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Ivan Sokolov vs Nigel Short
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 6, May-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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  plang: Short is the main practitioner of the Tartakower variation (7..b6). 12..Na6!? ias a rarely played alternative to the usually played lines: 12..Nd7, 12..Re8 or 12..cxd. Sokolov was critical of 18 Ba2?! recommending instead 18 Na4..Rac8 19 Bd3..Qd6 20 Qd2..Bg7 21 Qa5 with strong pressure against the c5 pawn. The alternative 26 Nxc5..Nxc4 27 Rxc4..Qb1+ 28 Rc1..Rxb2 29 d6..Qa2 would have been unpleasant for White. Sokolov had not expected 31..g5! and after his error 32 f3? White was fatally weak on the dark squares; a stronger defense would have been 32 Rf1..g4 33 hxg..Qxg4 34 Qd1..with a sharp, unclear position.

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