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Eloi Relange vs Matthew Sadler
Hastings (1997/98), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: In "Starting Out: The Sicilian" John Emms suggests 23. Qxd7 Nxd7 24. Nd5 Be5 with "a roughly level ending."

28 ... bxa4! was a big improvement over 28 ... b4 Oll vs Sadler, 1997 but the coupe de grace was 31 ... Nc6! (Emms enthusiastically says "!!") because the upcoming ... Nb4+ mates, thus 34 ... a5 and White resigned.

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  plang: Perhaps 19 Bh3 is better. 19..Rxf7
20 Bh3..Kh8 21 Bf5 would have been unpleasant for black. Relange had looked at Oll's Informant analysis and thought that Sadler might try 22..Qa5 with the idea of 23 Nxg6..Nxg6
24 Rxg6..Qb4 25 Rxf6..Rxf6 26 Bd3 with compensation for the exchange. Oll had analyzed the game continuation after 28..bxa! up to 31 Ka2. He had concluded that white was better after both 1) 31..Qb3+ 32 Qxb3..axb+ 33 Kxb3..Rxf8 34 Bxa6 and 2) 31..Kg7 32 Ne6+..Kd6 33 Qb6. In the second line, however, Nunn pointed out that after 33..Rf3! white is lost. Sadler found 31..Nc6! at the board after which black is just winning. If 33 Qh8+..Kh6 34 Rb1..Nb4+ 35 Ka1..Qxb1+ mates.
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  whiteshark: It says something about modern chess when a 'novelty' is played on move twenty-eight!
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  whiteshark: And John Emms gives us a piece of advice for life:

<Always carefully check published analysis <!>>

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  perfidious: <tpstar: In "Starting Out: The Sicilian" John Emms suggests 23. Qxd7 Nxd7 24. Nd5 Be5 with "a roughly level ending.">

Seems reasonable, though of course this sort of position is hardly White's aim when choosing 6.Bg5 vs the Najdorf.

May-31-13  Nerwal: The beauty of opening preparation. Relange played well in this tournament (he got a GM norm or close to it) and scored here his only loss. Yet he wrote that the only game he had prepared for before the tournament was Sadler with the white pieces...

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