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Monika Seps vs Tatiana Kosintseva
Accentus Turnier Biel (2004), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1
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Jul-14-06  Kenkaku: Somewhat odd opening play. Black plays very well, winning an efficient game, despite the rarely-seen pawn play on the kingside. It seems to me that a much earlier g4 (played some point after f3 perhaps) might have solved some of white's problems, though as I will detail below, even this is questionable (it is difficult for me to see much else in terms of an active plan for white). Despite this, black's attack still comes very quickly on the queenside, and ergo resultant positions are still somewhat of a muddle, even quite favorable for black.

If I'm not mistaken, the h5 move is not uncommon in the dragon, but only when actively forced by white, and is often a somewhat weakening defensive move. That said, it actually looks strong here due to the decision to play a king's fianchetto against a Be2 Opocensky, and due to the bishop on c8 black actually controls the g4 square suprisingly well. Black's kingside is suprisingly hard to crack here, as the g4-g5 advance seems to do little, and gxh5 leaves black with a fairly solid kingside. In the final analysis, black's opening play looks quite solid, and very active from beginning to end.

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