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Etienne Bacrot vs Pavel Eljanov
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 5, Apr-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-03-09
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  whiteshark: "Attack and defense were equally strong in this game. Bacrot made a good novelty in the Zajtsev Variation of the Ruy Lopez – <18.Bxa5>, then nicely sacrificed a pawn by <24.Bb3!>,


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seizing the initiative. His bishop on d5 was much stronger than its Black counterpart. However, the analysis confirmed that White was never really close to a win in this game!

There were many tempting sacrifices, but none of them was decisive. In each line Black could escape to a draw. Neither <30.Rf3 Rf8 31.Rxf7>, nor <31.Rxh7> or <32.Rxh7> worked for White. And Eljanov defended accurately until the end. The last precise move was <33…Ra4!>,


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after which White no longer had any attacking potential."

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