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Jorden van Foreest vs Arjun Erigaisi
Tata Steel Masters (2023), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
King's Indian, Orthodox (E94)  ·  1-0

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Jan-22-23
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: The Sacrifice Explorer hasn't tagged this game yet, but 34.Nxa7 looks like a good practical choice, dropping a Knight for an unruly mob of peasants.

39.Rxg6 made my jaw drop. Should Black have feared 39...Kxg6; 40.Qe4+ so much?

Jan-23-23  paavoh: @<An Englishman>. I would say yes, because 40.- Kh5 (or Kg5) would end with 41. Qf5# (or 41.h4+ and 42.Qf5#) and 40.- Kf7 would get 41.Qc4+ with three passed pawns for the exchange. I cannot calculate well how White would continue, but 42. e6 comes to mind though. Looks very tricky for Black to survive this.
Jan-23-23  Ulhumbrus: 32...c5 leaves the d6 pawn backward and displaces the defender of d5. One alternative is 32...d5 smashing White's centre.
Jan-23-23  paavoh: @<>Ulhumbrus> How can 32.- d5 be any better than the game continuation 32.- c5??

Sure, White's center will be gone but the lines and diagonals are now open after 33.cxd5 cxd5 34.Nxd5. Why don't you give some lines for comparison?

Jan-23-23
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  tamar: Earlier, 29…c5 would have given Arjun the advantage, but as Svidler noted, it looked like Black had decided to wait since White had no advantageous pawn breaks.

Even after 32…c5 33 Nc6 why not 33…Nxc6 34 bxc6 Bxc4 Is there any danger for Black?

Erigaisi may have been too cautious after his defeat against Abdusattorov

Jan-24-23  paavoh: What you suggested seems right to me, <tamar>. Black missed these options.

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