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Kevin Spraggett vs Graham Glen
Ch. Ouvert Montreal (1975), rd 3
French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack (C02)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: This game does appear to end in a zugzwang position in which the "advantage of the move" is a curse and not a blessing. For example, 45..Bh8 46. Nf8 Qd8 47. Bxb5+ Kxb5 48. Qxb7+ Qb6 49. Qxb6# follows from Black's move of the Bishop away from g7.
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  patzer2: Of course White's earlier winning tactic is the deflection (i.e. removing the guard) move 31. Nxg7! This little combination removes the b4 Knight's protection and wins a decisive pawn in a position already approaching a winning bind.
Mar-21-07  wolfmaster: Great game by the Canadian mastermind, Kevin Spraggett. Black is helpless to prevent 46.Bxb5+! Kxb5 47. Qa4#
Apr-19-07  wolfmaster: My fault, 47. Qa7! and Black cannot prevent both Qb6# and Qa4#.
Sep-05-07  Cactus: Why not 13...Nxe3?
Oct-09-07  sanyas: <Cactus> Do you honestly think that's a good move? Honestly?
Sep-23-09  bunbun: sanyas are you able to demonstrate why 13 ....Nxe3 is a bad move??
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  Tactical Wizard: Black in this game is actually Graham Glen (names are reversed). Graham played in Canadian Championship when Ivanov won in the mid 1980's I believe.
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  scutigera: <Cactus re 13..Nxe3>: Stockfish recommends it, but as a human player I note that it swaps a useful knight for a bad bishop and further worsens Black's space disadvantage on the kingside, while opening up the f-file for an attack on f7. In general, much of the challenge of the Black side of the French defense is getting compensation for your bad bad KB, and since it's hard to trade off, trapped as it is behind the Maginot Line f7-e6-d5, you should think twice about swapping the knights which can cover the light squares it can't reach.

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