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Noel Studer vs Etienne Bacrot
Biel (2017), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-28
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  0-1


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Jul-28-17  dumbgai: Seems that white had a bad case of indecisiveness. The point of 22. Rc4 appears to be to prepare Rec1 and target the weak c-pawn. But on his next move he wants to stop the d-pawn so he plays 23. Rd1 instead. Then on the next move after that he realizes he has to protect his e-pawn and moves the rook back with 24. Re1. These rook moves cost him time and left his rooks in an awkward position. Black grabbed the initiative and never let go.
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  patzer2: Play against Black's connected hanging pawn pair is devilishly complicated, and Black seems to be more skilled at holding and advancing those two pawns (on the c and d file) than White is at attacking them.

As the previous poster observes. 23. Rd1? was not particularly helpful for White as Black grabs the initiative with 23...f5! to .

Instead, 23.h4 (+0.45 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 8), denying Black's Knight the g5 square, seems to hold the position for White.

P.S.: Really bad for White would be 23...f5 24. exf5? allowing 24...Ng5! to (-1.43 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Jul-29-17  Grbasowski: Why not 8. Ne5?!
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  tamar: 8 Ne5 Qxd4 9 Bxa8 Qxe5 is considered even by Stockfish and Black has won 2 of 3 games in this database. Opening Explorer
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  ChessHigherCat: What's wrong with 8. Ne5 Nd5?
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