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Luke McShane vs Simon Kim Williams
European Union Individual Championship (2006), Liverpool ENG, rd 5, Sep-10
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-16-06  euripides: Short's annotations here:

Short does not think Black's pawn sacrifice was quite justified and suggests White begins to drift with 25 Kf1 and is then outplayed. I wonder whether opening the g file for Black's major pieces was wise.

It is sometimes said that the 'badness' of Black's white-squared bishop in the French is exaggerated, but it doens't often get to to anything quite as exciting as moves 26-28.

A real advertisement for the French.

Oct-17-06  notyetagm: What a game by Black! Black uses his advanced pawns to make outpost after outpost for his pieces.
Oct-17-06  notyetagm: From Nigel's column mentioned above:

McShane, L (2614) - Williams, S (2473) [C05], EU Championship, Liverpool, United Kingdom (5), 10/09/2006 1.e4 [Luke committed the error of turning up half an hour late to this encounter having overslept for the start. Forfeiting a chunk of his allotted time cost him when the position became complicated later] e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 [A strong line, but not as popular as 6.Bd3] c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 Qb6 8.a3 a5 9.b3 Be7 10.h4 f5 11.h5 cxd4 12.cxd4 Ndb8 [Highlighting the poor position of this piece] 13.Bd3 Bd7 14.Ne2 a4 15.b4 Na7 16.Nc3 Nb5 [Positionally desirable, but costing a healthy pawn] 17.Nxa4 Qc7 18.Nc5 Nc3 19.Qc2 Ne4 [This well-placed knight does not compensate for the foregone material] 20.h6 Rg8 21.hxg7 Bxc5 22.dxc5 Ba4 23.Qb2 Qxg7 24.Rh3 Nc6 25.Kf1?! [Starting to drift] 0-0-0 26.Ne1 Bd1 27.Be3 d4 28.Bf2 Bg4 29.Rh4 Ne7 30.Rh2 Nd5 31.Qc1 h5 32.c6 Qh6 33.g3 Ndc3 34.Ng2 Bf3! DIAGRAM [White has been comprehensively outplayed over the last half-dozen moves as he has strained to contain the rampant Black counterplay] 35.Qe1 Bxg2+ 36.Rxg2 h4! [Demolition work on the fragile pawn structure] 37.cxb7+ Kxb7 [White's biggest problem is that his a and b pawns impede his attack on the enemy king] 38.Rh2 Qh5! [To penetrate via f3] 39.Be2 Nxe2 40.Qxe2 Qxe2+ 41.Kxe2 d3+ 42.Ke3 hxg3 43.Rh7+ Kb8 44.Bg1 d2 [Crashing through. The passed pawns are supported by the sprawling octopus on e4] 45.Rd1 Rd5 46.Rh1 g2 47.Rh3 Rc8 48.Ke2 Nc3+ [Cashing in] 49.Rxc3 Rxc3 50.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 51.Kxd2 Rf3 0-1 [52...Rf1 cannot be prevented. A flawed but impressive display.]

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