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Lazaro Bruzon Batista vs Le Quang Liem
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2011), Havana CUB, rd 3, May-13
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation with 6.e4 (D72)  ·  0-1



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  wordfunph: Bruzon Batista,L - Le Quang Liem

after 53...f3

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and mate in 4 with 54...Qe5+!

55.Kh1 Qe1+ 56.Kh2 Qxf2+ Kh1 57.Qg2#

May-16-11  hedgeh0g: White's position was lost anyway. There doesn't seem to be any way to hold on to b3 and counter the mate threats.
May-16-11  bronkenstein: Just few annotations based on quick Stockfish´s lines (the ones from Chessbomb live ) .

White slowly went from slightly worse, but holdable @ 21.Rad1? to totally strategically lost after 32. ...a5!

Nd4 is the killer , and white failed to undermine his strong position in the center on time.

32. ...a5! is the last nail in the coffin ( definitely fixing white Qflank , while securing knight from white´s undermining moves such as a5 or b4 ), ´And the rest is technique´ as Fischer used to say.

Instead of 21.Rad1? (good example for famous ´not by that rook!´) , generating counterplay with 21. a5! was stronger , leaving a rook on the a file , playing the other one on d file + having Bf1 as the option to cover weak white squares along the f1-a6 diagonal (and attack weak b5 pawn eventually).

For example (Stockfish) 21. a5! b5 22. Rfd1 (22. a6 !? ) Rfe8 (22. ...a6 !? ) 23. a6 Nd3 24. Qd2 h5 25. Bf1 ! with counterplay on queens flank.

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  Gilmoy: <43.Bf3> was a desperate swindle try: 43..Nxf3 44.Qf4+ Ng5 45.Qxh4+ Kg6 46.f4 regains the piece. 46..Qc6+ 47.Rg2 is pointless because White's Q prevents Re1+. So probably 46..Rh8 47.Qxg5+ and Black's advantage has melted away.

Liem saw that, ignored it, and just kept shrinking the aquarium. His ideally-placed <36.Nd4> never moved again, while small white fishies swam faster and faster.

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