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Artur Yusupov vs Andrei Sokolov
Candidates Match (1986), Riga, rd 2, Sep-03
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1/2-1/2

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4...dxc4! and I think that all Black's opening problems are over.

Yusupov never has any advantage. He tries to aim his pieces at the kingside but that single knight on f8 seems to defend against everything.


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In this position Sokolov might have tried 26...a3Δ...Ba4, but also with the threat of ...Nc3. Black would also be in a better position to play ...Bc6.

So after, eg, 26...a3 27.b3 Bc6 28.Nxc6 Rxc6,


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...Black seems to be doing well. If the knight arrives at c3 it would be a right pain.

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