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Daniel Naroditsky vs Rui Gao
Reykjavik Open (2015), Reykjavik ISL, rd 7, Mar-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-15  detritus: This is just a mauling, and there's nothing particularly fancy about it that I can see. It is notable because Gao is in pretty good form himself right now. Naroditsky is quietly having a nice tournament. He drew against someone in the low 2300s in Round 3, but has more or less taken care of business since then. He has to be somewhere around 2640 in the live ratings, not too far from the Top 100. I'm curious to see how he'll fare in the US Championship.
Mar-15-15  tim butler: I think Daniel will place 3-5. With Shankland, Kamsky and Naroditsky.
Mar-17-15  Shams: Ok, maybe I should read this little @#$%'s book after all.
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  Gilmoy: <7.a4 9.a5 13.Bb6> is certainly the <Master's Positional> counter to Najdorf, quietly grabbing land and incidentally discouraging b5-Bb7-b4 plans vs. White's K. Black's stiff defense is too rigid to attack: White gives him no targets at all, and relentlessly takes more squares away. <18..Qb8> is a sheepish admission: Black wants <24.Rfd8> without getting skewered.

<20.h4> finally sparks a well-prepared eruption, with ideal piece flow overwhelming Black's congestion. This e6-Be7-Ne5 line seems toothless against a delayed K-storm. Note White's very instructive response: he doesn't challenge the piece with his pieces, but instead locks down all of its available squares, and then undermines it with a pawn thrust.

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