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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren
Russia - China (2012), St Petersburg RUS, rd 5, Jul-06
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-06-12
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  offramp: A very Nimzovichian position:


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The players attack on their respective sides (move 27):


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It starts to look as if white is about to win:


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But there does not seem to be a way through and white was probably relieved to draw:


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Jul-07-12  rilkefan: After 31...Qc7 (...Qa3=) stockfish thinks 32.Nxf8 Rxf8 33.a4 is winning as the knight gets trapped or shoved out of play. At the time control 40...Rb2 wins the a pawn and the game. After white avoids repetition with Nf6 black had the chance to go after c3 with a clear advantage, and in the final position sf thinks black up -1.4 based on holding the 8th rank and winning c3. I can see black not wanting to defend long enough to cash in the material though.
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