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Luke McShane vs Bret C Addison
British Championship (2002), Torquay ENG, rd 3, Jul-31
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Notice how McShane exploits his space advantage with the pawn sacrifice 44. e6+!, leaving Black in a hopeless bind. Each of the seven successive moves tightens White's control, allowing White to win decisive material some 12 moves after having made this pretty pawn sacrifice.

Black resigns in the final position (after seeing the final five moves of the sequence) as 51...Rc7 52. b4 Kh8 <52...Rb7+ 53. Ka6 > 53. Ka6 Kh7 <53...Rc6+ 54. Kb7 > 54. b5 Kh8 55. b6 Rc6 56. Kb5 (deflecting the rook so White can win the pinned Black knight) is decisive.

Feb-02-04  slapwa: Isn't 51. ..., Rc7 52. Bd6 the killer?
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  patzer2: <slapwa: Isn't 51. ..., Rc7 52. Bd6 the killer?> After 51...Rc7 52. Bd6 52. Bd6, Black can create complications by playing 52...Rc3 to prolong the game and create practical drawing chances in the event White misplays the ending.
Feb-03-04  slapwa: Not really - if 51. ..., Rc7 52. Bd6, Rc3 53 Rc8+ Rc8 54 Bf4 finis. But I suppose it's a matter of taste.
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  patzer2: <Slapwa> Your line with 52. Bd6! is indeed quick and decisive (assuming Black concedes the endgame is hopeless), as the Black rook is helpless against the passed pawn and the two bishops. Both lines are appealing from both a tactical and endgame perspective, and as you indicate the choice is "a matter of taste."

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