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Fernando Braga vs Gerd-Peter Gruen
"...Something to Braga 'bout...." (game of the day May-31-2022)
II Trofeo del MEC (1988), Alba Adriatica ITA, Sep-??
Indian Game: London System (A46)  ·  1-0



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  bright1: Fantastic. White sacs the first bishop to deflect the queen from defending the g5 square. Then the classic bishop sac can be played.
Feb-06-17  ColeTrane: ...somethin' to Braga 'bout.....
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  fredthebear: If instead 22...Kg6 23.Nh8#
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: People underestimated the London System for so long. Just because Black equalizes easily doesn't mean they have an easy game--White has placed the pieces on very good squares and can initiate all kinds of trouble in all kinds of places.
May-31-22  goodevans: Black was punished for two bad moves. Obviously <16...Qe7> was a tactical blunder and the previous move, <15...Nxe3>, was an absolute positional lemon.
May-31-22  Sally Simpson: A Double Bishop Sacrifice.

Black saw the second one BXh7+ but not the first one Bxd6.

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I'm thinking 15...Nxe3 was played to get in 16...e5 but after 16 dxe5 dxe5 Bxh7+ wins the Queen so Black moved it (16...g6 is the hindsight move) and still aware of the Bxh7+ he went to e7 to cover g5.

Black should have admitted he had blundered and not taken the first Bishop and accept the a lose of a critical central pawn. It would have been a pain to hold. (impossible to defend v a good player)

May-31-22  goodevans: <Sally Simpson> That sounds like a pretty plausible explanation for both of Black's misdemeanours.

As <An Englishman> suggests, Black's position is a little precarious as illustrated by the fact that against 16...e5, 17.Nxe5 is also winning, e.g. 17...dxe5 18.Bxh7+ Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Qxf7+ Kh7 21.Rf5.

15...Nxe3 really jarred with me. Adding to White's centre and opening the f-file for White's R is not something you should do lightly. I would put forward that even without any tactical elements the whole concept of doing this with ...e5 in mind shows a surprising lack of positional judgement for an IM as it could also be countered to good effect by White simply playing e4 with his 'new' centre pawn.

May-31-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: As an old Colle System player, I like this a lot.

Great GoTD, the blah single-name pun notwithstanding.

May-31-22  ajile: IMO Black should try and challenge the Bf4 before White gets in h3 with ..Nh5.
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  fredthebear: Fernando heard the drums:
Jun-01-22  Granny O Doul: Choosing ...Kg8 over ...Kg6 sure was unfriendly. I wouldn't have accepted a handshake after that.
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  perfidious: Braga made his opponent turn gruen with envy.

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