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Kevin Spraggett vs Pierre Fogel
Gibraltar Masters (2007), La Caleta GIB, rd 2, Jan-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1



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Jan-25-07  russep: This is a rather big upset
Jan-26-07  luzhin: It seems that 21...h5 is a novelty. In the past Black has tended to play 21..Ra7, with reasonable results. The 6.Bg5 line is becoming fashionable again, largely thanks to Radjabov; but this seems a solid way for Black to handle it.
Feb-03-07  Pawsome: The sad thing is that after 21. ... h5, white appears to have a win with 22. Nc7! eg. Rc8 23 Ne6+ Kh6 24. h4! and black can't avoid losing material. Then later after black's 23 ....Bh6 white could have regained his large advantage with 24. Bxh5! as taking the bishop allows mate in three beginning with 25. Qc7+. Finally, 32. Rf1, instead of blunder 32. Bxh5?? and a subsequent Bxc4 would have allowed white to fight on under only a slight disadvantage. Clearly white was off his game.
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  chancho: <Pierre Fogel, a Belgian ranked No. 14,628 in the world, beat Kevin Spraggett, a Canadian grandmaster, who is No. 80 on the top players list.>

Apr-12-08  Whitehat1963: New York Times:

Fogel erred with 23 ... Bh6. Spraggett could have played 24 Bh5, when 24 ... gh loses to 25 Qc7 Nd7 26 Qd7 Qd7 27 Nf6 mate. If Spraggett had played 24 Bh5, Fogel’s best would have been 24 ... Rf8, when after 25 Be2 Spraggett has won a pawn.

Spraggett’s 25 Rdg1 looked logical, but there was actually little possibility of him breaking through on the g file. His next move, 26 Qd4, was even worse; after 26 ... Bg7, Black’s bishop was on a much better diagonal.

After 31 ... Nc4, Spraggett should have played 32 Bc4. His 32 Bh5 was a gross miscalculation. In the final position, White must lose material as 34 Qc1 is met by 34 ... Rc2, 34 Qe1 loses to 34 ... Qc2, and 34 Rf1 Qf1 leaves White down a rook for three pawns.

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