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Stuart C Conquest vs Matthew Sadler
BCF-ch (1998), Torquay ENG, rd 8, Aug-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Freak Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-11-05  BabyJ: It's all very confusing...
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  plang: Sadler tied for first with Short with 8.5-2.5 but lost the rapid playoff. 6 Rg1 had been in vogue around this time; Zviagintsev and Fedorov had both played it at the Russian Cup at Elista shortly before this game. 6..h6 was new; 6..Nc6, 6..e5 and 6..a6 had been played previously. Both Sadler and Lalic commented that the gambit 8 h4!? was too risky; Sadler recommended 8 f4. Also, he felt that 10 f4 would have been stronger. Of course not 10..Nxe4 11 Nxc6..bxc 12 Bb6 winning. Sadler was critical of 14..Qa4 recommending 14..h5 15 g5..h3 with a clear advantage for Black. After 22 a3? White was losing; Sadler gave 22 cxb..Bxb2 23 gxf+..Kd7 24 Qf5+..Kc7 with an unclear position. The ending after 24..Qc4! was easily won as White had too many weak pawns.

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