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Matthew Sadler vs Alexander Khalifman
Bundesliga (1999/00), Germany, rd 8
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 7..e5!? is an interesting alternative though in the 5 games that Browne has used it he has scored only 1/2 point. Sadler admitted that the 40 minutes he spent on 8 a3 calculating the complications after a potential 8..Ba5 were a complete waste of time when Khalifman instantly played 8..Bxc3+. 12 Bg5 was played in an obscure 1937 game; 12 Be3 was new.

Sadler after 11 dxe:
"White's goal is very simple: to exploit the dark squares in the absence of Black's dark-squared bishop. White's pawn on c5 gives him an outpost on d6 and his dark-squared bishop is ready to move to g5 creating an awkward pin on the knight on f6. Black's only chance to disrupt White's position is to push his d-pawn to d4. Whiye is thus willing to sacrifice to prevent this from happening."

13..Nxb2 14 Qd4! led to a powerful position for White but it's not clear whether 13..d4 14 Ne4..Re8 15 f3..Ne3 16 Bxe3..dxe 17 Nd6 is much of an improvement for Black. Perhaps 14..Re8 15 0-0..Nc4 would have been a tougher defense. After 17..Na5? Black was lost; necessary was the problem-like 17..Ne3! although after 18 f5..Nxf5 19 Rxf5..Bxf5 20 Rf1..Be4 21 Bxf6..gxf 22 Rxf6 White has a dangerous attack.

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