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Li Chao vs Peter Svidler
FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017), Geneva SUI, rd 2, Jul-07
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation (D90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Not "just another draw!" Li Chao's 17th move looks like a misprint, offering an entire Rook, but Black probably did best in declining the generous donation. Nonetheless, Svidler had to labor with a pawn deficit for much of the endgame. Perhaps someone can find an improvement in White's play.
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  whiteshark: <An Englishman: ... but Black probably did best in declining the generous donation.>

Indeed, <17...Qxa4?> would have been a fatal error: <18.Qxg5+ Kh7 19.Rxd4 > etc

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Saw the same variation, <whiteshark>, but is it really fatal? Can see only as far as 18.Qxg5+,Kh7; 19.Rd4,Qxd4; 20.cxd4. White has Q & P vs. R & R. Is the threat of 21.e3 and 22.Bd3+ decisive?
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  DWTaylorSr: I saw the 17th move also, and thought what is Chao up to.But then when you work it out, Taboo!!! Svidler did well to decline the gift?! Still, I'm not too impressed with Chao's endgame play. Looks as though this aspect of his game needs some work. Solid player.
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  whiteshark: <An Englishman: <Is the threat of 21.e3 and 22.Bd3+ decisive?>> Technically spea♔, I think so.

Black's pieces lack coordination,
his ♔'s position is insecure and
there's an immediate threat (21.Qxe7) of winning a second pawn.

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