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Gadir Guseinov vs Ivan Ivanisevic
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 11, Nov-06
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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Nov-14-02  bishop: Instead of 16.Bd5 a better continuation is 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 Qxd7.
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  Honza Cervenka: After 15.Bxf6 (instead of 15.Bd5) black should continue 15...axb3. 15...Bxf6 is not good for a zwischenzug 16.Bxf7+ with next 17.Qxd7. After 15.Bxf6 axb3 I would prefer black position.
Nov-15-02  bishop: Honza, after looking at 15...axb3! for a few minutes I agree with you.
Nov-15-02  drukenknight: what about 16 Bxa4
Oct-05-03  patzer2: Wow what a game! After 20. Qxd7, it appears at a glance white with a piece up might well hold on for a win. However, black quickly proves that assessment wrong with 20. ..Qa5!

Now Fritz gives the game moves 21. Qb7 b3! 22. c3 as best play for both sides. In this critical position, Fritz indicates either 22. ..a3! or 22. ..bxa3! win for black..

After 22. ..a3!, white makes it easy for black with 23. bxa3 -- selecting the worst move in an already lost position. Now 23. ..Rxb5! creates a double attack that either mates in three (if white captures the rook), starting with 24. ..Qxc3+, or wins the the enprise queen with overwhelming material advantage.

Oct-06-03  patzer2: So, where does white try to improve here. After two masters have looked at the position and came to no certain conclusion, and Kasparov himself has played the first eight moves as black, it is indeed a difficult task.

However, I'm willing to play the role of Don Quixote and charge in with a little analysis:

First, I recommend 9. h3 Anand's preferred move as in DeFirmian vs E Perelshteyn, 2002 or Naiditsch vs Leko, 2003 or Anand vs Kasparov, 2003 It seems to me that this move gives white gets much more counterplay and flexibility than with the previously more popular 9. f3.

Second, white should consider 10. h4 as in Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1986 or Shirov vs A David, 1996 I think 10. Qd2 Nxd4!gives black too easy an initiative, and the opening explorer seems to validate this as white only wins 16.4% while black wins 36.4% after this sequence (10. Qd2 Nxd4!). Yet with 10. h4, transposing to the Yugoslav attack in the Sicilian Dragon, white wins 53% of the time, while black only wins 29%, albeit in a small sample of only 17 games.

Third, white should consider 12. 0-0 as opposed to castling long into the better developing black attack. The opening explorer shows black wins 66.7% when white plays 12. 0-0-0, but only 6.7% after 12. 0-0 (though it draws 73.3%).

Fourth, white might consider 17. Bxc7. However, black will get a strong attack on the king for the exchange after 17. ..Qxc7 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 Bf5 20. Kb1 Rc8 22. Be4 Bxe4 23. fxe4 b4. And this is the sort of positions that dragon players love. So I'm not too keen on it, even though it may be better than the lost position occurring in the game.

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