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Evgeny Alekseev vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Tal Memorial (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Aug-25
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0

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Aug-25-08  samikd: What was the point of that ugly <Ra7> ?
Aug-25-08  Marmot PFL: Can't figure that out. Nd5 looks like the natural move.
Aug-25-08  Timex: Well, if you look at 14.a4, the point of that move is probably to defend the bishop on e7, by advancing the b-pawn, because in some games, the bishop can be poorly defended as a result of the queen moving.
Aug-25-08  daniellovesbeer: well if he moves the bishop to d7 one move later it is obvious that Ra7 is meant to defend the b pawn so the Bc8 can move
Aug-26-08
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  whiteshark: <daniellovesbeer: <well if he moves the bishop to d7 one move later it is obvious that Ra7 is meant to defend the b pawn so the Bc8 can move>> That's the point.

After <12.c3> black has to decide how to develop his queenside.


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Maybe with <12...Qb6 13.Qe2 Rd8 14.Rfe1 Bd7 15.Rad1 Rac8>


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