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Aleksandr Lenderman vs Michael Dougherty
Foxwoods Open (2008), Connecticut, rd 2, Mar-20
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Scheveningen Formation (B21)  ·  1-0

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Apr-04-08
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  Dr. Funkenstein: As a sicillian player, this game is a bit worrying. Black plays mostly normal sensible sicillian moves and ends up in a difficult position.

I don't understand the decision to give up the black bishop for the knight on c3. Black's remaining bishop is bad and immediatley becomes a target. What was the c3 knight threatening to do?

In retrospect maybe black should have tried to develop the c8 bishop instead of relocating the knight to e5 (where it just gets kicked away). Then again, it's hard to say when facing a player of Lenderman's strength.

Apr-04-08  refutor: 11. ...Ng4 looked unnecessary (saying that i'm sure it's theory). Bf4 turned out to be a better square for White than e3
Aug-20-10  transpo: Jul-15-10 transpo: After 6.Bc4, correct is 6...a6 because of tactics on f7. The White N cannot go to b5 because of the pawn on on a6. Also Black should never move ...Nf6, as in this game, prior to ...a6 because of e5 by White. Once again the Black pawn on a6 prevents the standard tactical shots by White.
Jun-10-16  fispok: I feel like Ng4 is a better move when in positions in which it is supported by the LSB, more dragon shaped formations than this sort.

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