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Suat Atalik vs Jorge Luis Arosemena
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 1, May-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1-0


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  DiceToThat: 15. O-O looks really gutsy. I don't know if I'd be gutsy enough to play that move. But it proved to be sound enough, at least until Black blundered and allowed 21. Bg5.
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  offramp: Atalik on the ropes

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but he knew he could defend.

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  FSR: After 15.0-0!, Houdini 3 already assesses the position as completely winning for White (+3.93). But it prefers 17.Bf4! (+5.08) to Atalik's also winning 17.Nxg4 (+2.66).
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  FSR: Note that Atalik's 15.0-0 is a rare instance of a player castling king-side when his king rook is under attack. The only other instances in's database that I can think of offhand are F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 and Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974.
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  perfidious: <FSR> If I could find the score of an encounter with Patrick Wolff-the fragment of which I posted at FSR chessforum last year-I would send it on to CG.
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  FSR: <perfious> What was the result of your game? As I think I mentioned, I had two blitz games, separated by almost 40 years, where I responded to NxKBP with 0-0.
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  perfidious: Wound up a draw after I let him off in the ending; we were both ~2300 at the time. Then one of us got good.
Mar-28-14  Olavi: Korchnoi vs Timman, 1977
Mar-28-14  Nerwal: <Note that Atalik's 15.0-0 is a rare instance of a player castling king-side when his king rook is under attack.>

It has happened a few times in this line of the Nimzo.

Karr,J (2304) - Fressinet,L (2501), 2000

1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4 4.♕c2 c5 5.dxc5 ♘a6 6.a3 ♗xc3+ 7.♕xc3 ♘xc5 8.b4 ♘ce4 9.♕b2 d5 10.c5 d4 11.e3 ♘g4 12.♗b5+ ♗d7 13.♗xd7+ ♕xd7 14.♘f3 ♘exf2

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a position already seen in A Defize vs Korchnoi, 1992

15.0-0 dxe3 16.h3 ♘f6 17.♗xe3 ♘2e4 18.♖ad1 ♕c7 19.♖d4 0-0 20.♕c2 e5 21.♖xe4 ♘xe4 22.♕xe4 f6 23.♘d2 ♕f7 24.g4 ♖ad8 25.♘c4 ♖d4 26.♗xd4 ♕xc4 27.♕xb7 exd4 28.♕e4 a5 29.♖d1 axb4 30.axb4 ♕xb4 31.♕xd4 ♕xd4+ 32.♖xd4 ♖c8 33.♖c4 ♔f7 34.♔f2 ♔e6 35.♔e3 ♔d5 36.♖d4+ ♔xc5 37.♖d7 ♖g8 38.♔f4 ♔c6 39.♖f7 ♔d5 40.♔f5 ♔d6 41.h4 h5 42.gxh5 -

They are for sure more examples, maybe even belonging to the core of opening theory, like Ljubojevic vs Polugaevsky, 1973.

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  perfidious: <Olavi> Had forgotten about Korchnoi-Timman, a game I first remember seeing in the British Chess Magazine.

Black's position in that game was very good until he overlooked that 0-0 was legal--and lethal.

Mar-28-14  Olavi: Other examples include Azmaiparashvili vs Vasiukov, 1981 W Watson vs Piket, 1987
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