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Historical note re Mamedyarov game in March update
03/14/24 at 00:35:02
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In Mamedyarov vs. Laurent-Paoli after 1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Bb2 e6 4. c4 b6 5. g3 Bb7 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. 0-0 Be7 8.  cxd5 exd5, "White uncorked the cute idea 9 Nd4!? 0-0 10 Nf5."

That gave me a flashback to one of my earliest chess books, Fred Reinfeld's Learn Chess from the Masters (previously published as Chess by Yourself). It included a game in which Reinfeld played such a Nd4-f5 in 1931, against an opponent named Orkild: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. g3 Nbd7 5. Bb2 Be7 6. Bg2 b6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nd4 Bb7 9. Nf5 0-0 10. 0-0 (transposing to the Mamedyarov game). Here Reinfeld, who had given Black's sixth a question mark, made the odd claim that Black's position is very unpleasant. After 10...Re8 (played in both games), Reinfeld didn't grab the bishop as Mamedyarov did, but rather went 11. Nc3 Bf8 12. d4. The rest was: 12...Ne4 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Qc1 c5 15. dxc5 Rc8 16. Rd1 Rxc5 17. Qf4 Rd5 18. Rxd5 Bxd5 19. Rd1 Bb7 20. Nh6+ gxh6 21. Rxd7 1-0.
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