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Larry Christiansen vs Yaacov Norowitz
US Chess Championship (2013), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, May-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16)  ·  1-0

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May-03-13  catlover: Looks like Norowitz was expecting 47. Rxd4, Pxd4, and White king can't take the pawn on f5 because after 48 Kxf6, d3 the black pawn queens. 48. Re3 must have been a nasty surprise.
May-03-13
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  HeMateMe: Larry C, still in it, age 57. Nice finese, giving back the pawn, to win the endgame.
May-04-13  shoshonte: I wonder if 13. Ne5?! was where it began to go wrong for black putting his knight in a pin. But great technique at the end by white to get the full point
May-04-13  Robin01: Was 42...Bxe5 necessary? Could not have black put up a better defense by just shuffling the rooks?
May-04-13  Robin01: Also, was 16...fxe5 forced? It appears that 16...Bxe5 is a better move, unless I am just overlooking a tactic. After 16...fxe5 black's pawn structure is terrible.
May-04-13  bank2010: After 16... Bxe5 17.Nf3 is annoying because e6 is hanging.
May-05-13  OrigamiArtist: I am not so sure this is particularly good technique here. White played well but stumbled at the conversion phase. 46.Kg5? looks poor because black could have played 47...Rg4+! (instead of the losing 47...Kd6?)

47...Rg4+ 48.Kxf5 Kb7 49.Ke5 Ka6 50.Kd5 Kb7 51.Re7+ Ka6 52.Rh7 Rxg3 53.Rxh5 Rxb3 =

47...Rg4+ 48.Kxh5 Kd6 49.Kh6 Re4 50.Rf3 Ke6 =

Nov-06-13
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  PawnSac: <Robin01: Was 42...Bxe5 necessary? Could not have black put up a better defense by just shuffling the rooks?>

Bxe5 did win a pawn. Was it a mistake? no. Was it necessary? Well that depends on what you mean. I see nothing wrong with winning the pawn. The ending should have been drawn.

Nov-06-13
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  PawnSac: <Robin01: Also, was 16...fxe5 forced? It appears that 16...Bxe5 is a better move, unless I am just overlooking a tactic. After 16...fxe5 black's pawn structure is terrible.>

fxe5 was not "forced", but black played it to avoid the B for N exchange. The resulting pawn structure would be the same but black would not have his bishop So fxe5 was better than Bxe5

Nov-07-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: oy vey

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