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Grigor Minchev vs Orlando Santana Otero
? (1987)
Sodium Attack: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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Feb-06-06  dbquintillion: what a salty opening.
Feb-06-06  notsodeepthought: <ketchuplover: The symbol for Sodium is Na :)> Na3 is a plausible move so long as the knight does not give check - since the resulting tripositively charged Na3+ would be extremely unstable.
Feb-09-06  dbquintillion: you are my new hero <notsodeep>
Apr-15-06  Confuse: <KetchupLover> The symbol for sodium is Na

- OMG I GET IT NOW :D thanks!

Jun-23-06  McCool: I using this opening all the time now.
Sep-02-06  Tariqov: Isn't this a draw?
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  Benzol: I don't think Black can build a fortress. 76...♖f6 77.♕e8 ♖f5 78.♔e6 ♖f6+ 79.♔e5 is a possible continuation.
Oct-14-06  CrystalFrost: People should call this game the "Na" opening
Jan-16-07  The Chess Express: I think 51. ... c6 followed by 52. ... cd was dubious. Why did black give white a pawn majority on the queenside when white's king was better placed than black's?


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  FSR: Maybe Black flagged and that is why it was 1-0?
Jul-15-07  The Chess Express: <Willem Wallekers: 5 ... Ng4 is unjustified, Black losing as many tempo's as White did.>

I agree. The simple 5...d6 was better.

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  chancho: I played Santana twice. (Don't ask how I did)
Jul-20-07  The Chess Express: White should be able to attack g7 twice with ♔ & ♕.
Jul-20-07  CapablancaFan: The Sodium attack? 1.Na3? Is that right?
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  WannaBe: Pun potential... "O. Santana, don't you cry for me."
Jul-20-07  The Chess Express: I'm not sure that's a pun. It sounds more like a rhyme to me.
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  kevin86: How about calling this opening "the Nadia attack"-since Nadia begins with Na also?

Also,in a lot of cases,the result has been a perfect 10 for white.

(frankly,in this game,the two connected pawns in the ending are far more a reason for the win as is the first move-but don't let it get around,lol)

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  kevin86: Note:rechecked the database---1 Na3!!!!!!!!!!

Six victories in six games!

Oct-20-08  flapjack: This was a great fight! More proof that the best opening for winning % is Na3. ;D
Dec-27-08  WhiteRook48: 1. Na3!! that is the ultimate move. Seriously....
Dec-27-08  arctic tern: <The symbol for Sodium is Na :)>

Oooooh, that's why it's called the sodium attack... shame on me for not seeing that!

Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: 1. Na3!! wins every time
Nov-11-09  The Chess Express: heh heh, objectively speaking black gains easy equality out of the opening. 1. Na3 is simply a way to avoid theory.
Dec-29-13  fishcat: Yep, it's a fortress. White can even take the h-pawn with 76...Rh6 77. Qe8 but then it's a tablebase draw.

Stockfish+syzygy insists it's +5.43 until the halfmove clock runs out or it enters tablebases.

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  perfidious: Been around and seen a lot, but had never heard of the Sodium Attack till this moment.
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