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Eros Riccio vs Igor Mikhailovich Dolgov
Umansky Memorial (2011) (correspondence), ICCF, Sep-30
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Closed Variation (B29)  ·  1-0



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  Shams: <14...exd5??> was a howler, though Black already has problems. You wouldn't think a Rossolimo with <7.Bf1> would be over by move 16.
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  Shams: I didn't even notice that this was a correspondence game. Ay ay ay!
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  cro777: Italian CC Grandmaster Eros Riccio is the current FICGS Correspondence World Champion. He won 6th, 7th and, recently, 8th FICGS world champioship in correspondence chess.

Riccio is also ICCF Grandmaster with the current rating of 2629.

The move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 is commonly used to avoid the Najdorf or Sveshnikov. After 3...Nf6 (Black signals that he wants to play the Sveshnikov), the current trend is 4.Bb5.

Here, with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 Dolgov signals that he wants to play the Nimzovich Variation, but afer 3.Nc3 (3.e5 is the critical line of the Nimzovich) Nc6 4.Bb5 the game has transposed into the Rossolimo as well.

Position after 11...d6

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12.f4 <In the game Aveskulov -Zhigalko (2010) which ended in a draw, White played 12.Bb2> Nc6 13. Bb2 Bd7? <Black should have played 13...Be7>

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14. Nd5 exd5 15. exd5+ Ne7 16. Bxg7 1-0

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