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Sergey Karjakin vs Victor Bologan
11th Ordix Open (2004) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 5, Aug-07
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Haven't analyzed in depth, but Karjakin's play in dismantling Bologan looks very solid in every phase of the game.
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  patzer2: I think Bologan might have done better to try 5...Nxc4 as in Larsen vs Geller, 1976.
Jun-24-12  Poisonpawns: Flexibility is a great attribute of the Bishop`s opening.White often uses it to avoid the Petroff. Here we see Black led into a good Vienna line.
Jun-24-12  DanielBryant: <patzer2> That move seems positionally obvious and I was wondering what I was missing.
Jun-24-12  King Death: The idea <patzer2> mentions is the most common and is OK but 5...c6 is also played a lot. There's nothing wrong objectively with Geller's 5...Nc4 but it's hard for Black to do anything without pawn breaks for awhile after that. White's given up the two bishops but he has a nice grip in the center and free play. This is the only game that I've seen with 7...d5 but I found 2 others with 7...Nc4.

It seems like Black got into big trouble after the well timed 9.d4 and maybe he underestimated it because it's not that hard to see. Bologan's very well prepared from what I've seen and I just don't think his judgment's that bad.

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