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M Diamond vs Anthony Santasiere
"A Diamond in the Rough" (game of the day Jan-06-2020)
Metropolitan Chess League t (1922), New York, NY USA
Sicilian Defense: Bowdler Attack (B20)  ·  0-1

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Jan-04-20
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  eternaloptimist: A Diamond in the Rough
Jan-06-20  dumbgai: Very weak play by white.
Jan-06-20
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  perfidious: Not exactly a case of diamond cut diamond--rather more a hot knife through butter!
Jan-06-20  goodevans: All of white's problems stemmed from <19.Bxe4?>. Quite why he thought this was a good idea is beyond me. After that black was able to turn the screw with a series of fairly routine moves.

Nevertheless black almost let white back into the game with <25...f4?>


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...to which white should have played 26.g4.

And again with <26...f3?>.


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Here white should have played <27.Rxf3> renewing the threat to black's N and also threatening 28.Rxf8+ followed by 29.Qxh5. <27...Rxf3 28.Qxf3 Qxf3 29.gxf3 Bxh3> is forced leaving black up a N for two pawns but by way of compensation white has a nice pawn structure and two connected passed pawns.

Jan-06-20
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  PawnSac: <dumbgai: Very weak play by white.>

yea, played like a 1600-1700 level player. This was a chess league thing so one must expect frequent mismatches.

< goodevans: All of white's problems stemmed from <19.Bxe4?>. Why he thought this was a good idea is beyond me. >

Agreed. 19.Rc1 seemed indicated, a routine developing move that gives black a pin to resolve.

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