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Matthew J Wadsworth vs Glenn C Flear
Hastings Online All-Play-All (2021) (rapid), Tornelo INT, rd 7, Jan-10
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Black takes the c-pawn, just like as in A A R Afifi vs Beliavsky, 1985.

A few moves later White decides to get that pawn back, and he plays 6. Na3.

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Black played 6...Bxa3. Is that going too far to keep the pawn? Could be. I have never seen a B(B1)xN(R6) capture turn out well.


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Here White decided to give up taking the black c-pawn, and opted to make a real gambit out of it.
9. d3!?
Let's see how that pans out.

Here we are 6 moves later.

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White has somehow managed to <UN>develop after gambiting a pawn, while Black has made big strides.

This is why I always reckon that Black should take that c-pawn (3...dxc4) if it can't be immediately recaptured.

Things have changed later...

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26. Bxb6. White now has the serious threat of Ne4. 26...Bd7 looks like the best. Flear played 26...Bxb3, straightening out White's pawns and leaving a ♗♗ v ♘♘ ending.

Both players played this ending very well until Flear annoyingly dropped a knight.

Well played by both players, though.

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  fredthebear: I enjoyed watching this BB vs NN ending. It looked bad for Black dropping the knight, then it looked bad for White as Black had the more advanced passed pawn. Glen Flear has written his share of endgame books, but lacks the tempo necessary to win this finish.

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