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Thank you Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov.
Actually I can save the pawn like this: 27...Ba5 28.cxb5 Qe8 (28...Qd8 29.Rb3 Bxd2 30.Qxd2 (30.Nxd2 Bxb5 31.Rcb1+-) 30...Bxb5 31.Rcb1 Qd7 32.Qa5 Ba6 33.Rxb7 Rxb7 34.Rxb7 Bxb7 35.Nd2 but this position is still very unpleasant for Black despite the fact that the pawns are symetrical.
I like both games. In the game against Michael Adams I think that even after ... Ba5 black does not manage to save the material (like it was said in the commentary) as after cxb5 Qd8;Rb3 Bxd2;Nxd2 Bxb5;Rcb1 Ba4;Rxb7 Rxb7 white can take Qxa4 and the rook on b1 is protected by the knight from d2 and white is one piece up.
Again, very good examples, nice lesson.
aah ya.. good aul rooks.. they do the job alright
wow, karpov is the master of exploiting small weaknesses!
gotta love the commentaries of Bojkov and Dzidzinchashvilli. There's a great deal of strategic thinking conveyed instructively.
There are those positions in which a lower rated player is not sure what path to take. Understanding the strength, weaknesses and potential targets of a position just isn't enough sometimes to come up with a decent plan. After watching this video I think I'm better equipped to choose a strategic plan in these kind of positions.
by GM Dejan Bojkov
Learn how to turn the small advantage of a semi-open file and isolated pawn target into a crushing victory! How? GM Dejan Bojkov shows you the way today with two examples: The first is a game used in IM Rensch's IQP video series (Karpov beating Spassky, which is always good for review) and the second is a game where Dejan himself was on the "short side of the file" against Super-GM Mickey Adams. Watch and learn!
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GM Dejan Bojkov
Dejan Bojkov is a Grandmaster, originally from Bulgaria. As a youngster, Dejan was the winner of numerous Youth Championships -- including Boys Under 14 and Boys Under 18 Bulgarian Champion. This translated to success on the international stage, with his most recent victory coming at the Sydney International Open in Australia (2010). As a trainer his work has known little failure, and some of his students include Antoaneta Stefanova-former World Womens Champion.
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