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Roman Ovetchkin vs Sergei Rublevsky
RUS Cup Qualifier 5 (2004), INT, Dec-24
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Notice this could transpose into Chessgames versus Nickel after 8...d6 9 0-0 Nd7 10 Na3.

The 10 Na3 line looks good, but one basic problem is that the knight on c4 invites combinations taking the pawn on e4 and then forking with ...d5.

Rublevsky plays 16...e5, but couldn't he have played 16...Nxe4 17 Bxe4 d5

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Can Black solve his problems this way?

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  tamar: From the above diagram, White has the shot 18 f5! which would be a joy to play against Nickel.

Not that he would fall for it, but the existence of such moves show we should investigate the Na3-c4 lines, and that Black's defense would not be easy.

After 18 f5 exf5 19 Bxf5 dxc4 20 Be6 Ne5 21 Nd4 White has a nice open position to play.

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Sep-18-06  euripides: I think <16...e5> may be a mistake. Black possibly does better to wait for White's f5 so that he can then play gxf5 exf5 e5 as in Yang Shen vs Rublevsky, 2005
Sep-18-06  euripides: ... but on the 16th move White has the idea of e5, which is supported by the knight on c4. 16...d5 is possible though that weakens Black's black squares somewhat.
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  tamar: <euripides> I agree 16...e5 only helps White. The pressure on the f6 and f7 squares makes White's game very easy to play.

Compare the logjam of rooks and queens on move 28.

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