Originally posted by NorrisB
Boy that's a poorly played game by white there. This is a special case of the French Winawar called the Poisoned Pawn variation 13 Rb1? Looks like a questionable move, I like 13 Nxc3 is would have saved him from the knight sac there later in the game. I think how he got into trouble is he opened up the center and personally in this variation I like to keep ...[text shortened]... closed your king is safe uncastled and black has given up nothing for two not so useful files.
I think you are on the money with regard to white's play, but 13. Rb1 isn't the culprit here. That move is the 3rd most popular in the position and scores over 60%, with Cuban GM Lenier Dominquez Perez being its most popular exponent.
He wins a lot with it-here's a game of his against GM Alexander Grischuk. It's a blitz game, but both players were rated 2719 at the time, which seemed too poetic to pass up!
Playing through it, it seems like a great example of white's opportunities in the line.