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Frederick Rhine vs Dmitri Sergatskov
Evanston Rapid (2011) (rapid), Chicago,IL , rd 5, Jan-22
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: This was a Game/29 game. Of course, 10.Bd2 was the sane move, e.g. 10...Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Qd6= Mareco-Gil. Garcia, Buenos Aires 2005 (1/2-1/2, 21). My 10.Ke2?, though it turned out well, was way too risky. So was 12.Nxf5?, it turns out (meaning that 11...c5! was actually strong, not weak). Someone using an engine later pointed out that 12...Bxf5 13.dxe4 Bd7! would have busted me. After he missed that key resource, the game was a smooth win for me.
May-19-11  AGOJ: Hi <FSR>, why did you play 10.Ke2 instead of 10.Bd2? I am curious about the motivation - was it just to avoid immediate equality? Cheers, thanks for posting the game.


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  FSR: <AGOJ> Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. Yes, that was my motivation. btw, I didn't actually post the game to this site; apparently found this game online at Chicago Chess Blog and posted it.
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  perfidious: <FSR: ....Someone using an engine later pointed out that 12...Bxf5 13.dxe4 Bd7! would have busted me...>

This is a nice switchback and easy to miss in preliminary analysis.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Indeed. This idea never entered my mind during the game, or even after the game until I posted the game on the Chicago Chess Blog and someone pointed it out. AFAIK it never occurred to my opponent or any of the spectators either. I had a hard time believing that I couldn't get a decent game somehow, but I can't. No matter how White twists and turns, he's just smashed.
Nov-01-11  DrMAL: With 3...f5 reversed f4 Sicilian opening was sharper English. 5.e3 choice over 5.d3 (both are good) led to same setup as in Portisch vs Zsofia Polgar, 1996 except black chose 9...Bb4+ over 9...Bd6 also strong. Moves 10-12 of rapid game are well covered in comments above it is interesting that everything other than 12...Bxf5! was bad including 12...exd3+? for reason shown in game line. 17.Kc2! was excellent move it is not easy to see why this was best among other good choices. After 20...Rd6? black was probably lost but with passive 23...Kb8?! met by 24.Rxc5! certainly so. Great game by <FSR> showing master skill being kept over many years!
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  FSR: <DrMAL> Thanks for your (too) kind comments! I just noticed them. I wish you'd come back to the site. Your comments were very insightful and valuable.
Dec-15-11  TheFocus: <FSR> <I wish you'd come back to the site. Your comments were very insightful and valuable.>

I second that motion.

Dec-15-11  King Death: I'm with both of you on this one. We need all of the experience and strength we can get.
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  Fusilli: <<Perfidious> This is a nice switchback and easy to miss in preliminary analysis.>

I agree it is easy to miss. My own reaction to the game was to look for ways for black to be able to play b6 at the right moment, to threaten nasty things with Ba6, but I think it is just not possible. The line you give is the way to work the same idea (repositioning the black bishop to the dangerous diagonal) correctly.

Rapid games tend to turn on a dime, or at least there is always that potential.

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  Fusilli: Hey, <FSR>, did this tournament come after a long hiatus? Any plans to play in the near future?
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  FSR: <Fusilli> Yes, I believe this is my first and to date only tournament of the present millennium (if one correctly counts the millennium as beginning on January 1, 2001). Dunno if I'll play more.
Jan-26-12  bwarnock: < <perfidious> <FSR: ....Someone using an engine later pointed out that 12...Bxf5 13.dxe4 Bd7! would have busted me...> This is a nice switchback and easy to miss in preliminary analysis. >

All this means that White would be better off playing 11. Ne5 which might still give a decent game. After 11. Nd4 c5 (!) 12. Nc2 (instead of 12. Nxf5) Black looks like he's winning or much better with 12... b6 (w/idea of Ba6).

Another possible move is 12. Nb5, (the idea is that if Black kicks the knight with a6 that square isn't immediately available for the Bishop later) - The game could then go 12.. Bd7 13 Nd6+ Ke7 14 Nxf5 Bxf5 15 dxe4 Bd7! 16. Qxd5 Bb5+ 17. Kd1 and White might have a better chance of surviving this with Black's king in the center.

Fun game though and one can't find all this stuff at blitz time controls (unless one is a computer ... :)

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