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Etienne Bacrot vs Romain Edouard
French Championship (2011), Caen FRA, rd 9, Aug-23
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1-0



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Aug-23-11  pulsar: Sunday puzzle after 17...h6?

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Aug-24-11  luzhin: 18.Bxh6 is spectacular, but by no means decisive. Black missed a number of superior defensive possibilities, most notably 23...Qe8! in place of 23...Bc5?; still, the point of a move like 18.Bxh6 is to bamboozle the opponent--and it succeeded!
Oct-01-11  Karpova: Etienne Bacrot and ArkadiJ Naiditsch annotate this game in the new column <Chess Evolution> (2011.10.01).


11...Bd7 ?! is criticized (11...Na5 is better) but with 12.Rad1 ?! White misses the best reply.

12.Rfe1! instead [see diagram]

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<This is clearly the main move here.


If Black wants to try the same idea as in the game, then now a surprise awaits him: 12...Na5 13.Bc2 Nc4 14.Qe2 Nxb2?? Compared to the game, there is no white rook on d1 under attack. 15.Bc1!+– Black's knight is trapped.

13.Rad1 Na5 14.d5 Nxb3 15.axb3 h6 16.Bxh6 gxh6 17.d6 Caruana – Istratescu, Switzerland 2010.>

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