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Viswanathan Anand vs Xiangyu Xu
Gibraltar Masters (2016), La Caleta GIB, rd 3, Jan-28
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  1-0

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Jan-29-16  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps it is partly because Black's rooks are disconnected that he is unable to profit from moves such as 19 b4 and 23 a3 on White's part.

This suggests that one way to take advantage of the disconnection of Black's took is to take liberties such as b4 or a3, liberties which Black is unable to take advantage of owing to the disconnection of Black's rooks.

On 29 Nxf7! if Black takes the knight by 29...Kxf7, on 30 Rxh8 Black's rook on d8 is overworked. If it has to recapture on h8 by 30...Rxh8 it cannot then defend the bishop on d7 a second time and the bishop falls by 31 Qxd7+

Jan-29-16
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  naresb: <Ulhumbrus>Another reason was Black's DSB was a bad one with no purpose left. Black's e6 pawn was busy offering support to d6/f6 pawns. So Black's DSB has to have a defensive role to play on f8/g7.

White on the other hand having attacking game with his advancing pawns to play coupled with Nd5. Black could have tried with his LSB on c6 and neutralized White's Nd5 or attack Qd3-Be2 duo, which was the support behind his advancing pawns. Once one of them got neutralized, White would have found himself busy supporting those advancing pawns.

Jan-29-16  Ulhumbrus: <naresb: <Ulhumbrus>Another reason was Black's DSB was a bad one with no purpose left. Black's e6 pawn was busy offering support to d6/f6 pawns. So Black's DSB has to have a defensive role to play on f8/g7. > A good point. I assume that you mean that the e7 pawn obstructed the a3-f8 diagonal for the use of Black's DSB whilst it defended the d6 and f6 pawns. This suggests another thing more generally. If Black could not attack White's a3 and b4 pawns with his king's bishop it meant that he had less material force available to attack them with. Thus it is a reduction of material force available to Black on the queen side which enables White's pawns to take liberties on the queen side
Oct-03-17  Marmot PFL: Unlucky 13...Bg7, f5 should be played first to keep white from blocking this diagonal. M Kravtsiv vs Dreev, 2011
Oct-03-17  sudoplatov: To Marmot PFL
Good point. Note that even though 14 f5 leaves a hole at e5, Black lacks a Knight to occupy such hole. The King can go here in an Ending but first must survive the Middle Game.

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