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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Donostia Chess Festival (2009), Donostia ESP, rd 1, Jul-07
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-09  drmariogodrob: Without 41. ... Qd7?? it doesn't seem that white has enough for the me.
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  Mateo: Tragic loss for Granda Zuniga. There were some interesting tactical possibilities.

31. Bf2? Nc5! 32. Nd4 <32.bxc5? Bxc5.> Ne4 33. Nxc6 <33.Nxe6?? Rd2, Black wins.> Rd2 34. Nxe7 Rxf2 35. c5!? Qg7! 36. Rxh5! <36.Nc8?? Qb7, Black wins. 36.Nc6? Qd7 37.Nd4 Qd5 38.Nb3 Nxg3, Black wins too.> Qxe7 37. Rh8+ Kb7 38. Qd3 Qc7 <38...bxc5? 39.Qb5+ is a draw.> 39. Ka1? <39.c6+! Kxc6 40.Qa6 (followed by Rc8) Nc3+ 41.Kc1 Na2+ 42.Kb1 is a draw worthy of a puzzle.> Rd2 <39...a6!, giving a7 to the King, Black is winning.> 40. Qc4 a6! 41.g4? <41.c6+! Ka7!.> Qd7?? <41...bxc5, Black wins.> 42. c6+! Qxc6 43. Rb8+ 1-0.

Jul-08-09  visayanbraindoctor: <Mateo: Tragic loss for Granda Zuniga. There were some interesting tactical possibilities.>

Thank you for your excellent analysis. Granda Zuniga slowly improved his position with maneuvers, and capped it off with fine tactical shots. Vallejo-Pons got reduced to reacting to Black's plans and moves. Granda Zuniga deserved to win; and I was expecting a 0 - 1. At first I did not believe the 1 - 0 post; I had to check the final position and noticed that Black had in fact blundered away his Queen. The time control IMO is terrible, inducing blunders and precluding well-played endgames.

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