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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba
Casino de Barcelona Masters (2005), Barcelona ESP, rd 2, Oct-25
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Oct-30-05  ReikiMaster: Wouldn't it be nice to know that exchanging queens guarantees you winning a pawn 18 moves later?
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  patzer2: White's simple 7. Nxd4! creates an isolated pawn and gives him a target for attack, <winning a pawn 18 moves later.>
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  patzer2: White's pawn discovered attack 32. e4! is instructive in demonstrating a winning endgame tactic. In the forced sequence leading to 34. Bf4!, note that Bxf4?? 35. gxf4 Ke7 36. Kd3 gives White a much easier win.

Of course after 34. Bf4! Ba7 35. Be3! Bb8 36. Kd3! White has a winning advantage.

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  Mateo: Maybe Illescas played 23... a6 (?), because he was afraid of b2-b3. But this loses a pawn.

I think he should have played 23... Rc8 (with still a small edge for White because of the lonesome pawn on c4). There are nice tactical variations here.

If 24. b3?! cb! 25. Bb5 Ba3.

If 24. Bd2 Be7 25. b3 cb! 26. Rc8 (26. Bb5? Rc1 27. Bc1 ba 28. Bb2 Bf6 (now we see why the Bishop had to retreat to e7) 29. Bc4 Bb2 30. Ba2) b2 27. Rc1 bcQ 28. Bc1, with a draw in view.

So White has to find something else.

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  patzer2: <Mateo> Your 23...Rc8 = to is a strong defensive move, which greatly improves Black's drawing chances.

After 23...Rc8, 24. b3? is a mistake. So, as you say <White has to find something else.>

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