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Fabio Bruno vs Patrick Driessens
European Club Cup (2011), Rogaska Slatina SLO, rd 4, Sep-28
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0



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Feb-10-12  Garech: Great game; very creative from both sides; I love these closed positions, truly aesthetic!


Feb-11-12  Garech: Wow, the more I look through this game, the more I like it. Some very interesting ideas going on and the advantage swayed from one side to the other on more than one occasion.

Black missed the tricky shot 28.Bg4!

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which would have trapped the white queen.

There was careful manoeuvring for a long time throughout the game and then suddenly it exploded into action with 39...Nxe4!

There were several things of note in the events that followed. After such careful and well-considered play for forty moves, both players went astray in the tactical complications.

40.Nxh6 was apparently a blunder, with 40.Nxe4 being preferable, although black remains slightly ahead. The 'queen sac' 41.Nxg8 I believe is white's reasoning behind 40.Nxh6, and it's a very creative choice. Black has to fight hard to keep the advantage, even with his queen, and Driessens went wrong with 43...Ne3, despite its being a move that appears totally correct and one that anyone would play. A juicy knight outpost at e3 and an unopposed queen - must surely be winning! But better was 43...Nc3 (equal) or ...Bd8! (slight advantage to black):

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After 43...Ne3 white played accurately with his edge, and black got careless, perhaps thinking he was winning, and made some critical mistakes: 45...Ng4+, 47...Qd4? (Qa7! minimised white's advantage) and most notably 49...Kf6? allowing a mate in three. 49...Kg6 would just hold out:

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with play still left for both sides! I think this has GOTD potential and will recommend it now.



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