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Julian M Hodgson vs Bogdan Lalic
British Championship (1999), Scarborough ENG, rd 7, Aug-09
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack. Euwe Variation Modern Line (D00)  ·  1-0



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Aug-17-08  niemzo: Excellent endgame! The tablebase show that after 50.Rxa4 the position is won for white. Hodgson play after that is almost perfect.
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  plang: Played in round 7 - this win left Hodgson with a full point lead and he proceeded to coast to the British Championship with a score of 9-2. 2 Bg5 is one of Hodgson's pet lines to avoid mainline theory; it is sometimes referred to as the Accelerated Trompovsky or also as the Levitsky variation. 5 Qc1!? gambits the d-pawn; 5 b3 is the alternative. 8..Nd7 was a new move; 8..Bg7 had been played previously. 12..Nc5!? invited some fascinating complications; 12..Ngf6 was the quieter and possibly sounder alternative as in the game Black never seems to achieve equality. 15..Qb4 was forced as 15..Bxc1 16 axb..Bxd2+ 17 Kxd2..a6 18 Bxa6! wins for White. The alternative 22 Qxh8+..Kd7 23 Qd4..Qxd2+ 24 Qxd2..Nxd2 25 Kxd2..exd 26 h3 leads to an unclear ending. Avoiding the exchange of queens would not have helped Black; eg. 47..Qc4 48 Qe8..Qd4 49 Qh5+..Ke4 50 Qxh4..Qd6 51 Qg4..a3 52 Kg3 and White is winning.

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