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Anton Filippov vs Etienne Bacrot
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Sep-02
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  0-1


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  al wazir: I'm sure that when Bacrot played 22...Rxe2 he had worked out the whole line, including all of the next 15 moves. What happens after 31. Rxc3 ?
Sep-06-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<al wazir>

I wondered about that after seeing 31. Rxc3 dxc3 32. Qxd5 Nxd5 33. Rd1

It turns out black has the "sneaky" 33...Rc8! (found by Fritz12 in a nanosecond, of course). The c3 pawn will queen upon 34. Rxd5 Rxc4!

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  al wazir: Or <31. Rxc3 dxc3 32. Qxd5 Nxd5> 33. Nxb6 Nxb6 34. Kxc7 (34. a5 Nd5) Nxa4+, clearly winning. Maybe Bacrot really did have it all worked out.
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  PawnSac: <15.Qb2?> 15.Nc2


if 23.Qxe2 Qb3! (threatening Bxd3) 24.Kg1
Qxa3 and black has knight and bishop for rook.

< al wazir: I'm sure that when Bacrot played 22...Rxe2 he had worked out the whole line >

He probably had the ideas in his head before he played 21.. Qd5

White actually had a stronger defense with 25.Kc4 (as crazy as it looks) but after Qxf4 26. Kb3 d3 27. Ka2 Re8 28. Ka1 Re2 29. Qb3 Bd4+ 30. Nxd4 Qxd4+ 31. Kb1 d2 32. Rcd1 Ne4 blacks attack is still deadly.

Blacks 21.. Qd5 and 22.. Rxe2 was superbly conceived indeed! Bacrot at his best.

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