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Gil Popilski vs Baadur Jobava
European Team Championship (2013), Warsaw POL, rd 5, Nov-12
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. General (B70)  ·  0-1



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Nov-16-13  Rhialto: Amazing to see a grandmaster beaten like this. At first I thought the score must be incomplete but Black threatens 17...Rxb2 and 18...Rb8+. 17.Nb1 loses at once to 17...Nc4, and after 17.Na2 Nd3+! Bxb2+ 19.Qxb2 Rxb2 20.Kxb2 d4! (not 20...Rb8+? 21.Ka1 Qxa3 22.Rb1 Rxb1+ 23.Rxb1 d4? 24.Rb8+ Kg7 25.Bxd4+) 21.Bxd4 Rb8+ 22.Ka1 Qxa3 winning.

White's position already looks bad after 11.0-0-0. There is a similar line with the pawns on f3 and g2 where White takes the d-pawn, but here he's a tempo behind and black gets his rook to b8 in time to stop this. It seems a bit silly to give Black an open b-file in the Dragon without even getting a pawn for it.

Aug-08-17  clement41: 7 h3?! is questionable in opposite-side castling Dragons, as white deprives himself of the typical attacking lever h4-h5. 9 g4?! is too provocative and premature; plus how does white intend to open lines versus black's K-side structure? 9...d5! : black, already ahead in dveeloment, rightly counterreacts to white's wing attack by a punch in the center. 11 0-0-0: it seems that white is already lucky to get away with it and still be in time to castle, but actually he will have no rest at all 11...Rb8!: simple yet effective: black profits from white's 10 Nxc6 to keep his development going; the first targets are already visible (strong pressure on the a1-h8 diagonal) 12 e5 Nd7 13 f4 : logically, white tries to keep the Bg7 at bay by strengthening his center pawns on dark squares 13...g5!! a high-class, unexpected pawn break to revive the Bg7, break white's center apart. A well-known principle states one shouldn't move pawns in front of his king especially in opposite-side castling situations, but here due to 7 h3?! the white pawn mass on the K-side actually protects black's king! 15 a3 : white, too, moves a pawn in front of his king but in this case it does harm a lot. 16...Be6 : black's develoment is almost over and yet another piece is set up, targeting remotely a2 and defending e7 vs a potential Re1, plus connecting the rooks (ideas like ...Rxb2 are emerging). ...Nc4 is coming

Overwhelming and bright play by Jobava!

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