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Marie Sebag vs Alexandra Stiri
European Club Cup (Women) (2003), Rethymnon, Crete, rd 3, Sep-30
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-06  euripides: Black's play between moves 14 and 17 seems to make it too easy for White to get her best setup here. What about 14...Qc7 ?
Sep-22-06  patzer2: Someone suggested looking for improvements for Black in this game. For one thing an IM versus an expert is a huge mismatch, which is one reason I didn't look at it earlier.

It may be that the immediate 10...b6 is premature and Black is better to look for improvements with other moves such as 10...Ne5 as in Kasimdzhanov vs C Lutz, 2005.

Sep-22-06  patzer2: One idea for an early improvement is 14... Nxc4 15. Qxc4 Rb8 16. Nd4 Bb7 17. Qe2 Bf6 18. Rd1 Qc7 19. Qd3 Bg7 20. Be3 Nf6 21. Rac1 Qe7 22. Nf3 O-O 23. b4 Rfd8 24. Bd4 e5 25. Ba7 Ra8 26. Be3 d5 (-0.50 @ 13 depth).

However, White probably can improve on this but I think it's sufficient to show that even in the event Black wishes to play 10...b6 against 10. a4, it should not provide an insurmountable obstacle equalizing.

Sep-22-06  RookFile: It's not just this game, it's also this one, which is not in our database:

[Event "Balatonlelle op"]
[Site "Balatonlelle"]
[Date "2004.07.19"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Vajda,Szidonia"]
[Black "Schneider,Veronika"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B42"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 g6 8.Qe2 d6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.a4 b6 11.a5 b5 12.c4 bxc4 13.Bxc4 Bb7 14.Bf4 Ngf6 15.Nc3 Nh5 16.Be3 Ne5 17.Nd2 Nxc4 18.Nxc4 0-0 19.Rfd1 Qc7 20.Rac1 Rab8 21.Nb6 Qd8 22.e5 d5 23.Ne4 f6 24.exf6 Bxf6 25.Nxf6+ Rxf6 26.Bg5 Nf4 27.Bxf4 Rxf4 28.Qxe6+ Rf7 29.Nxd5 Bxd5 30.Rxd5 Qe7 31.Qxa6 Rxb2 32.Qc8+ Rf8 33.Qc4 Qf7 34.f4 Qxf4 35.Qxf4 Rxf4 36.Ra1 Rff2 37.Rg5 Kg7 38.Rc1 Rfc2 39.Rxc2 Rxc2 40.Kf1 Ra2 41.Rb5 Kf7 42.h3 Kg7 43.Kg1 Kf7 44.Kh2 Ra3 45.h4 Kg7 46.g3 Ra2+ 47.Kg1 Kf7 48.Kf1 Kg7 49.Ke1 Rg2 50.a6 Ra2 51.Rb6 Kf7 52.Kd1 Ra3 53.Kc2 Rxg3 54.Kb2 Rg2+ 55.Kb3 Rg1 56.Rb4 Rd1 57.Kc4 Rd8 58.a7 Ra8 59.Rb7+ Ke6 60.Rxh7 Kf6 61.Kb5 Re8 62.Kb6 1-0

Sep-22-06  RookFile: <euripides: Black's play between moves 14 and 17 seems to make it too easy for White to get her best setup here. What about 14...Qc7 ?>

14...Qc7 appears to be a good move. White retains a normal opening advantage with 15. Nd2 Bb7 16. Bb3 Nf6 and now either 17. Nf3 or 17. f4

A mistake would be 15. Nd2 Nxc4? 16. Nxc4 Rb8 17. Nb6 Bb7 18. Be3 and white has a total bind on the position.

Sep-22-06  ajile: 41.Rb8 wins also since Rxa7 is answered by Bd6 forcibly winning the Black bishop on f8

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