Counter the Center Counter!

GM Danny Gormally playing White
Center Counter 3...Qd6 [B01] with GM Danny Gormally

Looking towards the Center Counter, In Almasi,Z - Tologontegin,S after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6 Ne5 Be6 7.Bf4 Qd8 8.Qd2 g6 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 the move 10.d5! is a very strong pawn sacrifice:

Position after 10.d5!

This has been played before, but not in many games, and here Black failed to solve the problems once again.

Also worthy of note is the game Landa,K - Chatalbashev,B where White played most aggressively, after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Nfb5! Qb6 7.c4 c6 8.Nc3 Bg7 with 9.c5!:

Position after 9.c5!

followed by Bc4, and went on to win in fine style. However, Black fared better in the game Smirin,I - Kurajica,B.

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