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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Hoogovens Blitz (1999) (blitz), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation (B58)  ·  0-1



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Sep-16-04  Whitehat1963: Would 15 bxc3 have been a better choice? (One of two games in the database between the two current "world champions.")
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  samvega: After 15.bxc3 Nxe4 black threatens 16..Nxc3 17.Qmoves Nxe2, attacking the rook. If 16.Bd2, then 16..Nxd2 17.Qxd2 Nxb3 Either way black recovers the exchange and comes out a pawn or two ahead of the variation in the actual game . . . i think.
Sep-16-04  Whitehat1963: I believe you, but I'm not convinced for some reason. I think white has a lot of play left. How does Crafty evaluate the position after 15 bxc3 instead of white's Bxf6?
Sep-17-04  acirce: <Whitehat1963> For the record, my Fritz 8 gives both moves as pretty much the same value, 15.Bxf6 being like 0.1 pawns better but both leading to a position that is basically equal.
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  samvega: So what's Fritz's variation? I'm still under the impression that black wins two pawns after 15.bxc3
Sep-17-04  acirce: <samvega> after 15.bxc3 Nxe4 White has a couple of tricks. He can close the diagonal with 16.f6 - ..exf6 17.Be3 - or he can temporarily sac the bishop with 16.Qd3 Nxg5 17.b4 Nc6 18.h4 winning the piece back. Also 16.b4 right away works. However, Fritz prefers 16.Bh4 Nxc3 17.Qd3 and then if 17..Nxe2 then 18.Rae1! and if 17..Nxb3 18.f6! Simple, huh? :-)
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  samvega: Clear as mud . . .
the latter variations are tricky, in that it takes a certain "whole board visualization" to see that a piece will become trapped. But I shoulda seen 16.f6 . . . ah well . . .

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