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Alexander Ivanov vs Jeremy Silman
New York op (1991), New York, NY USA, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-30-05  chesscrazy: Notes on this game (may not be accurate so don't depend on it): By the time white plays 9.0-0, he intends to play Nd5, force black to capture with Nxd5, and then after exd5, make use of the c6 square by placing a knight on that square, and place rooks on the e-file to put pressure on the e7 pawn. 12...Nxd5 (normally black would not be in such a hurry to capture this knight, but he decides that his queenside play would be faster than what black can do). After 13...Na5 the pawn on b2 hangs and Nc4 would be uncomfortable for white, but white countered with 14.b3!! wonderful move! White figured out that the battle was turning against him so he offers material to deaden the black knight. 14...Ba6! A wonderful reply! If black had played 14.Bxa1 then after Rxa1 black would get lots of play on the open a1-h8 diagonal and could place a knight on c6. The point of 14...Ba6 is too pin the knight and kill it to prevent an invasion on c6. 15.a3! A good move. Continuing to offer material to fight for the initiative. All this led to a draw.
Apr-11-09
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  ToTheDeath: 14.b3 is a nice move but there was really no other way to avoid serious disadvantage.

Silman must have been in time pressure because the final position is winning for Black.

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