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Aleksandra Goryachkina vs Anton Demchenko
European Championship (2015), Jerusalem ISR, rd 10, Mar-06
Benoni Defense: King's Indian System (A56)  ·  1-0

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Mar-09-15  ajile: Fasinating game. Will analyze to see if Black can improve. Especially to see if he can stop White's invasion on the b file. 3..e5?! is certainly committal but interesting.
Mar-09-15  ajile: Here is where Black went wrong. Black played 23..Rf8? which allows White to grab the b file. This is a case where Black must be very patient and not weaken his position. Objectively White has nothing at this point of the game and Black should draw. As seen in the analysis below Rybka can find nothing more than shuffling pieces for both sides in this closed position. Surprisingly the player who cracks first is a guy who is 27 while his opponent who won was a 16 year old!


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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 23 ply

1. ² (0.39): 21...Bf8 22.Be3 Bg7 23.Rc2 Be8 24.Rcb2 Nd7 25.Kg1 Nhf6 26.Qc2 Rb7 27.Bf1 Rab8 28.Nb3 Rd8 29.Bd3 Rdb8

2. ² (0.39): 21...Rc8 22.Rb2 Be8 23.Be3 Rab8 24.Kg1 Bf8 25.Qd1 Bg7 26.Rcb1 Nf8 27.Bd3 N8d7

Mar-09-15  Gilmoy: A severe test of a young player's <decisiveness>. Black closes the K-side, and <9..h5> snuffs any sac, sac push. <11..Nh7 12..Bf6 13..Be7> looks like a bizarre way to use 3 tempi -- but it makes some strategic sense: the KID-like B can be awful as long as e5 is self-blocked, and so it's better on the e7-g5 diagonal to discourage any <piece>g5 outpost.

Still, that's a lot of slack rope to give to the kid. White responds with impressively little wasted effort: dogpiling on b/c. <20..Reb8> looks like the Benko face-off, but with no sacs to accelerate, hence balanced and drawish.

If Black dreams of a win ... but even so, the chosen method hints at disrespect: he'll pay <three more tempi> on <21..Ne8 22.Ng7 23..Rf8> to support an f5-break. White doesn't blink, and simply harvests ripe apples. Deep enough to see that her strengths outweigh Black's -- or too young to know she should feel nervous.

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