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Bent Larsen vs Efim Geller
Las Palmas (1976), Las Palmas ESP, rd 10, Apr-16
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-25-17
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  fredthebear: 25.Nd5 is a nice little unpin that sets a pin.

Instead of 28.Kg2, I'd play 28.BxNd4 cxBd4 29.Rxd4. That looks too easy, so what am I missing?

My intuition says that after removing the centralized Black knight, White can hold back the passer and deal with the ensuing three piece counter attack by Black with simplifying exchanges. (It seems to look worse written on paper than on the board.) White's queen is on the defensive, so forcing an exchange of first ladies might be more difficult than I foresee. Perhaps an h-pawn thrust sufficiently concerns White to encourage a draw offer. The weak squares in the White position are not pleasant, but it's hard to walk away from having the queenside pawn majority. White could be mildly concerned about actually winning a Knight vs. Bishop ending with pawns on both sides of the board but it looks like more of an evolving pawn roller to White's benefit (and he'd promptly seek to trade off Knight for Bishop anyway). I don't mind defending carefully for awhile -- there are a couple clear-cut defensive chores -- knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

This suggested finish is one for the computers.

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