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After the twelfth move the position reminds me of the Marshall Attack in the Ruy.
Indeed. Its very similar setup. Moves like Qh4-h3 and g5 are typical for Marshal Attack.
Yet it is interesting if any side could make use of the fact that black pawns still sit on a7 and b7 instead of a6 and b5. For black, it is good news that they have not created dark square weaknesses and for white, moves like c4 (to kick off the centralized knight) are possible. Such subtle differences could influence the resulting play and often lead to theory development.
I think I had looked up to about move 24 in that game when analyzing the position before even challenging you, so I knew how to defend Black's attack relatively well.
I missed some strong resources, but Black has perhaps more for the pawn than I initially thought. Certainly I am not a strong enough player to comment definitively on this, it was just my feeling that White was better there than in the Marshall, and like I said I play the Marshall for Black.
The difference is the position of the Black LSB on e6 allowing Re4 to be stronger than it is in the Marshall where it just leads to dull equality.
I missed that you could draw at the end, and should have played differently after sacrificing my pawn on d5.
Sorry, but I don`t believe you. These moves were not so forced.
Maybe. So 9...c6 (instead of 9...Be6) could be better, as I`ve mentioned already before our game was started.
Not forced, but certainly reasonable moves. I considered a lot of possibilities, and I had either a very similar position or that exact position set up on a board. Of course, there are a lot of similar positions. You didn't play any surprising moves in the first twenty-five.
I see you trying to pretend better than you actually are. It was your mistake.
ponz111 is a boss
In the Dutch cup someone I known played the variation with Bc5 (based on the Analysis here) and beat an IM and the editor of the famous SOS series
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