|Dec-23-08|| ||Brown: 9.Be3 is a surprise. Black cannot afford to grab a pawn on the e-file while the K is still sitting there. 9..Be7 allows 10.d4, solidifying.|
20.Nxf8 makes sense, seeing that he will dominate the e-file with his rooks.
22..c6 makes little sense, giving the d6 square to white. 22..Kf7 seems safer.
|Dec-23-08|| ||Brown: A great game with similar opening and pawn structure is here.|
Kamsky vs Carlsen, 2007
Also another that ends up quite different
Geller vs J Howell, 1990
|Nov-07-15|| ||Volcach: White gets away with 9.Be3 because the e pawn is immune! I missed that the pawn was hanging playing in an identical position, and my opponent took it. He quickly lost the knight after 10. Bf4, followed by d4. Despite my ruined kingside structure, I easily won the game up a piece|
After 16... f5 I was unsure of whether to continue with Nd2 or capturing en passet. I thought if I simply moved back the f pawn would be a detriment and the rooks would be awkwardly placed. Then I saw I was taking his Bishop pair with either Nxf6 or Nc5. After calculating a couple lines I thought Black looked helpless tactically. So I would've gotten lucky in an OTB game with that decision, as after Nd2 White gets uncomfortable with g5 and several lines where, after throwing his kingside pawns at White, Black gets a lethal checkmate attack.
I missed the Nd8 resource after Ne6, I had calculated 19... Rf7 as best for Black followed by Qc2 Rxe6 Qc4 Rxe1 Rxe1 with a comfortable position. After Nd8 I incorrectly guessed Qc2, giving back the Knight but picking up a pawn after Qa4. Nxf8 was a brilliant move I didn't find because I was not counting pieces. I calculated the line but believed I was losing pointwise. The dominance of the rooks on the e file is decisive. The position is not lost, however, until 22...c6, freeing the critical d6 square of Black control.