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Hans Gao vs Antonio Krstev
118th New Zealand Championship (2011), ?, rd 1, Jan-02
French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Jan-05-11  kingfu: Great game by Hans; rated 300 points BELOW his opponent. Someone mentioned before that one way to play against The French was The Exchange Variation as opposed to The Winawer or The Tarrasch.
Jan-08-11  zluria: This isn't a bad game, but there is one inexplicable moment: At move 20, why doesn't Black play Qxh3? The move is screaming to be played and it wins at once, because Kg2 isn't possible. Thus, 20. ... Qxh3 21. Bc1 Bh5 and the Knight is a goner, or 20. ... Qxh3 21. hxg6 Qxf3 when White is defenseless against Qh3 and mate.
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  Richard Taylor: Hans is a good player (he is only about 14 and his real rating is nearer 2000) but here he was very lucky as Antonio was wining or better but not so much after he failed to play your suggested 20. ..Qxh3. That White pawn is not good on g4. 17. g4 looks bad.

The exchange is not a good approach to the French in my view.

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  Benzol: I wonder if after 20...Qxh3 whether 21.Qxd5 is a defence?
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  Sastre: 20...Qxh3 21.Qxd5 Qg4+ 22.Kh1 Be4 wins.
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  Benzol: <Sastre> That looks pretty convincing. Thanks. Guess Hans got lucky.


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  Richard Taylor: Hans beat Luke Li in the Summer Cup at ACC in great game!

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