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Tamaz Gelashvili vs Asif Hasanov
Baku Chess Festival (2007), Baku AZE, rd 8, May-10
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: This is the position after 14...Bg5.

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Gelashvili comes up with the startling 15. Qc3 Bf6 16. Nxh5, sacrificing the queen for two minor pieces. After 16...Bxc3 17. Bxc3 Be6 (looks right) 18. Nxg7 Bxc4 19. bc, Black countersacrifices with 19...Re8(?) 20. Nxe8 Qxe8 21. Rf3, and with R+B+P for the queen, Gelashivili goes on to win. I love White's sac, but can it possibly be sound? Anyone have an engine they can show this to?

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  keypusher: According to Fritz 5.32, Black could have cast doubt on White's sacrifice with the subtle 15....Be3+ 16. Rf2 (forced, since if 16. Kh1 Nxg3 is check) 16....Bd4 (16....Bxf2+ 17. Kxf2 Qh4 18. Kg1 Nf6 is also playable) 17. Nxh5 Bg4! 18. Qxd4 cxd4 19. Nf4 Rc8 20. Bxd4 Qg5 with a clear advantage. But after 15....Bf6 Fritz thinks 16. Nxh5 Bxc3 17. Bxc3 Gelashvili's idea leads to a slight edge for White.
Dec-30-08  Alphastar: <keypusher> I don't get it. How does black move his bishop through the knight on f4?

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