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Robin van Kampen vs Sjoerd Plukkel
Corus Group C (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-10  sneaky pete: Robin, the boy lion-tamer.
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  whiteshark: Robin is going on a lion hunt.
Jan-20-10  kellmano: Why doesn't he play 16......Ba3+?
Jan-20-10  sneaky pete: <kellmano> 16... Ba3+ may be better, but the position still looks very good for white after for instance 17.Kb1 Rb8+ 18.Bb3 a5 19.Ka1 ..

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It is quite complicated however. After 19... a4!? 20.Bxe6 Bb2+ 21.Kb1 fxe6 22.Rxc7 Ba3+ with a forced draw, but 20.Bxa4 .. may be sufficient.

When he chose 16... Bf8 black probably overlooked 20.Bxc6+ ..

He sits in the treetop all day long
Hoppin' and a-boppin' and a-singin' his song
All the little birds on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the Robin go tweet, tweet, tweet

Jan-21-10  Edwin M: Van Kampen must have been watching Shirov's Philidor defence DVD.
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  Stonehenge: After 16...Ba3+ 17.Kb1 a5 18.Rxh7 Rg8 it is not so clear.

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