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Aleksander Delchev vs Igor Alexandre Nataf
Serbia and Montenegro Team Cup (2005), Herceg Novi SCG, rd 1, May-15
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Early deviations (B75)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: White punishes Black for not castling, yet 12 ... Kf8 looks better than allowing White's Queen into h6 to point at g7. Very patient play by White after the speculative sacrifice (16. Bxb5+!?), and note 22. Rxe7! Kxe7 23. gxf6+ Qxf6 24. Re1+ wins the Queen. Fine Double Check at the end; 24. Re8+! Kxe8 25. Re1+ mops up.
Feb-16-07  Cyphelium: <tpstar> 12.- ♔f8 allows 13. e5, which I guess could be call 'thematical', though I'm sometimes unsure what that exactly means. Anyway, 13.- ♘fd7 (obviously not 13.- fxe5? 14. ♘e6+) leaves white with the pleasant choice between 14. e6 ♘c5 15. exf7, when 15.- ♔xf7 is already losing a piece or 14. exd6, giving black a stupid pawn on d6. Instead, 13. -♘fd5 14. ♘xd5 ♘xd5 15. e6 is not fun for black either.
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  tpstar: <Cyphelium> Thanks for looking at this line. After 12 ... Kf8 13. e5 can Black get away with 13 ... Nxg4!? instead of those other options? 14. fxg4 (14. exd6? Nxh6) Bxh1 15. Bxb5 axb5 16. Rxh1 dxe5 and Black should hold OK. Do you see an improvement?
Feb-19-07  Cyphelium: <tpstar> That's certainly more critical, don't know why I didn't consider it. Initially I thought that 13.- ♘xg4 14. fxg4 ♗xh1 15. e6 might give enough compensation for an exchange, and that might be true though it's kind of murky after 15.- f6 (I'll spare you my variations). Perhaps then 13. e5 is pushing it a bit? A good alternative might be 13. g5, when something like 13.- ♘fd7 14. f4 is a normal sicilian position for white, while black is chronically awkward on the king side. White can go ♗g2, f4-f5, ♖f1 etc. What do you think?
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  tpstar: <Cyphelium> Just to give you some context, I was reviewing the Sicilian Dragon with my students and pointed out that Black usually castles after 7. f3 Opening Explorer or else 7 ... Nc6 8. Qd2 0-0 Opening Explorer and neglecting to castle does very badly against the Yugoslav Attack. I liked this game because 12. Bh6 traded off the Bg7 but also prevented ... h5 which hinders White's Kingside Pawn storm. I figured the centralized King was intentional on Black's part, otherwise 12 ... 0-0 instead. If 12 ... Kf8 13. g5 Black could try 13 ... Ng8 calling the question on the Bh6 or even 13 ... Bxh6!? 14. gxh6 which blocks the KR out of play but ends any Pawn advance on the Kingside. I don't play the Sicilian as Black but 13 ... Ne8 seems to allow h2-h4-h5 opening lines, whereas 13 ... Ng8 or even 13 ... Nh5 keeps lines closed for a definite positional cost.

I heard that Black has to go for piece play on the Queenside instead of a Pawn storm because pushing the Pawns is too slow. This game illustrates that theme (sort of) but the real lesson was the easy attacking potential against Black's centralized King.

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