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Tomas Oral vs David Navara
CZE-ch (2003), Luhacovice, rd 8, Feb-18
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Westerinen Attack (B40)  ·  1-0
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Jul-14-04  seoulmama: A smashing attack.
Sep-24-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Yes, Oral made it look easy to win with the b3 Sicilian, which is not always so easy.

Oral is a good example of the anti-Sicilian e4 player. He usually plays the Bb5 lines (and often generates attacks out of them) and against the ...e6 lines, he plays b3, also often generating attacks, as in this game.

Sicilian players sometimes complain about this "avoidance" of their favourite lines, whether the Dragon, Taimanov or something else. It is really just the same problem you face with other openings (although the Sicilian player in particular might admittedly have wasted his youth learning masses of theory that he can never use).

You play 1...e4 against the king pawn, hoping to play the Marshall and you never get anywhere near it, as your opponents play the King's Gambit or the Bishop's Game. Or the Vienna. Oh, God.

Nov-23-04  kostich in time: Tal won a nce game with black in a b3 Sicilian against Westerinen at Talinn 1975
Feb-24-06  waddayaplay: Such a great attack against Navara who had a 2550 rating at the time. Oral sacs his rook at move 16. How can this be what people say, that chess is all opening theory, and that defensive strategical play will always prevail? Sure this is not Karpov but I think most club players would be happy to beat 2500-players...
Feb-24-06  RookFile: 10 ...Nb6 has to be bad.
Jun-30-08  PinnedPiece: A future game of the day as "Oral hijinx"????

I wonder if 15 ...Nh5 would have fared any better?

Sep-29-08  Sem: 14... Re7 completely clogs Black's position. Perhaps ...Bc6? Far from ideal either, I know, but it provides the knight with a square, too, and ties White's rook to his Bishop.
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