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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
Heviz (2008), Heviz HUN, rd 1, Mar-18
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0

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Apr-04-08
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  Mateo: Another very interesting game played in this tournament. I give some few comments but it should be widely analysed.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. g4 e5 7. Nf5 h5 8. Bg5 hxg4 9. Nd5 Bxf5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. exf5 Bh6 <A natural development but more critical was 11...Rh4.> 12. c3! <12.Qxg4?! Qa5+! (forcing the Knight to give up the strong d5 square) 13.Nc3 Nc6, Black has the advantage.> Nd7 <If 12...Rg8 13.Rg1.> 13. Qxg4 <White has some edge : control of d5 and almost an extra pawn on the ‘h’ file, but the opposite colour Bishops give some drawing prospects to Black.> Nb6 14. Rd1 <Or 14.Bb5+ Kf8 to uncastle Black.> Rc8 <Or 15...Nxd5 16.Rxd5 Qb6 to castle large.> 15. h4 Rc5 16. Bg2 Nxd5 17. Rxd5 <threatens Qa4+.> Qb6 18. Rxc5 <18.Qa4+ Ke7 holds.> dxc5 19. O-O!? <Instead of the quiet 19.b3, Naiditsch tries to get a sharper game.> Ke7 <Safety first. But 19...Qxb2 20.Rd1 could be dangerous.> 20. Rd1 Rd8!? <Questionable. 20...Qxb2 21.Qa4 Bd2 should hold.> 21. Bd5 <Threatens Qh5 and avoiding exchanges. But 21.Rxd8 Qxd8 22.Bxb7 Qb6 23.Bd5 Qxb2 24.Qh5 looks strong for White too.> Bf4 <21...Qxb2? 22.Qh5.> 22. Qg7 <winning the exchange but allowing some counterplay.> Rxd5! <22...Rf8? 23.Be6, the threat Rd7 wins.> 23. Rxd5 Qxb2 24. Qg4 <24.Rxc5 Qb1+ 25.Kg2 Qe4+, Black can draw.> Qxc3 25. Kg2 <It could be useful to avoid checks on the 1st rank.> Qc2 26. h5 b6 27. Qd1 Qxd1 28. Rxd1 <the ending is unclear.> c4 29. Rh1 Bh6 30. Rh3 Kd6 31. Kf1 <The King comes near the passed pawn on the ‘c’ file to allow the White Rook to attack either on the ‘a’ file, either on the ‘g’ file.> e4 <Or 31...b5 32.Ke2 b4.> 32. Ke2 a5?! <The beginning of huge problems. After Black’s last move, one could expect 32...Ke5 33.Kd1 Kxf5 34.Rc3 b5 35.Ra3 b4 36.Rxa7 b3 37.axb3 cxb3 which may draw.> 33. a4! Kc5?! <Black may be lost now. 33...Ke5 was another attempt worthy considering. The general idea is to get the ‘f’ and ‘h’ pawn for the ‘c’ and ‘b’ pawns.> 34. Rh4 b5 35. axb5 a4 <35...Kxb5 36.Kd1 is the same kind of variation.> 36. Kd1 <Or 36.Rxe4 Kxb5 37.Kd1.> a3 37. Kc2 Kxb5 <37...a2 38.Rh1! Kxb5 39.Ra1 wins.> 38. Rxe4 Kc5 39. Re8 Kd4 40. Rh8 a2 41. Ra8 Ke4 42. Rxa2 Kxf5 43. Ra7 Kg4 44. Rxf7 Bg5 45. Rh7 f5 <46.Kc3 Bh4 47.f3! Kxf3 47.h6 Bg5 48.Kxc4 wins slowly.> 1-0

Apr-04-08  eXodus: If I remember right 44...Bg5 is a blunder.44...Kg5 should be a last chance to hold.
Apr-14-08  apple pi: Gives new meaning to "open sicilian"

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