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Yasser Seirawan vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
World Chess Team Championship (2011)  ·  Benoni Defense: Benoni-Staunton Gambit (A43)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-24-11  russep: Looks like coming out of retirement was a good decision for Seirawan.
Jul-24-11  zoren: Yaz has always had a world class positional understanding.
Jul-24-11  cjgone: Sorry, there are no games similar to this one in the database.
Jul-24-11  whithaw: Great game from Seirawan. I am so glad that Seirawan was the player to face f5, because his reply was destined to be instructive and clear. Great game, and glad that he's back.
Jul-25-11
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  perfidious: This bizarre opening reminds me of a gambit I tried against the Dutch long ago: 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g4 h6, with the weakening move ....c5 thrown in for good measure.

Mamedyarov may have wished to upset his opponent's smooth positional style with this idea, but his play was no advert for the variation.

Jul-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <perfidious>

Staunton vs Saint Amant, 1843

Jul-25-11
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  Marmot PFL: Wow, if I played that in a team match I wouldn't want to face the coach afterward.
Jul-26-11  DiscoJew: A very rare top flight Clarendon Court Defence! Smooth positional play from the old master, Yasser!
Jul-26-11  Everett: Instead of Black having control of e5 as typical in the modern Benoni, Seirawan creates a base at e4 for his pieces. The result is a clear positional advantage straight out of the opening.
Dec-27-13  Degatz1971: A model game how to play as white against black's unusual setup.
Dec-27-13  The17thPawn: Hmm it would appear that the 2600+ players of the 80's and 90's are really the 2700+ players of today:)
May-16-14  profd65: @The17thPawn
I agree. There has been incredible rating inflation over the years. Thirteen players who came on the scene after Bobby Fischer have attained a rating higher than him, which is preposterous. Equally preposterous is aging players like Boris Gelfand and Vishy Anand being rated significantly higher now than they were when they were thirty, as though they've gotten a lot better over the years instead of regressed.
May-16-14  Howard: For the record, it was back in 1991 when Ivanchuk became only the FIFTH player in the 20-year history of the FIDE rating system to achieve a rating of 2700 or higher (though Korchnoi came within a hair in 1981, with a 2695 rating). In fact, he was now ranked #2 in the world, only five points ahead of Karpov.

But nowadays 2700 ratings are all too common.

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