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Mihail Saltaev vs Mikhail Gurevich
Cappelle op 17th (2001), Cappelle la Grande FRA, rd 7, Mar-01
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  0-1

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Sep-07-17
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  plang: 8 h4!? is a sideline of this sharp line in the Tarrasch French. One of the ideas is to Black's ..g5 push. 11..fxe was new; 11..0-0 and 11..Be7 had been played previously. 13 Bd3?! looks pretty risky; 13 Be2 appears stronger. Perhaps 14 Ne2!? gave Black what he wanted; 14 Bxh7+ was an alternative. An interesting alternative to Gurevich's 14..Nxe5!? was 14..Nxf3!? 15 Bxb6..Nfxe5+ 16 Kg3..Nxb6 with good compensation for the queen. A tougher defense for White would have been 16 Kg1..Bc5 17 Qb3..Qxb3 18 axb..Bxd4 19 Nfxd4..e5 20 Nb5..Nf2 with some advantage for Black in the endgame.

Gurevich is a specialist in this line of the Tarrasch - he has won several nice games with Black. To play this line effectively it helps to be open to knight sacrifices on e5 and d4 which are a common theme in this line.

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