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Viswanathan Anand vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 2, Jun-05
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  0-1
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Jun-06-19
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  tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 34. fxg4.

Interesting battle.

Jun-06-19
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  Mateo: 34.fxg4?? was a massive blunder.
Jun-06-19  Ulhumbrus: 24...Kg7! threatens to gain a lead in development for Black's king and after advancing the king Black will play a king ahead if the king does not become a target instead of a weapon. This suggests 25 Kf1 in order to bring White's king into play.

31 a3 makes White's queen side secure but also Black's king secure, and it cuts White's queen rook off from the king side.

The computer's evaluations suggest sacrificing the b4 pawn by 31 Ra3 and after 31...Rxb4 32 Ra3-e3 attacks the black king. However this may be a psychologically difficult choice to make because White's plan so far has been to secure his queen side and now he has to sacrifice it.

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