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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Jiganchine - Niksic, BC Closed 2001

Replay Game Roman Jiganchine - John Niksic, BC Closed 2001

Roman Jiganchine - John Niksic

BC Closed/Vancouver (4.1) 2001

14... h5 Black has pushed both of his rook pawns. Now if if White succeeds in opening lines in the center, Black is going to be in trouble. 15. Ng5 g6 16. Qf3 Nf5 I was more worried about 16... Rf8 17. Nh7 Rg8 and it was not clear to me how White should develop his initiative 17. Bxf5 gxf5

18. Rfe1!? The move I was proud of during the game. It prepares the sacrifice on f5, followed by e5-e6. The immediate 18. Nxf5 looked a bit risky to me, but after 18... exf5 19. e6 fxe6 20. Nxe6 White's position seems to be very promising too 20... Kf7 21. Qxf5+ Nf6 22. Ng5+ Kg7 23. Rae1 Rae8 24. Ne6+ Kf7 25. Nf4 Rh6 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. Re1+ 18... Nf8?! It is hard to advise anything better 18... cxd4 19. Nxf5 19. Nxf5 I cannot even call it a sacrifice. 19... exf5 20. Qxf5 Now Black is unable to castle long, as he would have been in the case of immediate 18.Nxf5 20... Rh7 21. Nxh7 Nxh7

22. e6 As expected, attack in the center refuted Black's strategy. The black queen from a5 was never really able to join the party in this game, as Y.Seirawan would say. 1-0 [Roman Jiganchine]

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