Friday, 24 January 2014

Well, that idea did not work

Continuing the approach of trying unusual openings at Tata Steel, Arkady Naiditsch ventured a 'left hand' Italian Opening, with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4. But unlike the previous use of the Budapest Gambit, it did not end well for Naiditsch. In fact it was the chess equivalent of Wile E. Coyote investigating an unexploded box of dynamite, with the whole thing blowing up in his face. For a moment it looked as though the rush on the king side might lead to something, but after advancing the f,g, and h pawns to the 4th rank, he wavered in the face of queenside counterplay, and quickly got run over.

Naiditsch,Arkady - Harikrishna,Pentala [D00]
Tata Steel A, 23.01.2014

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