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Pavel Eljanov vs Richard Rapport
Biel (2015), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-24
Dutch Defense: Classical. Stonewall Variation (A95)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jul-24-15
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  Calli: Rapport is always exciting. This time a hairbreadth escape. The analysis is that 37.Bf7+ Kf8 38.Rc7 wins.
Jul-25-15  Mr. V: I'm overlooking some tactical details. Why can't Black play 17...Bxe5?
Jul-25-15
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  Gilmoy: 17..Bxe5 18.Bxe4, and d5 is pinned.

If he doesn't want that pawn trade, he must retreat the B so that it either (1) breaks the pin (it can't), or (2) counterattacks with tempo: <17..Be7> hits the hanging Ba3.

Now it's White who doesn't want the tepid 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 trade, so he continues with the d-pin theme: <18.Bd6 Bxd6 19.exd6> because Qxd6 20.Bxe4 is the same pin. So <19..Bd7> Black breaks that pin ASAP.

Jul-26-15  Mr. V: Thanks, Gilmoy.
So material is even after 17...Bxe5 18. Bxe4. I assume Black wants to avoid it because he would be positionally worse? I guess I just don't understand what's so scary about the pin as long as White doesn't take immediate advantage of it. Unless I'm still overlooking something . . .
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