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Aleksey Dreev vs Pia Cramling
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 9, Feb-02
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Pawn Return Variation (A57)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Interestingly, Dreev declines Cramling's Benko gambit in favor of building a strong pawn center, which pays off in the middle game.

Dreev's 30. f4! initiates a winning positional sacrifice (the exchange for a Bishop and at least two pawns), which enables him to secure a decisive passed pawn and force Cramling's resignation.

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  patzer2: Note that if 28...gxh5??, then 29.Rxd6! Bxd6 30.Qg5+ Kh8 31.Qf6+ Kg8 32.Rd5! follows.

And if 35...fxe6??, then 36. Qe5 Qf7
37. Ra6 Kf8 38. Rxa5 is winning for White.

Jan-10-09  waustad: They have played twice, both times the same line in the Benko Gambit, 14 years apart.

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