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Srdjan Sale vs Zhong Zhang
7th Dubai Open Chess Championship (2005), Dubai UAE, rd 3, Apr-06
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: This game, opening with 1. Nd3 c5, begins an early battle of transposing openings, quickly won by Black entering a favorable line of the English Symetrical. White tries what appears to be a novelty in 10. Ba3 and is soon quickly outplayed by his higher rated opponent.

If Fritz is to be trusted in this kind of novel opening territory, Black should have played 14...Bf5! 15. Bb4 h3 16. Nh3 a6 = so as to avoid the possibility <14. h6> 15. Ne4! .

Missing this opportunity to consolidate (i.e. 15. Ne4! =/-), White soon finds his shattered position overwhelmed by Black's accurate play. After 21. Bb4?, Black's brilliant 21...Ne5!! gives him a decisive attack no matter where White chooses to place his King.

Now that would make a good Sunday puzzle after 21. Bb4?:

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[Black to move (21...?)]

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  patzer2: Note that after 21...Ne5!!, the try 22. Ke2 fails to 22...Qb5+! 23. Nxf3 Qf4 24. Qd3+ Kc1 25. Rxc3+ 26. Bxc3 Qxc3+ 27. Kb1 Nd2#.
Jan-26-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: If you look at the position of the both player's pawns ONLY, you see white's huge lead in development.

Yet, overstretched pawns can't play without support.

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