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Blazimir Kovacevic vs Cyril Marzolo
6th European Individual Championship (2005), Warsaw POL, rd 6, Jun-23
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1-0


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Aug-07-05  Paul123: As one who plays the Larsen this is an interesting game. 4…Bd6!? Is a tuff variation to play against. Black equalizes with ease (IMO) fortunately black doesn’t have anything…but either does white so the position becomes…”up for grabs” as far as the initiative goes…

I like Jacobs and Tait's “ Nimzo-Larsen Attack” its an outstanding book on the opening and gives much detailed coverage and no sugar coating on the good and ugly of this opening. The book's main motif in this line is 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6 5. ne2 The model game given by the book is 5...a6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3 0–0 8.Nd2 Qe7 9.h3 etc. Arencibia-Estremera Ponos: Malag 2000.

A branching idea of white's is 5.Ne2 5.Na3 a6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Nc4 Qe7 8.Ne2 b5 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.0–0 0–0 = Lovric-Kutuzovic, Belisce 1999]

The posistion is equal but I'd play the white side any day.

Blacks attempt to couter the above idea 5...Na5 6.Nf3 a6 7.Be2 Qe7 8.Nb1 0–0 9.c4 b6 10.Nc3 Bb7 11.0–0 Rfe8 12.d3 Ba3 13.Qc1 Bxb2 14.Qxb2= Hodgson-Speelman, 4ncl 1998) i also like white posistion too.

I like Kovacevic’s accelerated pawn advance to c4 and the knight going to c2 to help the bishop cover d4 while maintaing control over a3 (It denies black’s ability to exchange his dark squared bishop by placing the queen on e7 then playing his Bishop to a3 (a major equalizing idea in my opinion" ) I could also maybe see 10. b4 as another idea

Jan-07-06  kidster: what happened?
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