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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Gata Kamsky
Gibraltar (2010), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 7, Feb-01
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: Stefanova comes out of the opening in great shape, but missed a chance at a strong advantage by not playing the positional skewer 20. Bd2! (e.g. 20...Qa3 21. Rdc1 with strong pressure on Black's weakly organized Queen side.

The decisive mistake was probably 24. Rbd2? (instead 24. Re1! = holds), when the discovered attack 24...f5! is on the verge of winning.

The game is clearly lost after 26. Qe3? e5! when White's Bishop becomes a trapped piece.

Oct-12-10  vintage geisha: Thanks Patzer, that is helpful. I think that white comes out of the opening in somewhat poor shape, though, and his moves continue to retard further development. Starting with his Bishop maneuver on move 10, White allows Black several tempo to strengthen both his pieces (queen) and kingside (h6) only to return his bishop to its original square with little prospects for future aggressions. At this point he possesses two undeveloped pieces on the queenside, leaving his lone (and thus insecure) rook to fend against blacks attack on the center. I would say that in a difficult position, Stefanova made his position worse, where each move lead to a poor activity and communication between his pieces.

Yes, 26.Qe3 Lost the bishop, but winning tactics are often brought about by winning positions. This game is instructive in how not to play the Catalan

Jan-26-13  Llera: I must be blind, but I can't see why White can't play 27.Bxh6. Can anyone threw me some light? Any comment will be welcome, including those of the Administrators.
Jan-26-13  Llera: Oh, I think I've seen it: that's simply 27.Bxh6, Bxh6 28.Qxh6. Ne2+
Jan-26-13  fokers13: <llera> 27..f4 works too.
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