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White: GM Gregory Serper
Black: FM Peter Bereolos
2006 Emory/Castle Grand Prix
Round 4 Board 2

1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Nc6?! A spur of the moment decision, generally not a good idea against a GM. I hadn't played or prepared this variation since the late 1990s. 5. d5 Nd4 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Qb6 8. Qd2

8...e5? I vaguely recalled 8... Bg4 was a move, but at the board 9. f3 Bxf3 10. Na4 didn't look right, and that is indeed the book refutation.; 8... Nf6 is the main line, but Black has scored horribly after 9. f3 Nd7 10. Rd1 O-O 11. b3 Nxe2 12. Bxe2 which makes sense as Black has spent 3 tempi to trade his knight. The text has been played by Suttles, but that isn't saying much since I think Suttles played every reasonable looking (and some not so reasonable looking) move in the Modern at some point in his career. 9. dxe6 fxe6 Suttles tried 9... Bxe6 against Ivkov in the 1967 Sousse Interzonal, but didn't get a very good position out of the opening and lost. 10. Rd1 e5 11. Nd5 Qc6 It looked like the king was going to have to go queenside, so I didn't want to retreat to d8. 12. Nxd4 exd4 13. Bg5 Be6 14. Be2 He had a long think here deciding between this and 14. Bd3 which is also good. He admitted to me afterwards that he couldn't figure out what I was going to do, and indeed Black is already is considerable difficulties. I tried to run the king to the queenside, but there really isn't anywhere to hide. 14... Kd7 15. f4 Rf8 16. O-O Kc8 17. Rb1 Kb8 18. b4 h6 19. Bh4 g5 20. fxg5 Rxf1+ 21. Rxf1 hxg5 22. Qxg5 Qd7 23. bxc5 [1:0]