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David Spence vs Lukas Cernousek
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 2, Jan-25
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  1-0



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  bright1: Nice tactical shot by White on move 34.
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  Gilmoy: Very clear ideas from both sides (but maybe wrong for exactly that reason: too-safe instead of dynamic).

- Black's <7..Qa4> shows a perfect Q-side blockade + long-castling: even a noob can see how this looks nice for Black. White never gets a fast Rb4-threat going.

- White doesn't get a K-side imbalance. Conversely, Black never rips the K-side open. (Maybe any French with <13.O-O> is already non-thematic :)

<19.Qc1 Qc6> looks completely stodgy. White's plan is better: <attack pawn chains at the base>. e6-f7 are the base, but <21.f5 exf5> self-undermines d6. White gradually creates a monster hole at g5. <29.Qb4> and suddenly all of Black's weaknesses are getting skewered: Bg8 is no longer possible because Nf8 hangs.

Quiz: On 32..Rxh1, is White's position strong enough for 33.Qxf8 exchange sac? White's Bf4 controls c1, so his K is not in any real danger, e.g. 33..R(a1,h2) 34.Qf6 Bg8 <not Bd7?? and the mate threat will fork his B> 35.e6:

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with the crushing dual threat of Qe5-Bxd5 and e7-Qf8.

Looks like Black put all his eggs into the RR-on-h catapult, and underestimated White's sapper teams. <21..Qc6> didn't work out: she ends up controlling nothing useful from there!

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