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Ray Robson vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
48th World Junior Championship (2009), Puerto Madryn ARG, rd 4, Oct-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  0-1

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Oct-26-09  JohnBoy: for all of the smack that's been written regarding this game at the tournament page, it is a very nicely played game by Lagrave. He clearly understands the sicilian better than his younger opponent.
Oct-26-09  JohnBoy: 20.Nxb5 is very spirited, but almost certainly imprudent. In the long run it opens up lines for black to get at the white king. Lagrave is patient, lining up his dark-square bishop on the long diagonal, and bringing his rooks over to feast on Robson's king. Bravo.
Oct-26-09  MacNilsus: I would call Nxb5 more 'imprudent' than 'spirited'. V-L seems to have had it all worked out. White's last moves are pretty desperate. Looks more and more like a one-sided affair to me.
Oct-26-09  kdogphs: How do you spell butt-whooping in French??? L-E-G-R-A-V-E!
Oct-27-09  patzer2: The move I find most amusing is the early move 15...Ke7! Most amateurs would be disconcerted in this position (15...?), fearing if they can't castle then they canb't protect the King. Maxime is not worried one whit. So he moves his King to the safest position -- toward the center!

The rule of thumb to castle early in the opening should not often be ignored, but as this game shows there are exceptions to every rule.

Oct-27-09  Aurora: Better was 24.b4!.
Oct-29-09  Shams: <Aurora> 24.b4 looks awfully frisky. How about ...Qc5 in response?
Oct-31-09  Philidor: <Shams> I first considered 25.Qc4 as a response to 24...Qc5, threatening the e6 square, but then discovered the immediate sac-response 25...Rxb4+, which wins the Queen, and gives White an edge...
Nov-04-09  manchild: You mean black..

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