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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Mikhail Gurevich
Linares (1991), Linares ESP, rd 7, Mar-04
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  0-1



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Sep-12-10  vintage geisha: Behold, the sacrifice on d4!
Mar-19-12  ahmadov: How could Ljubojevic play so poorly? This must be a rapid game.
Mar-19-12  aniceto: It's not a rapid game. It was Linares 1991.
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  AylerKupp: That was some demolition of Ljubojevic by Gurevich. I particularly liked 19...e5+. I used to play the French a lot in my OTB playing days and one of my friends observed that whenever I got a passed e-pawn (king pawn in those days) in the French I always won. Nice to see that this observation still holds true.
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  Chessdreamer: The gamescore is inaccurate. Actually Ljubojevic resigned after 21...Bxh3.
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  Penguincw: Sadly, not all king walks win. Another example is Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (even though Kasparov forced Topalov's king out).
Mar-22-12  Bowen Island: 5. f4. strongest, supports e5, ready to play f5, open up f-file for attack.

7. ...Qb6 is the old mainline.
Better is 7. ...cxd4 8. cxd4 a5!
After Qb6 White would now-a-days play 8 a3.

9. Kf2 Weak, White King: Black now rushes to open lines.

10. Kg3!? used to be the mainline!

11. ...Nxd4 Defuses White's build up against the Black King.

14. ...Ng6 allows for a future ...e5 and/or Bd6 with initiative and the attack.

16 Ngf3 Bd6 Kf2 e5

Mar-22-12  Bowen Island: Better is 19 ...Qf5+ 20. g4 Qf1++
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  tpstar: <Bowen Island> Nice missed mate!

White got smoked here.

Mar-23-12  King Death: < Chessdreamer: The gamescore is inaccurate. Actually Ljubojevic resigned after 21...Bxh3.>

Here's a source for this statement:

Mar-23-12  King Death: < Bowen Island: 5. f4. strongest...>

The case for this isn't quite as clear as you make it out and I say this even though I like 5.f4 more than the major and much more often played alternative 5.Bd3.

<9. Kf2 Weak, White King: Black now rushes to open lines...>

Are you talking about the continuation in this game 8.h4 cd Bb4+ 10.Kf2? If it's so bad then why does White always play this idea?

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