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Manuel Vidal del Rio vs Jose Luis Fernandez Garcia
TCh-ESP Div 2 (2001), Vila Real ESP, rd 4, Aug-16
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Counterattack Bishop sac line (C57)  ·  1-0

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Dec-25-03  patzer2: For those wanting to beat higher rated players, this game in which an expert beats a strong master provides a good strategy.

Interesting game here in that the IM intends to defeat the Expert by playing 4...Bc5 and entering the highly tactical Wilkes-Barre or Traxler attack to punish 4. Ng5 in the Two Knights. Instead, the expert plays solid in the opening, gains a small middle game plus and beats the IM in the end game. For those wanting to beat higher rated players, this game provides a good strategy (play solid in the opening and middle game, gain a small advantage and beat them with a small end game advantage).

Dec-25-03
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  PizzatheHut: I'm just looking at this game quickly, but what about 24. Rxf8? I would have played it simply because (1) you would enter a bishop vs. knight endgame a pawn up, instead of black winning back that pawn later, as happened in the game (2) I would think that the bishop would be better than the knight with pawns all over the board (3) The black king would lose time in having to capture on the back rank and then move back up. I guess it doesn't matter since white won anyway, but what do you guys think?
Dec-25-03  patzer2: <PizzatheHut> One would think it should be Black trying to avoid exchanging down material with the pawn deficit and weaker pawn structure. So, maybe 24. Rxf8 was the best move, assuming best play by Black. However, with Black's pawns on dark squares, White may have calculated that the Black King and Knight could block the penetration of the White King, giving Black drawing chances. Also, since Black's pawn weakeness is not going to disappear any time soon by avoiding the exchange of rooks, White probably figured he had nothing to lose by waiting for a better opportunity to trade off rooks.
Aug-11-18
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  OrangeTulip: Good night.
For Traxler attack lovers an interesting game. Exchanging rooks by 24.Rxf8 seems to me less effective than exchanging the bad bishop for the good knight.
Dec-10-19
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  FSR: Not what players dream of when they play the Traxler/Wilkes-Barre.

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