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Levon Aronian vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
American Cup Champ (2022), Saint Louis USA, rd 2, Apr-22
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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May-11-22  paavoh: Did not understand 19.Qc1. How about 19.Rhe1 instead?
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  fredthebear: Well, 19.Qc1 threatens to take the d5-pawn (it cannot be safely taken on the 19th move because the White queen is overworked after 19.Nxd5? NxN), so Black advanced d5-d4 and lost it, but freed the c-pawn to advance in the process.

20...cxd4 21.Bxd4 is a White advantage where the Qc1 is needed to defend the loose White knight. However, Black did not recapture with the c-pawn. Instead, Black played 20...c4 and 21...c3, threatening mate. Simple but clarifying play by Black. He induced White's c3-pawn to leave it's defensive post.

Thus, 19.Qc1 makes sense if Black had played 20...cxd4.

19.Rhe1 would have been good for White, a solid position.

BTW, 21.c3? would allow a Remove the Guard tactic after 21...Qf5+.

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