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Alexey Sarana vs Alexey Dreev
Russian Higher League (2018), Yaroslavl RUS, rd 2, Jun-27
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: The interesting positional pawn sacrifice 12. e6! = (0.00 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 9) is a known opening move.

Our Opening Explorer records 21 games played with 12. e6! and the best move reply 12...fxe6 = (diagram below):

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After 12. e6! fxe6, Sanara's reply 13. Bh3! = (0.00 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 8) appears to be a novelty as this is the only game recorded for it at the OE link above.

Black's 13...Nde5, allowing 14. Bxg4 ⩲ (+0.40 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 8), is apparently not the best move.

Stronger is 13...Qh5 = (0.00 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 8) when strong, forcing play might go 13...Qh5 14. Ng5! Ndf6 15. e5 Nxe5 16. Qxh5 Nxh5 17. Bxe5 Bxg5 18. Ne4 Be7 19. Nd2 Nf6 Nxc4 = (+0.11 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8) with a position where White's more active pieces compensate for being a pawn down.

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  patzer2: In a difficult position, Black's final decisive mistake was 23...Bc7?, allowing 24. Rg1+ +- (+3.04 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8).

For Black to have any chance at a draw, 23...Bd7 24. Nf6+ Bxf6 25. exf6 Rf8 26. Ne4 e5 27. Rg1+ Kh8 28. Ke3 b5 29. a5 ± (+1.39 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) appears to be best.

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  patzer2: The position after 24. Rg1+ +- (diagram below) illustrates the strength of two active Knights and an active Rook over passive Bishops and a locked in Rook.

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After 24...Kf7 25. Rg5 Bd7 26. h6!, Black has nothing better than giving up a piece for a lost game with 26...Bxe5 27. Rxe5 +- (+4.39 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8).

Jul-06-18  JPi: Far to be a <patzer> great comments!
Aug-10-18  Vitez: This game is on YouTube:
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  HeMateMe: Sarana Wrapped! Odd to see an experienced GM get such a bad position out of the opening.
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