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Luke McShane vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Bundesliga (2013/14), Muelheim GER, rd 7, Feb-08
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Feb-09-14  notyetagm: McShane vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014

MVL is now tied with Svidler at <#10> in the world at <2758> after beating McShane with Black in Round 7 of the Bundesliga.

Feb-09-14  notyetagm: McShane vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014


Feb-09-14  notyetagm: McShane vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014

Game Collection: DISCOVERED ATTACK (++) 16 ... Bg7xc3!

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  PhilFeeley: <~yetGM> I still don't understand why you put a link to the very game you are commenting on. It's unnecessary.
Feb-10-14  notyetagm: <PhilFeeley: <~yetGM> I still don't understand why you put a link to the very game you are commenting on. It's unnecessary.>

It's a reminder to me of what game I'm commenting on. I look at a lot of games and sometimes get lost.

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  Gilmoy: It might be a KIA by dint of <not quite> being anything else, but it sure doesn't play like one. <5.d4> delayed Sicilian seems to favor Black's Bg7, and <6..Qb6 7..Nc6> unbooks whatever prep White had -- now he must fear that he's falling into Black's prep, if Black was so eager to force this issue.

<8.Nc2> feels meek: not just the OTB result of retreating a slow N (already White is shedding his Sicilian space advantage), but the off-board meta-game hint of ducking a prep mud wrestle.

<8..Qa6> is only an irritant, but Black is gradually steering the boat. <11.Kxe2> seems safe (which is why White offered it) -- but Black energetically turns this tiny detail into <the> key strategic feature on the board, with <14..Ba6> way stronger than the Bg2 still hibernating in winter.

<15.b3> is an odd way to "devalue" the Bg7: just so he doesn't have to defend b2? Meanwhile, Black's Rb8-b5 has done the same to Bg2. Tactics from <16..Bxc3> morph the board into a b+c vs. c+d rook duel.

With both Ks centralized, what principle remains? "Knight Pawns Lose", perhaps: the naked minority attacks <25..a5 36..a4> and <32..h5 33..h4> open too many highways, undressing White's <29.Rb2> doubling: his vertically-split Rs can't challenge any open files!!

Maybe it's the inherent weakness of fianchetto pawn structures after the Bs are gone (which already suggests a midgame plan of trading them). Black had no knight pawn "weak" points because he traded his off :) A possible pattern signature, to file away for future matching: <Fianchetto No Rook>. With more exemplars, possibly to become a (gasp) Law ...

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  Messiah: From 23...gxf5 to 38.Nxd5 Black's pawn centre is daunting, scoring very well for Maxime. Excellent middlegame!

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