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Jan Gustafsson vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-19
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Glek Defense (E94)  ·  0-1

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Jul-19-12  master of defence: Why white resigned here?
Jul-19-12
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  WannaBe: Don't fully understand why Jan resigned...
Jul-19-12  JoergWalter: how will white prevent Bd3 attacking Rb1? White will loose a quality on b1 or c3. or quality and pawn b2.
Jul-19-12  luzhin: White seems to be losing the exchange, and at least one pawn. For example 26.Re1 Bd3 27.Rbd1 Bxb2 28.f3 (if 28.Nf3 Bxe4) Bc2 29.Nc4 Bc3 is winning for Black. In fact 25.Be3 is a terrible blunder. After 25.f3 Bd4+ (the move Be3 was trying to prevent) 26.Kh1 Bd7 27.Rc4 White is only a little bit worse.
Jul-19-12
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  wordfunph: great respect by Jan on his opponent.

though Houdini shows "only" -0.98 after 25...Be2, i believe this is too early to resign.

Jul-19-12  jon01: And Gustafsson had a 4-0 score against Naiditsch before this game.
Jul-21-12  KingV93: I'm not good enough to see that losing the exchange and a pawn here means the game. Must be a GM thing. or at least an M thing lol.
Jul-21-12
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  perfidious: < KingV93: I'm not good enough to see that losing the exchange and a pawn here means the game....>

All of us started as beginners and put our pants on, one leg at a time-the way to developing one's skills is by analysing positions, not being afraid to try new ideas and always being open to improvement.

It's natural to feel some sense of trepidation when playing or analysing with someone much stronger than yourself; you might say I had some experience in that early on.

One aspect which didn't exist when I was a beginner is computers: anyone who understands a little about the game can acquire a program and post analysis here. Don't let that intimidate you.

Jul-21-12  rilkefan: Stockfish thinks 26.b4 is best, about -2. White plays b5 to prevent the freeing c6 with black getting a rook on c2. But black just opens lines with f5, activates his pieces, and wins space. If white plays Nd4 aiming at e6 black just exchanges and penetrates on the squares the knight was holding.
Oct-02-12  Thumbtack2007: I agree that 26. b4 looks like it leads to a draw even though White is down the exchange. The pawns can be locked up, making the rook to knight advantage very small. Having lost the exchange and feeling sorry for oneself might make you feel like resigning, but it doesn't look as though it was necessary.
Oct-03-12  Thumbtack2007: After further analysis, I conclude that it is not possible to lock up the pawns, and eventually the rooks can be joined together to devastating effect. So, unless you hoped that Black would make a mistake, a resignation was appropriate.

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