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Gawain Jones vs Alberto David
"Gawain Down" (game of the day May-16-2012)
Italian Team Championship (2012), Arvier ITA, rd 3, Apr-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1


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  LoveThatJoker: GG


May-16-12  Oceanlake: When one has an isolated Queen Pawn and no attack, take the draw.
May-16-12  shaikriyaz: I am always bothered about the double edged nature of that queen for two rooks
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  DanielBryant: 13...Nh5 and 15...Nf6 is such a counterintuitive sequence. It seems weakening and time wasting, yet Black can't safely complete development without putting the question to that bishop.
May-16-12  goodevans: <Oceanlake> A somewhat negative maxim, I'd suggest. At move 19 white may not have an attack but his pieces are active so I make him right to shun the draw.

<shaikriyaz> I agree.

Is <26.Nxd7> better than <26.Rb3>? Certainly that ♗ causes white some problems a couple of moves later with <28...Bb5!>.

I wonder what how much of this Jones had overlooked when he played <24.Qd3>.

May-16-12  goodevans: I take it back: <26.Nxd7> doesn't get nearly enough compensation for the sac'd exchange.

I conclude that white was already stuffed at that point and my guess is he'd underestimated the strength of <28...Bb5!> (after which the c-pawn is doomed).

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  whiteshark: White possibly went all in for the team as <24.Nc4 Qa6 25.Ra5 Qc6 26.Rc5> looks like a draw.
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  kevin86: Here,the rooks act as a battering ram against the white king.
May-16-12  BlackSheep: <whiteshark> you say he went all in for the team to avoid a draw but by looking at moves 33 , 34 and 35 I think we can see hes actually begging for one at this point , I think <goodevans> is right he must have been satisfied with 2R for the Q but stopped looking there , then the power of Bb5 (when it became apparent to him) I think must have come as quite a surprise when he realised how weak he was on the back row , because of this oversight his mighty passed c-pawns fate is sealed and with it the game .
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