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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sunday's Improve Your Middle Game

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In this position the weakest spots for white are b2 and c3.The fall of c3-pawn would lead to further losses for White.  12...c4! 13.Bc2? [13.Bxc4 bxc3 14.bxc3 Rc8 can be very awkward for white because 15.Bd3 Nxd5] 13...b3 14.Bd1 Nc5 15.Bxf6 exf6 After this slightly unusual recapture e4 is a weakness, and we have a good reason why black did not give a check on d3. 16.Be2 Re8 17.Bxc4 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Rxe4+ 19.Be2 Qe8 20.Nd4 f5 21.Nc6 Bh6 22.Qd1 a5 23.Kf1 Rxe2! Taking over the initiative and the two bishops. White seems to be lost here.