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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Jesus Nogueiras
Capablanca Memorial Elite 36th (2001), Havana CUB, rd 3, May-07
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-05-15  zanzibar: From R. Byrnes NYT 2001-06-17

[...] The 36th running of the Capablanca Memorial Tournament was May 3-21.

The Cuban grandmaster Francisco Vallejo, 18, won the round-robin invitational with an 8½-3½ score. Second place was taken by the Icelandic grandmaster Hannes Stefansson with 7-5. Third was shared by the grandmasters Ulf Andersson of Sweden and Thomas Luther of Germany and the international master Lenier Dominguez of Cuba with 6½-5½.

Vallejo showed his attacking skill against his compatriot, the grandmaster Jesus Nogueiras, in Round 3.>

Brynes picks 14...g6 as a mistake for Black ("letting Vallejo march in on the weakened dark squares"), and 32.Rxb6! as decisive in breaking the resistance.

Nov-05-15  zanzibar: I have to agree, 32.Rxb6! is a very nice move.

White is clearly winning (2P up), but this move is just as clearly best, after one works out the many variations.

(White to move after 31...Kc8-b7)

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4r2r /1k1n4/ppqBp1Q1/4P1p1/PRpP4/2P2P1P/6P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 31

In fact, you can even forgive Black the earlier K-side mistakes, and return the 2P's (and more!), and White still breaks through for a decisive win on the Q-side -

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Just shows how nice Vallejo's break is.

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