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Jorden van Foreest vs Ivan Sokolov
Van Foreest - Sokolov (2016), Hoogeveen NED, rd 2, Oct-17
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Phantastic game. Here is the annotated game (by both players):
Oct-20-16  mrandersson: Philidor Defense been busted yet? Thought the lion line was the main way to play it now?
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  tpstar: Jorden Rules
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  whiteshark: Jacob and Nikos (of quality chess) take a look at this game:
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  Gilmoy: <12.Nd4> transposes to Sicilian-like opposite-wing racing.

And <15.Nf5> transposes back to Ruy K-side attack patterns. Sac a piece at g7/h6 (or sometimes e5-Bf6). (N.B. many non-Najdorf Sicilians feature a defensive e6 to incidentally deny Nf5, but obviously Philidor's <1..e5> will always expose this particular hole.)

The uncanny <11.Qf1 16.Qh3> turbocharges the whole line. It's completely logical from the Ruy checklist item of Q-sees-h. <5.Bc4> ends up as deep bait to lure Black into thinking he's making progress.

Not sure what <20.Be3> accomplishes: maybe heading to d4 -- or trying to goad 20..c5 to prevent it? Black's choice of <20..d5> might be thematically correct to blow lines open, but the temporary self-block of Be6 (or the opening of 6 sideways?) makes White replan and cash in his combo. Sokolov does have a bit of history in outsmarting himself, creating overwhelming attacks that (alas) get trumped by better sacs.

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