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Eugene Perelshteyn vs Emanuel Berg
Bermuda op (2003), Southampton, rd 3
French Defense: Winawer. Bogoljubow Variation (C17)  ·  1-0



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Aug-28-06  MUG: Although white is clearly winning anyway, better is 18.Qh5, me thinks.
Feb-08-07  CoryLetain: <Mug>. Black can equalize after 18.Qh5 and actually force a perpetual other wise whites losing. Eugene gives the line on this very game at ICC in the training section. He explains why 18.Qh5 is bad for white. Kh1 is actually far stronger anyways because it brings the rook into g1 and provides many opportunities for mate. Eugene even says its possible for black to resign after Kh1 because the game becomes increasingly difficult for black. This is the mainline and so is the rook exchange. However Qf4 is a very strong move and starts the mating threats and essentially refutes the exchange.
Feb-11-07  MUG: <CoryLetain> You are right. It seems Black can force a draw by perpetual check after 18.Qh5 with 18...g6 19.Bxg6 Qg8! 20.Nf7+ Kg7 21.Qh6+ Kf6 22.Qg5+ Kg7 23.Qh6+ etc.
Oct-16-08  piever: Does anybody know what is the current theoretical status of this line?

15. Qf4 is definitely an improvement over the old 15. Rh3 (which was considered good for black), but does white have any more than a draw? Here 18. ... g6 is probably a mistake. What would white play after 18...Qg8 (if 19. Qc7 Qf8 threatening to take on f3 with a perpetual)? My computer gives it as a draw (Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+! Kh8 Nf7+), is it correct?

Jul-02-11  estrick: In the book "Chess Openings for White, Explained" Perelshteyn gives in response to 18 ...Qg8 the following line:

19. Qf4 Nd8
20. Rg1 e5!
21. Qxe5 Nf7
22. Qxd5 Nxd6
23. Qxd6 Be6
24. Qxd4 and "White is a pawn up, but the game is not over yet."

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  scutigera: I was surprised to see how popular this line was, as Black seems to make a point of trading off a good bishop for White's bad one. I was more surprised to see how well it scored, at least in lines where White manages to retrieve the N from its exile on b5, rather than plunking it on d6 where it "threatens" to exchange itself for the lsb Black wants so desperately to get rid of.

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