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Kiril Badev vs Vasil Spas Spasov
Bulgarian Championship (2010), Kyustendil BUL, rd 12, Apr-16
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1
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Feb-19-18
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  fredthebear: White's kingside attack is premature and ill-fated. All his pieces are not yet properly positioned. White fails to support his d5-outpost with pieces, choosing to close the center with the resulting pawn chain, but this still leaves his king exposed in the center. Later, the king must waste time to walk away from the center. King safety comes first, as Black demonstrates.

26...Be3! is a swell find. The dark-squared bishop irritates White much of the game. Black takes control of the open c-file, then exchanges queens to eliminate counter play behind his own pawn chain.

White struggles to unwind in the resulting reduced position - a four unit zugzwang. After 33...f5, the White king, rook, bishop and f2-pawn dare not move or it loses a piece. Meanwhile, the Black king has time to trot into an ideal position.

If instead 31.Kh2? seeking to avoid the back rank bishop self-pin and exchange of queens, then 31...Bf4+ 32.Kh3 Rh1+ 33.Rh2 RxRh2#.

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