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Richard Rapport vs Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Tata Steel Masters (2023), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
Giuoco Piano (C53)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Interesting series of pawn sacrifices, both accepted and declined. Would have been interesting to see what happens after 12...Nxg2+ and 16.Nxf4. No need to wonder about what happened after Black took the pawn on f3; that pawn center proved very hard to counter OTB.
Jan-23-23  Ulhumbrus: 10 h4 starts an attack in a position where White can hardly claim an advantage that justifies the attack. If the attack fails, how remains to be seen.

The move 15 Rf1 suggests that White has made a mistake before this point. White has however the option of castling on the queen side and now that White has given up the option of king side castling perhaps it is time for Black to switch the attack to the queen side. One way is to open lines there. One way is 15...b5.

19...Nxh5 takes a pawn but also opens the h file against Black's king

GM Svidler indicated that after 27 d4 Black's bishop was obstructed whereas White's bishop was not. This suggests 27...c5. Unfortunately for black his king is in the centre and that makes it more dangerous. On 27..c5 28 d5 c4 Black's king's bishop is free but has not targets whereas White can attack Black's king in the centre by e5.

30 f5 burdens the d4 pawn that obstructs Black's king's bishop with the task of watching e5 and so helps Black's king bishop

Jan-23-23  Andrew Chapman: I expected 22..Bg6. Opening the g file looks super risky. The computer actually agrees with me, a rare event.
Jan-24-23  cormier: depth=52 | Komodo 2901.00
+0.65 26... Rad8 27. d4 c5 28. e5 dxe5 29. fxe5 Qg5 30. Qxg5 hxg5 31. Bb3 Ke7 32. Rh7 cxd4 33. Rxg7 Rd7 34. Re4 Kf8 35. Rxg5 dxc3 36. bxc3 Rd3 37. Kb2 Rd2+ 38. Ka3 Ke7 39. Rf4 Rf8 40. Rg7 Rf2 41. Rxf2 Bxf2 42. Bd5 b5 43. Kb3 Be3 44. e6 Kf6 45. Rxf7+ Rxf7 46. exf7 Bc5 47. c4 Kg7 48. a4 bxc4+ 49. Bxc4 a5 50. Bd5 Kf8 51. Kc4 Bd6 52. Kb5 Bb4 53. Kc6 Ke7 54. Kb6 Bc3 55. Kb5 Bd2 56. Bc4 Bc3
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  fredthebear: I don't recall ever seeing a move like 15.Rf1?! having not castled in the Giuoco Piano. Rapport is a creative player, often to his own detriment. Yet he gets a fairly easy game with the initiative after castling long.
Jan-27-23  7he5haman: A tale of two f pawns

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