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Alireza Firouzja vs David Anton Guijarro
Tata Steel Masters (2021), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: About those King moves--first, 13.Kf1!? and then the King moves from moves 22-29--was Firouzja simply fooling around, or did White play at a level of subtlety that would have baffled Petrosian?
Jan-20-21  Ulhumbrus: It may be that the plan begun with 13...Qb6 followed by the move 14...Qb5 works if after 15 Qxb5 axb5 in reply to the move ...Nc4 White is compelled to take the knight and so undouble Black's b pawns as in the game Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916

In the present game however White is not compelled to take the knight and so Black's doubled b pawns remain crippled and useless

This suggests that 13...b5 preparing a minority attack is better.

Instead of 25...b6, 25...Bd6 prepares to exchange one of the white pieces covering the point e5. For the rest of the game Black does not manage to cover the square e5 sufficiently to advance his e pawn and so it remains a target instead of a weapon.

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  HeMateMe: A nasty surprise at the end! 61. White to move and win.

should black swap queens when white will have the more active king and better endgame?

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