Australia's George Xie defeated international master R.R. Laxman of India today in the 4th round of the Asian Championships. The Australian uncorked 10...Bc5 which, according to my database, is a novelty. It seems to me a good move as it keeps the white Bishop on d3 motionless.
Laxman had no counterattack as Xie opened up the king-side for an assault. The Australian commenced his finish nicely with 26...Qxe2!
Asian Chess Championship 2005
1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bb5 Nd4 5. O-O a6 6. Bd3 Ne7 7. Nxd4 cxd4 8. Ne2 d5 9. e5 Nc6 10. f4 Bc5 11. a3 O-O 12. b4 Bb6 13. Ng3 Qh4 14. Nh5 f6 15. exf6 g6 16. Ng3 Rxf6 17. Ne2 g5 18. g3 Qh5 19. fxg5 Rxf1+ 20. Qxf1 e5 21. Bb2 Bg4 22. Qg2 Bxe2 23. Qxd5+ Kh8 24. Qd7 Rf8 25. Rc1 Rf7 26. Bxe2 Qxe2 27. Qc8+ Kg7 28. d3 Bd8 0-1
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