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Laurent Fressinet vs Christian Bauer
French Championship (2012), Pau FRA, rd 8, Aug-21
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Timman's Line (E15)  ·  0-1


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  Brettwith2ts: When I first saw 48. ♗e2, my immediate reaction was "woops! Did he not realize that hangs a pawn with check?" Now that I'm taking more time to look at it, though, I realize that white was in a wretched state to begin with. Black's pawns are on squares where White's bishop can't reach, and his knight is one move away from threatening both of those pawns, which White can't adequately defend against. I'm still not sold on the move, but I realize there was a lot more foresight going into Black's moves than I first thought. In fact, I wonder how far back he thought of it; could this type of thing been on his mind when white gave up his black-squared bishop twenty moves earlier?

These are the things that aren't too hard to appreciate in someone else's games, but when I try and think of them in my own games...

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  HeMateMe: Nice endgame work. The new Knight circuit 52...N-g8-e7-f5 did the trick, started the pawn exchanges that allowed white to break in.
Aug-23-12  zealouspawn: Brett-- I'm with you on thinking this is exactly what he had in mind when he gave up the DSB.

I love the peice-decisions black makes in the game from move 28 onward:

1) trading the bishop pair in consecutive moves to get the superior minor peice endgame

2) working to trade off the rooks so that the knight vs bishop advantage is magnified

3) avoiding a queen trade on move 40 that would change the pawn structure to give white a passed pawn AND give white's bishop more breathing room

**notice black doesn't work to get the queens off, it is widely regarded that Q+N vs Q+B endgames are often advantagous to the Q+N player as Queens and Knights coordinate together well.

4) Only AFTER white sacrifices a pawn to make his bishop better does black allow his knight to be traded for the bishop on move 57.

**This is now an acceptable trade because he has transfered advantages: he loses his minor peice advantage but gains a pawn and has a more centralized queen

Very instructive play!

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