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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Evgeny Alekseev
41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-22-08  messachess: This is an interesting draw--worth studying.
Jul-22-08  Alphastar: <messachess> it seemed pretty drawn to me from 20. Nf6+ on. Since both sides could not facilitate any breakthrough, both having doubled pawns on their majority side.
Jul-22-08  messachess: Kramnik in particular has been very successful with the Berlin defense--completely stymied Kasparov with it in their championship match. I personally try not to trade Q's at move 8. Of course, 8.Qe2 invites ...Nd5.--not fun for white. 8.Qe1 is just a rank concession. Maybe the trade is forced; I don't know.
Jul-22-08  4tmac: I like the "look" of whites position in the Berlin (pawn majority on the kingside, apparent lead in development, control of the queen file, etc.), but actually getting a point out of it is a different story. Black has no real weaknesses, a safe king, safe pawns, protection of the queen file, and the TWO BISHOPS. I play 8.QxQ+, admire my position, and spend the rest of the game haunted by the 2 bishops.
Jul-22-08  acirce: <messachess> Yes, on 8.Qe2 Black plays 8..Nd4. Note 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Rd1 Bg4! - an important finesse. Now the queen exchange is forced anyway (11.Rxd4 Bxe2) and this is very comfortable for Black (for example, this time he can still castle). White has no better than 8.Qxd8+. If he wants to avoid the queen exchange he has to deviate earlier.
Jul-22-08  messachess: Thanks <acirce> for the info.--very interesting.

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