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Novelty for free in Sozin-variation
01/10/03 at 18:44:29
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Recently, on 02.12.2002 the game Golubev-Knoppert was played in the Belgian Interteams.

That game went 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Bb3 Qc7 9.f4 a6 10.0-0 Na5 11.f5 Nc4 12.Bxc4 Qxc4 13.Qf3 0-0 14.Rad1 Rb8?!

This last move is too slow in my opinion.

Instead 14...b5 was played in Kaidanov-Smirin Groningen 1993, but Black lost quickly after 15.e5 dxe5 16.Qxa8 because of the poor move 16...exd4?

Instead I discovered a novelty 16...Bc5! which seems to hold the balance, as far as I can see. For instance 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 exd4 19.Bxd4 exf5 20.Qe5 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Qc2 and after 22.Qe7 a simple 22...h6 solves all back rank problems! Black gets 2 pawns for the exchange which is, in general, quite sufficient.

I am curious whether grandmasters agree with my opinion. To be honest, I think I discovered a very important novelty for Black in this line! The future will tell us...

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