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Rani Hamid vs John van der Wiel
Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 1, Nov-19
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation (B73)  ·  0-1

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Nov-16-10  ahmadshah: Why did Rani Hamid tried to exchange queen?
Jul-14-11
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  Phony Benoni: <ahmadshah: Why did Rani Hamid tried to exchange queen?>

I think the question refers to the position after <20...gxf5>:


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If White's attacked bishop moves immediately, than <21...Nc4> is a triple attack on the ♗e3, ♖d2, and ♙b2, which is the only support of the ♘c3. White would have to play a move like <22.Ba7>, but after <22...Qxe2 23.Rxe2 Rb7>, the pawn on b2 will fall leaving Black up a pawn with a strong position.

21.Bxb6 was not a desirable move, but it avoided that line and was probably White's best chance.

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