I think happy to see the fianchetto variation, when further kingside pawn advances by white can be quite weakening-- in particular the caveman thrust f2-f4 (dreaded by black in other lines but welcome here) but also the defensive h2-h3. White tried to go without the latter move, only to play it at the worst possible time.

But already (19.h3) it's hard to see alternatives; the position is bad for white. His a-, b-, d- and e-pawns are strikingly immobile, hence weak; he has given freely to black what he should have sold dearly, namely easy play with ...Ng4, Qb6 and c5-c4. White just played badly.

If 23.Bd2 c3 looks strong.

27.h4? Is white even trying to hold? Fritz has him down only a pawn with Kf2 but white seems to be throwing in the towel anyway: 30.Qa2? inviting ...Rxe3 is just awful. Mama always said, if you can sac the exchange and come out of it with four connected passed pawns, do it.

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  luzhin: I don't see what the point is of playing c3 if White had tried 23.Bd2. It just loses a pawn.For what it is worth, my Fritz suggests the following line(after Bd2)23...Qd8 24.Re3 Bxd5 25.Nc3 e6 26.Kf2 Nf5 27.Nxd5 exd5 28.Rxe8+ Qxe8 and White's situation is desperate.
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