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Re: Something new in the Modern Variation
Reply #2 - 10/22/12 at 14:06:35
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flaviddude wrote on 10/22/12 at 01:02:48:


The Ne5 is overloaded (defending c4 and g4 is difficult). This is the usual problem with passive sacrifices. Your opponent accepts them just when you do not want to offer them any longer.
  
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Re: Something new in the Modern Variation
Reply #1 - 10/22/12 at 13:18:21
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This looks interesting, but white is not obliged to take the rook straight away:

e.g. after 17.fg4: Bg4: 18.Rg4: Rd4: 19.Bd4: Ng4: 20.Qg5 e6 21.Qg4: Bd4: 22.Rh5: black has insufficient compensation for the piece.

By the way this reminds me of the old Qa5-line where black also has the Rc4 move (after g4 I think) and it's also best for white not to take.
  
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Something new in the Modern Variation
10/22/12 at 01:02:48
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1. e4 {First let me say that I have a heap of dragons from both sides of the
board in ICCF correspondence.  I have found "Chess Developments - the Sicilian
Dragon" by David Vigorito to be exceptionally useful. I have found a new move
in the Modern variation which needs to be examined. (I found it just too late
to spring it in correspondence play.)} c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.
Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. Bb3 Ne5 12.
Kb1 a6 {Played by Magnus Carlsen as black against V. Topalov} (12... Re8 {is
the move usually played. David deals with it exceptionally well. I cannot
comment further as I am playing this line in high level correspondence.}) 13.
h4 h5 14. g4 hxg4 15. h5 Nxh5 16. Rdg1 {This is where I have found a new move
for black.} Rc4 {In my opinion white can keep the advantage against other
moves that have been tried by black.} 17. Bxc4 Nxc4 18. Qd3 Nxe3 {Black has
managed to swap off both of white's bishops.} 19. Qxe3 {Looking at the
imbalances in the position is revealing. Black has two bishops and at least
one extra pawn versus rook and knight. With the players castling on opposite
sides the position looks totally unbalanced.  I let Houdini analyze the
position and the longer it analyzed the more it liked the black position}
  

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