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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Etienne Bacrot
41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008), Biel SUI, rd 4, Jul-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-08  gandu: Pity for 44..♕xa4! That move certainly sped up black's collapse.
Jul-24-08  euripides: I thought Bacrot had succesfully established the pawn on c3 and was likely to win. Perhaps he missed or underestimated the back rank tricks with 37.Ng5, found during Dominguez-Perez's time trouble.
Jul-24-08  ajile: One of the more complex middlegames I've seen lately.
Jul-24-08  ex0duz: What is the line of thought behind 48.Qe1? It's an outright blunder right? But what would make him play such a move? I can't figure it out.
Jul-24-08  ounos: He was desperately trying to defend against h5. The immediate 49. h5 was indeed parried (49. ...Qe5+), but...
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  al wazir: What's wrong with 32...Nxe5 ?
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  tamar: If 32...Nxe5 33 Bd4 hits two unguarded pieces.

Clever tactic by Dominguez

Jul-24-08  messachess: Just got to look at the game--final position is one cool shot by Dominguez-Perez. I don't know yet if he wasn't winning until then.
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  kamalakanta: <al wazir: What's wrong with 32...Nxe5 ?>

If 32...Nxe5 then 33.Bd4! wins a piece. That is why Black played Bc5, to eliminate the White bishop.

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  Mendrys: I'm sure Bacrot knew the end was coming when he saw that neither 46...Nf7(47. Qd7) nor 46...Nc6(47. Rc4) would work and the knight was going to be pinned.

I wonder when he realized that the Knight was forfeit?

Jul-24-08  messachess: Now I see that Bacrot is thoroughly outplayed by Dominguez-Perez. Their rating is close, but in this game, it's very much no contest.Dominguez-Perez is much stronger.
Jul-24-08  THE pawn: But talent-wise, Bacrot is as good as everybody, he just doesn't invest that much time into chess anymore. I think he got over the game once he realised poker was more $ and when he wouldn't stop winning the french championship. Back when he was 14, Kasparov said he would be top 5 one day because of his enormous talent (he precisely said that himself at 14 wasn't as good as young Bacrot) but he left his chess studies.
Jul-25-08  messachess: <THE pawn> Thanks for the post--fascinating info.
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  al wazir: <tamar: If 32...Nxe5 33 Bd4 . . .> <kamalakanta: If 32...Nxe5 then 33.Bd4! wins a piece . . .>

Well, maybe. Not 33...Nd2 34. Bxe5 Re4 35. Bxc3 (35. Bc7? Qc6) Bxc3 36. Nxc3 Rxf4 37. Qxd2. But 33...Rxd4 34. Rxd4 Nd2 (with 35...Nf3+ in mind) 35. Rxd2 cxd2 36. Qxc8+ Qxc8 37. Rxc8+ Kf7 38. Rd8 Nc4 looks interesting.

Aug-03-08  apexin: is 29...Rc4 a novelty?
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  Eyal: Position after 32.Qc2:

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<al wazir: What's wrong with 32...Nxe5?>

<tamar: If 32...Nxe5 33 Bd4 hits two unguarded pieces. Clever tactic by Dominguez>

<kamalakanta: If 32...Nxe5 then 33.Bd4! wins a piece. That is why Black played Bc5, to eliminate the White bishop.>

In fact, Black shouldn't lose a piece after this sequence and seems to be ok, but both players might have been under the same tactical illusion:

32...Nxe5 33.Bd4 Nf7 34.Qxe4

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And now 34...c2! (better than an immediate 34...e5 35.Nxc3) 35.Rd3 e5 36.Nd5 Bf8! followed by exd4 and something close to equality.

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  Chessdreamer: 19..Rfb8 was a novelty. 19..Rab8 was played before with Bacrot as White..

[Event "Turin ol (Men)"]
[Site "Turin ITA"]
[Date "2006.06.03"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Bacrot, Etienne"]
[Black "Aronian, Levon"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2708"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[ECO "C88"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.Nf1 Bc8 14.c3 Be6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.b4 Qd7 17.Ng3 a5 18.bxc5 dxc5 19.Qb3 Rab8 20.a4 b4 21.Rd1 bxc3 22.Qxc3 Nd4 23.Nxd4 exd4 24.Qc2 Bd6 25.Bd2 Qc7 26.Nf1 c4 27.dxc4 Rbc8 28.Rab1 Qxc4 29.Qxc4 Rxc4 30.Re1 Nd7 31.Bxa5 Rxa4 32.Ra1 Rxa1 33.Rxa1 Nc5 34.Bb6 Rb8 35.Bxc5 Bxc5 36.Rc1 Be7 1/2-1/2

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