Noteboom variation as played recently

Noteboom variation as played recently

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After my previous blog [on a Noteboom-Abrahams variation game], I felt interested on how this opening is played today... and so I knocked on the big game pool door of TWIC. I took a big enough, I think, sample, since Nov 2017, and found some really beautiful games...

Note: As all the games were played by great & active players, I hope that my naive approach will be forgiven...

Firstly some statistics...

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And some games of the popular lines, examining mainly the opening options...

1. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. e4

a counter pawn pressure by white on the center with 6. e4

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2. 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. g3

 a fianchetto with g3

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3. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. e3 b5 7. Bd2 a5 8. Be2

an early Be2 for quick short castling

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4. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. Bd2 a5 7. e3 b5 8. axb5 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 cxb5 10. b3 Bb7 11. bxc4 b4 12. Bb2 Nf6 13. c5

a line of the recent years, that I didn't find much of theory

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5. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. e3 b5 7. Bd2 a5 8. axb5 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 cxb5 10. b3 Bb7 11. bxc4 b4 12. Bb2 Nf6 13. Bd3 O-O 14. O-O Nbd7 15. Nd2

the main line and most popular

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Through my study on these games, I've found many positions that could be tactics to solve. I've chosen 25, mainly on the opening and middlegame, with which I've made a homemade puzzle rush ! I hope it's working properly! Can you solve them in 5 minutes??

noteboom puzzle rush

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