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Harold James Plaskett vs Matthew Sadler
Hastings (1998/99), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0



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Dec-28-10  Karpova: Matthew Sadler: <I have to say that before this game, I became incredibly nervous: if there is one thing I should have learnt by now, it is that in order to win a game, particularly against someone you really feel you should beat, it is necessary not to think about winning. Thinking about the end robs you of the will to concentrate on the means: you don't want to calculate, you get impatient, the slightest flaw in your plan gets you angry and annoyed and liable to force the pace recklessly.

This game is a good example of what can happen – a bad attitude, coupled with my opponent's good play, and suddenly my tournament lurches toward disaster.>


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  plang: 4..Nxd7 is a rarely played alternative to 4..Qd7 which has scored pretty well. Dvoretsky points out that if Black doesn't want to play a Hedgehog set-up that 9..e5 should be considered. The finesse 11..Qb6 made it difficult for White to develop his queen knight to the more active c3 square. 13 Nd2 was new; 13 f4 had been played in Ricardi - Wolff Buenos Aires 1997. Dvoretsky was critical of 13 Qh5?! putting the queen in the path of White's kingside attack recommending 13..Rfe8 followed by ..Bf8 instead. 19..h6 20 Ne2..Nxe2 21 Qxe2..Qa5 would have been preferable; Sadler played 13..Nd7? instead overlooking 20 Nf5!. 21..Bf8?! was another error; Sadler had been intending the follow-up 22..d5 but then realized that 23 Rxd5 would have refuted it. 22..b5?! led to White obtaining a decisive passed pawn.
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  Plaskett: Miles, who was also playing in the tournament, played... Qh5 against me at Kettering in the same set-uo from anoter 3 Bb5+ Sicilian in 1980. He won the ending and said that he cribbed the ... Qh5 idea from his game as black with Bellin at the 1979 British Championships " ... discovered over the board". That encounter ended in a draw and Bellin - who even missed a relatively simple win as black Vs Speelman in the tournament, nevertheless became champion.

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