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Bartlomiej Macieja vs Rafael Vasquez
Curacao (2001), Curacao AHO, rd 3, Jul-27
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Leonhardt Variation (C40)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: Why not 21. ... O-O-O ?
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  tpstar: <InspiredByMorphy> I completely agree that Black's King would have been much safer on the Queenside. After 21. Re1, perhaps Black avoided 21 ... 0-0-0 due to 22. Ng4 Nxg4 23. Bxg4 Bxg4 24. Qxg4+ Kb8 25. f3 wins a piece (25 ... Qd4+ 26. Be3 Nf6 27. Bxd4 Nxg4 28. hxg4). This e file pin idea also works if Black allows 24. Bxe6 Qxe6 25. f3 again. But after 21 ... 0-0-0 22. Ng4 Black has the odd 22 ... Qf5 which holds = 23. Nxf6 Qxf6 (23 ... Nxf6? 24. Bxg5 Qxg5 25. Rxe6, or 23. Ne3 Qg6, and otherwise Black has 23 ... Rhe8 or 23 ... Bf7 to save the Be6. Sharp game!
Jul-12-04  Cyphelium: <tpstar> After 21.- 0-0-0 22. Ng4 Qf5, the move 23. Qd4! looks strong. Black has no time to cover pawn a7: 23.- Kb8 24. Nxf6 Nxf6 (or 24.- Qxf6 25. Qxf6 Nxf6 26. Rxe6 wins the bishop) 25. Re5 and white wins the bishop. So black has to accept something like 23.- Rhe8 24. Qxa7, but then, apart from black being a pawn down, it's not so evident that 'Black's King would have been much safer on the Queenside'. ;-)
Oct-11-05  Poisonpawns: I haved Analysed this game extensively since I play the Latvian Gambit regularly.Here are a few notes.First point is that this Vasquez was 1900 Elo at the time playing against a 2590GM at the time.7.d3 is the other main line leading to great complications.8.Ng3 deviates from the normal 8.Ng5 Qf6 9.Nf3 Bd6 10.d4 Ne7 11.Bd3 0-0 12.0-0 The move 15..Be6!? is interesting instead of Qc7,for getting the queenside castle in faster.21...0-0-0 22.Ng4 Nxg4?? 23.Bxg4 Bxg4 24.Qxg4 Kb8 25.f3!? does win a piece(tpstar)Move 22..Nxg4?? is mistake black has 22.. Bxg4! 23.Bxg4+ Kb8 if f3? Nxg4! and black is better no matter what capture is made.Whites best after 21..0-0-0 22.Bxe4 dxe4 23.Qc2+ Kb8 24.Bd2 Rc8 25.Bc3 Qf4 and it is complicated and unclear.Long live the Latvian Counter gambit!!

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