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Li Yuanlu vs Xiaomin Peng
Chinese Team Championship (2001), Suzhou, Jiangsu CHN, rd 1, Mar-26
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: Interesting strategy - I like how Black used the Fork Trick motif to equalize, with 2 Bishops as compensation for the weak IQP. White just couldn't get Nf5 in (Nxh6+!?), then Black's Bishop lived dangerously on h2 for several moves, but immune due to ... d4+ Discovered Check ideas. I prefer to relocate the QN to g6 before developing the QB, I don't mind Bxc5 dxc5 for Black, and I avoid trading my Good Bishop for their Bad Bishop (... Be6) without a better reason.

pagentry2000-tpstar0 (Yahoo 4/8/05): 5. a4 a6 6. h3 d6 7. 0-0 Ne7 8. Be3 Ng6 9. Bxc5 dxc5 10. Nc3 Nf4? (10 ... Qe7 first) 11. Ne2 (11. Nxe5) Nxe2+ 12. Qxe2 Qe7 13. c3 Bd7 14. Rfd1 Bc6 15. Nd2 Rd8 16. f3?! Nh5 17. Qe3 Nf4 18. Nf1 b5 19. ab ab 20. Bb3 Qg5 21. g4?! Nxh3+ 22. Kg2 Nf4+ 23. Kg3 Qh6 24. Rd2 Qh3+ 25. Kf2 h5 26. g5? (26. Qxc5!? Nxd3+ 27. Rxd3 Rxd3 28. Qxc6+ Kf8) Qh4+ 27. Kg1 Qxg5+ 28. Kh1 h4 29. Rh2 Rxd3 30. Qxd3?! Nxd3 and Black won (0-1).

Apr-09-05  aw1988: <tpstar> g5 does not deserve a question mark- white was already lost. After 26. Qxc5 black should not play Nxd3+??, where at the end of your variation white mates by 29. Ra8+ Ke7 30. Qxc7+ Kf6 (Rd7 Qxe5#) 31. Qxf7+ Kg5 32. Qxg7+ Kf4 (Kh6 Qf6#) 33. Qf6#, but play 26...Qg2+! 27. Ke1 (27. Ke3 Qg1+ and Rxd3#) Qe2+ 28. Rxe2 Nxd3+ 29. Kd1 Nxc5+ and black is winning.
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  tpstar: <aw1988> Much obliged, Alexander! I figured ... Rxf3+ would mate before any counterattack broke through, but your line completely wins for White. I also missed your nice shot 27 ... Qe2+! trading down favorably. Note after 26 ... Qg2+! 27. Ke3 Black has 27 ... Rxd3+! 28. Rxd3 Qe2#.

Since I play Two Knights, we often transpose into Old Stodge with 4. d3 Bc5, so I'm trying to learn how Black should handle White's set-up each time. Thanks for your help.

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  tpstar: <aw1988> Don't forget to check your sophisticated mail = Petrosian vs Karpov, 1979
Apr-09-05  aw1988: Noted. Sexy indeed.
Apr-09-05  aw1988: Yes, many lines lead to "boring" lines, for example if you play 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 as black, white may just play d3, and you're stuck playing an "automatic" game.

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