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Arseny Kargin vs Sune Berg Hansen
Politiken Cup (2005), Copenhagen DEN, rd 9, Jul-23
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  0-1



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Mar-13-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I'm sure 30...Bg5! came out from nowhere for poor Kargin...
Sep-22-06  patzer2: After the noncommital 10. a4, how does White counter Black's plan of ...b6, ...Bb7, ...h4 with a strong Kinside attack?

My suggestion is that it is extremely difficult, partly because 10. a4 may not provide enough development to counter this plan (as opposed to say 10. c4 or 10. Nc3). Any suggested improvements for White. Even before the desperate sacrifice of a piece for two pawns, note that White was already at a disadvantage after 18...Rg8 .

Sep-22-06  RookFile: So, as pointed out 100 times already, you play 10. a4 b6 11. a5! as in these two wins:

[Event "EU-Cup (Women) 8th"]
[Site "Rethymnon"]
[Date "2003.09.28"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sebag,Marie"]
[Black "Stiri,Alexandra"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B42"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 g6 8.Qe2 d6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.a4 b6 11.a5 b5 12.c4 bxc4 13.Bxc4 Ne5 14.Nc3 Bb7 15.Bf4 Nf6 16.Rac1 0-0 17.Rfd1 Qb8 18.Nd2 Nfd7 19.b4 Bc6 20.Rb1 Nxc4 21.Nxc4 Bb5 22.Nxb5 Qxb5 23.Qa2 d5 24.exd5 exd5 25.Ne3 Nf6 26.Nxd5 Nxd5 27.Rxd5 Qc6 28.b5 axb5 29.Rdxb5 Bd8 30.g3 Re8 31.Rb7 Re7 32.Rxe7 Bxe7 33.Rc1 Qb5 34.Rc7 Qb4 35.a6 Qa3 36.Qxa3 Bxa3 37.a7 Kg7 38.Be5+ Kg8 39.Rb7 Bf8 40.h4 h5 41.Kg2 1-0

[Event "Balatonlelle op"]
[Site "Balatonlelle"]
[Date "2004.07.19"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Vajda,Szidonia"]
[Black "Schneider,Veronika"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B42"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 g6 8.Qe2 d6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.a4 b6 11.a5 b5 12.c4 bxc4 13.Bxc4 Bb7 14.Bf4 Ngf6 15.Nc3 Nh5 16.Be3 Ne5 17.Nd2 Nxc4 18.Nxc4 0-0 19.Rfd1 Qc7 20.Rac1 Rab8 21.Nb6 Qd8 22.e5 d5 23.Ne4 f6 24.exf6 Bxf6 25.Nxf6+ Rxf6 26.Bg5 Nf4 27.Bxf4 Rxf4 28.Qxe6+ Rf7 29.Nxd5 Bxd5 30.Rxd5 Qe7 31.Qxa6 Rxb2 32.Qc8+ Rf8 33.Qc4 Qf7 34.f4 Qxf4 35.Qxf4 Rxf4 36.Ra1 Rff2 37.Rg5 Kg7 38.Rc1 Rfc2 39.Rxc2 Rxc2 40.Kf1 Ra2 41.Rb5 Kf7 42.h3 Kg7 43.Kg1 Kf7 44.Kh2 Ra3 45.h4 Kg7 46.g3 Ra2+ 47.Kg1 Kf7 48.Kf1 Kg7 49.Ke1 Rg2 50.a6 Ra2 51.Rb6 Kf7 52.Kd1 Ra3 53.Kc2 Rxg3 54.Kb2 Rg2+ 55.Kb3 Rg1 56.Rb4 Rd1 57.Kc4 Rd8 58.a7 Ra8 59.Rb7+ Ke6 60.Rxh7 Kf6 61.Kb5 Re8 62.Kb6 1-0

Sep-22-06  patzer2: See my comment at M Sebag vs A Stiri, 2003. I suspect 10...b6 is a little lacking in subtlty for this opening and maybe a bit premature, but even so I think Black can equalize. I think the first game with Seabag vs. Stiri was simply a case where an IM way overmatched an expert no matter what was played.
Sep-23-06  RookFile: Well patzer2, I'm glad you recognize now that 10... b6 doesn't lead to a forced mate against the white king anymore, and that 11. a5! yields an opening advantage to white.

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