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Normal Topic O-O-O....  fxg6 (Read 1726 times)
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Re: O-O-O....  fxg6
Reply #1 - 07/30/04 at 22:55:09
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Welcome to ChessPublishing, Lil_Jimmy!
The other topic you posted this comment in has strictly been dealing with the recapture ...hxg6 so I think if you want info on this line a new topic is warranted. In the future, however, please don't post the same question on the same line in two different places. Since this topic is being used for the fxg6 line your comment in the "9. O-O-O Critical Line..." topic will be deleted. Please don't take this personally. I'm just trying to keep our rapidly-growing forum somewhat organized!!!

Getting to your question, the big drawback with the move fxg6 is that while it does keep the h-file at least partially closed (though I seem to recall a game that Sutovsky played with white in this line and broke through on the kingside quite nicely), it weakens blacks endgame advantage by creating a pawn island, it also gives white the option of a quick Bxf6 and Nd5 combination. As a sample line, 14...fxg6 15. a3! Bf7 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 (exf6 and the backward d-pawn is going to be quite a burden) 17. Nd5 Qxd2 (what else? If 17...Qc5 as in the Sutovsky game then the queen is less actively posted than it was at a5 and white now has attacking chances) 18. Nxf6+ exf6 (18...Kg7 19. Nh5+ is equally bad if not worse for black's pawns) 19. Rxd2 and white has the advantage thanks to his pressure against the isolated d-pawn.
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O-O-O....  fxg6
07/30/04 at 15:24:11
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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.O-O-O Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11. Kb1 Qc7 12.h4 Rfc8 13.h5! Qa5 14.hxg6! 

Here I like to play fxg6 with the idea of playing Bf7 e5 and maybe Rxc3 at some point. Does anybody have any analysis on this line. Thanks  Smiley
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