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Ding Liren vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
World Championship Candidates (2020/21), Yekaterinburg RUS, rd 9, Apr-20
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-21-21  goodevans: Here's the position after 34...Qd4:


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White has a distinct advantage due to Black's pawn weaknesses on both b6 and e4 and White's supported advanced passed pawn on d5.

Unless there are some errors with the game score, over the next few moves the two players made a series of fairly basic blunders. Even if time was short it's difficult to understand these.

<35.Rb1?> Unblocking the weak b6 pawn. Black should now eliminate that weakness by advancing it immediately.

<35...Rf7??> What the actual...?

<36.Rd1??> Just did he think was wrong with the obvious 36.Rxb6?

<36...Qf6> 36...Qe5 might be a tad better but compared with what comes before and after, this is an island of serenity in an ocean of madness.

<37.d6?> The final blunder, effectively trading White's secure passed pawn for one of Black's very weak ones. After this MVL was not really troubled for the rest of the game.

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