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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Loek van Wely
Dortmund Sparkassen (2008), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0

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Jul-05-08
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  Eyal: With 18...bxc3? Van Wely lets Naiditsch ruin his K side completely (an even quicker way for White to win was 20.Qh5 Kh7 21.Nf5! exf5 22.Bxf7); instead, he should have tried 18...hxg5 19.fxg5 Ng4 or Ne8.
Jul-05-08  Marmot PFL: Since Van Wely has lost 3 straight and been crushed right from the opening in the last 2 it seems likely he has lost interest in this event and isn't bothering to prepare for the games. We will see if he can break Mamedyarov's long draw streak tomorrow.
Jul-05-08
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  Eyal: <Since Van Wely has lost 3 straight and been crushed right from the opening in the last 2 it seems likely he has lost interest in this event and isn't bothering to prepare for the games.>

Van Wely blundered (badly, it has to be said) on move 18 in a tactically complex and double-edged position; I wouldn't describe that as being "crushed right from the opening", in a way that necessarily indicates he simply didn't bother to prepare for the game. He's obviously in very bad form (or trapped in a vicious spiral of bad momentum), but I doubt if he really doesn't care anymore about how bad an impression his performance makes in the chess world.

Jul-05-08  Marmot PFL: < Eyal> Players can get demoralized though, and spend their time kicking themselves for losing the last game instead of preparing for the next one. I would still say they were in the opening or just past it as theory in these Sozin lines goes 20 or more moves in some variations. 9...Nc5 deviates from Qa5 as played with success by Kasparov, Tal and others. Without seeing the clocks its hard to say if this was preparation or improvisation at the board, but he gets in trouble so quickly that it suggests the latter.
Jul-05-08  cade: Van Wely's triple pawns on the f-rank cut off his King from his pieces. A pretty position you would only expect to see in a study or chess puzzle.
Jul-05-08
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  Eyal: <Marmot PFL> You can see the clocks, btw, on ICC at http://webcast.chessclub.com/Dortmu.... According to it, Van Wely thought for a few minutes on each of the moves 9-11 (while Naiditsch played them almost instantly...). Whether improvised or not, 9...Nc5 might actually not be such a bad idea - though as Larry Christiansen says there, it probably should be followed with Nxb3.
Jul-06-08
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  al wazir: 9...Nxc5 was OK, but he never followed up by taking the ♗ with ...Nxb3. Eventually the ♗ stabbed him in the heart.
Oct-29-13  hedgeh0g: After 20.Nf5!, Black's king is entombed. The structure is reminiscent of that famous Byrne-Evans game in the Poisoned Pawn.
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