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Jimmy Lakdawala vs Larry Christiansen
San Mateo rapid (1989), San Mateo, CA USA
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Aug-12-05  Runemaster: Personally, I love seeing boring or offbeat White openings taken apart. Here, GM Christiansen opens a keg of ass-whop against the wonderfully named Cyrus.

There are a lot of nice points in this game.

13...Rfc8 offers a piece. If 14.cxb4 Nxb4, Black has many threats such as Qxa2+, Bf5+ and Rc2.

Overall, White's 12.Nb5 was treated very roughly. The knight was cut off on that square and later captured. Black's 23...Nb5, however, set up a strong attack.

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  TheAlchemist: I agree White's troubles probably started with 12.Nb5, but not directly because of the opening. The Richter-Veresov is a nice refreshment, and it's not that bad. But why not 4.Qd2 right away?
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  FSR: Cyrus Lakdawala tells me that this game was actually lost by his brother Jimmy Lakdawala. Correction slip submitted.
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  fredthebear: In general, it's safer to approach a knight from the opposite color square on which the knight sits. In the diagram, the knight on a dark square is approached safely on a light square.

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In the game, White pays for approaching the Black knight on the same color of square as the knight. See moves 24.bxc4, 25.Kb2, and 27.Kd3. The knight moves away with a counterattack, gaining time.

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