Niall vs. Halladba, November 2010

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1. a3
2. ... swap
3. j9
4. ... i5
5. k3
6. ... j11
7. l11
8. ... k12

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9. f8
10. ... d10
11. c11
12. ... f6 followed by (g6) h4 (g5) g4 (e5) and f3 blocks red form the top

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13. i6
14. ... j5
15. k6
16. ... l4
17. h5
18. ... f9 followed by (g8) g9 (h8) h9 (i9) i8 (j7) j8 (l7) - blue wins [still, blue is making a lot of double threats here, so red may answer with double defences] or f9 [I believe that d10 is currently connected to the left via f6/c1 2/3rd line ladder escape...] (g8 -as this is what red must do if blue started by pushing at h6) g9...

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19. g8 g8: The trick, for red, is to play around d7 before forcing blue to connect to f6 or d10. Is there a move which threatens both which I cannot answer to save both?

g8 (e7) f7 (e8) e6 (d7) d6 (c7) d2 (g7) f9 (c10) - blue loses ; g8 [(g7) f9?] (h7 - guards against both h6 and i7) h8 (k7) i10 (i9, red h9 answered by blue i8) h10 (h9) g10 (g9) e11 ; g8 (h10) h6 (g6) f9 - looking good for blue g8 (h10) h6 (


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20. ... g9
21. h8
22. ... h9
23. e9
24. ... e10

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25. l8
26. ... h6

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27. d9
28. ... f7
29. b9
30. ... c7
31. d7
32. ... e5
33. d6
34. ... d5
35. resign

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