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Richard Rapport vs Romain Edouard
Tata Steel Group B (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-13
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation (D20)  ·  1-0


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Jan-13-13  Freakio: Missed mate in 1? wth?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: It happens to the best of us: Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006
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  alexmagnus: Soon there will be a whole collection of games in which exactly this mating picture was missed. Another case, this time missed by both players (move 50): F Bellini vs V Gashimov, 2002
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  Gilmoy: Maybe just a way to resign instead of being down two pawns. 41..Qxg6 42.Nxg6+ Kh7 43.Nxf4 Nxh4 44.N(d5,e6) and the a-pawn falls.
Jan-15-13  whale: I am a beginner, and I just cannot figure out the 19. Rxd7 Rxd7 20. Nc5 Nd8 part of the game... Any help is most welcome!
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  Gilmoy: <whale> It looks like a bold exchange sac by White for a positional squeeze that will make Black suffer enormously. The medium threat is the criss-cross pin on Nc6, e.g. if Black tries to save his material:

20..Rdc7 <Plachutta interference: this R is not really defending Nc6> 21.Be4 Qe8[] <and Black is totally passive.> Or, even stronger might be 21.Qc2 <a deadly double-double on c and h7> g6 22.Qc3 and suddenly Black's K-side is falling apart under White's perfect Bs, while Black's Q-side is completely stuck. A GM would rather return the material just to avoid that!

It follows that 20..Rd8 is even worse, because now the Q is tied to the Bb7, and can be deflected from the K-side. So e.g. 21.Qc2 g6 22.Qc3 and then 23.Nxb7.

Jan-17-13  whale: thx a lot,
I would still try to save the material advantage... as 20...Rdd8 21.Qc2 g6 22. Qc3 e5 - and although the Q could be tied to b7 I still believe the white has some overall advantage... anyway from that point white finished really nice.
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