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Andrei Volokitin vs Pentala Harikrishna
6th Lausanne Young Masters (2005), Lausanne SUI, rd 2, Sep-16
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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  IMlday: Pentala misses his opportunity to try 5..a6 a la McShane.
Sep-21-05  dhotts: Can someone explain the logic behind trapping your own bishop with 21...b3 22.c3! The strategy implemented by Black seems senseless!
Sep-21-05  aw1988: First of all, the bishop cannot retreat. While it has no chance of being captured immediately, Black can lock it out via b3. Second of all, White is more actively posted. Simply playing a rook to c8 would leave Black in a very passive position. What b3 tries to achieve is that White no longer has this move, and look at the game continuation after Rfa8: if White's bishop moves, Bb1 and Ra1 follows. Volokitin isn't that stupid, but note how much better it is to a passive defense.
Sep-22-05  Chessmaster9001: 21...b3? was a mistake, also Pentala missed good drawing chances in the endgame
Sep-22-05  aw1988: How was it a mistake?
Sep-23-05  aw1988: "black can lock it out via b3" should be white
Sep-23-05  euripides: 15...Qb6 commits Black to a long semi-forced sequence in which he may have missed something, e.g. perhaps underestimating 21 Nd1. 21...Ne5 might be worth considering, but as <aw> says, there is no clear way for Black to solve his problems with the bishop.
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  cu8sfan: In my opinion 2...d6 was Harikrishna's first mistake.
Apr-09-07  scholes: interestingly odd looking b3 was rybka 1st thinks bishop can be bailed out at move number 30


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15 -0.73 21. ... b4b3 22.♖d6xc6 ♖f8e8 23.♖h1h3 ♖e8xe4 24.c2xb3 ♖e4e1 25.♖h3c3 h7h6 26.♖c6c8+ ♖a8xc8 27.♖c3xc8+ ♔g8h7 28.♗f1c4 h6xg5 29.h4xg5 <♗a2b1 30.♔c1xb1 ♖e1xd1+>

this move is not very odd for a comp who are notorious for trapping their pieces

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