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Alexandre Vuilleumier vs Cristina-Adela Foisor
27th Christmas Open (2010), Geneva SUI, rd 6, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Normal System (B28)  ·  0-1

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Sep-22-22
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  FSR: Ms. Foisor was an IM, so she obviously knew a thing or two about the game. But 3...d6 is a very weird choice. The standard 3...cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 already leaves White on the worse side of equality in theory, and often worse than that in practice, since few people who know what they're doing play 3.d4. But hey, 3...d6 worked like a charm.
Sep-22-22  Cassandro: <FSR: But hey, 3...d6 worked like a charm.>

Yes, and Vuilleumier was maybe a bit taken aback by that unusual move. I mean, he didn't seem to react to it in the best way possible. I don't think 4.c4 was White's best response. 4.dxc5 looks like the best move in the position, at least that's how it seems to me. The reason is that Black can't immediately respond with 4...dxc5, because after 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Nc3 White is simply much better already.

Just shows that the surprise value can be worth more than the objectively best move sometimes, I suppose.

Sep-22-22
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  FSR: <Cassandro> Yes, I would have played 4.dxc5 in a flash. Presumably Foisor would have replied 4...Qa5+, but after 5.Nc3 White has a serious advantage however Black recaptures. I had assumed that White was a weak player, but in fact he was around 2350 at the time of this game. https://ratings.fide.com/profile/13...

Color me confused. I wonder if there is a mistake in the game score.

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