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Etienne Bacrot vs Alexander Morozevich
Biel (2017), Biel SUI, rd 4, Jul-27
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Not the most normal King side pawn structure I've seen. Nice how Bacrot used his King in the mating attack.
Jul-27-17  Atking: A Cartesian victory. From 15...d5(?) all come smoothly A firm control of e5 square then d file and finally all joy on king side. The question is: What should have been the correct strategy on Black side? Waiting white overstep its pawns by 13...Rfc8? Steinitz used to play towards the end of his life a lot of constricted position. This one isn't much as one minor piece has been exchanged.
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  FSR: I thought that this line was busted as a winning attempt by 5...Nf6! 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.f3 O-O 10.O-O Rc8! 11.b3 d5!!, for example W So vs Shirov, 2008. Does White have a good way to avoid this?
Jul-30-17  Nerwal: <5...Nf6! 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.f3 O-O 10.O-O Rc8! 11.b3 d5!!>

Nowadays everybody plays 10. ♗e3.

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  ajile: The only way Black doesn't suffer in a Maróczy Bind style formation like this is if he is able to get in ..d5 and stay equal. Black was not able to do this in this game.
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