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Alexander Cherniaev vs Gavin R Lock
"Lock-Down" (game of the day Feb-10-2021)
Hastings (2008/09), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-28
Sicilian Defense: French. Alapin Variation Haag Attack (B40)  ·  1-0



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Jan-04-09  KingG: White's set-up looks quite interesting. He feints to go into an advance-french, and then goes into a King's Indian Attack. However, Black has the interesting option of 4...d4, which was once used to beat Kasparov in a simul, Kasparov vs Diego Mussanti, 1992, and has been used by many top players, for example Kamsky vs Svidler, 2008.

The same set up as this one was used in V Zvjaginsev vs Dreev, 2005, but there Black correctly decided to keep his king in the center for a while in order for it not to be a sitting target. However, I have to say that if you are going to castle, then surely it's better to do it in one go, rather than to play Kf8-Kg7, and to mysteriously keep the rook on the h-file. It's not clear to me what Black was afraid of, or what plans he had for the rook there.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 16...c4 and 17...Nb8 release all of the tension and potential tactics in the center, leaving White with a free hand on the King side. 22...Nb6 might qualify as the final error, depending upon what the silicon monsters decree--surely the e6 and g6 pawns needed the protection provided by 22...Nf8.
Feb-10-21  V Geriakov: The way white played the opening sure did not look like he was on his way to winning the game. Smooth final attack, though although around black could have castled queenside or even kept his king in the centre giving white only defensive choices.
Feb-10-21  Brenin: Premature resignation? Black is a P down, while White has the initiative and N vs bad B, but how does White proceed after 31 ... Be4? I don't see a clear win.
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  ajk68: <Brenin: Premature resignation? Black is a P down, while White has the initiative and N vs bad B, but how does White proceed after 31 ... Be4? I don't see a clear win.>

White wins by methodically converting the advantage. After Be4, Nf4 threatening Qg5 and winning the g or h pawn, depending on how black plays. To avoid this, black has to trade off queens. He is then left with an impotent bishop and two poorly placed rooks while being a pawn down. It's just a slow painful loss.

Feb-10-21  Brenin: <ajk68>: Yes, White's winning plan is clear, and one would expect a GM like Cherniaev to execute it efficiently. However, I would have hoped for some further resistance from Black, at least until the time-control. Perhaps he wanted to save his energy in the expectation of White against a weaker opponent in rd 2.
Feb-10-21  Ironmanth: Interesting game, and great comment notes. Thanks, all. Stay safe out there today.

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