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Georg Salwe vs Mikhail Chigorin
3rd Russian National Tournament (1903), Kiev RUE, rd 9, Sep-??
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  fm avari viraf: Instead of 16.Nd2 I think, Nh2 would be better giving his King some shelter.
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  Diocletian: My several engines prefer 12...Bg6 over the sacrifice, but still compute an even game after 12...Nxg4, with the exception of Hermann, which gives a pawn advantage to White after the sac. But Whit's real mistake was 14.d4 after which all engines give advantage to Black.

I am not quite sophisticated enough to explain a positional or intuitive reason for the inferiority of 14.d4. Only the computer has such insight.

And, yes, the computer also prefers 16.Nh2 to 16.Nd2.

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