King in the middle (3)

by Oliver Reeh
10/9/2020 – Grabbing the opponent's b-pawn in the opening by sending your queen on a killing spree is not always bad, as the Poisoned Pawn Variation in the Najdorf (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6!?) shows. But in the diagram position, Black's greedy 9...Qxb2? is indeed bad. However, to refute the move, White needs to use many a piece. Have fun!

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Speaking of the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn Variation - 

The ChessBase online database currently has more than 20.000 games with this old favourite of Fischer and Kasparov. Verdict: unclear!


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ChessBase Magazine #197

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 10/9/2020 03:09
Nobody would like to play a position like this voluntarily, but the engine suggests that black could have put up something of a fight with 10... Qb4 11 Bd2 Kd8, for instance 12 Nxd5 [better might be 12 Rb1 Qe7 13 Nd6 f6] Qe4 13 Ndc3 Qxg2, when black at least has a pawn as compensation for his, ehh, suspicious position.