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Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa vs Slaven Pastar
"Baby New Year" (game of the day Jan-01-2017)
World Junior Championship (2014), Pune IND, rd 5, Oct-10
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  1-0


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Nov-03-16  NightKnight: Itīs nice, messy shortie. Now if 23...Qe8, then 24.Rd8! finishes things.
Jan-01-17  Knight13: Good enough.
Jan-01-17  IAmMe: OMG the calculations are real!!!
Jan-01-17  hamzaable: why black not played 15)Nxd5 after white 15) Nd5 ?
Jan-01-17  ASchultz: @hamzaable Qxd5 is too strong. White threatens Ne5, and while Black can play ...Qxd6, it opens too many lines.

Also Ne5 Bg6 Qxb7 and White can even bide time with Rad1 for a bigger knockout blow.

Though it's not like Black has terribly good alternatives.

Jan-01-17  clement41: In this sicilian I reckon the main purpose of 4 a4 is to prevent the typical ...b5 push, hereby retaining the c4 square. Thus I believe that more consistent would have been 5 Bc4, using the hard-fought c4 square in addition to preventing the ...d5 lever. Now who am I to criticize the current most brilliant youngster?
Jan-01-17  psmith: 12...0-0 returning the material gives Black decent chances.
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  RandomVisitor: 10...Nb4 and white no longer has the 12.d5 tempo after 11.Bxc4 dxc4.

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<0.00/41 10...Nb4 11.Rc1 Nf6> 12.Ne5 0-0 13.Bf3 h6 14.g4 Be6 15.Bg3 Re8 16.h3 Qa5 17.Ng6 Bd8 18.Nf4 Bc7 19.Qd2 Rad8 20.Rcd1 Nc6 21.Re3 Re7 22.Nce2 Qxd2 23.Rxd2 Rde8 24.Nc3 Ba5 25.Rd1 Nb4 26.Re2 Nc6 27.Re3

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  morfishine: Where's <thegoodanarchist> when you need'm?


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  RandomVisitor: After 8.0-0 the machine likes 8...Bb4, after which it thinks white has nothing better than 9.Nb1.

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<-0.14/36 8...Bb4 9.Nb1> Nf6 10.Bf4 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.c3 0-0 13.Re1 Bg4 14.Nbd2 Rfe8 15.b3 cxb3 16.Qxb3 Na5 17.Qb4 Qxb4 18.cxb4 Bxf3 19.Nxf3 Nc4 20.g3 g6 21.a5 Ne4 22.Rac1 Rac8 23.Bd3 Kg7 24.Kg2 Ned6 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Re1 f6 27.Rc1 Rc8 28.Re1 Rc7 29.Re6

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  RandomVisitor: After 12.d5

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<+0.36/38 12...0-0 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Qe2 Re8 15.Qxc4> Qb6 16.Nd4 Bd7 17.Be5 c5 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Nf3 Be6 20.Nd5 Qxb2 21.Nxe7+ Rxe7 22.Qxc5 Ree8 23.Rac1 Rec8 24.Qe3 Rxc2 25.Rb1 Qc3 26.Qe4 Qc6 27.Qxc6 Rxc6 28.Nd4 Rd6 29.Nxe6 fxe6 30.g3 Rad8 31.a5 Kf7 32.Rb7+ R8d7 33.Rb6 Rxb6 34.axb6 Rb7 35.Rb1 a5 36.Kg2 a4 37.h4

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  kevin86: watch the horses fly!
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  GrahamClayton: I wonder if the sacrifice 11.♗xc4 was a TN/home preparation, or an idea that came to him during the game?
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