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Robin van Kampen vs Vladimir Potkin
Tata Steel Challengers (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-24
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Jan-24-15  vasja: Can not understand why not 16... Qxa2?
Jan-24-15  Kwesi: I don't know if 16...Qxa2 loses but it leaves the d8 Rook unprotected...
Jan-24-15  vasja: Kwesi, please show how, what would be W next move?
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  Gilmoy: After <16.Bc2> offering the a-pawn, White already has a 3-v-0 on the weak K-side, with threats of even more coming. e.g. 16..Qxa2 17.Rd4 Qa5 18.Qd3 with a <double double>:

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And White still has auto-pilot moves like Rfd1 owning d, Rg4/Rh4 for some K-side sacs, etc. Meanwhile, Black's pieces are stuck: Bd7 hangs Bd6, Be7 blocks a flight square, Ra8 is not playing.

Two tempi are worth more than a pawn.

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