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Etienne Bacrot vs Laurent Fressinet
French Championship (2002), Val d'Isere FRA, rd 3, Aug-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  1-0



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Nov-02-02  refutor: i thought black was better up to 25. ... Rb6. why not 25. ... exf5? was fressinet worried that bacrot saw more? after 26.Nf4 white looks better to me
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  Honza Cervenka: 25...exf5 26.Nf4 Be4 27.g5 looks pretty unpleasantly for black.
Nov-19-03  AdrianP: 17 Bxd5! was a novelty (third in Informator's top novelties of 2002). Incidentally, number one was Svidler v Macieja 2002 which I cannot find on the database.
Dec-21-05  Frankly: What a stunning game. First, interesting line with 12h4 - spurning material for open passed pawns. Then 17 Bxd5! And finally, 35Rxe4! Good stuff from Bacrot against a strong opponent.
Dec-21-05  Jim Bartle: I don't know if this is the case in this game, but Shirov writes that this varation (Botvinnik anti-Meran) is so highly analyzed that all this may be theory through move 30 or deeper.

In his book Shirov has a 42-move draw in this variation that he claims was all home preparation.

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