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Ding Liren vs Ivan Saric
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-18
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-15  BOSTER: When white sac. the pawn 19.b4, it was time to think about Bxb4. Maybe the pin was not so dangerous. 34.Rdc1 nice tactics.
Jan-18-15  fisayo123: <BOSTER> 19.b4! was the standout move for me with a very far thought out plan on tripling on the b-file. Saric should probably have taken it. I'm not sure how sound the pawn sac was, but it's a typical example of Ding Liren's powerful style of play with the white pieces. Always nice to play through his games.
Jan-18-15  Rookiepawn: <BOSTER: When white sac. the pawn 19.b4, it was time to think about Bxb4. Maybe the pin was not so dangerous. 34.Rdc1 nice tactics.>

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Another idea would be 19... a6. Then if 20. a4 Bxb4 and now White's a-pawn cannot sting Black's DSB.

I don't understand 19... Kg8, cannot see any tactics on the a3-f8 diagonal or f-file. Seems overcautious to me.

Jan-18-15  Rookiepawn: 19. b4! and you almost hear a "bang!": DL fires a new pawn.
Jan-19-15  utssb: <Rookiepawn> 19...a6 20.a4 Bb4 21.Rdb1 a5 22.Qd2 Kg8 23.Rb4 and White is totally winning.

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