Thomas Bartell (2350) - Mark Kernighan (2216) [D35]
Westfield Action Quads/Westfield, NJ USA 2005
3... Be7 avoids White's exact set-up.
The start of an interesting approach to the position, with the idea of f3 and e4. More standard is to play for a minority attack on the queenside.
Trying to exchange pieces and interfere with White's plan.
Black has removed some pieces but strengthened White's center. His next exchange only serves to help White further.
White has achieved his goal and will eventually build up a kingside initiative. But Black is not without chances, especially due to the weak c-pawn and c4-square.
With the "threat" of Rxa2 or Ra3--and thinking the d-pawn is protected by a tactical trick. Note 30... Qe4!? 31. Qxe4 dxe4 is unclear. But is the d-pawn guarded by a Knight fork? White has tactics of his own and they are better.
A pattern that we should remember from "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess"! After 34...Rxc8 then 35.Rxc8# is mate.
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