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But the organizer reorganizes after 29. Bd5?, clinching the win with 29…axb3 30. Bxb3 (both pawn recaptures also lose: 30. cxb3 c2+ and 30. axb3 Ra1+ 31. Kxa1 Qa3+) Rxa2!, renewing the deadly threat of 32…Ra1+. White resigns facing 31. Kxa2 (Qc1 Rca8) Qa3+ 32. Kb1 Qb2 mate.

85th Hastings Chess Congress, Hastings, England, January 2011


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Nxd4 9. Qxd4 Be7 10. f4 b5 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. e5 d5 13. Be2 Bb7 14. f5 fxe5 15. Qxe5 Bf6 16. Qg3 Qb8 17. Qh3 d4 18. fxe6 Qf4+ 19. Kb1 dxc3 20. exf7+ Kf8 21. a3 h5 22. Rhf1 Qe5 23. Bd3 Qg5 24. Qd7 Bxg2 25. Rde1 Be7 26. Rf5 Qh4 27. Rfe5 Rd8 28. Qc7 Rxd3 29. cxd3 1-0

37th Eastern Open, Washington, D.C., December 2010


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.Kb1?! a5 15.h4 Qb8 16.Ng3 Nc7 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 d5 19.f4 a4 20.Nc1 d4 21.Bg2 Ra7 22.fxe5 dxe3 23.Qxd7 Nb5 24.Qd3 e2!! 25.Qxe2 Nc3+ 26.bxc3 bxc3+ 27.Nb3 Qb4 28.Qe3 Rc8 29.Bd5 axb3 30.Bxb3 Rxa2 0-1

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