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Evgeny Alekseev vs Alexander Onischuk
41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-24
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  chancho: now d5 is a threat.
Jul-25-08  karnak64: Could Black now engineer a minority attack? Or is there too little on the board otherwise for that to work?
Jul-25-08  jeeky1996: unclear, cos' both sides have both an advantage and an disadvantage.

White has the better pawn structure, but how about it's exposed king?

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  chancho: Maybe the c1 knight is headed to f4.
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  Gypsy: <karnak64: Could Black now engineer a minority attack? Or is there too little on the board otherwise for that to work?> Yes, and yes: One has to have the fire power to attack the resulting weak pawn. And the bad bishop (Be6) will not be much of help, I am afraid.

Because of that bad bishop, Black needs to play cautiously for a draw, I think.

Jul-25-08  Strongest Force: I am still trying to get over the perpetual the Cuban found. :(
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  Gypsy: To me White position is significantly better.
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  whiteshark: A possible continuation is now <24.Nd3 f6 25.Nf4 Bf7 26.g4 Re4 27.Nf5>

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Should be still .

Jul-25-08  jeeky1996: It's a little disturbing to hear that Carlsen drew against Donmiguez.
Jul-25-08  karnak64: <Gypsy>: yeah, and as I looked at it more, I realized that starting a minority attack by playing b5 gives white a lovely spot on c5 for a knight. Black risks a lot by trying.
Jul-25-08  acirce: This is a very promising game. I like Alekseev's style. He seems to be a very mature player and I believe he has every chance to become a top player. (I don't mean in the broad sense in which he already is.)
Jul-25-08  Xenon Oxide: I don't think white's advantage is winning, but it is certainly comfortable
Jul-25-08  jtd200: White may have a little more fun, here, but he also has (at least according to the clocks I can see) a lot less time on his clock... Just a bit over half.
Jul-25-08  karnak64: A flurry of exchanges would lead to a draw here, quickly. I hope they are not content to do so.
Jul-25-08  karnak64: Oh, well ...
Jul-25-08  jaybugg13: I wonder what Alekseev saw when he brought the night to f4. Why not cause trouble on the queenside? The d5 pawn is well defended anyway, any thoughts?
Jul-25-08  spruce: Time trouble
Jul-25-08  karnak64: s'pose White could trade everything off but pawns. Is he in the better spot?
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  chancho: Jeez, 9 minutes to make 10 moves.
Jul-25-08  crafty: 29. ... ♖xe1 30. ♖xe1 ♖e8 31. ♖h1 ♔e7 32. h4 ♔d6 =   (eval -0.28; depth 17 ply; 200M nodes)
Jul-25-08  jeeky1996: How about Nd3
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  chancho: The steed is much better than the cleric here. Is it enough to win?
Jul-25-08  Xenon Oxide: I think now the black bishop is superior to the white knight.
Jul-25-08  jaybugg13: I think if the rooks are all traded off the end game is just ever so slightly better for white, at least until black can free the bishop. IMHO the queenside majority is negated by the d5 pawn in that any true break will free the bishop.
Jul-25-08  acirce: Wasn't Nxe7 slightly surprising? Seems like it pretty much killed White's chances. But I'm just a patzer.
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