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Nimzowitsch Petrov variation C42

Posted on May 9th, 2010 by Richard

As I play 1.e4 I occasionally face the Petrov defence. I find this a real challenge most times. I am trying to play the Nimzowitsch variation and this game shows a good win here with a bishop sac:

I do not usually do this well in this opening and in general I need to learn the opening better but at least here when I saw an opportunity develop I took it!
There is a Petrov variation called the Cochrane gambit (Nxf7) which can be quite exciting too but I need to learn this Nimzowitsch opening better, knowing I won’t often win with a sac & mate!
Coincidentally Vishy Anand early in his career had a bad experience losing quickly against the Petrov (if I find the pgn for that game I will post it here!).

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