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Stewart Haslinger vs Jonathan Rowson
British Championship (2005), Douglas IOM, rd 8, Aug-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-01-06  vikas: why white agreed for a draw here? he is exchange up, plus complete development and no weaknesses.
Jan-01-06  euripides: <Vikas> an interesting first post !

Black has some compensation for the exchange in his extra pawn and black-squared control. The question is whether he can achieve a good setup for his pieces.

He might aim for a set up with f5, Bf6 and Ne5. He can afford to allow White to plan Nxe5 if he can reply Bxe5. This setup might be challenged by g4 but Black may then be able to play f4 with a strong passed pawn.

If he can implement this plan. I think Black is OK. However, I am not sure if the tactics work e.g. if White plays Nc4 immediately it is difficult for Black to achieve this setup.

Another posible plan is to put the knight on c5.

Bearing in mind these two plans possible lines are 21 Ne4 Ne5 followed by ...f5, and 21 Nc4 Nc5 22 Ra1.

Overall I think Black is probably OK. But the relative gradings of the two players may also have something to do with the draw agreement :-)

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