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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Nikita Vitiugov
Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), Nizhny Novgorod RUS, rd 6, Oct-11
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0

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Oct-13-13
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  HeMateMe: Very nice. White somehow won on the open diagonals, even though black had both of his Bishops on the board.
Oct-14-13  Ulhumbrus: What does one go against the Bastrikov formation, that of ...Bc5 with ...Bb7 in the Sicilian defence?

In this game Nepomniachtchi provides one simple and brilliant answer to this question: With both of Black's bishops on b7 and c5 aimed towards the king side Nepomniachtchi castles on the queen side. However there is more to White's strategy that that.

Black chooses then not 11...Nf6 with the idea of attacking the e4 pawn by ...a5 and ...b4 but 11...Ne7 as played often in the Taimanov system.

One reason for this is that Black's queen is placed on c6 instead of his QB and this makes the move ...a5 difficult. White has hindered that move by developing his queen to e2.

One can learn at least a couple of things from this game.

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