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Alexander Onischuk vs Ray Robson
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Apr-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0


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  wtpy: Isn't 17..cd4 a better way to give up the queen? 18 Ra3 de3 19 Rc3 ef2 20 Qf2 Bc3 harvests a rook, a piece and 3 pawns for the queen. Now white may have a decisive attack I don't see but I would still rather have the extra piece. Perhaps our silicon friends will shed some light.
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  catlover: Have to hand it to Robson—he loses his queen early on and yet he gamely hangs in there, slugging it out. Must have been hoping that Onischuk would slip up.
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  catlover: <wtpy: Isn't 17..cd4 a better way to give up the queen?> In response to 17...cxd4, Stockfish came up with a different response by white:

17... cxd4 18. Bd2 Qxa1 19. Rxa1 Rfb8 20. Bf4.

It rates white as better by +3.24, which is a bit worse for black than how it rated the game continuation.

Apr-07-17  protonchess: Black gave up the Queen for a Rook plus 3 pawns (initially). It was more like a trade than a loss. It turned out badly, but it was worth a try.
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