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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #7 - 05/11/07 at 21:43:37
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Intriguing!,
               I say this, because when I think of such a debate, my mind is automatically drawn to the game Spassky-Portisch, Toluca Interzonal 1982, where gxf5 exf5 occurs and black puts intolerable pressure on the white centre and wins a (IMHO) wonderful and very instructive game.

I believe that this game can also be found in Richards' book, 'Starting out - Closed Sicilian', which also contains other examples of the same theme.

Hope this helps.
  

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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #6 - 05/11/07 at 15:45:54
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Sorry; I am now!
Practice has certainly shown that after exf5, ...gxf5 (the same structure occurs in the English with colours reversed) that White can't really pressurize e6 too easily, while Black's c5-d6-e6-f5 pawn wall does a great job of restricting the white pieces.
This is certainly not easy to explain, but a quick look at some games with this structure (possible with a ChessBase search) may well help!
  
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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #5 - 04/16/07 at 08:29:46
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Mr Palliser, are you reading this?
  
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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #4 - 04/16/07 at 06:51:37
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Well, IM Palliser's next book is on beating the anti-Sicilians so maybe someone could ask him.

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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #3 - 04/16/07 at 04:40:06
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Actually, Dvoretsky himself said (I'm paraphrasing) that "I can't explain it myself, but it seems that in the majority of cases this rule is correct."  If he can't explain, I don't think I can!
  
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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #2 - 04/15/07 at 11:54:45
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Hmm, interesting Can I know the reason? Is it to create imbalances?
  
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Re: Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recap
Reply #1 - 04/09/07 at 05:13:13
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Dvoretsky said (in Positional Play or Opening Preparation or something) that as a general rule, you should recapture with the opposite pawn.  That is, answer gxf5 with exf5 and answer exf5 with gxf5.  It all depends on the position, of course.
  
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Closed Sicilian g4 f5!, how should Black recapture
04/09/07 at 00:33:00
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In the typical position that arises after g3-g4 f7-f5!, creating White e4-, f4-, and g4-pawns versus Black e6-, f5-, and g6-pawns, what is the proper way for Black to recapture after White takes the Black f5-pawn with e4xf5 ? With g4xf5 ?

Thanks.
  
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