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Wang Hao vs Pentala Harikrishna
2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (2005), Tiayuan CHN, rd 5, Jul-13
Scotch Game: Blumenfeld Attack (C45)  ·  0-1
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Sep-02-05  whatthefat: Wow, what a disaster! Hao got somewhat overambitious!
Sep-07-05  Jack Kerouac: Hari-Krishna,
Hari-Krishna,
Hari-Rama,
Hari-Kari....
Dec-16-06  Whitehat1963: Hao did he expect to win?
Oct-22-07  motorhead: What a terrible mess. 12. ..., Bh3. Who has the nerve?
Jan-05-08
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  hesyrett: I've played one or two games in my life, and witnessed a few more, in which the "Christopher Columbus" theme appeared:  you can discover America, but it doesn't make you rich.  After 17...♔f8! in this game, the theme appears.  Harikrishna must have foreseen much earlier that 18 ♗e6+ does not win the loose ♗ on h3 because it captures the checking ♖ before Black sidesteps with his ♔.  Neat!
Nov-10-14
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  tpstar: Sharp line where Black's King must endure some uneasy moments before consolidating the material gain. It took me a few times to realize that 19. g4 threatens 20. Ne6+ winning back the Queen, thus 19 ... Bxg4. At the end the poor Bf7 is trapped.
Jan-21-17
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  zanzibar: Interesting game from theory pov. The line 6.Nb5 (Blumenfeld) is called "ultra-sharp" in FCO.

MillBase has just about 100 sample games.

Black can play 8...Qxe4 as well, but ~80% decide on the more cautious 8...Qd8.

The win rate difference between 9...g6 vs 9...g5 is interesting (MB - 47% vs 28%), and Black divides equally over 9...g6/...g5/...Kf8.

It's funny that <CG> has no non-decisive games after 9...g6.

MB has all 8 games continue with 12.O-O, but SF8 considers it a weak move, and after 12...Bh3 gives Black a solid 1 point lead in eval.


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A quick glance might suggest White is better here, but he's not.

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Probably, looking for the "correct" play after 6.Nb5, the more modern 11.N1c3 is better than the natural looking 11.Bc4

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Jan-21-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Hao sad! White played 19. g4 to prepare the royal fork on e6 but black just ate the pawn and said so what.
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