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Etienne Bacrot vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Biel (2013), Biel SUI, rd 8, Jul-30
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-30-13  DcGentle: Too bad that Vachier-Lagrave missed the win at this position:

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Black's 54th move was decisive.

[Event "Breisacher Memorial, some variants after move 54."] [Site "Biel SUI"]
[Date "2013.07.30"]
[Round "8.2"]
[White "Bacrot, Etienne"]
[Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D86"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2719"]
[Annotator "DcGentle"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/8/5p2/4p1kP/4P1P1/r7/p5K1/R7 b - - 0 54"]

54... Kxg4 {? Sometimes it's better not to grab the material offered immediately.}

(54... Re3 {Black will get the e-pawn and the g-pawn.} 55. Rxa2 Rxe4 56. Kf3 (56. h6 Rxg4+) 56... Rxg4 57. Rh2 Rf4+ 58. Kg3 Kh6 {Now Black's passed pawns can march, the h-pawn is stopped and will fall later. Black should easily win.})

55. h6 Rg3+

(55... Rh3 {trading the a-pawn with the h-pawn is not enough to win:} 56. Rxa2 Rxh6 57. Rf2 Kg5 58. Kf3 Rh3+ 59. Ke2 {and Black is stuck.})

(55... Ra4 {doesn't help either:} 56. h7 Ra8 57. h8=Q {and Black's rook is deflected!} Rxh8 58. Rxa2 Kf4 59. Rf2+ Kxe4 60. Rxf6 {is a theoretical draw.})

56. Kf1 Kf3 57. Rxa2 Kxe4 58. Rf2 f5 59. Re2+ Kd5 60. Rh2 Rg8 61. h7 Rh8 62. Kf2 Ke6 63. Rh6+ Kf7 64. Kg3 Kg7 65. Re6 Rxh7 66. Rxe5 Kf6 1/2-1/2


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