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Algirdas Bandza vs Ilia Smirin
"Bandza on the Run" (game of the day Oct-09-2008)
Dortmund op (1990), rd 3
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  0-1



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Oct-09-08  Abdooss: 43. Be5?
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  al wazir: The ♗ is already lost since it is pinned and doubly attacked. White's fate was sealed when he failed to play 38. Qf5, which forces the exchange of ♕s. (If 38...gxf3, then 39. Qxf6+ Kxf6 40. Bxf4 f2 42. Bxe5+ Bxe5 43. Rf1 Bd4 44. g3; if 38...Qh4, then 39. Qxf4.)
Oct-09-08  newzild: 41.Bxf4 seemed to be the decisive mistake, allowing a pin on the 4th rank.

Oct-09-08  Manic: <al wazir> Doesn't 40...Nd3 win for black? The point is that 41.Re4 f2 and the pawn queens. Even after white gives up an exchange by Bg3 or Bd2, then after the bishop takes back f2 wins another piece. So it seems that white loses at least a piece in this line.
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  bright1: Manic, in your line, the g2 square is open. So after 40. ... Nd3 41. Re4 f2, White can play 42. Kg2 and cover the f1 square.

Now things really get complicated. For example:

42. Kg2 Rg7+ 43. Bg3 h4? 44. Rxh4
or 42. Kg2 h4!? 43. h3 Rg7+ 44. Bg4

I'm not sure how to evaluate these lines.

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  al wazir: <Manic: Doesn't 40...Nd3 win for black?>

38. Qf5 gxf3 39. Qxf6+ Kxf6 40. Bxf4 Nd3 41. <Rf1> Nxf4 (41...f2 42. Bg3; 41...fxg2+ 42. Kxg2, and the ♗ is defended) 42. Rxf3 Kg5 (42...Be5 43. g3) 43. h4+ Kxh4 44. Rxf4+.

Oct-09-08  DarthStapler: I saw Illya Smirin playing live once. It's interesting to note that he signs his scorecard with simply "Smirin"
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  kevin86: After black regains the queen.he will he will be ahead a rook for two pawns.

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