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Nigel Short vs Yasser Seirawan
Lugano open (1986), Lugano SUI, Mar-??
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-06-04  Helloween: A sharp struggle, and also important theory for Russian Defence players: 7.Bf4 is an interesting move that really heats things up(the common move here is 7.Bd3). Both sides can start attacks on each other's Kings in this variation, with opposite-side castling. After 16...h5, theory considers the position as unclear. I personally slightly prefer Black's chances in this line.
Apr-27-07  The Chess Express: After 16...h5 I prefer black as well. White has better with 7. c4! followed by Qc2...0-0-0
Aug-09-08
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  patzer2: The positional sacrifice 25...Rxf4!? leads to a fascinating exchange of pieces and counter sacrifice offers in which each player aggressively attempts to neutralize the attack of the other, with an unusual draw being the end result.

P.S.: Will analyze it more in detail later, but for now I'll just enjoy the fireworks beginning with 25...Rxf4!?

Aug-09-08
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  patzer2: Just finished looking at the 25...Rxf4!? sacrifice, and it appears to be a solid defensive combination -- especially since it appears to be Black's only aggressive continuation to keep the position in balance. Fritz 8 rates the exchange just about even, but gives white a slight edge at the end.

However, in playing out the final position, it looks like the winning chances belong to White and that it might be difficult for Black to hold the draw. Still, in an unclear position the draw may have been a good call -- at least in accepting it on Black's part.

Aug-09-08  Boomie: This opening goes a bit wonky early. 4. dxe5 is almost unplayable because of 4...Bc5. I'm surprised Yaz missed this shot. He would have played it in blitz. White seems to have nothing better than the pathetic 5. Be3 Bxe3 6. fxe3 (bleah) or 5. Qd5 Bxf7+ 6. Ke2 (ouch) f5 7. Nc3 c6 8. Qd3 Qe7 9. Nxe4 fxe4 10. Qxe4 d5 (the point of 8...Qe7)
Aug-10-08
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  Check It Out: I'd bet if these two kept playing this game would not end in a draw.
Aug-10-08
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  patzer2: <Boomie> After 4...Bc5!? 5. Bc4! it might be Black's game that could soon be in trouble. For example look at the correspondence game Klaus V Darga, which a GM and former West German champion lost after 4...Bc5!? 5. Bc4!
Aug-11-08  Boomie: <patzer2> Thanks for the heads-up. Bc4 is another kettle of fish ;-> The link to that game is Istvan Vargha vs K Darga, 1979, btw.

Darga errored early with 7...Ke8. Rybka says Kg6 and black retains an edge. When these games were played they probably didn't know about Kg6.

4...Bc5 5. Bc4 Nxf2 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Qd5+ Kg6 8. Rf1 d6 9. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 10. Kxf2 h6

Aug-11-08
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  patzer2: <Boomie> thanks for the correction on the link. Looks like 4...Bc5 is playable for Black, but with the kind of complications one usually sees in the Traxler attack of the two Knights I can see why Seirawan might not have wanted to employ it to get into such an early tactical melee with Short.

However, if Black is prepared for the complications, he just might be able to gain the advantage.

Sep-22-08  The Chess Express: <Check It Out: I'd bet if these two kept playing this game would not end in a draw.>

Unfortunately that is probably the case with many of today’s top level games.

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