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Granter vs Haily
Scotland (1984)
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-05  the quiet man: "Schotland" - and how!
Feb-22-05  euripides: The Kalashnikov backfires.
Mar-17-06  Yelena Dembo: It looks like Black didnt know that the best place for the N is on f6 - attacking the center!:)
Jul-06-08  Xeroxx: I think black was hoping for white to play something like 6.Nc7+ I guess black would alot better then.
Aug-21-10  I play the Fred: <HOW THIS HAPPENED>

[Two friends, playing in the same open tournament, are splitting a hotel room in Schotland]

-Look, it's late, let's call it a night. I'll just play that Petrov line I saw in the BCM.

-The Petrov is rubbish. What about this 4...e5 in the Classical Sicilian?

-What about it? It probably just transposes to normal Boleslavsky lines. Besides, I do need <some> sleep - my game starts in five hours!

-Okay, okay - wait! How about this? After 4...e5, Then there's 5 Nb5 and, uh, yeah! Here's a new one: 5...Nge7!

-I'm so tired, I can barely see the board right now.

-Think about it! 5...d6 leads to all the Boleslavsky lines, right? And no one wants to swap the DSB for the knight after 6 Nd6+, right? Well, with the knight on e7 that's not even possible.

-I'm going to bed.

-And just think! There's a hole on d5, but the knight is contesting white on that square. And it supports ...f7-f5 whenver you're ready for your central break. You can even play ...g7-g6 to not only further prepare the central break, but the bishop can develop on the long diagonal. It's perfect.

-Great, fine, whatever. I'll play it. Now good night, thanks for the help, and good luck winning the under 1200 section.

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  GrahamClayton: Very similar to another Sicilian also played in Scotland a century beforehand:

MacGrouther vs MacCann, 1893

Oct-04-20  sea7kenp: 5 ... Nge7 looks a lot like a "Help Mate" Move!

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