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Arjun Erigaisi vs Richard Rapport
Tata Steel Masters (2023), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Fischer Variation (E44)  ·  0-1



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  Clement Fraud: A splendid miniature: after a very bold opening, Erigaisi then starts to play defensively... and his position collapses at an alarming rate.

13.h3 was terrible, and I find myself wondering if 12.Qd2 was really necessary!? I am not a strong player, and I've no access to a chess engine, but wouldn't 12.O-O-O be playable? 12.O-O-O Qxf2 13.Re1 (?); and if 13... Bxg2 (?) - then 14.Re2 would win material (at least, it would from where I'm sitting) 🤔

Jan-24-23  greed and death: 12. O-O-O Qxf2 13. Re1 Bxg2 14. Re2 Qxe2 15. Bxe2 Bxh1 and black has 2 rooks and 2 pawns for the queen
Jan-25-23  greed and death: I will add that 12. Qd2 having been played, 13. O-O-O seems a more natural follow-up. I don't see that point of 13. h3, it doesn't even deny black the g4-square as long as the h-pawn remains pinned to the rook
Jan-25-23  Ulhumbrus: 12...g5 starts an attack which is based on no advantage and can be forecast to fail. 13 h3 presents the g pawn with a target. Instead of this a classic response to an unsound king side attack is to react in the centre eg by 13 d5 with the idea of preparing the pawn sacrifice c5 eg 13...e5 14 c5 14...bxc5 15 Bb5+ or 13...e5 14 c5 dxc5 15 Bb5+
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  HeMateMe: Strange play from white, giving black all the time in the world to set up and attack.

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