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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Peter Svidler
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-10
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-05-16  Sularus: wild draw
Jan-05-16  Sularus: I wonder why white did not take the other rook, that is 17. QxR
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  fredthebear: < Sularus: I wonder why white did not take the other rook, that is 17. QxR >

Excellent point Sularus. Black just gives the first rook away, and White could have taken the second. Why not 18.QxBc5 (the other bishop he did not take) or 18.Qa4 etc.?

Obviously White fears the bishop pair aligned upon his castled king and his own bishops are not ideally placed. Black would be left with a huge but temporary advantage in mobility. When coordinated, three active pieces can often generate checkmate. It would be interesting to read the GM's notes.

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  fredthebear: After 27...Bxa5 the Black queen is overworked. She cannot protect both her bishop and the d4-pawn. This allows White to rid himself of the bad bishop on the dark squares. Immediately thereafter, White connects his rooks with much improved mobility. "Mobility is all important." -- Tarrasch.

On the other hand, Black has rid himself of the problem of White's passed a-pawn and no longer has to defend his isolated d-pawn w/a piece. Therefore, Black's mobility is also somewhat improved by being relieved of defensive obligations. Although the Black bishop was in better shape than White's, it was limited.

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