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Jeroen Piket vs Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili
Montecatini Terme (2000), Montecatini Terme ITA, rd 3, Jul-30
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  1-0



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Oct-27-09  returnoftheking: Why is 7.f4 so often played in this variation? And why never 7...exf4 and maybe even Bxc3 ?
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  plang: 7..Be6 is a line that Azmaiparashvili had played several times before. 9 Ng5 was a new idea and appears to be an improvement over 9 Be2 which had been the standard move. 9..Nh6!? was an indication that Blacks position was already a bit awkward. 14..f6 15 Bxe5! was aiming for an eventual "good knight bad bishop" ending. White could have won a pawn with 22 Rd3..Bg7 23 Rb3..Rb8 24 Ba6..Kd7 25 Rxb7+..Rxb7 26 Bxb7..Nf7 27 Ba6..Nh8! aiming for the f4 square and Black would have practical drawing chances. Timman thought that Black should have tried 36..a6 37 b5..axb 38 axb..cxb 39 Na3 and White would still have to find a winning plan. Was 39..b6!? Blacks best defense? The win seemed fairly straightforward from that point on.
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  plang: <returnoftheking: Why is 7.f4 so often played in this variation?>

I think the idea is to open the position quickly with Blacks king caught in the center.

Feb-07-16  Jim Bartle: Isn't 7...exf4 just helping white develop a piece without losing a tempo?
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  perfidious: <plang: <returnoftheking: Why is 7.f4 so often played in this variation?>

I think the idea is to open the position quickly with Blacks king caught in the center.>

If White lets his opponent settle, ie, play ....c6, Kc7 and Nd7, Black can get a nice version of a type of position which may arise after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8. Played this once against someone whose speciality was the Saemisch vs the KID and he quickly lost his way, with no solid centre and automatic play.

See also 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 dxe5 4.Qxd8+ Kxd8.

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