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Kharlov,Andrei (2558) – Volkov,Sergey (2629)
Moscow Aeroflot op-A (3), 10.02.2006
English Opening [A22]
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 Bxc3 6.bxc3 c6 7.Qb3 Na6 8.Ba3 Re8 9.Ne2 d6 10.0-0 Nc5 11.Qc2 Qa5 12.Bb4 Qa6 13.d3 Ncxe4 14.dxe4 c5 15.Qb2 cxb4 16.cxb4 Qxc4 17.Rfd1 Qa6 18.Rd2 Be6 19.Rad1 Rac8 20.h3 h5 21.Kh2 Rc7 22.a3 Rec8 23.Rxd6 Rc2 24.Qxc2 Rxc2 25.Rxa6 bxa6 26.Re1 Ra2 27.Nc3 Rxa3 28.Nd5 a5 29.bxa5 Rxa5 30.Nxf6+ gxf6 31.Bf3 Ra2 32.Kg2 a5 33.Bxh5 a4 34.Bg4 Bb3 35.Bd1 Be6 36.Bg4 Bc4 37.Rc1 Bd3 38.Kf3 Bc2 39.Bd7 Ra3+ 40.Kg4 Bxe4 41.Rc4 Bf3+ 42.Kf5 Kg7 43.Rxa4 Rd3 44.Bb5 Rd2
What is Black’s strongest reply to 45.Bc4?
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45…Bd1! 46.Ra2 Bc2+ 0-1 If 45…Rxf2 46.Ra2. If 47.Kg4 Rd4+ 48.Kf3 Rxc4.