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Zoltan Almasi vs Pentala Harikrishna
Torneo di Capodanno (2007), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 1, Dec-29
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  1-0


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Jan-02-08  ZeroOne: The position after 24...c6 was featured in Chess Today issue 2610 as "weird" or "unusual". The comment attached was "White soon proved that a queen is <not> a good blockading piece." :)
Jan-03-08  apexin: Can somebody explain what is the reason of 4.Ng5 not being played anymore on the gm level/
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  plang: <apexin: Can somebody explain what is the reason of 4.Ng5 not being played anymore on the gm level/ >

Probably, because:

1) Not everyone wants to face a gambit


2) Many players try to avoid highly theoretical lines where they may get ambushed by an improvement.

Jan-03-08  Resignation Trap: <apexin> The following recent games should satisfy your appetite for 4.Ng5 played at (or near) top-level: Mamedyarov vs Naiditsch, 2007 , Vallejo-Pons vs Naiditsch, 2007 , Vallejo-Pons vs E Inarkiev, 2007 , Kiril Georgiev vs Harikrishna, 2007 and P Charbonneau vs Ivanchuk, 2007 .
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  patzer2: Here's a look with Fritz 8 and the Opening Explorer:

<1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3> This enters the modern Bishop's opening. Don't see too much of 4. Ng5 any more. Guess most modern Masters figure the classic two Knights with 4. Ng5 is over analyzed and allows a well prepared opponent too much opportunity to equalize. <4...Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Re1 d6 7. a4 Be6 8. Nc3!?> This is logical, but apparently it's an infrequently played alternative. More popular at Master level is 8. Nbd2 as in B Predojevic vs Short, 2007. <8...Qd7> Black stands about even here. Some alternatives are 8...Bxc4 as in Black's loss in S Yudin vs A Gorbatov, 2007, and 8...Bg4 = where Black also lost in B Ivanovic vs D Blagojevic, 2000. <9. a5 a6 10. h3 h6> Black is trying to prevent Ng5 to save his Bishop and avoid doubled center pawns. But doesn't he needs to be more concerned with development and countering White's plan of Queenside expansion and domination? If so, better might be 10... Rae8 11. Bg5 Qd8 12. b3 Nd4 13. Be3 c6 14. Bxe6 Nxe6 =. <11. Bd2 Rae8> This may be OK, but an alternative worth trying might be 11... Bxc4 12. dxc4 Ne8 13. Nd5 (13. g4 h5 14. Nh2 hxg4 15. hxg4 Nd4 =) 13... f5 14. Qe2 Nf6 15. exf5 Qxf5 16. Nxe7+ Nxe7 17. Be3 Rae8 18. c3 Qh5 19. Nd2 . <12. Nd5 Bd8 13. Bb3 Nh7 14. Ba4 Qc8 15. b4 f5> The aggressive intentions of both sides are clear. White will attack on the Queenside, while Black will target the Kingside. However, in reality, White's lead in development and space will allow him to dominate both sides of the board. <16. c4 Bd7> White comes out on top after 16... fxe4 17. dxe4 Nf6 18. b5 axb5 19. cxb5 Nb8 20. Nxf6+ Rxf6 21. Bb3 c6 22. Bxe6+ Rexe6 23. Qb3 Rf7 24. Rec1 Rg6 25. Kh2 Rgf6 26. Be3 Kh7 27. Nh4 Qe6 28. Qd3 cxb5 29. Qxb5 Nc6 30. a6 Nd4 31. Qxb7! . <17. b5 Ne7 18. Qb3! axb5 19. Nxe7+ Rxe7 20. cxb5+ Ref7 21. a6 fxe4 22. dxe4 Kh8 23. a7! Qa8 24. b6!> This positional discoverd attack gives White a clear and perhaps decisive advantage.

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  patzer2: <24...c6> Not good for Black is 24... cxb6? 25. Bxd7 Rxd7 26. Bb4 Bc7 27. Qe6 Rff7 28. Red1 Nf8 29. Qd5 Ng6 30. Qb5 Rd8 31. Nh2 Nf4 32. Ng4 Kh7 33. Ne3 Rdd7 34. Nf5 . <25. Re3 Nf6 26. Rd1 Be8> No better for Black is 26... Qc8 27. Qb1 Be6 28. Bc1 Ne8 29. Ba3 Bg5 30. Nxg5 hxg5 31. Bxd6 Nxd6 32. Rxd6 Rxf2 33. Ra3 Qe8 34. Bxc6 bxc6 35. a8=Q Qxa8 36. Rxa8 Rxa8 37. Kxf2 . <27. Ba5!> White appears to have a decisive advantage as he begins a series of precise attacking positional maneuvers to undermine the Black position. <27...Rd7 28. Qa3! Be7 29. Bb4! c5 30. Ba5> Also good is 30. Bc3! . <30...Rd8 31. Bxe8! Rfxe8 32. Nh4 Kh7 33. Qb3! Bf8 34. Qf7!> With Black's Queen tied down to the blockade of the h7 pawn, White switches his attack to the Kingside. <34...Qc8 35. Rf3 Rd7 36. Qg6+ Kh8 37. Bd2 d5 38. Rxf6 gxf6 39. Ra1 dxe4 40. a8=Q> 1-0 Black is clearly lost and resigns in lieu of such possibilities as 40...Qxa8 41. Rxa8 Rxa8 42. Bxh6! Bxh6 43. Qxh6+ Kg8 [43... Rh7 44. Qxf6+ Kg8 (44... Rg7 45. Nf5 ) 45. Qxe5 ] 44. Qxf6 Rf8 45. Qe6+ Rff7 (45... Rdf7 46. Ng6 Kg7 47. Nxf8 Kxf8 48. Qxe5 ) 46. Ng6! Kg7 47. Nxe5 Rde7 48. Qg6+ Kf8 49. Nxf7 Rxf7 50. Qxe4 .
Jan-11-08  sharkbenjamin: Excellent analysis.
Jul-01-10  computer chess guy: The sac 38. ♖xf6 is unnecessary: another winning line starts with exd5. Analysis by Crafty 23.0:

17 202320 +667 333178241 1. exd5 Rd6 2. Nf5 Rxd5 3. Nxh6 gxh6 4. Rxf6 Rd7 5. Kh2 Rde7 6. Bxh6 Bxh6 7. Qh5 Qa8 8. Rxh6+ Kg8 9. h4 Kf8

Aug-29-11  ColeTrane: Hari! Krishna! dame una rosa . . .
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