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Daniel Fernandez vs Renier Gonzalez
US Championship 2006 (2006), San Diego, CA USA, rd 8, Mar-10
Slav Defense: Steiner Variation (D16)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: Fernandez-Gonzalez <[Fritz 7]>: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bg4 6. Ne5 Bh5 7. f3 Nfd7 8. Nxc4 e5 9. Be3 Bb4 10. g4 Bg6 11. dxe5 0-0 12. h4 h6 <[last book move]> 13. g5 h5 14. Bh3 Qe7 15. f4 Rd8 16. Qc1 Nc5 <[16 ... Bh7 17. 0-0 ]> 17. f5 Nb3 18. Qb1 Nxa1 <[18 ... Bh7 19. Ra2 Nd7 =]> 19. fxg6 <[ ]> Nb3 20. 0-0 Rf8 21. Rf6?? <[21. gxf7+ Rxf7 22. Qa2 Rxf1+ 23. Bxf1 Nd2 24. Bxd2 Kh8 ]> Bc5?? <[21 ... Na6 ]> 22. gxf7+ <[ ]> Rxf7 23. Qg6 Na6?? <[23 ... Bxe3+ 24. Nxe3 Nd4 ]> 24. Rxf7 Qxf7 25. Be6 1-0.

John Donaldson in "Chess Life" June 2006 enthusiastically assigned 21. Rf6!! ("Shades of Fischer vs Benko, 1963 !") with the primary winning line after 21 ... gxf6 22. gxf6 Qc7 23. g7 Rd8 24. Bf5 & 25. Bh7#. Yet Fritz prefers the straightforward 21. gf+ winning a piece since the Nb3 is lost and even favors Black after 21 ... Na6 [ ] because the Nb3 can be rescued. But 23 ... Na6? is a clear error since Black had to cover e6.

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