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A lucky escape

October 15, 2010

White held a nominal advantage for most of the opening phase, but it wasn’t clear how to break through. Replay.
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 g6 4. e3 Bg7 5. h3 O-O 6. c4 b6 7. Nc3 Bb7 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. O-O c5 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. Qa4 cxd4 13. exd4 a5 14. Rfd1 Nf6 15. Ne5 Qc8 16. Rac1 Qb7 17. f3 Rac8 18. Bb5 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Rc3 Nh5 21. Bh2 Bh6 22. Bc6 Bxc6 23. Rxc6?!
23. Nxc6! Kf8 24. d5 is stronger.
23… Rxc6 24. Qxc6 Qxc6?
(24… Be3+ 25. Kf1 (25. Kh1 Qxc6 26. Nxc6 Kf8 27. Bc7 a4 28. Bxb6 Ng3+) 25… Qa6+ 26. Ke1)
25. Nxc6 e6 26. Bc7 b5 27. Bxa5 Ng3
White is doing much better here – a pawn to the good and good chances of converting this ending. Alas, he missed my little trick and allowed a perpetual!
28. d5??
(28. Kf2! Nf5 29. Ke2)
28… Be3+! 1/2-1/2

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