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Suat Atalik vs Pavel Eljanov
Corus Group B (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack Classical Defense (E48)  ·  0-1

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Jan-18-07  Scarecrow: <14...Nfe4> A very interesting idea by Eljanov. Still I doubt its soundness because I cannot really see White's problems after 16. bxc3. Can anybody explain why Atalik didn't play it?
Jan-18-07  pawn to QB4: My guess: after 16. bxc3 the a & c pawns are much weaker than in the game. Most Black pieces can gang up on the isolated c pawn and squares like c5 and c4 are Black's for keeps. In compensation White has an extra tempo over the game, but if he wants to avoid ...Nd3 winning back the exchange he more or less has to move his queen. So after move 17 he can have pawns a3, b2, Qc3 (the game) or a3, c3 and Q c2/d2/h5/f3. None of those squares is so much better than c3 as to justify the damage to his pawn structure.
Apr-30-07  LIFE Master AJ: This game has been annotated in a couple of newspaper columns ... as weel as Issue # 2 for 2007 of "NEW IN CHESS" magazine.
Apr-30-07  LIFE Master AJ: 18.g3? was a terrible move, it grossly weakened the light squares around the White King.
Apr-30-07  LIFE Master AJ: Howver, I must note that Eljanov's decision to sack the exchange at move 14 was either extremely brilliant or just daring ... bordering on being foolhardy.
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