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Suat Atalik vs Aleksey Dreev
Bosnia (2001), Sarajevo BIH, rd 7, May-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  0-1

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Sep-18-17
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  plang: At the time of the game 10..b4 was a relatively new alternative to the main line 10..g4. A month earlier at Dos Hermanas I.Sokolov had played 11 Na4 against Dreev and Black had gone on to win; here White varied with 11 hxg. It has subsequently been shown that 12 bxc calls the 10..b4 line into question for Black. The alternative 15..cxd 16 Rxb2..Bb4 17 Rb3..Ba6 18 a3..Bxa3 19 Bxb8..Bxe2 20 Qxe2 would have given White compensation for the piece. In Yuferov-Sveshnikov St Petersburg 2000 White had played 16 Nc4; 16 Nc3 was new. White did not like 20 Be5..Rg5 or 20 Bf4..Rg6 but his choice of 20 Bb5?! was a significant positional concession. It may have been good for Black to play 22..fxe 23 Qh5+..Kd8 24 d5..e5 but his solution 22..Qc4 seemed more practical. Black won quickly after 24 Qh5?! but after the alternative 24 Qc2 Black would also have won with 24..Rxg3 24 Na8..Rg6 followed by the knight going to b4.

Certainly one of the most sharp opening lines.

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