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Maurice Ashley vs Alexander Zelner
It (open), Saint Martin (France & Netherl) (1993), rd 2
Sicilian Defense: Venice Attack (B56)  ·  1-0


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Nov-21-05  waltermiguel: 8 ... Nxe4. 9.Nxe4 Qxf5 and black is a pawn ahead
Nov-21-05  psmith: <waltermiquel> At the very least after 8... Nxe4 9. Nxe4 Qxf5 10. Nxd6+ Bxd6 11. Qxd6 material is even. Or also 8... Nxe4 9. Nxg7+ Bxg7 10. Nxe4.
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  tpstar: 5 ... e5!? is positionally suspect since the finesse 6. Bb5+ aims to trade lsb and accentuate the d5 hole. After 8 ... Nxe4 both database games continued 9. Nxg7+ Bxg7 10. Nxe4 d5 11. Bh6 0-0 (11 ... Bxh6?? 12. Nf6+) 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. Ng3 Opening Explorer
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  offramp: After 11.Qd5, Zelner plays a move which loses immediately, 11...Nd7. Why did he play that? Well, a better move is 11...Nc6

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(shielding the ♙b7). But now white has quite a neat manoeuvre: 12.Bf6 Rg8 13.Bg5! Rh8 14.0-0-0

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Black cannot now castle k-side and he had weak squares all over the place!

So 11...Nd7 was trying to keep some control over the crucial f6 square.

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  JimL1715: Why did he resign after rb8 how does white win ?
Feb-07-13  Shams: <JimL1715> 12...Rb8 13.Nf6+ wins at least an exchange.
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  fearlessone: Rb8 Nf6+ Ke7 Nd5+ ke8 or Ke6 Nc7 mate So Rb8 Nf6+ kd8 Nxd7 Qxg5 Nxb8 for exchange. I was first looking at Rb8 Qd5 Rb5 Qxb5 and qxe4+ Kf1 Qxc2 but now Rc1 (Qxd3+ Qxd3) so qf5 Rc8 mate and looks nothing better than Qxc1 Bxc1 .
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