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Bogdan Podlesnik vs Sarunas Germanavicius
European Club Cup (2017), Antalya TUR, rd 3, Oct-10
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  offramp: These Closed Sicilians are usually pretty quiet positional affairs.

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Black has just played 13...b4. White may have been able to castle kingside here, but it looks a bit scary. He decides to keep his king in the centre and carry on with a kingside pawn storm. 14. h5 bxc3 15. hxg6 cxb2 16. gxf7+. The pawns have sprinted down the board.

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16...Rxf7 17. Bxb2 Nxe4!

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18. Bxe4 Bxb2 19. Nf5 d5 20. Nh6+ Kg7.

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21.Nxf7 dxe4 22. Ng5 Bc3+.

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Where can the king go?
23. Ke2! Nd4+ 24. Ke3.

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24...Rf8. This leads to a draw, but that is probably the safest.

A very good game. Well played both players.

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