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Etienne Bacrot vs Emmanuel Bricard
French Championship (2002), Val d'Isere, France, rd 8, Aug-27
Rat Defense: See also: Modern Defense (for lines with ...g6) (A41)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Black miscalculates and misses a good chance to equalize with 39...Bxh5 = after Bacrot's pretty pseudo sacrifice of the Bishop for two pawns with 37. Bxe5!?

A move earlier, also equalizing for Black were 38...Be2!= or 38...Qa2!=.

Not sure why a 2454 player would play a move like 39. Nb3?? Perhaps it was not a blunder. Maybe Bricard thought the position was lost anyway and this was his way of resigning.

However, after 39...Bxh5 40. Nd3 Qd7 41. Nxc5 Qxf5 42. Qd6 Bf3 43. e4 Qh3 44. Qh2 Qxh2+, Fritz 8 analyzes the position as level (0.19 @ 15/47 depth & 764kN/s).

In any event, Bacrot demonstrates White gets a good game after the opening sequence 1. d4 d6 2. Nf6 g6 with 3. c4, with easy development and a space advantage.

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