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Pavel Smirnov vs Vadim Milov
European Championship (2005), Zegrze POL, rd 5, Jun-22
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  0-1

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Sep-20-06  patzer2: After 10. Na3, the idea of 10...h4 to be followed by ...h5 and ...Bb7 appear to give Black strong counterplay.

Black prepares an interesting positional sacrifice with 22...Qxd5!, allowing White the pin 23. Be4 which the second player immediately breaks with the Queen sacrifice 23...Qxe4 . Then after 24. Rxe4, Black with a pin of his own piles on the White Rook with 24...Nf6.

Now White could have broken this pin with minimal damage with 25. Kg1 Bxe4 26. Qe2 Bg2 , but instead suffers decisive loss of material and position in trying to defend the pinned rook with 25. Rfe1?

After 25...Nxe4 26. Rxe4 f5! 27. gxf5 Rh4! Black's counter pinning attack appears to be near decisive.

Sep-21-06  patzer2: After looking at this game for a while with Fritz 8, I'm convinced White has plenty of improvements to counter Black's 10...h4 ...h5 ...Bb7 plan.

For one example, 13. Kh1?! seems to be a pointless move that actually facilitates Black's aggressive plan with 13...h4.

Instead 13. Nc4 seems to give White a flexible plan that strengthens the center and gives a lasting advantage in countering Black's aggressive intentions on either the Queenside or Kingside.

For example, 13. Nc4 d5 14. exd5 Nxd5 15. Ne5 and White is OK.

So I'm beginning to understand why this 9...Nd7 10. Na3 variation has recently become the most popular among GMs in 2005 and 2006.

Jun-04-08  ezmerin: Please chessgames, post this as a Game Of A Day soon. It's amazing!! All those tactics based on lonesome White King are fully worth a Queen... And in turn, White Queen proves useless... White King might be safe on Queenside, but he never reaches it. And it was all played in Warsaw, the city I live.

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