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Andrei Volokitin vs Smbat Gariginovich Lputian
36th Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 9, Oct-24
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1-0


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Jun-28-05  iron maiden: Reminds me of the Tal-Botvinnik matches.
Jun-28-05  aw1988: Good point. White being Tal, black being Botvinnik. Opening the same as then too.
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  Domdaniel: Actually, the theory of this variation (Swiss, Armenian, or Swarm) has advanced a long way since the 1950s. Werner Hug and Rafi Vaganian were two of its main proponents, and it was taken up by Khalifman and other leading GMs around the turn of the century.

This is one of the strongest lines for White against the Swarm (Swiss-Armenian Retreat variation 5...Ba5) - amounting almost to a refutation, according to some. Hugely popular around 2001, the variation has rarely been played by strong GMs since 2004.

One idea for black is to snap off the a-pawn with 11...Qxa5 rather than ...Qc7. This wastes valuable tempi, as the Queen usually returns to c7 anyway -- but it's worth it to avoid the hassle of a5-a6 and axb7, as in this game.

Against 11...Qxa5, though, White can get a dangerous initiative with moves like Rb1 and Ng5, and the h-pawn always threatens to advance.

Aug-31-11  MaxxLange: Bologan points out that a position similar to the Poisoned Pawn Winawer is reached, but White hasn't had to play Ne2. So, he can hold e5 with Nf3, which is good for him, in that it avoids the weakening f4, and it also lets White develop with Bf4.
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