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Harold James Plaskett vs Klaus Bischoff
Hastings (2000/01), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0


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  Chris00nj: Great game. Tons of tactics
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  plang: This hybrid line is not included in my book on the Bb5 Sicilian though it has been played quite a few times. After 8..Qc7 the game resembles a Taimanov Sicilian setup with Black having the two bishops; not clear who benefits from that. 9..Nxd4!? and 10..f6!? was an unusual setup; Plaskett's computer suggested 11 Qd1 with the idea of an annoying check on h5. Had Black played 11..fxe Plaskett was considering 12 Nd5. In Christiansen-Bischoff Essen 1999 White had played 13 Qh4 and the game had been drawn; 13 Rad1 was new. 14 Rd3? was an error; more consistent would have been 14 Qh4 and if 14..b4 then 15 Ne2..Qxc2 16 Nd4..Qxb2 17 Re2..Qa3 18 Nxf5..exf 19 e6 with a powerful attack. Bischoff did not play 18..h6 due to 19 Ng6!..Bxg2 20 Be3!. Bischoff's 21..Ba7? removed the bishop from defense of the kingside. Plaskett had only 4 minutes left when he played 25 Nf5! but he had no trouble finishing off the attack. According to both the Informant and British Chess Magazine the final move was 30 Kf1 not 30 Bxf2.

Very entertaining game.

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