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Mariano Sana vs Ronald Burnett
Nashville City Ch (2015), Nashville TN, rd 2, Jan-03
Owen Defense: Zelenograd Variation (B00)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-15  Shams: Wow, <Fusilli> crushes IM Burnett.

This opening (with <3...e5>) is rare but sound, per Danny King. Compare with Korchnoi vs Short, 1997.

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  chancho: The final position: 28...Ke8 and 29.Bb3 is just killing.
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  Fusilli: <Shams> Well, I don't know if "crushes" applies, but I was pretty happy with this game. :) As it turns out, I have a positive score against him now (+2 -1 =1, with all the games in this database). I'm sure he'll be very bloodthirsty when we play again!

<Chancho> Indeed.

Jan-20-15  Rookiepawn: <Fusilli> Felicitaciones!

Tricky opening, 22... c6 looks rather bad to me, and the immediate attack on the weak b6 seems to prove it. BQ and K look rather desperate to hold up a wall of jelly.

Jan-20-15  falso contacto: Bien ahí. Felicitaciones.
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  Fusilli: <Rookiepawn> <Falso contacto> Gracias!
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> One of several common opponents we share, though I have only faced Burnett once, in the 1998 Vermont championship.
Jan-21-15  Shams: Per Danny King, Black's problems begin with <6...Nf6> here. The knight belongs on e7, where it doesn't block the f-pawn but instead can back up the other knight. See Short's game below, which I think remains the canonical game in this line.

Later I'll post the rest of King's annotations on that game page. It's an interesting variation for sure. And again, a fine victory, <Fusilli>.

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  Fusilli: <Shams> That's insightful. I look forward to seeing King's comments. I thought 8...h5, which allows for an annoying Bg5, was not great. It hadn't occur to me to think that the knight had been misdeveloped. To be fair, though, black was not in real trouble until he erred with 22...c6, though.
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  keypusher: Wow, I remember in the 80s Burnett was a very promising young player. Congratulations Mr. Sana!
Oct-23-19  faulty: <fusilli> If I were You, I would suggest Mens sana in corpore sano
for this game for GOTD
Great game, cheers :)
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  Fusilli: <faulty> Thanks, I just did! A little bit of shameless self-promotion doesn't hurt anyone :)

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