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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Fabiano Caruana
Altibox Norway (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 3, May-30
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Another game with a pawn sacrifice (14.Ne4) that the opponent promptly returns to seek safety, but this one has a second pawn sacrifice (33.d5) to make certain of the draw. Maybe we would see more wins if the players *didn't* offer pawns?
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  ChessHigherCat: <An Englishman> The only real pawn sacrifice (where white doesn't back the pawn immediately) was 33. d5, and the other line looks very drawish, too:

1) =0.00 (31 ply) 33.Bxf5 Bxf5 34.Kg3 Bd3 35.f3 Kf6 36.Kf2 Ke6 37.Ke1 f6 38.Kd2 Bf1 39.Ke1 Bd3

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  ChessHigherCat: sorry, "where white doesn't *win* back"
May-31-18  JPi: What about 20.h4 Nd7 21.h5 Kf7 22.Bg5 with the idea to put Rooks on g&h files Rg-h then Rag1.
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  ChessHigherCat: Salut <JPi>! 21..Kf7 n'est pas possible:


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May-31-18  JPi: Of course 21...Kh7 <ChessFigherCat>!
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  ChessHigherCat: <JPi> I see. But it's difficult to play the rook to h1 because of the bishop on e4.

SF says your line is good for white but like this:

20.h4 Nd7 21.h5 Kh7 22.Bg5 Kg7 23.h6+ Kg8 24.Bb3 a5 25.a4 Kh7 26.Bxf7 Rf8 27.Rge1 Rxf7 28.Rxe4 Raf8 29.Rb1 Nf6 30.Bxf6 Rxf6 31.Rxb7+ Kxh6 32.f4 Rxf4 33.Rxf4 Rxf4 34.Rb6 Kg5 35.Rxc6

Jun-01-18  JPi: Yes h1 is under control this is why I wrote <Rg-h then Rag1> which means <Rg3/4-h3/4 then Rag1> not deciding the rank as it was an idea more than a line. The line you suggested is a bit too much complex for me. Is 23.h6+!? best decision? Not sure about 25...Kh7 too (Why not 25...Bd5?). Yet I agree the resulting ending is pleasant for White. more than a pawn up which usually doesn't mean much especially in Rooks endings White connected pawns might able to go forward.
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