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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs David Navara
Biel (2018), Biel SUI, rd 10, Aug-01
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-01-18  Atking: The first time during this tournament that Maxime got a serious edge from his opening prep and it was crushing. The Maxime we like.
Aug-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa done

1. = (0.20): 15...Re8 16.Be3 Nf6 17.dxe5 Nxe5 18.Bf4 Bb6 19.N3d4 Ra5 20.Bh2 Qb8 21.Bg3 Qd8 22.b4 axb3 23.axb3 Rxa1 24.Qxa1 Nc6 25.Nxc6 Bxc6 26.c4 Bc5 27.Qc3 Bd7 28.b4 Bxf5 29.exf5 Rxe1+ 30.Qxe1

2. = (0.22): 15...Bb6 16.Be3 exd4 17.cxd4 Re8 18.Ng3 Ba5 19.Rf1 Nf6 20.Qd3 c6 21.Rac1 Bb6 22.Qa3 Be6 23.Bd3 Ne7 24.Bd2 Bc7 25.Bb1 Qd7 26.Qd3 Ba5 27.Bxa5

Aug-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa

1. = (0.16): 14...Re8 15.Be3 Bc6 16.Qd2 exd4 17.Bxd4 Nh7 18.Bxa7 Rxa7 19.Nf5 Ra8 20.Qd4 Qf6 21.Rac1 a3 22.b4 Bd7 23.Qc4 Rac8 24.Qd5 Bc6 25.Qd4 Qxd4 26.N3xd4 Bd7 27.Re3 Nf6 28.Kh2 Ne5 29.Rg3

2. = (0.16): 14...Bc6 15.Be3 Re8 16.Qd2(T)

Aug-02-18  maelith: Brilliant!
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  ChessHigherCat: I thought 15...Ng5 looked like the worst move on the board, and I checked with SF, which confirms that it's a whole point worse than 15...Re8
Aug-03-18  Atking: Afterwards it's easy to criticize 15...Ng5(?!) but you have to see all consequences of sacrifice of Nf5, until 27.Re7!. This game is not a gem but a beautiful one for sure.
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  ChessHigherCat: Well, 15...Ng5 looks like black is saying: "Please help me get rid of a piece defending my castle, double my pawns and then play Qh5 so you can come and rip my heart out!"

That said, it was surprisingly hard to follow up on the attack and black had the pawn fork. Still when I saw that move I thought: Some moves are counterintuitive for a good reason, namely they're contrary to common sense.

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