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Old 2013-12-19, 18:52   #18
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The more I look at [b]17 a4 b4[/b] the more I see that our current a3-b2-c3 pawn formation prevents further incursion unless Black sacs. Note that Black can't play b5-b4 without allowing us the opportunity to capture axb4, thus opening up the half-file in front of our a-rook. Once we play a4, we give that up!

So,
[B]17 a4 b4[/B]
[B]18 dxc4 bxc3
19 Nxc3[/B]

looks worse than when I considered it last night.

My move vote is

17 d4 - 5
17 a4 - 2
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