I’ve had some WiFi issues in my apartment in Barcelona, and so I haven’t been able to put together a full post wrapping up Balaguer. I’ll try and get it done in the next few days. In the meantime, a little interlude that chronologically also happened to come after my 6th round game.
In my last tournament at Balaguer, after my post-mortem with Swaminathan, I walked over to where GM Stewart Haslinger and IM Bernd Kohlweyer were discussing their game. It was a Sicilian Najdorf, and after their analysis, Bernd wanted to show an amazing game that doesn’t appear to be publicly known (I wasn’t able to find it any of my databases, or even a reference to it online). It was between GM Namig Guliyev and IM Thomas Henrichs in 2006.
Maybe some writer, seeing the game on this blog, will include part of the combination in a future book!
The game began 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 (this was the same line Kohlweyer played against Haslinger) 9.g4 Bb7 10.g5 Nh5 11.0-0-0 Rc8 12.Bh3 Ne5. I know nothing about the opening, so I won’t really comment on these moves.
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The game continued: 13.Bg4 g6 14.Bxh5 gxh5 15.f4. Now Black has a choice, play 15…b4 or 15…Nc4. Many people would probably play 15…Nc4, but Henrichs continued enterprisingly with 15…b4!. After 16.Nce2 Bxe4 17.fxe5 dxe5, the players had reached the following position:
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