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Adithya Balasubramanian vs Bjorn Thorfinnsson
"Bjorn in the USA" (game of the day Jul-02-2019)
Millionaire Chess (2014), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 6, Oct-11
King's Indian Attack: Yugoslav Variation (A07)  ·  0-1


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  fredthebear: This is another "for the pun of it" game. An overmatched 13-year-old plays the Reti (yet another mislabeled KIA crammed in this database) and struggles to find a second plan, giving away tempos. Black played down the exchange and dominated the ending.

Both players struggled in the tournament. Wesley So and Ray Robson finished atop the leaderboard in the Open section. FTB did not make it out to LV that year.

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  fredthebear: Black's Bg4 approach is popular for dealing with kingside fianchettoes. Here is a dry but fast moving video explaining move variables:

Jul-02-19  dumbgai: It says white was born in 1991, which would make him 23 years old at the time of the game, not 13.
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  fredthebear: <dumbgai> Ol' FTB's math blundered a decade!?? That's gotta be the worst move of the day. Over 21 makes a big difference for Vegas fun (although FTB does not recommend partaking in vices, "to each his own").

One player from India, the other from Iceland made the long trip to Lost Wages. Let's hope they both got to play more than three games, meet Elvis, and made it back home with some travel money in their pocket.

Jul-02-19  ajile: The standard defense against the KIA is to play ..Bg4 and then exchange this bishop for the knight and then build a light squared pawn chain. So far I haven't seen a decent reply to this idea that gives White ANY advantage.
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