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Daniel Fridman vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
4th Borowski GM (2002), Essen GER, rd 2, May-17
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1



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  plang: 6 Bg5!? was an innovation that has not been repeated; 6 0-0 is the main line. 7 Nc3?! was risky committing White to playing the opening as a questionable gambit; 7 Ne5 would have been more solid. 11..Be7 and 12..Bb4! was a clever,unconventional maneuver. 14 Bxh3?..Bxc3+ 15 bxc..Qxd5 16 0-0..Qxc4 17 Qf3..e4 would have been strong for Black. 15 Nxe5? would have been refuted by 15..Qf6. 17 Bg4 led to a loss of material but after, for instance, 17 dxc..Rac8 18 Bg4..Bxc3+ 19 bxc..Qxc6 20 Rc1..Bxg4 21 Qxg4..f5! Black would also have been clearly better. 25..Rad8?! 26 Rfe1! would have complicated Black's task.

Perhaps White's opening innovation was playable but he was completely outplayed in the latter part of the opening and the early middlegame by Black's creative play.

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