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Ray Robson vs Jeffery Xiong
United States Championship (2021), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Oct-09
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0

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Oct-10-21  beenthere240: Start with move 21 as a POD? The quiet move d6 is curtains.
Oct-10-21  takebackok: if 22 ...Ba6 white is better but still a game
Oct-10-21
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  saffuna: According to stockfish (only to depth 25) 24...Rb4 is the loser, creating competing passed pawns.
Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 34

+0.25 12....Bc7 13.Na3 O-O 14.Nc4 Rb8 15.Bc3 Qe7 16.Ne3 Ngxe5 17.Nd5 Qd8 18.Nxc7 Nxf3+ 19.Qxf3 Qxc7 20.Qe3 Nd4

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 43

+5.39 25.Rxb4 axb4 26.a5 Re8 27.a6 Re5 28.Ra1 Bxa6 29.Rxa6 Re1+ 30.Bf1 Rc1 31.Rb6 f5 32.Rb8+ Rc8 33.Rxb4

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 39

+1.49 24....Rxb1 25.Rxb1 Re8 26.g3 Re6 27.Rb6 Re1+ 28.Kg2 Rd1 29.Bb5 Rd5 30.Kf3 h6 31.Ke3 f6 32.Bd3 Re5+

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 43

+1.85 24.f3 h5 25.Rec1 Rb4 26.Rxb4 axb4 27.Bc4 Rh6 28.Rd1 Rf6 29.Rd4 g5 30.a5 Rf5 31.h4 Ke8 32.hxg5

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 43

+1.18 23....Rxb1 24.Rxb1 Re8 25.g3 Re6 26.Rb6 Re1+ 27.Kg2 Rd1 28.Bb5 g6 29.Kf3 f6 30.Ke2 Rd4 31.Ke3 Rd1

Oct-10-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black played a Rook down the entire game--the Rh8 never moved. This example of the importance of development will find its way into the textbooks. At the finish, White threatens 29.Ba6 and 30.Rc8, and not even 28...Bb7 stops this; 29.Ba6!,Bxa6; 30.a8/R. No Queen necessary.
Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 39

+1.08 23.Re5 Rb6 24.Rxa5 Rxd6 25.Bc4 Bb7 26.Rb1 Kc7 27.Bxf7 Rf8 28.Bc4 Rf4 29.Bf1 Rfd4 30.Rc5+ Rc6 31.Rcc1

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 41

+0.86 21....Rb8 22.Re7 Rb2 23.Be4 Rf8 24.Rc1 Rb4 25.Re5 g6 26.Bf3 f6 27.Rec5 Rb8 28.a5 f5 29.Rc7 Re8

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 40

+1.03 18....Rd8 19.a5 Rb8 20.Nd5+ Kf8 21.Bd3 Rb2 22.f3 g6 23.Re2 Rxe2 24.Bxe2 Bb7 25.Nb6 h5 26.Kf2 Nd4

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 41

+0.58 16....Qa5 17.Qxa5 Nxa5 18.Nc3 Bb7 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.exd5+ Kd8 21.Rab1 Re8 22.Red1 Ke7 23.Bd3 Reb8 24.d6+ Ke6

Oct-10-21
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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 40

+0.46 9....O-O 10.d4 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qc7 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nbd2 N7c6 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Nf1 Bc5 16.Ne3 d6 17.Kh1 Re8

Oct-11-21
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  RookFile: At some point you learn to castle before doing the fancy stuff.
Oct-13-21  paavoh: <At some point you learn to castle before doing the fancy stuff.> True, but castling was not an option at move 3 for Black :-). I consider 3.- e5 "fancy".
Oct-14-21
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  RookFile: It may be fancy to have a half a dozen pawn moves on the board as you hit move 10.
Oct-14-21  Everett: I play both sides of the position after 3..e5, and do not recommend 4... Bd6.

If the pawns remain stable in the center, keeping the K there and playing on the wings a la the French, is often the right way to go.

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