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Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Romain Edouard
Geneva Chess Masters (2013) (rapid), Geneva SUI, rd 3, Jun-28
Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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  profK: A 'fake' Greek gift but e7 being vacant for the white knight is curtains!!! A Greek tragedy for Black.
Jul-01-13  anandrulez: I doubt White is better in general in this position ? Ofcourse Romain made a tactical oversight ... but black is probably starting to get better no ?
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  yiotta: <anandrulez> no, the threat is Bg6+ and Qh7 mate...if the knights try to defend on f6, W takes them with P and R
Jul-01-13  TimothyLucasJaeger: Yes 23 ... bxc3 was a tactical oversight, but white appears to hold all the cards as he has the more well-placed minor pieces, a large advantage in space, and threatens the immmediate Ne7+.

The tactical error allows white the finish with 24 Bxh7+. The bishop cannot be taken as the white knight has access to e7 from where it controls the g8 and g6 squares and providing a somehwat anastasia-reminscent mating pattern.

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  Zhbugnoimt: On Whites eighth move he could've played 8.Bd3. One crazy line is 8.Bd3 Qxd4 9.Be3 Qd8 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.Bf4 e5 12.Rae1 Bd6 13.Qg3 Nh5 14.Bxe5!! Nxg3 15.Bxg7+ Be7 16.Bxh8 Nh5 17.Bf5! and white comes out a pawn up
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  Zhbugnoimt: Or 2 pawns up
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  Zhbugnoimt: I made a huge mistake in my comment. Sorry. Instead of 15.Bxg7+ White plays 15.Bxd6+ and wins
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  Zhbugnoimt: If instead 11...e6 then 12.Rae1 Be7 13.g4! seemingly Gives White good compensation thanks to his superiorly placed pieces and the possibility of making a pawn storm with g4-g5 and h3-h4. But is it enough? Black can play 13...Qa5! setting up possible attacks on a2. The threat is 14... Nd5 15.Nxd5 cxd5 opening up a line to White's King. Black now also has the possibility of castling queenside after witch the kingside pawn storm will be ineffective. So maybe better for White is 12.Ne4. The idea is to go to d6 with the bishop or knight. Qa5 is not as effective anymore because d6 is under White's control. That leaves Black with two options, either Nb6 or Nxe4. Nb6 is really bad because after Be2 White will have d6 forever. Nxe4 Bxe4 is also not bad for White. Qa5 fails to Rxd7! You can look at that yourself. The other good news for White is that the Be4 discourages kingside castling and that White can play Rd2 and Rhd1 putting pressure on the d7 Knight. Black's best try is 13... Qb6! unpinning and preparing to defend the knight from behind. After 14.Rd2 Bc5 15.Rhd1 O-O-O White does not have enough compensation. 14.Bg5 stops castling but moves the bishop once again. 14...f6 is too weakening but Bc5 is a blunder because of 15.Rxd7! Kxd7 16.Qxf7+ Kc8 17.Qxe6+ Kb8 18.Bf4+ and White wins. 14...Be7 15.Rxd7! Kxd7 16.Qxf7 either rook to e8 17. Rd1+ is crushing. So Bd3 is definitely playable, though the game continuation is less risky.
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