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Andrey Tsvetkov vs Niclas Huschenbeth
European Championship (2019), Skopje MKD, rd 1, Mar-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Fischer Variation (E44)  ·  0-1

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Apr-08-19  Great Bear: Nice game. Black threatens 42. ...Qb1#. If White covers the spot b1, then the thunder will strike at a2: 42. ...Ra2, White has to take, then 43. ...Qa2 mates.
Apr-19-19
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  HeMateMe: why cant white play 22. PxB?
Apr-19-19
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi HME,

Quite a battle. Black has just played 21...Be7xa3


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If 22. bxa3 there is nothing drastic on, no checks. (White missed the b1 Bishop was defended by the c3 Knight...No) need a sneaky quiet move and 22. PxB Qb3 with Queen ideas of Qxa3+ and Rb2 are on.

However that is an expensive Queen but Qb3 looks good and a better explanation of a player missing a simple defensive move.

(I add that because a few days ago I was trying to figure out what was wrong with a relative 'easy to see move' that looked like it was a combo-buster. It was! Both players had missed it. Spectators often see more than the players.)

Funnily enough the last move in this game was 41...Qb3. So go with that. If 22.bxa3 Qb3.

***

Apr-19-19
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  whiteshark: Black missed to strike with <22...Bxb2+!!>


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e.g. <23.Qxb2 Qa5!* 24.Qc2 Qa3+ 25.Kd2 Rb2 26.Rxe6 Qb4>


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Aside of being down materialwise white's remaining pieces are uncoordinated and his ♔ is amidst the battle.

* My guess is that Niclas missed the strength of this (silent?) move.

Apr-19-19
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  HeMateMe: I thought white's Q-side castling was awful as soon as I saw it. His wobbly h pawn moving up the board was never going to create any attack before black got things going on the queenside.

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