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Etienne Bacrot vs Wang Yue
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 9, Apr-30
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-30-08  januarylove: a somewhat active petrov :) *fun!*
Apr-30-08  toastie: fide notes

"A very long and tough fight was Bacrot-Wang Yue, eventually drawn after 72 moves.

In a sideline of the Petroff White got some pressure, and the Chinese GM decided to give an exchange for a pawn, and better structure. It looked strong, but both players had missed the reply 18.Qe2! (instead of 18.Qg3) which after 18…c6 19.Rb1 Bd6 20.Bf4 gives White a much better version than in the game - a probably winning advantage according to Bacrot's second Arkadi Naiditsch. "But he's always very optimistic about my game," Bacrot said.

Another mistake was 23.Rbd1 where 23.Re2 should have been played.

The ending was very complicated. Bacrot went for activity on the kingside: "I felt I had to do something because the Black pawns were coming!"

Like his opponent, Wang Yue wasn't sure either who was playing for a win after the time control. He regretted his 40th move and preferred 40…Ne4 afterwards."

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