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Emil Sutovsky vs Hikaru Nakamura
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 12, Jun-03
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  0-1



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Jun-04-06  belgradegambit: 34 h3? Jeez almost anything would be better.
Jun-05-06  gulliver: < belgradegambit: 34 h3? Jeez almost anything would be better.> I think 34. Bb2 is much better.
Jun-05-06  Atking: <gulliver: < belgradegambit: 34 h3? Jeez almost anything would be better.> I think 34. Bb2 is much better.> In fact the position seems to me very complex after 34.h3!? gxh3 35.f4 b5 36.BxRd5+ RxBd5 37.h5!!? I could be wrong but isn't White definitively better after that ? For example: a) 37. ...gxh5 38.f5+ Kf7 39.Bb2 Kf8 40.e6 Rxf5 41.Rc1 or b) 37. ...Nd4 38.hxg6!! Nf3+ 39.Kf2 NxRe1 40.f7 Rd8 41.f5+ I like very mutch this position still I can understand that in time pressure one could be afraid of it 41. ...Kxe5 42.g7 h2 43.g8=Q. Else c) 37. ...Rd2 (37. ...Rd3 38.hxg6 RxBa3 40.f5+) 38.h6 Nd8 39.h7 Nf7 40.Rc1 Kd7 (40. ...Rd7 41.Rc6+) 41.Rxc7+!!. Needless to say that If Emil has won this game in such fashion, a special price could be rewarded. Anyway it was a great fight with great fighters.
Jun-06-06  Atking: Sorry to insist, White made a mistake not on 34.h3 which permits the strong 35.f4 but on his 38.Rxc7?. With 38.Kh2 Nf3+ 39.Kxh3 Rd3 40.Kg4 White is still better. Therefore my previous 37.h5!!? looks a better try.
Jun-06-06  belgradegambit: Atking: what does white play after B-b2? Black threatens R-d1 trading everything off and marching his King northward. Brief computer analysis after N-a5 looks good for white in all variations.
Jun-08-06  Atking: <belgradegambit: Atking: what does white play after B-b2?> Well my post didn't say that Bb2 was dubious but h3 was an interesting decision. I don't know about 34.Bb2 May be 34. ...b5 35.BxRd5 RxBd5 36.Re4 Rd2 37.Rf4 Nd8 38.Rd4 and Black can opt for a rook ending or a minor piece battle. a) ...RxBb2 39.RxNd8 Rxa2 40.Re8+ Kf7 41.Re7+ Kf8 42.Rxc7 Re2 white pawns look dangerous but black king is well placed to stop them... then b4 or b) ...RxRd4 39.BxRd4 Kd5! 40.Ba1 c5 41.Kg2 Ke4... Not clear at all. Both a) and b) look balanced. Indeed 34.h3 wasn't a bad choice. Especialy with 37.h5!!?. But I can be wrong. All the game is incredibly complicated. Hoping I answer to your question.

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