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Dale R Haessel vs Lazaro Bruzon Batista
8th Edmonton International (2013), Edmonton Canada, rd 1, Jun-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1


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Jun-24-13  Edmontonchessclub: GM Short felt that Haessel might have been winning this game at one point. Bruzon felt the same way when Short asked him "you were just down a piece, weren't you?" But when Haessel came out of the tournament room, he said "I got crushed."

Did Bruzon have enough compensation for the sacrificed piece?

Jun-24-13  Shams: What about 24.Be4<?>
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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> After <24.Be4>

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My poor unaided brain latched on to 24...Qb2 as a possibility, as neither 25.Bxd5 or 25.Qxb2 Rxd1+ can be played. However, it didn't look like Black was going anywhere after 25.Rxd5, so I decided to ask my engine, Bozo 0.5, a ca. 1999 version of Crafty. And, in true Bozo fashion, it came up with <24...Qxa2!? 25.Qxa2 Rxd1+ 26.Kh2 Bxe4>

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Black has picked up ♖+♗+♙ for the queen which leaves him still a bit behind in material, but White's rook is attacked, the queen suffers from an embarrassing lack of moves, and the queenside pawns are contributing to the conversation.

From here, Bozo liked <27.Re3 Ra1 28.Qd2 Rd8 29.Qxd8+ Bxd8 30.Rxe4>, edge to White. I would not care to speculate further, but leave the consideration of <24...Qxa2!?> to those with better brains and/or computers programmed in the 21st century.

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  PhilFeeley: 44. Rg7 just looks wrong. It must have been something else, but white is lost anyway.
Jun-25-13  Edmontonchessclub: This game actually ended after 43...Rg2. Haessel resigned at that point.
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  HeMateMe: Somebody was Cruzon for a Bruzon.
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