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Rolando Nolte vs Geetha Narayanan Gopal
9th Asian Continental (2010), Olongapo City PHI, rd 1, Apr-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Dec-03-10  thickhead: It is a shame that none of our indian players have started kibitzing on this game.white has committed a number of mistakes and the latest one was 26 Qxh5.Here Geetha did very well by bringing R into action by 26 ...Rf6 instead of trying to attack Q by 26 ... Nf6 which would not have achieved much.White should have moved K to centre by 26 Kf2 and follow up by bringing rooks to g file.
Feb-02-12  Luvnlife34: Hi there thickhead. I think this is my first ever post. I enjoyed seeing how Geetha used his Black pieces. Much of this theory can be found in a book. Black's 8...h5 seems to open up many questions on opening theory for this Najdorf line. I am the most hungry to learn.

I recently played a similar game with 8...h5, and am curious what the consensus is on proper continuation... My game similar yet different played out exactly as Geetha up to move 13 where Geetha plays 13...g6, and I played 13...b6.

Obviously, Geetha went on to win his match. From what I can tell, Black will have to eventually play g6, but the timing can/could be tricky. If it's any help to you folks, here is a snapshot of my game along these lines...

Ratings: White: 2317 vs. Me as Black: 2294
13... b6?! 14.Bd3 Nc5 15.Nxc5 bxc5 16.O-O Be7 17.Bg5 Nd7 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Rae1 f6 20.f4 Kf7 21.Bf5 and now White seems to be better off with more space to manouvre and several targets (b-file and g-file using his Rooks).

I'd love to hear feedback from thickhead or anyone else. Thanks.

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