Very Nice Exchange Sac

I was looking at this game earlier between Yair Kraidman (whom I have never heard of) and Heikki Westerinen (whom of course I have heard of) and this is the position after White’s 16th move 16.Bb5

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not great with understanding the majority of the exchange sacrifices I see.  In this case I took a lot of time trying to puzzle it out, and as near as I can figure out the key here is the position after 22…Rxb2.  I think that must be the position that Westerinen saw when he went for it.

Of course I have no real idea, but if a strong player wants to throw me a bone here and let me know if I’m on the right track that would be awesome.

Here is the complete game:

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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