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Igor Miladinovic vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
"To the Max" (game of the day Apr-19-2011)
European Championship (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 6, Apr-26
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Jun-11-08  ravel5184: I had the same error in one of my games - unfortunately, the score for it is in the same place as my other white sneaker.

Also see User: ravel5184 - I have some new chess puzzles up!

Aug-18-08  patzer2: White's ill fated attempt to trap the Queen back fires on him after Black plays the clever defensive move 15...b5!

After the smoke clears, Black's extra pawns and better position are near decisive.

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  Phony Benoni: I am going to have to relearn everything I thought I knew about chess.
Apr-19-11  Robed.Bishop: <Phony Benoni> Teach me too, please!
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  HeMateMe: "Miladdining Complications; Lagrave Results".
Apr-19-11  BobCrisp: Go away.
Apr-19-11  Julian713: Wow. Talk about a computer's nightmare...
Apr-19-11  Ratt Boy: I'm baffled by White's 9.♗c7. It's not like the friar' know...DOING anything there. Didn't Igor's mommy tell him not to go moving a piece twice while others aren't developed?

If it's meant to remove an escape square for Black's ♕, it didn't work. It also leaves the e3 square undefended--which, in some lines, is more consequential for White. The whole ♕a4-♖b1-♗c7-a5 idea is slow and looks as awkward as a penguin on land. No wonder ...b5 works for Black.

I figure ♗c4, followed by ♘e2, develops and gains time.

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  tamar: 9 Bc7 was a known idea. Lawrence Trent-Mark Hebden Southend 2006, not in this database, was a White win.

Interestingly, Trent tried the idea again later in 2008 and won when Kotronias blundered while trying to trap the bishop L Trent vs Kotronias, 2008

But I agree, the whole idea looks dubious if Black avoids a few traps.

Apr-19-11  kevin86: Boy,white stepped in "shaving cream".
Apr-19-11  Chessmensch: Was there time trouble? White was in trouble for some time, but his last move was almost unbelievable. He surely did step into shaving cream. See the following:
Apr-19-11  Wessel23: I love how it says "♗ sac: 39...Bc4"
Apr-19-11  WhiteRook48: 40 Bxc4 rule one: don't walk into a fork
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  fm avari viraf: Igor "To La Grave"
Sep-04-12  Jigsaw42: Damn, what a strong play from Maxime!

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