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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Sinquefield Cup (2021), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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Aug-21-21  Ulhumbrus: Black's king's bishop remains passive for most of the game. Just two moves after Black has moved it to the long diagonal diagonal by 31...Bf6 White's attack prevails. This suggests that Black needs to look for a way to make his king's bishop active at some earlier point or else to hinder or delay White's attack.

One alternative to 20...Qa4 is 20...Rc5 and if 21 Qe4 Re5 hindering White's attack on the b1-h7 diagonal before White has played Bd3

Aug-22-21
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  0ZeR0: This was quite an impressive game by Dominguez, especially considering his opponent and the opening.
Aug-23-21  GlennOliver: The optimum path to convert to the victory was not obvious -

33. ... Qf7 34. Rxg6+ Bg7 35. Rxg7+ Kxg7 36. Qh6+ Kg8 37. Qh8#

Mar-09-22
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  PawnSac: < Ulhumbrus: Black's king's bishop remains passive for most of the game. Just two moves after Black has moved it to the long diagonal diagonal by 31...Bf6 White's attack prevails. This suggests that Black needs to look for a way to make his king's bishop active at some earlier point or else to hinder or delay White's attack. >

Definitely a point to investigate

< One alternative to 20...Qa4 is 20...Rc5 and if 21 Qe4 Re5 hindering White's attack on the b1-h7 diagonal before White has played Bd3 >

I felt the same yet SF14 goes with ..Qa4
I'll have to force Rc5 and see how it measures up at higher ply.


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MVL played ..Qd7 here, obviously to keep to way clear for the rooks.

Stockfish_14.1_win_x64_avx2:
51/48 11:06 559,063k 838k < 0.00 23...Qe8 > 24.Rde1 Rc7 25.h5 d5 26.Qe5 Qc6 27.hxg6 fxg6 28.Rh6 Qd6 29.Bxg6 Qxe5 30.Bxh7+ Kg7 31.Rxe5 Bxg5 32.Rh2 Bf6 33.Rxd5 Rh8 34.Rg2+ Kf8 35.Be4 Rh1+ 36.Kc2 Rg7 37.Rxg7 Bxg7 38.b4 Ra1 39.Ra5 Rg1 40.Rxa6 Rg2+ 41.Kd1 Rg1+ 42.Ke2 Bd4 43.b5 Rg2+ 44.Kd1 Rg1+

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