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Kevin A Burke vs Harri Laakso
European Club Cup (2017), Antalya TUR, rd 3, Oct-10
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  0-1


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Black has just played 21...Kxc6. What, if anything, is Black threatening? If he is threatening nothing then White can probably push the h-pawn. There is a direct threat to the pawn on c2, though, so White plays
22. Ra2.
Black responds with a fairly nondescript move:

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This move threatens 23...Ng3 followed by 24...Re2#.
White may have analysed 23. Rh3 followed by RxNg3, and saw that it was definitely lost. But he played
23. Kf1, so that if ...Ng3+ then Kxg2.

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Now if 24. Bxd2 cxd2 and the king cannot approach the pawn without the knight forking king and rook. So the pawn queens.

In fact White was lost after
22...Nf5! I think it was quite hard to see that.

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