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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Dortmund (2017), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  whiteshark: "Last yearís winner, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was also in huge trouble, effectively lost, against Polandís Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

Black had a completely won position after 30 moves, with two passed pawns on the queenside, and a powerful bishop protecting them and pressuring f2."

Jul-16-17  JPi: Black is pawn up since MVL volontary gave it but <a completely won position> seems to me an overstatement. If the advantage is so obvious I doubt Wojtazsek will haven't make it winning. The position is quite tricky

By the way I don't understand 15.Nf1. Why not 15.Nc4 ? If Maxime wanted a gambit then immediately 15.d4 and on 15...exd 16.Nxd4 NxN 17.cxN c5 18.Nf3

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  ChessHigherCat: <JPi: By the way I don't understand 15.Nf1. Why not 15.Nc4 ? If Maxime wanted a gambit then immediately 15.d4 and on 15...exd 16.Nxd4 NxN 17.cxN c5 18.Nf3>

I would have played 15. Nc4, too, but maybe black can give back the pawn for a more active position: 15. Nc4 d5 16. exd5 exd5 17. Ncxe5 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 Bd6 19. d4 Ne4 or maybe c5?

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