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Eric Hansen vs Andrei Volokitin
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 7, Sep-09
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1



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Sep-09-16  WhuffieCollector: 36.Rxd5 is going to haunt Eric! 36.h6! looks so obviously almost feels like he tried to force another blunder from Volokitin (who had just played the losing 35...Bd7? while in serious time trouble) but instead made one of his own. Perhaps his own (less severe but ever-present) time trouble led to him not realizing how bad his opponent's previous move was.
Sep-09-16  Marmot PFL: Common pattern - the middle game was back and forth but once they hit the ending the higher rated/more experienced player took charge.
Sep-09-16  jul059: 53. Rxf2 and draw? What exactly is going on with Eric? Did he run out of time?
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  perfidious: <jul059: 53. Rxf2 and draw?>

Au contraire; Black wins easily after 53.Rxf2 gxf2+ 54.Kxf2 Kd3 55.Kg3 Kxc3 56.Kxg4 Kd2 57.Kf5 c3 58.g4 c2.

Sep-09-16  cro777: Importance of the two Cs in chess.

Eric Hansen: "I lost my composure when I saw 36.Rxd5 was possible....that was my bad!"

You can lose, keep, regain, or maintain your composure — your ability to stay calm. As Byron Nelson pointed out, every great player has learned the two Cs: how to concentrate and how to maintain composure.

Sep-17-16  5hrsolver: White saw 36.Rd5 Qd5 37.Qd8+ Kg7 38.h6 Kh6 39.Qf8#

But failed to see the in between move. 36...h6 attacking his queen and crossing up his plans.

36.h6 threatening Rd5 followed by Qd8+ was the way to go.

Tough loss for Eric.

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