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Samuel Sevian vs David Howell
Winter Classic (2017)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: The sacrifice that did not happen and the sacrifices that did. Howell offered the Exchange with 26...Bc5 but Sevian did not accept. Evidently, the threats against b2, f2 and h5 seemed too unpleasant. Instead, White offered the Bishop with 27.Qe6 allowing the eventual 30...gxh5.

Howell had trouble consolidating and eventually sacrificed his Queen with 52...Qe3!?. Don't know if he had to do that, but it helped seize the initiative and the win.

Mar-20-17
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  perfidious: <An Englishman....Howell had trouble consolidating and eventually sacrificed his Queen with 52...Qe3!?. Don't know if he had to do that....>

The resultant position offered White no chances at all, in contradistinction to a middlegame featuring lots of running by Howell's king; this is not a difficult choice, really. Any difficulty lies in foreseeing the play leading up to 52....Qe3.

Mar-20-17  mrfuddington: Interesting, actually, if 52...Kd4 53. Rxe5 and the white rook is pinned to the Queen. Computer still prefers Kd4 though, very slightly.
Mar-20-17  protonchess: IMO the Advance system against the Caro is strategically suspect and no number of "beautiful" White wins will change it.
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