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Evgenij Agrest vs Etienne Bacrot
European Team Championship (2001), Leon ESP, rd 7, Nov-13
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Apr-07-05  notyetagm: 35 ♖g8+!, a tremendous decoy. Black dare not take the rook because it allows White to <remove the guard> of the Black queen <with check>: 35 ♖g8+! ♔xg8?? 36 exf7+ ♖xf7 37 ♕xe5.
Apr-07-05  notyetagm: Black resigns in the final position because he cannot take the White rook on e5 due to a <skewer>: 38 ... ♔xe5 39 ♕g3+, skewering the Black king to the undefended Black rook on c7. And if Black tries to move his rook with tempo first and then take the White rook on e5, then he gets <forked>: 38 ... ♖c1+ 39 ♔g2 ♔xe5 40 ♕g5+, winning the Black rook on c1. Thus Black is simply down a queen and a pawn and so he resigns.
Apr-07-05  cade: Can someone explain to me why 24...Kxf7 doesnt work?
Apr-07-05  Shams: <cade> I think Bacrot reasoned that white would have a bit of a tougher time reaching the black king if his own pawn were in the way.
Apr-07-05  Shams: if 25.Qxd3 then 25...Qc2 26.Qa3 Rc3 and the white queen is embarrassed, e.g. Qa1 Rxd3. Instead white has the option of trading queens and losing to the q-side pawn pair. well done.
May-02-05  notyetagm: Compare 35 ♖g8+! in this game to 40 ♖g8+! in Sasikiran vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005. Exact same move (♖g8+!), exact same tactical theme (decoy to remove the guard with check).
May-02-05  notyetagm: By the way, this game won the Chess Informant Best Game Prize.
Mar-29-06  Whitehat1963: Nice little puzzle after 34...Qxe5.
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  TheAlchemist: Weird, not in a single game collection.
May-19-12  vinidivici: is it whites 25th move Qg4 is a correct move? is it that strong? u know sacrificing the bishop....
Apr-14-18  SpiritedReposte: <35. Rg8+!> If <...Kxg8 exf7+> and suddenly the queen is hanging.
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  plang: In Krasenkov-Svidler Poanica Zdroj 2000 Black played 17..Qa3 and White went on to win; 17..a5 was new. Davies was critical of 23..Nxd3? recommending 23..fxg 24 Rxb5..Nxd3 25 Qxd3..Rc3 26 Qb1 when Blaxk has a good game.

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