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Lazaro Bruzon Batista vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Sep-01
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1


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Sep-01-11  raul555: Aweson final.
Sep-02-11  sevenseaman: 44...Rf2+ is brilliant.
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  YouRang: It looks like Bruzon (white) could have drawn this game.

After 49 moves, white faced this difficult position [diagram:white to move]:

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For some reason, Bruzon chose <50.Nd5?>, but white's best move here is 50.Nc4, stopping the a-pawn. Either the black knight or king must go queenside to help.

[A] Try to help the a-pawn with the N, e.g.:

50...Nd8 <only reasonable move> 51.Ke5 Nb7 <supporting a5 advance> 52.Kd5 [diagram:black to move]

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52...a5 <if 52...Kf7 53.Ne5+ Kg7 54.Nc4, repeating position> 53.Kc6 Nd8+ 54.Kb6 Ne6 55.Kxa5 Nxg5 [diagram:white to move]

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An easy draw for white, who can afford to give up his N for the pawn (or in some cases, exchange Ns).

[B] Try to help the a-pawn with the K, e.g.

50...Kf8 <a more promising-looking approach> 51.Ke4! <surrending the g-pawn to win the a-pawn> Nxg5 52.Kd5 Nf3 <unblock P and guard promotion square> 53.Kc6 g5 54.Kb6 [diagram:black to move]

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54...Kf7 <not 54...g4 as 55.Ne3 g3 56.Kxa6 stops g-pawn easily and draws> 55.Kxa6 Ke6 56.Ne3 <blocking ...g4> Nd4 <slowing white K advance> 57.Kb6 Nf5 <kick N> 58.Ng4 Kd5 59.Kb5 Ke4 [diagram:white to move]

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60.Kc5 <not 60.Kc4? Ne3+ > Kf4 61.Nf6 [diagram:black to move]

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Black cannot make progress.

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