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David Navara vs Krishnan Sasikiran
"Czech Engine" (game of the day Mar-10-2016)
Corus Group B (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-09  notyetagm: <bangkokgambit: Narvara Played an insane chess, his move is extremely complicated, his calculation would ran back and forth in deep algorithm line.>

Navara is such a *great* <TACTICIAN>.

Jan-27-09  notyetagm:

<The Sokolov expert prize was awarded to Navara (see picture) for his creative win over Sasikiran.>

Jan-27-09  computer chess guy: I don't know how much of this was home prep but after 19. O-O-O! White is clearly winning. Maybe even it's won as far back as 14. ♘e5: a lot of the moves from there are forced.
Jan-27-09  shintaro go: Sasikiran is a piece up and then a few moves later, he resigns. Didn't know what hit him.
Jan-27-09  whiteshark: White's initiative, probably.
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  Honza Cervenka: Closed Sicilian is a trade mark of some guys (especially Miroslav Muron) from my home chess club DA Prague (now Dukla Prague) of which David Navara was a member for many years. I wonder if this can be the source of opening inspiration for David here but the used opening setup resembles Mirek Muron's way of handling this line quite strikingly. A beautiful game, indeed!
Jan-28-09  luzhin: Sasikiran should have continued with what he started on move 10 and played 12...Rxb2 -- 12...d5 was a very dangerous change of plan. Navara's last few moves were immensely powerful. By the end he even had the luxury of two executions: 25.Bh3 would also have been killing.
Jan-28-09  whiteshark: The Sokolov expert prize* was awarded to Navara for his creative win over Sasikiran.

* (Each day Ivan Sokolov will award the expert prize to the player who played the best game of the day. -->

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  Honza Cervenka: 12...d5 was just bad. On the other hand after 12...Rxb2 13.Ra3 black is not out of opening troubles too.
Jan-28-09  euripides: I'm not sure if d5 was exactly a change of plan - it looks to me as if Sasikiran was playing for control of d4, which would make good strategic sense. His play is refuted by a very lovely, and to my eyes surprising, sacrifice.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 12...d5 might have been two moves too late. The NYTimes recommends 10...d5!?; if now 11.dxc5?,d4.
Feb-07-09  computer chess guy: 16. .. dxc3 was reckless. Better was 16. .. ♕c7 17. ♘e4 O-O, which at least appears to avert a quick loss. A good illustration of the dangers of not castling.
Feb-07-09  slomarko: what is really great about this Navara's sac is that he had to see 20.Bf6! when he started it.
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  kenilworthian: The game is annotated by Kavalek here:
Feb-20-09  WhiteRook48: why not 19. Rd1+ or maybe I'm missing something.
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  GrahamClayton: <Honza Cervenka>12...d5 was just bad. On the other hand after 12...♖xb2 13.♖a3 black is not out of opening troubles too.

After 12...♖b2 I saw analysis which said White can play 13.0-0, with 13...♗c3 being answered by 14.cd6. Where is White's compensation here? 14...♘g8 15.♗a7 wins back a pawn, but is this enough?

Jun-27-12  master of defence: What´s wrong with 25...Bxc6? If 26.fxe7 Kxe7 27.Re1+ Re4.
Jun-27-12  dougiejfresh: 25...Bxc6 loses immediately to 26. Rd8#
Dec-05-14  Ke2: amazing game
Mar-10-16  Doniez: What a great and powerful attack by Navara!
Mar-10-16  newhampshireboy: Beautiful game!
Mar-10-16  McUmber: Absolutely awesome
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  kevin86: Triplets on the c-file. The leader decides the game...with a little help!
Mar-10-16  Ayaend: David machine ! This game is simply astonishing !!!!!
Mar-12-16  Moszkowski012273: Instructive!!!!!!
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