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Friso Nijboer vs Jonny Hector
Corus Group B (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-14
Spanish Game: Classical. Charousek Variation (C64)  ·  1-0



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Feb-09-04  AdrianP: 10. d6! is an astute purely positional pawn sacrifice which guarantees W a good initiative, by impeding B's queenside development and blocking the lines of communication q-side to k-side. B's light bishop and q's R never get into the game.

The finish, so far as I can see, is 28 ... exd5? 29. Qxh7+ Kd6 30. Rxd6!

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  plang: The plan of 4..Bb6!? and 7..Nce7!? was played a few times by Charousek over a hundred years ago; the idea is ..c6 followed by ..d5. This odd sideline was covered in a 1999 New In Chess column: Secrets of Opening Surprises (SOS). 10..Ng6 had been played in a correspondence game mentioned in the column (game was drawn) 10..cxd was new. Nijboer thought Black should have tried 11..d5 12 Bxf6..gxf 13 exd..d6 14 0-0 at least allowing him to develop normally. 20..gxf? 21 exf..Kh8 22 Qh5 would have been quickly decisive. 24..e5 25 Be3..Nfd8 26 Rf1..Be6 27 Rxd6..Qf7 28 Qh6+..Kg8 29 Bc5! with the idea of Rd7! would also have been decisive. Black resigned due to 28..exd 29 Qxh7+..Kd8 30 Qg8+..Ke7 31 Qg7+..Kd6 32 Rxd5+.

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