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Ray Robson vs Alexander Onischuk
US Chess Championship (2016), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Apr-15
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-15-16  Atking: I don<t know theory about but do really such horrible double pawn has to be protected? 12...0-0 13.Qxc6 Rb8 e.g 14.0-0-0 c4 15.Qd6 QxQ 16.exQ Nc5 17.b4 cxb3 18.d7 bxa2 19.Kc2 Bxd7 20.BxR RxB
Apr-15-16  Rama: White's opening resembled the London System as white but it never got to h3 and Bh2. While the black pawns looked promising, black could never coordinate thanks to Robson's most excellent maneuverings moves 19-22. Did black resign a little soon?
Apr-16-16  paavoh: How about 10.- Ncb8 and 11.-a6? My feeling is that Qe7 contributed to the problem in the first place.
Apr-16-16  Ulhumbrus: After 7 Bg3 if White is ready to play Ne5, two alternatives to 7....Qe7 are 7....Nh5 and 7....Ne4

8...Bxe5 relinquishes the bishop pair. This suggests 8...Nd7. However White has to return the bishop pair in order to keep his e5 pawn.

One justification for 15...Rg8 may be Black's massive centre. However Black's bishop is out of play and this reduces the overall justification. This suggests 15...0-0.

After 23 Qa4 it appears that after having kept his king in the centre Black's queen side is exposed to attack as well. At the very least Black has not reached safety in time.

Perhaps there was something that Onischuk saw too late.

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