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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Predrag Nikolic
Hoogovens (1984), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: 17, Rxd4! wins more quickly it seems according to a book I have on the Tarrasch French...
Oct-12-13  PaulLovric: it does look better Richard
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  Richard Taylor: <PaulLovric> It is in a book 'how to beat the French defence' by Andreas Tzermiadanos. Some positions or moves he recommends when analysed carefully witha computer are found to be inaccurate but that said he has some good advice on ideas of positions arising.

From the position here after the alternative 17. Rxd4 he suggests that it is a great position for practising calculation. It is. I didn't find the lines he suggested though.

Beliavsky's idea was good though.

I think the books and main lines etc are a guide and we have to hope we can find our way through...the "main line" where Black often sacrifices on f3 is scary or in one game someone sacrificed in the middle and had the two centre pawns, it was a long "correspondence game" so I asked for a draw. 1/2 - 1/2 !

But then a times I have used the Alekhine's Gambit...which can be quite sharp. So it is surprising (it shouldn't be of course) to find how tormented a "quiet line" like the Tarrasch can blow up into amazing complexity at times.

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  Richard Taylor: Is that that Ne7 to f5 d6 idea just too slow?
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  perfidious: Black does not typically play to hold onto the pawn at d4 with might and main as Nikolic did in this game. His determination might well have won out against an opponent displaying less combinative flair, a strength which has served 'Big Al' well throughout an outstanding career.

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