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Jonathan Rowson vs Vladimir Malakhov
2nd Milk Tournament (2003), Selfoss ISL, rd 1, Oct-29
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-03  Johannes: i really dont see why white resigned....
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  technical draw: If 38.Kf3 then black plays 38..Nc2. White loses the exchange.
Dec-22-03  patzer2: If 38. Kg3, then Black wins with 38...Rd1 creating a decisive pin. White drops a piece.
Dec-22-03  patzer2: A key sequence in this game was Black's 18th to 24th moves, weakening White's overextended queen-side pawns for a decisive advantage.
Dec-22-03  patzer2: For those looking for a sound opening option in the Sicilian for Black, not requiring a lot of long lines to memorize, the Sicilian Accelerated Fianchetto is worthy of study. Kasparov has played it recently with good success, and Malakhov in this game proves he is not bad with it either. This opening seems to rely more on an understanding of basic middle game and end game strategy, tactics and techniques than it does on rote memory or exploiting opening traps. In other words, the best player should win. What more can you ask for out of the opening?
Feb-07-15  ScottElliott: I was asking myself why White did not play 12 Nd5, but after 12 ..Qxd2 13 Nxe7+ Kh8 14 Bxd2 Nxe4 material is even and Black is attacking both White's bishop on d2 and the b2 pawn.
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  Fusilli: <ScottElliott: I was asking myself why White did not play 12 Nd5, but after 12 ..Qxd2 13 Nxe7+ Kh8 14 Bxd2 Nxe4 material is even and Black is attacking both White's bishop on d2 and the b2 pawn.>

Yes, if 12.Nd5 had been played, White should probably respond to 12...Qxd2 with 13.Nxf6+. If black ends up capturing the b2, Rb1 will capture the b7. Black has better pawn structure, but the rook on the seventh rank suffices to compensate.

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