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Stanislav Novikov vs Aleksej Aleksandrov
Russian Team Championship (2005), Sochi RUS, rd 9, Apr-27
Scotch Game: Potter Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nb3 <Scotch Game, Potter Variation> Bb6 Opening Explorer <[last book move]<>> 6. Qe2 <An older line is 6. a4 a6 7. a5 Ba7 Opening Explorer ; 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Qe2 d6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Qe7 Rublevsky vs Grischuk, 2007 ; 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 d6 Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 2007 > a5 <6 ... d6 7. Be3 Nf6 8. Nc3 0-0 9. 0-0-0 Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2004 ; 6 ... d6 7. Be3 Nge7 8. Nc3 0-0 9. 0-0-0 T Thorhallsson vs G Sargissian, 2007 > 7. a4 <Now each side has a hole at b5/b4> Nge7 8. Nc3 Nb4 <Occupies the b4 hole while hindering Nd5> 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bh4 0-0 11. 0-0-0 <Castling on opposite wings always leads to an eventful game> d5 <[11 ... d6 12. Qc4+ Kh8 13. Bg3 =]<>> 12. g4 <[12. Bg3 c6 ]<>> Re8 13. f4 Kh8 <Black prepares ... d4 by avoiding Qc4+> 14. f5 d4 <An attack on the flank is best met by play in the center> 15. Nb5 d3 <A Pawn sacrifice for space> 16. Qf3 Nec6 <16 ... Nxc2?? 17. Rxd3 & 18. Kxc2 wins a piece> 17. Bxd3 Ne5 18. Qe2 <[18. Qg3!? Nbxd3+ 19. cxd3 ]<>> Nexd3+ 19. cxd3 Qe7 <[19 ... Bd7 20. Nc3 Bc6 =]<>> 20. Kb1 Bd7 21. Nc3 Qf7 22. Nc1 Bd4 <Black's QBB are pointing at White's Queenside> 23. g5 fxg5 24. Bf2 <[24. Bxg5 c5 =]<>> c5 <24 ... Bxc3 25. bxc3 Bxa4 26. cxb4 Bxd1 27. Rxd1 and White has 2 pieces for a Rook> 25. h4 Bxf5 <[25 ... g4!? =]<>> 26. Rdf1 Bxc3 27. bxc3? <[27. Bxc5 Rac8 28. bxc3 Nxd3 29. Qxd3 Rxe4 30. Kb2 ]<>> Nxd3! <[finishing the game]<>> 28. Bg3 <28. Qxd3? Bxe4> Nf4 0-1 <[29. Qh2 Bxe4+ 30. Kb2 Qc4 31. hxg5 Re6 ]<>>

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