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Alex Yermolinsky vs Larry Christiansen
USA-ch Gr-A (1999), Salt Lake City, rd 4, Aug-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0

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Aug-08-06  Albertan: The move 11...Nh5 had been tried in the following game: 11... Nh5 12. Bxe7 Rxe7 13. b4
Be6 14. b5 cxb5 15. Nxb5 a6 16. Nc3 Rc8 17. Qb2 Nf6 with counterplay for BlackI. Ivanov-Yermolinsky, USA (ch) 1996.)

Aug-08-06  Albertan: At the time of this game the move 12.Rfe1!? was a theoretical novelty.Now the move 12.Rab1 is most often played by White.
Aug-08-06  Albertan: 18.bxa5 opens up the b-file which Yermolinsky uses to good effect.
Aug-08-06  Albertan: The move 27.Bxb5! is a nice idea. Christiansen resigned on move 29 because if: (a) 29...Ref7 30.Rxb7 or 30.axb7
or (b)29...bxa6 30.Qxf5 g6 31.Qf6
May-25-13
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  plang: Perhaps 13..a5 delaying Whites b4 advance should have been played. Both Seirawan and Byrne recommended 17..Nd6 as less weakening than 17..f5!?.

Nunn after 18 bxa!:
"This excellent move shows flexibility of thought. White abandons the traditional minority attack plan because in this position he sees that he can force the a3-pawn forward to a5. This will leave Black with a weak and backward b-pawn on a half-open file. On the kingside, it is hard for Black to get going because his pieces are inactive and White's pressure against e4 restricts his freedom."

If Black had tried 22..Kh8 a pretty follow-up could have been 23 Qb1..Nxc5 24 dxc..Rf6 25 a6..bxa 26 Bxa6..Bxa6 27 Raxa6..Qd7 28 Ra8+..Nf8 29 Rbb8..Kg8 30 Ng5!..h6 31 Rd8..Qc7 32 Rxf8+!..Rxf8 33 Qxf5 and mates. 26..Ne5? lost quickly; better was 26..Ref7 27 Qc3..bxa 28 Rxc6..Rxc6 29 Nxc6..Qc7 30 Nb4 and White has a clear edge.

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