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Yasser Seirawan vs Gudmundur Sigurjonsson
Hoogovens (1980), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Sicilian (A21)  ·  1-0

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Oct-26-11
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<With several rounds to spare I clinched my third and final GM norm. After my game with GM Gudmundur Sigurjonsson of Iceland the organizers did a most amazing thing: after Gudmundur's resignation they stopped the clocks in the other games and invited the players to join in a champagne toast to their newest colleague. It was a magnificent gesture and one I appreciated immensely.>

- GM Yasser Seirawan (from his book Chess Duels - My Games with the World Champions)

Oct-27-11  Everett: I would like to hear what Yasser thought about his 23rd move. It seems very committal and complex, and to my eyes somewhat atypical, when he has a3 or a4, softening Black's Q-side.

27..Qb6 is a blunder, walking into a mating attack. Instead <27..Ba6> adds pressure to f1, and it is a question whether White would find <28.Rf5! <threatening 29.Qh6 gxh5 30.Rg5+> 28..f6 29.Rf6 Nf6 30.Nxf6+> netting a pawn.

Oct-27-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Everett>

23...gxh5 24. d5

Cvetkovic in Informator 29/63 suggested 27...Rf8

Oct-28-11  Everett: <SimonWebbsTiger>Thank you for that.

Yes, I see that line, after <23..gxh5>. I think the immediate <24.Nf5+> wins as well.

It's clear that the N cannot be taken. I'm just wondering what he saw. As you note <27..Rf8> is a bit more stubborn, and I wonder if Seirawan could have benefited by getting his Ra1 more involved before starting complications.

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