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Mikhail Chigorin vs Semion Alapin
St Petersburg (1875), St. Petersburg RUE
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Very entertaining game.

9...axb5 10.Ndxe5 leads to an advantage of white, for example 10...d4 11.Bc7 Qd7 12.Nd6+ Qxd6 13.Bxd6 bxc3 14.bxc3 and black has three minor pieces for the Queen but very bad position.

Prozaic 11.Bxd7 Qxd7 12.Qxd4 is a goog alternative to Chigorin's more complex and beautiful continuation 11.Qxd4 Bxb5 12.Nxd5. After that black d-Pawn is lost (of course, 12...0-0-0? is not an option for simple 13.Na4 with threatening Nb6+) and black position is simply awful.

Instead of 13.Nc7+ (which is not bad) white could have played probably even stronger 13.Rad1 Kf7 14.Qe4 Qe8 (what else?) 15.Nxe7 Bxe7 16.Bd6 Bxd6 [16...Rd8 17.Qe6+ Kg6 18.Qg4+ Kf7 19.Rxe7+ etc.) 17.Qd5+ Kg6 18.Rxe8 Rhxe8 19.Qxd6 with big advantage of white.

Also instead of 16.Bh6+ it was possible to continue with 16.Qh3! Bc4 17.Rad1 Qc8 18.Rd7 g5 19.Bd6 and white wins.

Feb-14-06  waddayaplay: duplicate of Chigorin vs Ascharin, 1875
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