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Teimour Radjabov vs Etienne Bacrot
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Sep-04
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  1-0



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Sep-04-11  Blunderdome: Nice game by Teimour, although I think black could have held the ending. Can anyone suggest some improvements?
Sep-04-11  Rareswow: 26 d6 . very nice move Teimour !
Dec-18-15  tessathedog: Blunderstone's comment is thought provoking. I too would have thought (as he did) that Black could hold this ending. At first glance, it looks very close to a fortress. But my thinking on such positions has been revolutionized by a great little book by Esben Lund "The Secret Life of Bad Bishops" (which features this game). Lund proposes a new term..."fortress like positions". His point is that positions with more than two pawns often LOOK like a fortress, but usually they are not really so. There is usually a way for the stronger side to break through (sometimes using zugszwang). His advice is that defenders should avoid such positions entirely unless they are sure it is a is better to play actively in an inferior ending than to accept a passive "FLP". So after reading this book, I would now look at this ending after move 30 and evaluate it as "excellent winning chances for White", whereas pre-Lund I would have expressed exactly the same view as Blunderstone. This is just one of many surprising new insights I have gained from this great book. In particular, his new concept of the "DEB" (double edged bishop) leads one to view the traditional "bad" bishop in a whole new light. I highly recommend this book.
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  NM JRousselle: 39... Bd6 looks like a stronger move, keeping an eye on the f4 square.

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