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Lazaro Bruzon Batista vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-26
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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  benveniste: Death by poison pawn! The losing move is 56...Nc2 aiming for the rook pawn.
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  lostemperor: Sokolov followed his loss against Kramnik. It doesn't seem much at first but he did get something. And when he probably could be thinking of a win, he started cruisin for a Bruzon!
Jan-27-05  Kingdumb: Black was in a no win situation at this point. If he doesn't take the rook pawn his knights pawn is doomed. If instead Nd4 he attacks white's bishop's pawn but still loses his knight's pawn and white eventually passes. This game was actually lost several moves back.
Jan-27-05  e4Newman: Yes, a fun excercise in the locomotion of a knight. Black's knight does not have time to manoeuvere to friendly squares, and any exchange involving pawns will only loosen white's pawns towards promotion. Even white's bishop which is fairly hemmed in, can safely attack some black pawns. And alas, white's king is much closer to the action.

Too bad for Sokolov :(

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