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Anton Korobov vs Andrei Volokitin
Ukrainian Championship (2013), Kiev UKR, rd 6, Jun-20
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: At move 22, white is up a piece. Why does he play 22. R-c1? If he moves the Rook to a light square, he doesn't lose the Bishop/Rook exchange.
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  Gilmoy: Maybe he'd rather pay now to eliminate Black's DSB. e.g. 22.Rb1 Bg7 and Black has long-term queening threats at a1, plus PPP for the N. Eventually that will cost more than an exchange.

The exchange sac leaves him with B+N vs. R+PPP, but after <27.Bf6 28.Ba1> he neuters the a-pawn, threatens mate of his own on the weak long diagonal (which ties down a precious Black R), and still has an extra piece left to hop around.

As a bonus, Black was sure his R+PP was winning, and <36..Kxf7> he declined repetition. <31..Ra6> was unfortunate: he can't bear to lose the a-pawn for nothing with Rc8, but his Q+R have poor coordination, and eventually the a-pawn turns traitor and traps his R. Sometimes it's tough to defend a lead.

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