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David Baramidze vs Arkadij Naiditsch
GRENKE Chess Classic (2014), Baden-Baden GER, rd 7, Sep-12
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-12-14  Strelets: The Sämisch Gambit, one of the most important lines in the namesake variation. When it turned out that 6.Be3 didn't really prevent ...c5 (after 1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5!?) White turned to Benoni transpositions rather than accepting the gambit. Black has full compensation for the pawn by virtue of having a great dark-squared bishop, superior development, play against the weak d4 square, and the classic rhetorical question about the Sämisch: "Has anyone ever asked White's king's knight what it thinks of 5.f3?"
Sep-14-14  ForeverYoung: 12 ... Nxc4 is not new. This amazing move has been used before. The surprising stuff today's grandmaster has got to keep up on!
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  perfidious: <Strelets....When it turned out that 6.Be3 didn't really prevent ...c5 (after 1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5!?) White turned to Benoni transpositions rather than accepting the gambit.>

Recall playing a Russian IM in the 1991 World Open blitz event and getting blasted off the board after grabbing the pawn, so in the only serious game I faced this, I went in for 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.e5 Nfd7 9.f4 f6 10.exf6. Not sure whether it is objectively stronger, but has the virtue of not giving Black the type of easy play he likes in the gambit accepted.

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