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Michal Krasenkow vs Gildardo Garcia
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 2, Dec-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Zviagintsev-Krasenkov Attack (A18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-01-02  borgianus: 4. g4 is the beginning but not the end of this nightmare for the colombian master.
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  Sneaky: And I thought the English was supposed to be the "positional player's opening." Not in this crazy 4. g4 line!

When I saw 30. O-O I had to do a double-take. I had forgotten that he still had castling priviledges! With that move White's position is consolidated with extra material.

Oct-21-03  seoulmama: After seeing Krasenkow's analysis in NCO which ended: "8...e3!" and an "unclear"-symbol slapped next to it, I decided to add the English to my repertoire. And of course i bought Kosten's book the very next day (-;.
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  plang: From the second round of the World Championship tournament. A draw in the second game of the match after this win clinched the match for Krasenkov. He had defeated Vander Sterren in the first round, defeated Bareev in the third round, Azmaiparashvili in the fourth before being eliminated by Short in the fifth. 4 g4 was a new idea somewhat similar to the gambit developed by Shabalov in the Semi-Slav in the mid 90s (1 d4..d5 2 c4..c6 3 Nf3..Nf6 4 Nc3..e6 5 e3..Nbd7
6 Qc2..Bd6 7 g4). 4..d5 did not work out well for black. Benjamin had drawn Zvagincev with 4..h6 in their match during the tournament. 8..Qd6 9 Nxc6..bxc 10 Bg2 would have been bad for black. If 10 Nxc6?..Bd7 11 Qxd4..Bxc6 wins the h1 rook. 10..Qe7? was a mistake robbing the bishop of an escape square. Krasenkov felt that 14..e5? was the decisive error. After 14..Qg6 15 Qc3..Qe4 white would have been clearly better but not yet winning. Black would have won after 16 e4?..Nd4 17 Nxd4?..Qh4+ 18 Kd1..Bxe4. Being positionally lost Garcia played for complications but Krasenkov consolidated fairly easily.

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