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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Dmitry Bocharov
Russian Championship Higher League (2006), Tomsk RUS, rd 7, Sep-09
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  0-1

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Sep-09-06  percyblakeney: That was a quick disaster for Zvjaginsev's Na3...
Sep-09-06  dehanne: Oh well, I guess this funny variation had to get busted sooner or later.
Sep-11-06  Dr. Funkenstein: Eh, there's always setbacks in trying a new variation. I bet Zyaginsayev will take it back to the drawing board and find something to counter the odd looking Nb4 perhaps by not playing an early d5. I'm surprised in the game he doesn't challenge that knight by Nc2 and exchange it off.
Sep-11-06  acirce: <What strikes me about Zvjaginsev's 2.Na3 variation is that its original strength has now become a weakness, and that in this respect it is like any interesting sideline that starts to receive sustained attention. At first the sideline works almost entirely to the benefit of its advocates. Even though the line might have its problems, they're not easily found and even when they are, its advocates have an experience advantage that goes a long way towards neutralizing its theoretical defects. (This was my long-time experience when playing the Schliemann against the Ruy Lopez.)

In time, however, it works the other way: the responses to one's pet line increase, and then the advocate's work load goes up while the opponent, specializing in one particular response, tends to enjoy a psychological and, ironically, an experience edge to boot. (Returning to my Schliemann experience, I faced plenty of main-liners who essayed 4.Nc3 (but even therein variety is possibility), but there were 4.d3 and 4.d4 specialists as well. Though I still held my own, it was clear that the opening was no longer practically effective, so it was time to move on.)

This is what I think is happening with Zvjaginsev's 2.Na3. There are plenty of good responses, and while its primary exponent had the knowledge and experience advantage at first, I think the variety of lines - many leading to radically different sorts of positions - now largely eliminates its value as a practical weapon for Zvjaginsev and others.>

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Sep-12-06  DutchDunce: Reminds me a bit of Nakamura's Qh5 escapades, except he never had success with them. It's too bad about the Zicilian. I would have loved to see it live a long, useful life. It even inspired me to open 1.Na3 against my cell phone, and I won.
Sep-13-06
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  IMlday: 4.Nf3 doesn't work. Maybe the clampish 4.f4!? In the game the Pterodactyl raptor munches.
Sep-13-06  aw1988: Qh5 is of course an inferior move, but Na3 might just be left to style.
Sep-13-06  Akavall: <In time, however, it works the other way: the responses to one's pet line increase, and then the advocate's work load goes up while the opponent, specializing in one particular response, tends to enjoy a psychological and, ironically, an experience edge to boot.>

So this is quite possible that Bacharov simply had better preparation in 2. Na3 g6 line than Zvjaginsev. This means that all Zjaginsev has to do is improve on the 2...g6 response and 2. Na3 becomes playable again.

I personally tried 2. Na3, and I didn't like it. It's an interesting move that leads to boring positions!

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