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Haakon Strand vs Robert Graham Wade
Gibraltar Masters (2007), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Jan-23
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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  beenthere240: 16. ef looks bad. Black got his rooks in play and white starts an unsound attack.
Nov-24-08  newzild: Quite a nice finish by the 85-year-old (or was he 86 already?)

The win looks almost forced after 26.Ng3 e4.

I disagree about 16.ef being necessarily bad. If the K-side remains blocked then black has a free hand on the queenside. Don't forget that the players have castled on opposite sides.

However, he also had another couple of options - for example, 16.g4 or 16.Nb5 (heading for d6).

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  MoonlitKnight: A few comments (I played the white pieces):

13.Qd2 is an incorrect attempt to complicate the game. After 13.Nb5 white has a small, but clear, advantage.

16.exf6 must surely be the best move, but the follow-up is wrong. When I played 17.Rhf1 I underestimated the strength of black's 21st move. 17.g3 is the way to go, hindering black's counterplay and aiming to put a knight on e5.

After 25.Ne2? the game is indeed lost, but the position was very difficult anyway.

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  MoonlitKnight: Before the game I checked Wade's games in my database and realized that most of his games against lower rated players were drawn in 10-15 moves. I assumed that meant he just offered draws in every game. However, in Gibraltar the no draw rule was in play. So when Wade played 12...Qc5 I interpreted it as a silent draw offer and decided that I should avoid trading queens. For that I was punished.
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  Richard Taylor: Lively game!
Apr-08-09  parisattack: Yes, frisky game for 84 year-old! I should be even close so fortunate!

RIP, Bob.

<MoonlitKnight> Thanks for the first-hand comments on the game!

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