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Logman Guliev vs Sergei Zhigalko
Baku Open (2011), Baku AZE, rd 2, Aug-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1

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Aug-12-11  DrMAL: The opening here follows J Gallagher vs E Vorobiov, 2010 except with something new for white on move 10. Either way, I really don't like 8.g4 it seems to be premature, overextending and with too many pawn moves before casting (long).

13.Nc6 looked dubious compared with 13.Nb3 or 13.Nf3 it uses two tempos to get to 14.Nb4 (still uncastled). On move 16 black cannot castle without losing the knight on b4 and, after 18.a3 castling is still bad because of 18...a5 19.Nba2 b4 with an automatic attack. All in all, 13.Nc6 was just plain bad.

White's best plan to deal with 19...a5 was probably to add pressure with 19.Rf1. Whatever was best is certainly wasn't 19.Bf3? because of what was played. After 20...b4 white is pretty much lost, black showed one excellent example (based on black's choices) why. Nice game for Zhigalko!

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