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Edmar J Mednis vs Walter Shawn Browne
USA-ch / Zonal (1975), Oberlin, OH USA, rd 2, Jun-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1

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Jan-25-14  jerseybob: I wonder how loudly Browne slapped the rook down on move 11! But instead of 11.00, what's white to do? If 11.e5,Bf3 12.Nf3,Rc3!? might be strong. Maybe 11.Nde2 is best, but 11..Nc5 piles on the pressure. White's handling of the opening might be to blame; possibly Be3 and f4 were premature and white should have castled first.
Jan-26-14  SChesshevsky: < jerseybob: I wonder how loudly Browne slapped the rook down on move 11!>

What a great shot! I'm guessing that it caught Edmar off guard and he figured Browne had cooked up something. It probably took some time off his clock.

Maybe taking the monster N off immediately with 13. Bxe4 is necessary before Black can secure it.

Though I can see why White doesn't want to do it, the benefits might outweigh the negatives by opening up some lines and maybe offering something on the Kside while Black takes care of the undeveloped B and K. It also makes Ne2 and then Ng3 possibly more useful maybe gaining another tempo and offering Qg4. Then best case is maybe a double front with pressure from Rb1 on the Qside and something going on Kside if the Black K is still vulnerable. That might even be worth a pawn or even two since White's up the exchange though not Mednis' style. Very interesting position and well crafted by Browne.

Feb-04-14
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  perfidious: Bet 11....Rxc3 came out sounding like a cannonball, given Browne's tendencies and love of gamesmanship.

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