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I try to avoid the mainline because it's very difficult to defend. White has a thematic Knight sacrifice that is pretty much killing. However, in this game, played at one day per move, I just sort of drifted into it. I kept thinking "play another mainline move, he probably won't know the correct reply". Unfortunately he did and things soon became very difficult.
Bear in mind that this game was played as part of a non-thematic tournament, at one day per move, twenty-two games starting simultaneously.
Feel free to comment, make suggestions or improve my play. I hope you enjoyed the game.
11.b4 is simply bad, 11...Bb7 has to be played.
After 13.Nf5 Black's position is an ugly mess, only a person with strong S-M tendencies would like to play it.
Please, consider playing something simpler as black, and leave the Najdorf where it belongs: to the chess professionals.
Interesting game, but I'll leave comments on 11...b4 to the "professionals"
I was surprised at White's 14. Bh4 though. Having put the Knight on f5, 14.exd5 was surely a better move for White.
yeah after 13.Nf5, i can hardly see any amateur on the black side defending it properly.
What does "properly" mean in the context of an "amateur"?
Are you saying that a professional could defend it?
We've already been told by IM pfren that White is winning after 13.Nf5, but in fact the OP defended it "properly" and went on to win the game.
I'd rather say that white didn't handle this "properly"- e.g. after 14.ed5 (instead of 14.Bh4) 14...hg5 15.Rxe7+ Kf8 16.fg5 it seems that the game will not last long.
Agreed, I already made that point in my post #3, but was interested to know whether our 'random' comrade had further pearls of wisdom to bestow...
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