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Cicero De Farias vs Alejandro Hoffman
Aberto do Brasil BCX (2001), Brasilia BRA, rd 1, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  0-1


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May-19-04  dosen: can someone explain to me why white resigned?
May-19-04  suenteus po 147: It looks to me like White was counting on being a minor piece ahead at the end of the exchange series, but didn't realize until too late that at the tail end of the exchanges black played 12...Nxc4, leaving none of blacks pieces hanging and two of white's pieces hanging. After either 13...Rfxc8 or 14...Nxb6, black will be a pawn up instead of a piece down. I wouldn't have resigned personally, but it can be demoralizing to have your plan flushed down the toilet.
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  crafty: 13. ... axb6 14. ♘xb6 ♘xb6 15. O-O ♘c4 16. ♖fe1 ♘xb2   (eval -4.91; depth 15 ply; 250M nodes)
May-22-04  dosen: <suenteus po 147> neither Rfxc8 nor Nxb6 is true. the correct move is axb6 then white could not go back his knight so black will a piece up.
May-26-04  suenteus po 147: Ah, I see now. The knight can't escape to e7 because of the pin by the rook. And why trade a knight when you can trade a pawn? Very unusual setup.
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  patzer2: Black gets caught with an opening pin after 8. f3!? (best is probably 8. Bb3) followed by 8...Qb3! White then compounds the problem by playing a bad followup with 9. Qd2? and allows Black to fully exploit the pin with 9...Nxe4! In this line, Black won nine of the eleven games played in the Opening Explorer, with the other two being draws. The wins I found useful studying for Black in this line are this one and M Seps vs I Radziewicz, 2004 and SH Mousavian vs B Takyrbashev, 2001 and A Kitchlew vs D Rivas Vila, 2001 and Tomas Dusik vs Juraj Zavarsky, 1999 and I De Los Santos vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1990 and Z Nilsson vs Geller, 1962.

However, had White played The opening sequence 8. f3!? Qb2! 9. Bb3!? he could have mixed it up for about even counterchances. Some interesting games in this line include Fischer vs Panno, 1958 and W Watson vs Chandler, 1985 and S Svoboda vs J Veselsky, 2000 and J Isaev vs Adianto, 2001 and Dimitri Kotlyar vs K Klundt, 2001

Although I did not see a game where Black fell into the counter trap, after 8...f3!? Qb2! 9. Bb3!?, it would be a mistake for Black to now play 9...e5 trying to win the "pinned Bishop" as White will reply with 10. Nf5! with a near decisive advantage.

From the perspective of using the "
pin" as an opening tool to secure equality or better, 8...Qb3! in this opening seems to serve Black well. I assume this is why most Masters try to avoid it entirely by playing 8. Bb3, striving to get more than equality out of the opening (still that 9. Bb3!? looks interesting).

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