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Gabriel Flom (Battaglini) vs Laurent Fressinet
Corsica Masters (2011) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 1, Oct-28
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Two Knights System (B08)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: A big rating difference for this game:
Battaglini 2452 v Fressinet 2696.

After 22...♘e8x♕f6:

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...things look pretty level.

Black plays 26...Ne5

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White replies 27.Be2!

Fressinet seems determined to make the game complicated. But after white liquidates his doubled pawn by f4, we get this position (after 37...Kg7)

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...And it looks to me that white is better.

An obvious tic-tac:

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After 44.Bd3+ black does well to avoid 44...Kh5+ owing to 45.Rh7#!

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Black plays 45...Kg7

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...and I cannot see why white does not take the f-pawn. Also, ♙a6 looks good.

However, after all that, white corrals the knight...

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But after 50...Ke7

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...white plays 51.Kd4??
Karsten Muller writes:
<Walks onto the mined square. Tiptoeing around it with 51.Kd3! wins:


<(51...Kd6 52.Kd4 Zugzwang)>

52.Kc2 Kd6 53.c4 Nc6

<(53...Kc5 54.Kc3 Kb6 55.Kb4 )>

54.Bxc6 Kxc6 55.Kc3 Kc5 56.Kd3 Kc6 57.Kd4 Kd6 58.c5+ Kc6 59.Kc4 Kd7 60.Kd5 Kc7 61.Ke5 .>

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Later, Black plays 51...Kd6!
<Reciprocal Zugzwang with White to move.>

After 54...Kc6=

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<Now the knight dominates the bishop, which occurs only very seldom.>

A fascinating ending. See

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