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caldazar 61 ( +1 | -1 )
Analysis Request: Anti-Meran Gambit Position The position in which I'm interested arises after:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 c6 5. Nf3 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. exf6 Bb7 12. g3 c5 13. d5 Qb6 14. Bg2 O-O-O 15. O-O b4 16. Na4 Qb5 17. a3 exd5 18. axb4 d4 19. Bxb7+ Kxb7 20. Qf3+ Qc6 21. Nxc5+ Bxc5 22. Qxc6+ Kxc6 23. bxc5 Ne5 24. h4 *

Can Black justify playing 24... Nd3 or does he have to settle for something less combatitive (such as 24... Rd7)?

In the actual game, I played 24... Nd3 (on which I could come to no definitive conclusion, but I felt 24... Rd7 was a draw), obtained a winning position, and blundered to secure a draw.

board #560019 is the game, if anyone's interested.

Thanks in advance for any analysis.
atrifix 47 ( +1 | -1 )
It appears to me that after 27. Re7! white has winning chances, for example:

A) 27... d3 28. f7 d2 29. Re6+ Kd5 30. Re2! Rb8 (or else 31. Bxd2) 31. Bf4 Rb7 32. Re8 should win.

B) 27... Kxc5 28. f7 Rdf8 29. Rd7 Kc4 (29... d3 30. Rc7+) 30. Bf6 Rh7 31. Rxd4+ Kb3 32. Rc1 followed by winning the c-pawn, for example 32... Rhxf7 33. Be5 Nc4 34. Rxc4 Kxc4 35. Rxc3+ gives White some winning chances.

C) 27... Rdf8 28. f7 Rh7 29. Bf6 Kxc5 30. Re4 Rhxf7 31. Bxd4+ Kd5 32. Bxc3 Kxe4 33. Bxb2 leads to a similar type of position.

I'm not sure whether White can win this position, but he certainly has better chances than in the game.
caldazar 81 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the analysis, atrifix.

My intention after 27. Re7 d3 28. f7 was not to push on right away to d2, since as you pointed out in your Line A, Re2 is unpleasant for Black. Instead, I'd prepared 28... Rhf8, giving myself some ...Rd7 possibilities, although I was planning to avoid playing them if at all possible so as to keep a rook behind the d-pawn. I wasn't really interesting in trying to win the f-pawn per se, I was just trying to hold it up.

I mostly played 24... Nd3 because I kept on running into all types of odd positions in my analysis that I thought would be interesting. For instance, one line I stumbled across in my analysis was 27. Re7 d3 28. Re3 (definitely not best) d2 29. Rxc3 d1=Q 30. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 31. Kg2, when Black has 3 or 4 pawns for the rook, depending (either the c-pawn or the f6-pawn will likely fall, maybe both). Probably a bit better for Black, but a bit of a strange position, all the same.
atrifix 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Ah I stopped looking at 28... Rhf8 after 29. Bf6, but 29... c2! keeps things alive.

I still think White has some winning chances with 27. Re7, but the position is probably drawn.