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Stuart C Conquest vs David Howell
British Championship (2009), Torquay ENG, rd 10, Aug-06
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-06-09  jon01: Did Conquest just blunder a piece in one move?
Aug-06-09  Dredge Rivers: <jon01> Yes, and he was conquered!
Aug-07-09
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  al wazir: It isn't clear how he can avoid losing the piece. If 48. Rb5/Rb7, then 48...Qh4+ with mate next. If 48. Na6, then 48...Rxa6 49. Qxa6 Qxb4.
Aug-07-09
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  luzhin: Conquest's blunder came earlier with 45.fxe3??, crazily opening the diagonal to g1 for Howell's King's Bishop, after which mate was inevitable. After 45.Ne6+! Bxe6 46.Qxe6 exf2+ 47.Kf1 I can't see a clear win for Black. Interesting that Conquest did not take Howell's h pawn on move 12.
Aug-07-09  goldenbear: 8.Bd3? There has to be some idea behind that move, but I don't see it. The White side of the Two Knight's is good for correspondence chess, but over-the-board, it's a strategic mictake in my opinion. In my experience, any slip by White gives Black any easy win.
Aug-07-09  goldenbear: Oh, I was specifically referring to the 4.Ng5 variation in my above comment. I feel that variation is dangerous for White in over-the-board play. (Even though, it may well be the best move.)
Aug-07-09  MaxxLange: 8.Bd3 is the line that Nakamura played in his last round US Championship win, I think.

I had never seen it either, before that game - I don't understand the idea

Aug-07-09  MaxxLange: 8...Nd5 looks much better than Friedel's 8...Be7:

Nakamura vs J Friedel, 2009

Aug-09-09  hedgeh0g: The idea behind 8. Bd3 is simply to allow the knight to go to e4 if it is chased away by the usual ...h6. It's a bit of an ugly move, blocking the d-pawn, but it avoids the usual awkward manoeuvring of the knight. I tend to steer clear of this opening from the white side - at least against better players.
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