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Marie Boyarchenko vs Nelly Aginian
European Championship (Women) (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 3, Apr-23
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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Aug-12-08  zanza: Black is slightly better, and after 16. a3 must find a plan. Center is the key area, in this position. Pushing pawn to d4 could be a good try to disorganize White's pieces, but still premature.

So 16. ..., Bd6! looks good.

White's reply weakens King's side, so Black goes exchange white Bishops. In these kind of position (isolated d5 pawn) this is not always correct, but Black has some tactical opportunities.

In fact, while White's pawn c2 becomes weak, pawn d5 is indirectly protected (20. Nxd5, Bc5 check).

Final mistake comes shortly. After 20. Qd3? and Queen exchange, Black can easily push his pawn to d4 and win a piece, by disorganizing White's forces, as wished at the beginning.

Nice game.

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