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David Howell vs Jorge Cori
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 11, Sep-13
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  0-1
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Sep-20-16
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  luzhin: 28.Qf4?? is appalling, turning a significant plus for White into a fantastic position for Black. I imagine Howell hadn't realised 28...f5! was playable, because if 29.Bxe6 Qc6 wins the Bishop. This cost England clear fourth place in the Olympiad.
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  Dionysius1: What was the right move, or at least the right plan please?
Sep-20-16
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  luzhin: Well, Howell could try 28.a5 and if then 28...b5 29.b4 opening up the black squares in the area of Cori's king. Basically almost anything was better than 28.Qf4?? because until then Black couldn't play f5, the move which gives him massive central and K-side control.
Sep-20-16  Paint My Dragon: <luzhin> It's one of those irksome errors that plagues players at all levels. Howell had also played Qf4 on move 24, when Black couldn't reply f5, because of Bxe6 (no Qc6 follow-up available). When you repeat moves, you have to slavishly check that circumstances haven't changed, or the outdated analysis, still fresh in your mind, will misinform you.

As you say - a costly mistake. Fourth to ninth was superficially the difference between a positive and slightly negative team result.

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