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Yanqiao Qu vs Balazs Martini
"A Very Dry Martini" (game of the day Feb-28-2020)
First Saturday July IM-A (2010), Budapest, rd 5, Jul-07
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black must have had an excellent reason not to play 22...Rd8, but simply cannot see it. 23.Rxd8,Nxd8; 24.Na8!?,Nc8; 25.Ba6, perhaps?

White seems to have a big edge after 9.dxc5, so Black might have improved with 8...cxd4; 9.cxd4,d5, or if he feels too reckless, 9...Qb6; 10.d5,exd5; 11.exd5,Nd4.

Feb-28-20  areknames: <Good Evening: Black must have had an excellent reason not to play 22...Rd8, but simply cannot see it. 23.Rxd8,Nxd8; 24.Na8!?,Nc8; 25.Ba6, perhaps?> That is correct, after 25...Nd6 26.e5 Black loses the b pawn with no compensation.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <areknames>, have grown so mistrustful of my declining abilities that even my good ideas seem wrong.
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  perfidious: Martini indulging himself thus was the first step on the road to perdition.
Feb-28-20  takchess: Shaken not stirred
Feb-28-20  goodevans: Black had a significantly higher rating than white although you wouldn't have guessed so looking at this game.

Whilst I was playing through the game I never thought to question <23...Kf8?>. After all, it's pretty natural to want to get your K off the diagonal attacked by white's B. The trouble is that the K on f8 is vulnerable to Nge6+ (or even 25...Nxd7?? 26.Nce6#) so putting him there just made a bad situation worse.

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