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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Romain Edouard
French Team Championship (2014), Saint-Quentin FRA, rd 6, May-29
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0
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May-29-14
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  Robed.Bishop: MVL continues to impress!
May-29-14  Shams: I guess it's being called a Scandinavian because after White's 6th move e4 and d5 are in tension. But it looks nothing like any Scandinavian I've ever seen.

I don't understand <24.f4>. Why does Black not take it?

May-31-14
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  zanzibar: <Shams> I learned a lesson from analyzing your question with Critter.

The short answer is that 24...exf4 clears the e-file, exposing the unprotected e7-knight to attack. This allows White a free tempo to move the rook (see below).

Black also has a weakness, in that the c7-pawn is overloaded, defending both b6 and d6. White can set up a lever attack with 25.d6! with the pawn forking c7 and e7.

Here's the position after 24.f4 exf4 25.d6


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The knight can't move, else White gets a brutal passed pawn on c7. Then if the natural 25...cxd6 (25...Nxd6 could be considered) 26.Re1! and White unpins the c-pawn allowing a fork picking up a passed pawn:


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and then 26...Kf8 27.cxb6 gives Black some trouble.

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