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Victor Plotkin vs Hikaru Nakamura
PWC Toronto Open (2009), Toronto CAN, rd 2, Apr-18
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  0-1

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Dec-23-11
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  Penguincw: Shouldn't be much of a surprise. 486 rating difference.
Dec-23-11  Shams: Position after <19.Bd4>:


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Here Black played <19...Bxd4 20.Rxd4>, leaving White with a lead in development in the center and a queenside pawn majority. Black can play ...e6 to blunt the Bb3 of course, but is Black really better here, or did Nakamura just count on outplaying his opponent in an equal ending?

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