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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Aleksey Dreev
Aeroflot Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Feb-16
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  1-0

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Feb-17-08  Dr. Funkenstein: Can someone please explain why 11. .... Nxe5 isn't allowed and why Be6 is necessary instead?

It doesn't seem white is really threatening Bxf7+, the bishop on d7 is covering the king, the c6 knight can't stop the white knight going to d5 or b5 anyway and leaving the a7 pawn ungaurded doesn't seem like that big a deal to snag the e-pawn as Nb5 would be answered by Rc8 which threatens the c4 bishop

Could someone please point out what I'm missing. Thanks

Feb-17-08  ruyv: If 11. ...Nxe5 then 12.f4
If 11. ...dxe5 then 12.Bxf7+
So Black tries Be6
Feb-17-08  Dr. Funkenstein: Duh, completely missed the obvious counter given that the queen is threatened. Thanks

Feb-19-08  notyetagm: <ruyv: If 11. ...Nxe5 then 12.f4 >


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Yes, the <EXPOSED> position of the Black g5-queen makes 11 e4-e5! possible, due to the <PAWN FORK> 11 ... ♘c6xe5?? 12 f2-f4 shown above.

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