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Richard Rapport vs Evgeny Najer
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 4, Sep-12
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Odd game; White always seemed to have exactly enough compensation for his pawn sacrifice, and not one tiny bit more or less. Funny little dance with Knight vs. Bishop at the end.
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  tamar: A draw almost like a win for Rapport because after 45...Bd3 46 Nh2 e5 47 Nf3 e4 he faced almost certain loss

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Instead Najer pushed 45...f4 and winded up losing that pawn a few moves later.

Sep-13-17  iterology: <tamar> if 45...Bd3 46 Ne3 seems not as strong as the game continuation. I wonder though about 47 ...e5 instead of 47 ...Bg6, seems to me that the f pawn is immune due to the threat of e4-e3, seems to me this keeps the pressure on
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  tamar: <iterology> if 47...e5 48 g3 Rd2+ 49 Kg1 fxg3 50 Rxg3 e4 51 Rh3 Kd6 52 Rxh5 e3 53 Nf3

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White can draw this by giving up the knight for Black's last remaining pawn. For example, 53...Be4 54 Re5 Bxf3 55 Rxe3 leads to a defendable Rook v Rook and Bishop ending.

Sep-14-17  iterology: <tamar> Yeah I came to that conclusion too, I missed that 48 g3 defuses everything. Maybe 45 ...Bd3 46 Ne3 is a better try although black's advantage seems difficult to convert, at the least.
Sep-14-17  iterology: <tamar> Nope, I was wrong. I think you're totally right, 45 ... Bd3 looks like the move. If 46 Ne3 Rd2+ 47 Kg1 (47 Kg3 is no better) Kf6 48 b4 Be4 and white is getting crushed.
Sep-14-17  JPi: A challenging opening. 18.Re3 seems an interesting alternative: 18...Qb6 19.Rae1 (19.Qd2) 19...Nd4 20.NxN QxN 21.f5 e5 22.fg6+ as 22...hg6 23.Bg6+ Kf8 24.Bh7 and Qg6-Qh6 white could answer to 24...e4 by 25.Qd1 (Not 24.Bxe4 dxB 26.Rxe4 Qd6)
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