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Alvis Vitolinsh vs Viktor Gavrikov
Ch URS (Farmers) (1977), Kalinin URS
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-25-19  Straclonoor: This game was awarded first prise as 'novelty' in Chess Informant #24 (pulished in #23). Novelty is 17.Rb3, as far as I know.
Dec-26-19  RandomVisitor: <Straclonoor>...if so, black missed a novelty opportunity of his own, 12...Bxe6, because the transposition move order is not quite right - 11.fxe6 ideally should be played instead of 11.Nxc6

After 12...Bxe6!

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<41/57 15:15 -1.19 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Bd3 Qc5> 15.Na4 Qd4 16.Nc3 Bg7 17.Ne2 Qc5 18.Qb4 0-0 19.Qxc5 dxc5 20.c4 Rfb8 21.Kf2 Bh6 22.Ng3 Rb4 23.Nf5 Bf8 24.Rhd1 Ra4 25.Rd2 Bxc4 26.Bxc4 Rxc4 27.Re2 a5 28.Rb6 Rc8 29.Ra6 Ra4 30.Kg1 c4 31.Rc2 Ra3 32.Rxc4 Rxa2 33.Raxc6 Rd8 34.Ne3 a4 35.Rc8 Rxc8 36.Rxc8 Re2 37.Nc2 Rxe4 38.Kf2

41/70 15:15 -1.22 13.Be2 Be7 14.0-0 0-0 15.Rf3 d5 16.Rg3 Rfd8 17.exd5 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Qc5+ 19.Qe3 cxd5 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.Qd4 g6 22.Rc3 a5 23.Bd3 Rdb8 24.Rcb3 Rxb3 25.axb3 Qb4 26.Qxb4 axb4 27.Rf1 Kg7 28.Rf4 Rb8 29.Rf1 h6 30.Kf2 Kf6 31.Ke3+ Ke5 32.Ra1 h5 33.Ra7 g5 34.g3 h4 35.gxh4 gxh4 36.Ra4 h3 37.Ra7 f5 38.Rh7

Dec-28-19  RandomVisitor: The novelty is apparently 18.Nxf6+.

If instead white plays 9.Nb3:

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<63/88 35:59:22 -0.26 9...Qa3 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Be2 Nc6 12.0-0 Bg7 13.Rad1 0-0 14.Qxd6> Qxd6 15.Rxd6 Re8 16.Bf3 Rb8 17.Rfd1 Bh6 18.g3 Bf8 19.R6d3 Nb4 20.Rd8 Rxd8 21.Rxd8 Nc6 22.Re8 Bd7 23.Rxb8 Nxb8 24.Nd1 b5 25.c3 Be7 26.Nb2 Bd8 27.Kf1 Kf8 28.c4 Bc7 29.Nc5 Bc6 30.cxb5 axb5 31.Ke2 Ke7 32.Nbd3 Bb6 33.Nb3 Be8 34.Bh5 Nc6 35.h3 Kd6 36.a3 Nd4+ 37.Nxd4 Bxd4 38.Nb4 Ke7 39.Nc2 Bb2 40.Ke3 Bc1+ 41.Kf2 Kd6 42.Be2 Bb2 43.Ke3 Kc5 44.Kd3 Bc6 45.Nb4 Bxa3

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