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Friso Nijboer vs Emil Sutovsky
3rd Julian Borowski A (2001), Essen GER, rd 3, May-04
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1



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Jun-03-04  morphyvsfischer: Nd3 looks like the losing mistake. Nd5! is better, leading to messy complications.
Jun-03-04  notsodeepthought: It's true that 23 Nd3 was weak, but doesn't 23 Nd5 lose a piece to Bc8? e.g. 24 Qh4 N:d5; or 24 N:f6 B:f6 25 Q:h5 Rh8. Note that in this last variation 26 B:f7, which is a threat in some lines, does not work since the h8 rook is protected by the bishop which is now in f6. I may be wrong but I suspect that by move 23 white is already in serious trouble.
Dec-08-04  QuoVadis2: I analyzed the position with Fritz and basically came to the same conclusions.

23. Nd5 loses the queen at the cost of a rook and four pawns after: 23. Nd5 Bc8 24. Nxf6 Bxf6 25. Qxh5 Rh8 26. Qxg6 fxg6 27. Rxd6, but this may well be white's only move in this position.

After 23. Nd3 Bc8 24. Qh4 Ng4, the text move 25. Qxh5? immediately loses to Nxe3 followed by Rxg2+, but the alternatives seem to lose as well: 1) 25. Ba7+
Kxa7 26. Qe1 Bd8 27. fxg4 Bxg4 28. Rf2 Bxd1 29. Bxf7 Rxg2+ 30. Rxg2 Bb6+ 31. Kh1 Bf3 32. Bxg8 Qxg8 33. Qg3 Qg4 34. Qxg4 hxg4 35. b4 Bxe4 36. bxa5 Be3 37. Nb2 Ka6

2)25. Qe1 Nxe3 26. Rdd2 Bh3 27. g3 Nf1 28. Rd1 Bd8

So maybe the losing move was 22 Nxb4. The prophylactic 22. Rd3 looks better.

May-27-05  Ernest van der Sar: 22. Nxb4 is the move that leads to the great queen-hunt and white's fall. Black knew very well why he gave his b-pawn away!

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