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Ruifeng Li vs Samuel Sevian
Winter Classic (2017), Saint Louis, rd 2, Mar-12
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  0-1


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  Domdaniel: White just misplays the opening here. After 1.b3 d5 white can aim for a Reversed Queen's Indian, one of the classic Nimzowitsch lines. But this game gets messy and black is soon beeter.
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  310metaltrader: what was white doing with the piece sac?
Mar-20-17  fisayo123: It's the only move good move in the position since Rxc2 is a serious threat. White was actually winning this game if not for some blunders (24. Rd5?! 26. Qb3? 27. Bxf6??) in time trouble.
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  ChessHigherCat: <fisayo123:White was actually winning this game if not for some blunders (24. Rd5?! 26. Qb3? 27. Bxf6??) in time trouble.> This game is way beyond me. What should white have played instead of 24. Rd5? 24. R(h)f1 looks interesting, with the threat of Rxf8. The N fork on e3 doesn't look serious because white wants to play RxB anyway. Can you please comment on the other blunder(s), too?
Mar-20-17  computer chess guy: 24. Rd5 just unnecessarily puts the Rook under attack by the Knight. 24. Rd3 is winning. White will play a similar line as in the game: .. Be7 25. Bxg7 Rg8 26. Qc3 but then Black doesn't have Nxd5.
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  ChessHigherCat: Thanks for the analysis. I guess the idea of 24. Rd5 (unless it really was a total blunder) was to get 3 linked passed pawns uncomfortably close to the exposed black king, which really would be a big threat in this position (which is no doubt why black didn't accept). After 24. Rd3, I think I'd play Qa4, which virtually forces 25. Qxa4 Nxa4 with a double attack on the bishop and on c5. What does the engine think of that?
Mar-21-17  computer chess guy: If 24. Rd3 Qa4, White plays 25. Qc3, and Black is lost. Black's best is 25. .. Nxb2 26. Qxb2:

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but then White's Queen will get to the 7th rank (if Black moves the Knight or if Bxc5 allowing Qxg7), with mate threats.

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  ChessHigherCat: <computer chess guy: If 24. Rd3 Qa4, White plays 25. Qc3, and Black is lost.>

Seems a bit perfunctory to me. 25. Qc3 Bxc5 with a lot of counterplay (the Q can't invade the back rank, the N on b6 is no longer threatened and Q on a4, the N on c4 and B on c5 are all attacking pieces, and white's K is exposed. White's big threat is still 26 Qxg7, of course

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