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Peter Leko vs Ivan Farago
HUN-chT (1994/95), rd 8, Feb-19
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-29-03  bunti: To any players of the french winawer: In this line of the poisoned pawn variation, and although there are no examples of it in the database, the more aggressive 15th move of Rxg4 perhaps offers more practical chances for pulling out a win for black than retreating the knight back to e7. After 16. Nh3 Rg5 and then if white 17. f4xg5 Nxe5 with an advantage for black.
Feb-12-04  zorro: <if white 17. f4xg5 Nxe5 with an advantage for black. > oh, u sure?! let's see: 18. Qe2 Qxc3+ 19. Bd2 Qxh3 (if the black Q retreats then after 20. Bxf5 ef5 the pin on the e-file decides) 20. Qxe5. Here I wouldn't say that black is better. He's got only a pawn for the exchange and he can't defend on dark squares, so he's got to show something, e.g. 20...d4 21. Rb3 Qh4+ (black Q is tied to the h-file on account of Qh8+ winning the rook) 22. Kd1 Bc6 23. Rf1 Kf8 (Unfortunately black can't castle long 'cause after Bf4 mate is unstoppable). White is better I think. Up to you to find somenthing for black.

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