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Maxim Barth Stanford vs Ian Snape
British Championship (2006), Swansea WLS, rd 9, Aug-15
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  1-0



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Aug-17-06  aragorn69: Spectacular game. 15.Bb6!? springs a tricky surprise, and 15.-Qb7?? is a blunder that loses on the spot (however hard it is to blame Black for not seeing the x-ray combination that follows on the d8- and d6-squares...).

After the forced 15.-Qb8, play could have followed with: 16.Nd4! Nxd4 (not 16.-Bb7 17.Nxc6 Bxc6 18.Rd8+ with big advantage for White, although he will need to play with precision to secure the win against the bishop pair) 17.Nd6+! Kf8 18.Nxc8 Nc6 (18.-Qxc8 19.Qxd4 Qc6 20.a4 ) 19.Qxe7+ Kg8 20.Qe8+ Kh7 21.Qxc6 Rxc8 22.Qd6 Bxe5 23.Qxb8 Raxb8 24.Bd4, and White's seems to have a small endgame advantage.

Are there improvements for White along the way??

Aug-28-06  RandomVisitor: <aragorn69>In your line, after 24.Bd4, play seems roughly equal. Here is a 26-ply analysis: 1: M Devereaux - I Snape, British Championship 2006

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Analysis by Rybka 2.1c mp:

1. = (0.02): 24...Bxd4 25.Rxd4 e5 26.Rd7 Kg7 27.a3 Rd8 28.Rad1 Rxd7 29.Rxd7 Rb6 30.f3 Kf6 31.Kf2

2. = (0.03): 24...Bg7 25.a3 a5 26.g3 g5 27.Rd3 Rc4 28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Kg2 Kg6 30.Rad1 b4 31.cxb4

(, 28.08.2006)

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