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White: GM Sam Palatnik
Black: Peter Bereolos
1997 The Living Legend
Round 4, Board 1

1.c4 1...g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Ne2 Nd7 5.Nbc3 e5 6.f3 Ne7 Keeping the play along the lines of the Modern Defense. 6...Ngf6 transposing into normal Kings Indian lines is an alternative 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 f5 9.d5 Keeping options in the center with 9.0-0-0 has also been played. 9...Nf6

Black should be satisfied with the result of the opening. This position could have arisen from a Kings Indian via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Qd2 Ne8 10.0-0-0 f5 11.Kb1 Nf6 where White has played the extra moves 0-0-0 and Kb1 since the Black knights have made 5 moves instead of the 3 in the game. 10.h3 f4 Beginning queenside operations with 10...c6 or 10...a6 is an alternative 11.Bf2 g5 Here I think 11...Nh5 is a better choice. The g5 pawn presents a target for White and weakens the f5 square. If White wants to play on the kingside with g4, the black knight would find an immediate outpost on f4. 12.g4 fxg3 not capturing would lead to a passive position for Black as in my game against Dlugy in the 1989 US Open. 13.Nxg3 h6 14.0-0-0 a6 15.Be2 Ng6 16.Rdg1 Nf4 17.h4 g4 18.Nf5 Bxf5 19.exf5 gxf3 Trying to keep lines closed with 19...h5 is a better option 20.Bxf3 Qd7 21.Qc2 Kh8 22.Be3 Rae8 23.Ne2

23...Nxe2+? The Black Nf6 is really horrible after this capture. Instead 23...N6h5 keeps the fight alive 24.Bxe2 e4 In order to recapture the f5 pawn and opening up Bg7, but it also weakens the long diagonal. Still, Black doesn't have many active choices here thanks to his last move. 25.Rg6 Qxf5 25...Kh7 26.Qd2 Ng8 27.Rhg1 Re7 28.Bd4+- 26.Rhg1 Re7 27.Bxh6 Bxh6+ 28.Rxh6+ Rh7 29.Qd2 Nd7? trying to activate the knight, but overlooking a tactical sequence 29...Rff7 was the only way to try to continue the fight

30.Bg4 e3 30...Qf7 31.Bxd7 Qxd7 32.Qd4+ 31.Qc3+ Qe5 32.Rxh7+ Kxh7 33.Bxd7 e2 34.Re1 Qf4+ 35.Kc2 Qxh4 36.Rxe2 Rf4 37.b3 b5 38.cxb5 axb5 39.Qh3 Qxh3 40.Bxh3 1-0