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Evgenij Ermenkov vs Slaheddine Hmadi
Tunis Interzonal (1985), Gammarth TUN, rd 15, May-16
Sicilian Defense: Chameleon (B20)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: This resembles a game between two players in a low section of a weekend open, rather more than being from a world title qualifier.

There is precedent for this gambit, however: who else at top level but White in the game Tartakower vs Stahlberg, 1950 would introduce such an idea as 4.g3?

Ermenkov went whole hogger in this one at least and snatched the knight.

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  GrahamClayton: Instead of 8...g5 trying to save the bishop on h1., 8...♘c6 and 9...♘e5 would have worked - to save the f-pawn, White would have to play f4, which would allow the Bishop to withdraw along the diagonal.

Still, Hmadi's choice allowed White to have a knight on h1 after only 11 moves, which is something that has probably never happened since in top-level play.

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