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Salvijus Bercys vs Evgeny Najer
World Open (2007), King of Prussia USA, rd 2, Jun-30
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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Jul-03-07  Raskolnikov: 34...♕:d2! A nice shot. If 35.♕:d2 then ♘:f3 with a double-threat ♘:d2 and ♖:h2++
Jul-04-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: This game truly brings forth the essence of the Slav defense. White gets to keep his two bishops and builds the perfect center in d4 and e4. Still he gets crushed as soon as black's pieces spring into activity, in part because black's pawn structure is rock-solid. As a fan of the Slav, this is one of the most illustrative games for this opening I've come across. And it's certainly the kind of win that every Slav player loves to get!
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  Breunor: Sorry here, I'm missing the 'win', can someone help me here?.

34 .. Q x d2 35 Q x d2 N x f3 36 Q f2 R x h2 ch 37 Q x h2 N x h2 38 K x h2.

Black appears to be up a pawn in a knight endgame, but I wouldn't think white should resign?

Thanks for any help.

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  tpstar: <Breunor> Your line represents best play and ends here:

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Black should play 38 ... Ne3 blocking the White King from g2 & g4 while tying the Ng3 to the Pf5, also 39. f6? Ng4+ & 40 ... Nxf6. Now White can't do much as Black advances the King to win the Pf5 (39. b3 Kg7 40. a3 Kf6 41. Ne4+ Ke5; 39. Kg1 Kg7 40. Kf2 Nd1+ & 41 ... Nxb2) and then the N4P vs N2P should be a straightforward win.

Still, you're right that White could have held out a tad longer. Sometimes the shock value of a move (34 ... Qxd2!) outweighs the actual impact, making it very hard to think clearly OTB. =)

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  Breunor: Thanks tpstar!

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