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Joel Lautier vs Predrag Nikolic
Credit Suisse Masters (1994), Horgen SUI, rd 4, Sep-06
English Opening: King's English Variation. Three Knights System General (A27)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's bizarre, probably full of errors on both sides, and loaded with all kinds of odd tactical tricks. This game even has Nimzowitsch's beloved Nh1. Needless to say, it's a lot of fun, and a good example of how to sustain an intiative while a pawn down.

It's also puzzling. Lautier and Nikolic are two of the better GMs out there, so they both must have seen 9...g5-g4, forking Queen and Knight. Why didn't Black play this? My big weakness was always tactics, so it must be something obvious. What am I missing? Is 10.Qxf5, gxh3; 11.Qg6+ really that strong?

Aug-07-06  melianis: I think it is something like : 9. ...g4 10. Qg3 gxh3 11. Qg6+ Ke7 12. Nd5+ Nxd5 13. cxd5 , but then what? Does Rh8 drop somehow? The only thing i can find is 13... d6 14. Qg5+ Ke8 15. Qxd8 Kxd8 16. dxc6 with black losing castling rights.
Jul-09-08  ChessDude33: <An Englishman> after 11. Qg6+ Ke7 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. cxd5 Nb4/Na5 14. d6+ looks promising with threats of Bc4. Of course the black knight would need to be dislodged to prevent d5 by black, but that can be done via Bd2(if Nb4) or g4(if Na5).

Another option for white is to play 11. d5 instead of 11. Qg6+ which looks to be a promising attacking position for white.

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