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Hikaru Nakamura vs Vugar Gashimov
Casino de Barcelona (2007), Barcelona ESP, rd 3, Oct-20
Benoni Defense: Knight's Tour Variation (A61)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-20-07  ongyj: What was the point of 20.Bxe8 ? Is it that White felt that the Bishop was 'bad' and thus took an exchange?
Oct-20-07  kingsindian2006: i imagine the A pawn was coming soon, or the c bishop to trade soon as well. so maybe not to lose a tempo....
Oct-20-07  Strongest Force: The outcome of the game revolved around white's pass-pawn at d5 and black's passer at c5. In a closed position a knight can better help or hinder the progress of a passed pawn. Nakamura traded his bishop for the knight because at that point in-the-game, the position was favorable to the e8 knight which was blocking the progress of the d5 passer. However i felt that both players may have prematurely moved when they played c4 and d6 respectively. To make a long story short: a passed pawn should only be moved when it has the complete *long-ranged* support of its heavy pieces; as the game shows, if Nakamura's king had been close enough to protect it against the black king's attact, Nakamura would have had good winning chances.

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