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Vladimir Malakhov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Dec-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1-0



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Dec-16-05  Karpova: Malakhov's handling of the knights is impressive. they rule the board while vallejo's bishop pair comes to life when the struggle is over
Dec-16-05  hayton3: White's systematic acquisition of the d5 square makes Black's Najdorf look like a worthless piece of art.
Dec-16-05  notyetagm: Yes, <hayton3>, and check out the drubbing that Kamsky gave Carlsen today in the Sveshnikov. When Black does not gain compensation for his weak d5-square in these Najdorf/Sveshnikov positions, he goes down pretty easily. Carlsen is playing extremeny well but he had to turn his king over in 31 moves today.
Dec-16-05  aw1988: The Sveshnikov is having very bad results in tournament praxis. I'm definitely sure there's a way to halt White's queenside adventures, but it is proving difficult.
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  Richard Taylor: yes -once White gets a hold of d5 Black is in trouble - this may be one of those positions of which Fischer would say "the whole variation is worthless" I think Black has to try;

8...b5 9. 0-0 Bb7 10. Re1 Nbd7 11. Bg4 0-0

Now if 12. Re1 Nb6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nc4

Or 8. ...b4 9. a4 b4 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 f5 or 11. ... 0-0

Obviously the are many other possibilties...

Dec-17-05  THE pawn: how about ...b5 9.0-0 bb7 10. Re1 Nbd7 11. Bg4 and it looks real good for black.
Dec-17-05  THE pawn: LOL! that's exactly what you have post previously richard. I should really consider reading other's analysis before.

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