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Table of contents: # 05, 2009 News............................................................................................................................ 4 FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik ...................................................................................... 4 French Teams Top 16 .............................................................................................. 5 Kutin vs. Yazici: not justice, but chaos prevails ........................................................ 6 Games ....................................................................................................................... 10 (01) Pikula,Dejan (2568) - Ivanisevic,Ivan (2625) [B72] ......................................... 10 (02) Movsesian,Sergei (2747) - Ionov,Sergey (2538) [C02] ................................... 12 (03) Belov,Vladimir (2623) - Grischuk,Alexander (2748) [E99]............................... 13 (04) Efimenko,Zahar (2682) - Ivanov,Sergey (2551) [C07] .................................... 15 (05) Shulman,Yuri (2632) - Van Wely,Loek (2622) [D43] ....................................... 16 (06) Shirov,Alexei (2745) - Volokitin,Andrei (2671) [C67]....................................... 18 (07) Rublevsky,Sergei (2702) - Volkov,Sergey (2594) [C06].................................. 19 (08) Ionov,Sergey (2538) - Moiseenko,Alexander (2690) [A31] ............................. 21 (09) Leko,Peter (2751) - Karjakin,Sergey (2721) [D15].......................................... 23 (10) Gelfand,Boris (2733) - Bacrot,Etienne (2728) [E15]........................................ 24 Editorial staff: ............................................................................................................. 27


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News FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik

Aronian beat Leko to take clear first place The FIDE Grand Prix Series Tournament took place in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia 14th-29th April 2009. Levon Aronian took clear first place by a point after beating his co-leader in the final round. Peter Leko and Vladimir Akopian finished in joint 2nd place. Alexander Grischuk and Etienne Bacrot were a further half point behind. 4th FIDE GP Nalchik (RUS), 15-29 iv 2009 cat. XIX (2725) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2754 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8½ 2832 2. Leko, Peter g HUN 2751 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 7½ 2780 3. Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2696 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7½ 2784 4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2748 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 7 2752 5. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2728 ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 2753 6. Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2716 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6½ 2725 7. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2733 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 6½ 2724 8. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 6 2696 9. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2721 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 2696 10. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2726 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 6 2696 11. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2725 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 6 2696 12. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2746 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 5½ 2666 13. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2695 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 5½ 2670 14. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2693 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 5½ 2670


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French Teams Top 16

Top 16 Chalons en Champagne. . Photo © Gerard Demuydt The French Team Championship (TOP 16) took place in Mulhouse (group A) and Chalons-en-Champagne (group B) 30th April - 3rd May 2009. The Poule Haute and Basse take place 28th-31st May 2009. The top 4 teams in each group take forward the three results against each other and play off against the teams from the other group to produce a final winner. French Team Championship Group A (FRA), 20 iii-3 v 2009 Pl. Equipe Pts j. d. p. c. 1 Evry Grand Roque 21 7 33 36 3 2 Clichy 19 7 20 29 9 3 Mulhouse Philidor 16 7 5 18 13 4 Noyon 15 7 -1 17 18 5 Marseille Echecs 14 7 1 14 13 6 Drancy 11 7 -10 14 24 7 Lutece Echecs 9 7 -23 11 34 8 Bois-Colombes 7 7 -25 5 30 French Team Championship Group B (FRA), 20 iii-3 v 2009 Pl. Equipe Pts j. d. p. c. 1 Montpellier 19 7 15 23 8 2 Cannes 18 7 14 22 8 3 Vandoeuvre 16 7 10 23 13 4 Chalons en Champagne 16 7 12 27 15 5 Metz Fischer 15 7 1 18 17 6 Strasbourg 11 7 -8 11 19 7 Antibes 10 7 -13 9 22 8 Grasse 7 7 -31 6 37


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Kutin vs. Yazici: not justice, but chaos prevails

We received a letter from Ali Nihat Yazici, the President of the Turkish Chess Federation, concerning a recent arbitration in the court of Lausanne about an organizing dispute between the European Chess Union and the Turkish Chess Federation. Yazici’s letter speaks of justice, but to us, it seems only chaos prevails. A down-to-earth perspective is badly needed. To be honest, here at ChessVibes we had already completely forgotten about the case, which was filed back in October 2007. Reading articles with so many abbreviations also didn’t help getting us into the case, which was basically about the rights of the Turkish Federation to hold three major tournaments in Turkey: • • •

2009 European Individual Chess Championship 2009 European Club Cup 2009 European Youth Championship

In August 2007, The European Chess Union (ECU) decided these events would be organized not by the Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) in Turkey, but in other countries. The 2009 European Individual Chess Championship was held in Montenegro (men) and Russia (wonen), the 2009 European Club Cup will be held in Struga, Lake Ochid, Former Republic of Yugoslavia and the 2009 European Youth Championship is scheduled to be held in Fermo, Italy. Now, the Lausanne court has apparently ruled that the results of these tournaments should be declared void. It’s important to note that this includes norms, rating gains and losses and qualifications for the World Cup 2009. Here’s Yazici’s lengthy letter: OPEN LETTER TO ALL CHESS FEDERATIONS AND MEDIA ‘Law is just and justice prevails’ As is well known, from the open letter that was presented to the chess world on 12 October 2007, I invited Boris Kutin, the President of the European Chess Union (ECU) to resign. Together with the invitation, I also explained the reasons of the unfortunate obligation that TCF had to sue ECU in Lausanne, Switzerland. I explained that from 24 August 2007 to 2 October 2007 we had tried to find a solution with the ECU but starting from the dear President, the majority of the ECU Board did not take our rights 6

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or reasons into consideration. This was not only the first time and not the last time that the ECU was violating our rights. I also underlined that ECU lost objectivity in their decisions starting from 2006, since all the tournaments were being given to a group of countries from a specific geographical region, while ECU was behaving as if there was an unwritten convention that countries like Turkey, Greece and Georgia were not to be given any tournaments. As a leading national federation, the Turkish Chess Federation could not be silent against this double standard and therefore we opened a law suit against ECU. After the letter had been published, on November 3, 2007, during the ECU General Assembly held in Crete, these issues were heavily debated during a long session and it was registered in the assembly that the decisions of the ECU were not in line with the bidding procedures and the rights of our Federation were not defended. Our common friends tried to end the suit between the TCF and the ECU. FIDE Deputy President and the President of the Greek Chess Federation worked a lot to find a peaceful solution. I agreed with his views that these kind of problems should be resolved under the roof of FIDE through diplomacy, however the entirely consciously biased decisions against our Federation were not acceptable. Mr.Kutin, continued his explicitly biased and hostile attitude during the ECU General Assembly in Dresden, 2008. During the ?? Bank Atatürk FIDE Women Grand Prix held between 5-20 March in ?stanbul, Mr.Makropoulos again tried to assist as a mediator between the two parties and showed enormous effort to find a compromise. The TCF accepted to conditionally drop the case, unwillingly I must add, but respecting the motto of Gens Una Sumus. However, ECU rejected these reconciliation efforts. Actually, the inability to administer by the ECU Board was clear after the 2007 and 2008 ECU General Assemblies. ECU Board could not pass any of their propositions. Furthermore, during the 2007 Assembly the authority of the ECU Board, on deciding the organizers of annual events, was reduced by the GA and by 2008, except for the youth championships, all other events will be decided by the GA. This shows a de facto distrust of the ECU Board. It is sure that law is just and justice prevails eventually. This was proven true once again. After the last trial was held on 30 March 2009 in Lausanne, the court ruled for TCF with the decision taken on 22 April 2009 as their decision written in French (and our translation in English) is attached. According to this judgement, the decisions of the ECU Board on 24 August 2007 for the three tournaments of 2009, were cancelled and became void. So those three decision given below are now void! Furthermore, it was decided that ECU should pay 6.593 CHF for legal costs to the Turkish Chess Federation as compensation. And also they will pay 3.686 CHF for the court expenses in total the amount will be 10.279 CHF. I do not count the money we spent for the law suit, the money spent by ECU for travelling, accommodation and for lawyers in Lausanne. All those money were spent to the detriment of the chess world due to the illegal decision of ECU and their behavior of disregarding the views of one of their members. What were the decisions which were cancelled? 7

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1. 2009 European Individual Chess Championship 2. The decision to hold 2009 European Club Cup in Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Struga. 3. The decision to hold 2009 European Youth Championship in Italy, Fermo. What are the probable consequences? 1. With the court decision regarding the European Individual Chess Championship, the European Individual Championships held in Montenegro and Russia for men and women respectively are both void. Any of the players that participated and qualified from those events cannot play in the World Cup (that is the opinion after consulting lawyers). Those tournaments should be held in 2009 again! ECU is responsible for all the expenses of those events spent by players and organizers. FIDE, as the body controlling the World Championship cycle, should convene quickly and decide about it. It is an absolute mess now. 2. ECU decision to “legally” hold the European Club Cup 2009 is also cancelled. A new bid procedure should immediately start for the organization of this event. Until 2007, ECU Board was the deciding body about the incoming bids but now ECU General Assembly should convene as soon as possible with a new bidding procedure to decide for this event. 3. The ECU Board’s decision taken on 24 August 2007 to hold European Youth Championship also cannot be hold in this country without a new decision. Since the event is being planned to be held in August, the bidding process should restart immediately and a new organizer should be determined. This is only the beginning. ECU President has created a real mess in the chess world, despite our and all other intermediaries’ suggestions. This issue is not about losing one or three events, but we will resume our struggle until the decisions are taken lawfully according to the procedures, since our rights were unlawfully violated. We immediately invite all of the ECU Board starting with Mr.Boris Kutin to resign and believe that is the time to convene immediately an Extraordinary General Assembly with elections. We are proposing following:All the ECU board must resign. We know that some members of the board did their best to persuade the President but they could not change his rigid opinion. However, considering that the decision belongs to all board, we ask them all to resign.Turkey is ready to organize an extraordinary ECU GA in Istanbul in order temporary to elect a new President and board members until the next ECU GA in 2010 in Khanty-MansiyskTCF is ready to do everything possible to help in the negotiation between all affected parties to find right solutions to avoid serious problems which we are facing today. It is the time that ECU should be administered in the right hands. It is time to stop this bad situation. European chess needs a much better leader than dear current president. This board, which could not manage to find any sponsor, nor achieved any corporate success so far in great and important continent like Europe could only organize events thanks to the FIDE’s granted rights that enabled them to raise money by entrance fees, which is probably paid to the President and to the General Secretary. I invite my honorable friends in the ECU Board to resign. Please resign and let’s convene the General Assembly. 8

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Gens Una Sumus Ali Nihat YAZICI President Turkish Chess Federation Quite apart from the court’s decision (in French, English translation by the Turks here), it seems to us that Yazici’s letter misses the mark on several points. First of all, the focus of the letter is on the proposed resignation of Kutin and the rest of the ECU board. This request is made no less than four times, which to us suggests a personal element that this situation can really do without for now. Secondly, the suggestion that Turkey is willing to host the replacing tournaments is definitely nice-to-know, but no more than that: surely there are many more countries which would like to host such events. Third, the assertion that ‘law is just and justice prevails’ is opportunistic at best, not to say tasteless. What’s most important is not what happens to Kutin, the TCF or any other federation, but what happens to those who suffer most from all this - the players. Yazici is completely silent on this fact, but so is the ECU, whose website is a blank about the whole affair. It’s about time that shameless examples of chess politics like this come to an end. There seem to be no winners in this case - only losers. The result: total chaos and anarchy - a long way from justice indeed.

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Games 15...Qb6 16.Nde2 Qc5 and pawn d5 is in trou− bles.] 14...Bb7 [Alternative was 14...Nc4 15.Qb4 e6 16.Nc3 Bb7 and again Black is bet− ch−SRB Kragujevac SRB (6), 07.04.2009 ter thanks to better arrangement of pieces] [GM Aveskulov, V] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 15.h4?! [White doesn't want to keep passive 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 d6 defence after 15.0-0 Nc4 16.Qc3 e5 17.Ne2 Rc8 and begins badly prepared attack. ] 9.h3 Na5 10.Qd2 a6 15...e5?! [It was better to begin from 15...Nc4 16.Qc3 (now after 16.Qc1 Black can play XABCDEFGHY 16...e6 (except of e5 that happened in the 8r+lwq-trk+( game) 17.h5 doesn't work in this moment be− cause of 17...exd5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Qh6+ Kf6 7+p+-zppvlp' 20.Qh4+ Ke5! 6p+-zp-snp+&

(01) Pikula,Dejan (2568) Ivanisevic,Ivan (2625) [B72]

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Right this move is a novelty. There is nothing special; Black just prepares b7−b5 with subse− quent capturing c4−square by knight (rook will support it from c8 of course) 11.Bh6 White's plan is changing of main defencer of Black king. But, actually, this idea looks a little bit strangely in co−operation with h2−h3 move. 11...b5 Black continues own plan and doesn't pay serious attention to White's idea. 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Bd5?! [13.0-0 was much better. Of course White has no any advantage but its po− sition is pretty solid to keep equality. 13...Bb7 (13...b4 is also possible 14.Nd5 Nxe4 15.Qxb4 Bb7 with equal position) 14.Rfe1 Rc8=] 13...Nxd5 14.Nxd5

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-wq-tr-+( 7+l+-+p+-' 6p+-zp-+p+& 5+p+pmk-+-% 4-+nsNP+-wQ$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2PzPP+-zPP+" 1tR-+-mK-+R! xabcdefghy Maybe you will find something for White here but I couldn't; Black is piece up and its king looks pretty safe in the very center of the board. ) 16...e5 in the game White had this po− sition with queen on c1 that is better for it 17.Nf3 Bxd5 18.exd5 Rc8 Black is better] 16.h5!? Unfortunately Black has enough de− fencive options against of White's attack 16...Nc4 First of all Black pushes White queen for less convinient position 17.Qc1

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XABCDEFGHY 8r+-wq-tr-+( 7+l+-+pmkp' 6p+-zp-+p+& 5+p+Nzp-+P% 4-+nsNP+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2PzPP+-zPP+" 1tR-wQ-mK-+R! xabcdefghy

[Black is obviously better after 14.exd5 Nc4 15.Qc1 (15.Qg5 Bd7 with advantage of Black) 17...exd4?! [Here Black misses very strong opportunity − 17...Bxd5! and after 18.hxg6 −


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(18.exd5? is very badly 18...exd4 19.hxg6 Qe7+ 20.Kf1 fxg6 21.Qh6+ Kg8-+) 18...hxg6 19.Qh6+ (19.Nf5+ Kf6 20.exd5 gxf5-+ and Black is winning) 19...Kf6 20.Qh4+ g5 21.Qh6+ Ke7 22.exd5 (22.Nf5+ Kd7 23.exd5 Rh8! the point of the whole variation 24.Qxh8 Qa5+ 25.Kf1 Rxh8 26.Rxh8 Qb4 and Black is almost winning; White is not able to defence own queen−side) 22...exd4 23.Qxg5+ Kd7 24.Qf5+ Kc7 25.0-0-0 White has some compensation for a piece but Black should solve all the tech− nical problems and win] 18.hxg6 h5! [The strongest but not the only move. Black had an unobvious 18...Ne3!? White should find 19.Qd2! (because after 19.fxe3 Bxd5! 20.exd5 fxg6 it is in the troubles; there is no opportunity for a castling) 19...Nxc2+ 20.Qxc2 Bxd5 21.Rxh7+ Kxg6 22.exd5+ f5 with a minimal advantage of Black] 19.Rxh5 Rh8 20.Rxh8 Qxh8 21.Qg5

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-+-wq( 7+l+-+pmk-' 6p+-zp-+P+& 5+p+N+-wQ-% 4-+nzpP+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2PzPP+-zPP+" 1tR-+-mK-+-! xabcdefghy 21...Bxd5 [21...Qd8? is not good because of 22.Ne7! Bxe4 23.0-0-0 f6 24.Qh4! Bxg6 (24...Qxe7?? 25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Qh8#) 25.Nxg6 Kxg6 26.Qg4+ Kf7 27.Rh1 with attack. For in− stance, 27...Qg8 28.Qd7+ Kf8 29.b3 Ne5 30.Qxd6+ e.g.That's why Black first of all cap− tures White knight] 22.gxf7+ Kf8 23.Qxd5 Ra7 [Black also could take a rook 23...Qh1+!? 24.Ke2 Qxa1 25.Qxa8+ Kxf7 and White has just a few checks 26.Qd5+ Ke7 27.Qb7+ (27.Qg5+ Kd7 28.Qd5 Kc7) 27...Kf6 28.Qc8 d3+! 29.cxd3 (29.Kxd3 Nxb2+) 29...Qxb2+ 30.Kf3 Ne5+ 31.Ke3 Qxa2 with excelent chances for a win] 24.0-0-0 [In a case of 24.Rd1 Black can reply with 24...Qh4! now Ne3 threatens 25.Rd3 (25.Rxd4? Rxf7-+ 26.g3? Qh1+ 27.Ke2 Qf3+) 25...Ne3! 26.Qxd6+ Re7 27.g3 Qh1+ 28.Ke2 Qh5+ 29.Ke1 Nc4 and Black has an advantage but probably this variation is still better choose for White] 24...d3! 25.c3 Qh6+ 26.Kb1 Rxf7

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-mk-+( 7+-+-+r+-' 6p+-zp-+-wq& 5+p+Q+-+-% 4-+n+P+-+$ 3+-zPp+-+-# 2PzP-+-zPP+" 1+K+R+-+-! xabcdefghy Black has consolidated own position and now starts to realise an extra−piece 27.Qxd3 [Whie can't prevent Black rook to get to the 2−nd rank 27.f3? Ne3 28.Qa8+ Kg7-+] 27...Rxf2 28.e5 [28.b3 also doesn't save White 28...Na3+ 29.Ka1 Qf6! with ideas: Rc2 and b5−b4 30.Qxd6+ Qxd6 31.Rxd6 a5-+ and due to b5−b4 threat position of White is absolutely hopeless.] 28...Qf4 [28...Rxb2+ was slightly better 29.Ka1 Qf4! with the same as in the game ideas 30.exd6 Rxa2+! 31.Kxa2 Qf2+ 32.Rd2 Qxd2+ 33.Qxd2 Nxd2-+] 29.b3

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-mk-+( 7+-+-+-+-' 6p+-zp-+-+& 5+p+-zP-+-% 4-+n+-wq-+$ 3+PzPQ+-+-# 2P+-+-trP+" 1+K+R+-+-! xabcdefghy Now it's time for a little tactics 29...Rb2+ 30.Ka1 Rxa2+! 31.Kxa2 Qf2+ 32.Rd2 Qxd2+ 33.Qxd2 Nxd2 34.exd6 Ke8-+ This endgame it winning for Black but it's not the end 35.Ka3


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Black have normal position.] 7...Bxc5

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+k+-+( 7+-+-+-+-' 6p+-zP-+-+& 5+p+-+-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3mKPzP-+-+-# 2-+-sn-+P+" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy 35...Kd7? A serious mistake that misses a win [Right way was 35...a5! 36.c4 − 36...Nxc4+! 37.bxc4 bxc4 38.g4 Kd7 39.g5 Kxd6-+ king is in the square and pawns a5 and c4 can de− fence themselves] 36.Kb4 Kxd6 37.c4? [White misses a draw. After 37.Ka5! Black is not able to realise an extra knight 37...Ne4 (37...Kc6 38.Kxa6 Nxb3 39.g4 Nc5+ 40.Ka5 Ne6 41.Kb4 and next c3−c4) 38.c4! Kc6 39.Kxa6 b4 40.Ka5 Kc5 41.g4 and even after winning of c4−pawn Black can't win: 41...Nd2 42.Ka4 Nf3 43.Ka5 Nd4 44.Ka4 Nc6 45.g5 Ne5 46.Ka5 Nxc4+! 47.Ka4 Ne5 48.Ka5= But now game is over] 37...Kc6 38.cxb5+ [Black is able to win in a case of 38.g4 bxc4 39.bxc4 Ne4 40.Ka5 Kb7 41.Ka4 Kb6 42.Kb4 a5+ 43.Kb3 Nc5+ 44.Kc3 Kc6-+ king moves to g−pawn and after Kd4 Black replies with a5−a4 and knight is un− touchable] 38...axb5 39.Kc3 [Now 39.g4 doesn't help 39...Ne4 40.Ka5 Kc5 41.Ka6 b4 42.Ka5 the difference is that pawn is on g4 (not on g5) and Black king is in the square; knight moves to c2 to defence b4−pawn 42...Nd2 43.Ka4 Nf3 44.Ka5 Nd4 45.Ka4 Nc2 now king can move to g−pawn 46.g5 Kd5 47.Kb5 Ke5 48.Kc4 Kf5 49.Kd3 Na3-+] 39...Ne4+ 40.Kd4 Ng3 41.Ke5 Kc5 42.Kf4 Ne2+ 43.Ke5 Kb4 44.g4 Ng1! 45.Kd5 [45.g5 Nf3+ 46.Kf6 Nxg5+] 45...Nf3 46.Ke4 Nh4 White resigned 0-1

XABCDEFGHY 8rsn-+k+ntr( 7zpp+-+pzpp' 6-wq-+p+-+& 5+lvlpzP-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-zP-+N+-# 2PzP-+LzPPzP" 1tRNvLQmK-+R! xabcdefghy 8.0-0 [Everyone, who plays this variation, should know how to react in case of 8.b4?! Bxf2+ 9.Kf1 : 9...Bc6! , Kristjansson−Thorsson, ISL−chT 1998, (9...Bd7 , as Shirov played, faces with 10.c4! Na6 (10...dxc4 11.Na3!±) 11.c5 Nxc5 12.bxc5 Bxc5 ) 10.a4 (10.c4 dxc4 11.Na3 Bd5!) 10...a6∓] 8...Bxe2 9.Qxe2 Qa6 [I like more preventive 9...a5!? 10.a4 (10.Nbd2 a4) 10...Ne7 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nb5 Nd7= , Lobzhanidze−Volkov, Turheim 1999.] 10.Qd2! [Of course, White were not satisfied with early endgame after 10.Qxa6 Nxa6 11.Nbd2 Ne7 12.Nb3 Bb6= , Ivanovic−Beliavsky, Jugoslavija 1994. Now Movsesian is going to combine ideas Qd2−g5 and b4, a4...] 10...Nh6N [Somewhat extravagant − now Black will have some problems with knight h6. There was no ground to reject standard 10...Ne7 11.b4 (11.Qg5 Ng6) 11...Bb6 12.a4 Nd7 , Mueller− Sadeghi, Hofbieber 1996, 13.a5?! Bc7 − some problems with point e5.] 11.b4 Be7 Obviously, for that reason Ionov has chosen 10...Nh6. 12.Nd4 Nd7! [12...0-0 is poorly due 13.Qd1!± , so Black are attacking pawn e5 meanwhile.] 13.Re1 Ng4 14.f4

(02) Movsesian,Sergei (2747) Ionov,Sergey (2538) [C02]

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+k+-tr( 7zpp+nvlpzpp' 6q+-+p+-+& 5+-+pzP-+-% 4-zP-sN-zPn+$ 3+-zP-+-+-# 2P+-wQ-+PzP" 1tRNvL-tR-mK-! xabcdefghy

16th TCh−RUS Premier Dagomys RUS (4), 07.04.2009 [IM Polivanov, A] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7 Entirely positional continuation. Black are in− tended to swap for white−squared bishops. 6.Be2 Bb5 [In light of next White's move, 6...cxd4 can appear more exact, but then there is an opportunity 7.Nxd4!?] 7.dxc5 [7.c4 is met with 7...Bxc4 8.Bxc4 Qb4+! (expelling 8...dxc4 [14.Qf4? Ngxe5 15.Rxe5 Bd6-+] 14...h5? [Too 9.d5 ) 9.Nbd2 dxc4 10.a3 Qb5 11.0-0 Ne7 −


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artificially. Was it 14...0-0 15.h3 (15.Qd1 Nh6 − bishop c1 is alredy locked) 15...Nh6 16.g4 dangerous? I don't think so.] 15.a4 g6 16.a5 Here it is − while Black was raising h7−h5 and g7−g6, Movsesian occupied some space on queen flank, 16...b6 [Of course, it's undesirable to open "a"−line, but it seems, that's the only way: 16...Qc4 17.Na3 Qc8 18.c4! dxc4 19.Bb2 with overwhelming edge.] 17.h3 Nh6 18.Na3 Nf5 [18...0-0 looks inappropriate: 19.Nab5 Qc8 20.axb6 axb6 21.Rxa8 Qxa8 22.g3 with follow− ing Qe2 and g4... Black have nothing to reply on it.] 19.Nab5 Rc8 20.Qd3 Kf8? [Heavy mis− take, after which game is nearly lost. It was necessary to leave by long−suffering queen: 20...Qb7™ 21.axb6 Nxd4! 22.Nxd4 (22.Rxa7? Qxb6 23.cxd4 Rb8∓) 22...Nxb6 − of course, this is no picnic, but nevertheless.] 21.Nxf5 gxf5 22.Be3 The full fiasco on line "a" is ex− pected for Black. 22...Qb7 [Exchange's sacri− fice 22...Rxc3!? 23.Qxc3 Qxb5 could be a nice try, but after 24.Qc7 White will penetrate into Black's camp.] 23.axb6 a6 [It's turned out, that 23...axb6 fraughts with material losses: 24.Ra7 Qc6 25.Nd4+−] 24.Nd6 Bxd6 25.exd6 Rc4 26.Bd4 Rg8

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-mkr+( 7+q+n+p+-' 6pzP-zPp+-+& 5+-+p+p+p% 4-zPrvL-zP-+$ 3+-zPQ+-+P# 2-+-+-+P+" 1tR-+-tR-mK-! xabcdefghy Black's position appears miserable, and Movsesian finds the concrete way to achieve a victory. 27.b5! [By the way, provoking 27.Qe3!? counting upon 27...Nxb6!? 28.Bxb6 d4 also looks good: 29.Qe2! Rxc3 30.Bxd4 Rcg3 31.Ra2+−] 27...axb5 [27...a5 28.Rxa5 Nxb6 29.Rea1] 28.Ra7 Qc6 29.b7 Nb8 [In case 29...Ra4 White are winning by temporary queen sacrifice: 30.Qxb5! Qxb5 31.Ra8+ Rxa8 32.bxa8Q+ Nb8 33.Qa7! Nc6 34.d7! Ke7 35.d8Q+ Kxd8 36.Qxf7+−] 30.Qe3 Indirect protection of pawn d6 − now on taking it will be follow Bd4−e5, and there is no check on di− agonal a7−g1. 30...Ra4 31.Qe5! Combining threats d6−d7 and Qe5−f6, White compel a surrender. 31...Ke8 [31...Rxa7 32.d7! Nxd7

33.b8Q+ Nxb8 34.Qxb8++−; 31...Nd7 32.b8Q+ Nxb8 33.Rxf7++−] 32.Qf6 Qxd6 33.Ra8 Rf8 Black want to run away by king, but... 34.Rxb8+! Qxb8 35.Rxe6+ Very impressive game by Movsesian. 2750, indeed.[35.Rxe6+ fxe6 36.Qxe6+ Kd8 37.Bb6+ Qc7 38.b8Q#] 10

(03) Belov,Vladimir (2623) Grischuk,Alexander (2748) [E99] 16th TCh−RUS Premier Dagomys RUS (4), 07.04.2009 [IM Polivanov, A] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.g4!? Well−known Benko System, the main idea of which is to block kingside, thus avoiding standard attack f4, g5, h5, g4... 11...Kh8 [11...f4?! justifies all White's inten− tions, as after 12.h4! any possible initiative will be suppressed. By move in the game Black want to put own knight on g8 with further Ngf6/Nc5 or Bh6.] 12.Nd3 Ng8 13.Kh1 [13.Be3?! f4 14.Bf2 h5! , and White haven't yet built a barricade.] 13...f4 [13...Bh6 is no good in view of 14.exf5 gxf5 15.f4! − White are better ready for breaking the game; another way − 13...a5 14.Rg1 Rf7!? (Black pretend they are not scared by g4−g5) 15.g5 f4 , Vaganian− Uhlmann, Niksic 1978.] 14.Rg1

XABCDEFGHY 8r+lwq-trnmk( 7zppzpn+-vlp' 6-+-zp-+p+& 5+-+Pzp-+-% 4-+P+PzpP+$ 3+-sNN+P+-# 2PzP-+L+-zP" 1tR-vLQ+-tRK! xabcdefghy 14...Bf6?N [Very dubious plan, and Belov clearly brings out, why. More solid 14...g5 15.Bd2 h5 16.h3 Rf6 17.Rc1 Rh6 18.Kg2 Bf8 19.b4 Ne7 , Cheparinov−Fedorov, Khanty− Mansiysk 2005.] 15.b4 Bh4 16.c5 Ndf6 17.Bb2! Now bishop b2 like sword of Damo− cles for black king. 17...Bd7 18.a4 [White want to place knight (or bishop) to b5 "with all con− veniences", but there is such feeling, that it possible... right now! 18.g5 Nh5 19.Nb5!! Bxb5 20.Nxe5 dxe5 (20...Ng7 21.Qd4!) 21.Bxe5+ Ng7 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.Qd4+ Kf7 24.Bxb5


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Bxg5 25.d6‚ , but one must understand, that team competitions have own specificity − play calm as possible!] 18...h5 Using the moment, Grischuk makes the ventlight for king. 19.Nxf4 [Nice trick, but after 19.gxh5 g5 20.Nb5 Black are compelled to give up with white−squared bishop (such a strong pressure to points c7 and d6), and as we know, such loss in this Kings−Indian systems − like a disaster.] 19...exf4 20.g5 Kh7 [Sooner or later, piece has to be returned: 20...Ne8 21.Nb5+ Kh7 (21...Ng7 22.cxd6±) 22.Qd4 Ngf6 (22...Ne7 23.cxd6 cxd6 24.Nxd6!) 23.gxf6 Bxf6 24.Qd2 Bxb2 25.Qxb2±] 21.gxf6 Bxf6 22.Qd2 Nh6 23.Bb5! [Belov has solved Grischuk's trap: 23.Qxf4 is parried by inventive 23...Ng4! (23...Bxc3? 24.Qg3+−) 24.fxg4 Bxc3 25.Qc1 Bxb2 26.Qxb2 Qh4©] 23...Bh3 [As usual, such exchange is unfavourable for Black: 23...a6 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Ne2] 24.Bf1 Bd7 25.Bb5 Bh3 26.Rac1 Sure, White don't need a draw at this moment. 26...Be5 27.Nd1! Excellent tran− sition. Knight from d3 will support pawn ad− vances in center. 27...a6 28.Nf2! Bc8 [28...axb5 29.Nxh3 bxa4 30.Ng5+ Kg8 31.Ne6+−] 29.Bf1 Nf7 30.Nd3 Bd7 31.cxd6 [31.Nxf4? Bxb2 32.Qxb2 Ne5] 31...cxd6 32.Nxe5 dxe5 [32...Nxe5 33.Bxe5 dxe5 34.Qg2 Rg8 35.Qg5! , and White will reach point c7.] 33.d6

Qg5 38.Rg7+ with mate; 36.Bxf7 Rxf7 37.Bxe5+− − White are going to take one pawn more, and central armada will advance.] 35...Rxf7 36.Bxe5 Bb5 37.Bxf4+ Kh7 38.Bg2 Qd7 As it turned out, things are not so bad for Black − they can organize blockade on white squares. 39.Bg5 Bc6 40.Qd4 a5?

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-+-+( 7+p+q+r+k' 6-+lzP-+p+& 5zp-+-+-vLp% 4-zP-wQP+-+$ 3+-+-+P+-# 2-+-+-+LzP" 1+-+-+-tRK! xabcdefghy

Unwritten rule − never make jerky steps at 40th move... Why? Because after time control your opponent will have a possibility to look into all complications. 41.Bc1! Belov finds the joint in the armour − square h6! 41...Qe8 [41...axb4 42.Qe3 Kg8 43.Qh6 Qxd6 44.Bf1+−] 42.Qe3 Qf8 43.b5! Now the derivation comes. White want to push "e"−pawn forward. 43...Bd7 [43...Bxb5 44.e5 Re8 45.e6 Bd7 46.e7] 44.e5 Re8 45.f4 Bishop's g2 turn − XABCDEFGHY route to e4. 45...Bxb5 46.Be4 Rf5 [46...Rg7 8r+-wq-tr-+( 47.Rg5; more heavy problem could set 7+p+l+n+k' 46...Bc6 47.Rxg6 Rxf4 48.Bxc6! (some ques− tions still remain after 48.Rh6+!? Kxh6 6p+-zP-+p+& 49.Qxf4+ Qxf4 50.Bxf4+ Kg7 51.Bxc6 bxc6 5+-+-zp-+p% 52.d7 Rd8 53.e6 Kf6 54.Bg5+ Kxe6 55.Bxd8 4PzP-+Pzp-+$ a4 − even now it's hard to estimate this ending) 3+-+-+P+-# 48...bxc6 49.Rg1 Rg4 50.Qd3+ Kh8 51.Rxg4 hxg4 52.d7 Rb8 53.Bg5+−] 47.Qb6 Bc6? [But 2-vL-wQ-+-zP" that's a mistake. The only way here was 1+-tR-+LtRK! 47...Bd7 48.Qxb7 Qf7 with some hopes to xabcdefghy draw tendencies of opposite−squared bishops.] 48.Bxc6 bxc6 49.d7 Rd8 50.Qxc6 Now there 33...Bxa4 [Seems like strange optimisim, and is no obstacles for pawn advancement. kind of much better was 33...Rc8 in anticipa− 50...Qf7 51.e6 Qe7 tion of strike 34.Bc4 Nxd6!? , but after 35.Bb3! (35.Qxd6?! Bg4 36.Qxe5 Bxf3+ 37.Rg2 Qd7„) 35...Nxe4 36.Qg2! White have to win. So, Black's position insensibly became very bad.] 34.Rc7 Kh6 35.Rxf7? [Needless sacrifice. Maybe, Belov simply didn't have enought time for calculating 35.Bc4 , which should lead to win: 35...Bd7 a) 35...Qxd6 36.Qxd6 Nxd6 37.Bxe5 Ne8 38.Rxb7+−; b) 35...Nxd6 36.Rxg6+! (36.Qg2 Be8!) 36...Kxg6 37.Qg2+


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XABCDEFGHY 8-+-tr-+-+( 7+-+Pwq-+k' 6-+Q+P+p+& 5zp-+-+r+p% 4-+-+-zP-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2-+-+-+-zP" 1+-vL-+-tRK! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8rsnlwqkvlntr( 7zpp+-+pzpp' 6-+-+p+-+& 5+-+p+-+-% 4-+-sNP+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2PzPPsN-zPPzP" 1tR-vLQmKL+R! xabcdefghy

[51...Rf6 52.f5! gxf5 53.exf7 Rxc6 54.Bg5+−] 52.Re1? [It's pity, that Belov has missed forced and beautiful ending: 52.Ba3!! Qxa3 (52...Qf6 53.Bb2! Qe7 54.Be5+−) 53.e7! Rf6! (53...Qxe7 54.Qxg6+ Kh8 55.Qxf5+−) 54.exd8Q Rxc6 55.Qh8+!+−] 52...Rf6? [Grischuk responds by favour... 52...Rc5! 53.Ba3 a) 53.Qe4 Rxd7 54.exd7 (54.Ba3 Rdc7) 54...Qxe4+ 55.Rxe4 Rxc1+ 56.Kg2 Rd1=; b) 53.Qa4 Rxc1 54.Rxc1 Qxe6; 53...Qh4™ (here it is 52.Re1 tells upon) 54.Qe4 (54.Bxc5 Qxe1+ 55.Kg2 Qd2+ 56.Bf2 Qxf4) 54...Rc2! 55.Re2 Qh3! 56.Qg2 Qd3! 57.Rxc2 Qd1+ 58.Qg1 Qxc2 − Black's activity (Rb8−b1, checks on a8−h1) should be enough for equality.] 53.Qe4 a4 54.Bb2 Rf5 55.Qxa4 Rdf8 56.Qd4! [56.Qa3!+− maybe even more powerful, but instead Belov's choice more sim− ple.] 56...Rxf4 57.Qg7+ Qxg7 58.Bxg7 Rd8 59.Be5! Finally! Very nervous game...[59.e7? Rxd7 60.e8Q Rxg7 , and Black might build a fortress.] 1-0

[Yeah, they do − otherwise we could see 5.exd5 ] 5...Nf6 [Statistics says, that after 5...Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Nxc6 Bxc6 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 Black have better chances to equalize. But Ivanov expresses one's opinion.] 6.exd5 [6.e5 gives nothing: 6...Nfd7 7.N2f3 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Bd3 Ba6!= , Svidler−Dreev, Rostov 1993.] 6...Qxd5 7.N2f3 [At request, it's possi− ble to add fuel to the fire − 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Be2!? Qxg2 9.Bf3 Qg5 10.a4 , but Ivanov is good in− formed about these lines.] 7...Nc6 8.Nxc6 [8.Nb5 Bb4+ 9.c3 Qxd1+ 10.Kxd1 Ba5 11.Nd6+ Ke7 12.Nxc8+ Raxc8= , Yudasin− Ivanov, Peterburg 1997.] 8...Qxc6 9.Bd3 a6 [Useless yet, to my mind. Black waste an im− portant tempo. Worth to play 9...Bd6 10.0-0 0-0 , and if now 11.b3? , then 11...e5!] 10.0-0 Bd6 White have already castled, so the opportunity Nf3−e5 arises. This implyies 10...Bd6. 11.b3N Very logical novelty − bishop goes to a1-h8 diagonal. Even strange, why it hasn't been ap− peared before. 11...b5?! ["If you've said A, you must say B..." − but this is not that case. Per− (04) Efimenko,Zahar (2682) haps, it's too late for 11...0-0 : 12.Bb2 Nd5 , Ivanov,Sergey (2551) [C07] and now White can start an attack − 13.Ng5 h6 16th TCh−RUS Premier Dagomys RUS (5), 14.Bh7+! Kh8 15.Be4; but shy 11...b6! with the 08.04.2009 same ideas as 11...b5, would be the optimal [IM Polivanov, A] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3!? [Curious choice.] 12.a4 b4? continuation − White want to avoid 4.exd5 XABCDEFGHY Qxd5] 4...cxd4 5.Nxd4

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[Apparently, Ivanov overlooked White's retort. XABCDEFGHY There's nothing to be done except sacrifice: 8rsn-wqkvl-tr( 12...Bb7 13.axb5 axb5 14.Rxa8+ Bxa8 15.Qe2 7zpl+-+p+-' 0-0 16.Bxb5 Qc7 with sight to pawns c2 and h2, but I'm not sure, that such compensation 6-+p+psn-zp& will be sufficient.] 13.Bb5! By the way, such 5+p+-+-+-% blow − is the standard one for C07 system with 4-+pzPP+NzP$ queen c6. 13...axb5 14.axb5 Bxh2+ 15.Nxh2 3+-sN-+-vL-# [Of course, not 15.Kxh2?? Qc7+-+] 15...Qb7 16.Rxa8 Qxa8 17.Qd6 Nd5 For the time pre− 2PzP-+-zPP+" sent all was forced. Now Efimenko clings to 1tR-+QmKL+R! kingside pawns. 18.Qg3 g6 [This is heavy− xabcdefghy hearted move, but otherwise pawn b4 is doomed: 18...Ne7 19.Bd2! (19.Qxg7?? Rg8-+; Very seldom move. Practics says that after it 19.Qg4 Bb7) 19...Nf5 20.Qc7±] 19.Ng4 Black is ok. This game couldn't change this evaluation. [11.Be2 is more popular. Black has XABCDEFGHY a choose between 11...h5 (and 11...Nbd7 as it 8q+l+k+-tr( was in the game Grischuk−Gelfand, Odess 7+-+-+p+p' (rapid), 2007. The idea of move is that after 12.Nxg4 Black by force wins a pawn e4 12...b4 6-+-+p+p+& 13.Nxf6+ Nxf6 14.Na4 Nxe4 with complicated 5+P+n+-+-% game.) 12.0-0 Nbd7 Aronian−Anand, Mexico, 4-zp-+-+N+$ 2007] 11...Nxg4 12.Qxg4 Qxd4 Thanks to this 3+P+-+-wQ-# change of pawns White has an open line, but the problem is that this achievement doesn't 2-+P+-zPP+" give any dividends. 13.Rd1 Qf6 14.e5! [Just 1+-vL-+RmK-! Black can get an advantage in a case of calm xabcdefghy development 14.Be2 Nd7 15.0-0 0-0-0] 14...Qf5 15.Qd4 19...h5 [19...0-0 20.Bh6+−; 19...f6!? was the desperate attempt to cover white squares, but XABCDEFGHY it doesn't help anyway... taking into account 8rsn-+kvl-tr( White's perfect play, of course! 20.Qf3 0-0 7zpl+-+p+-' 21.Bh6 Rf7 (21...f5!?) 22.Bd2 Kh8 (22...Kg7 23.Bxb4 Bb7 24.Bd2+−) 23.Bxb4 Bb7 24.Nh6 6-+p+p+-zp& Rg7 25.c4! Nxb4 26.Qxf6 , and rook's connec− 5+p+-zPq+-% tion to "d"−line brings a victory.] 20.Bb2 0-0 4-+pwQ-+-zP$ [20...Rh7 21.Nf6+ Nxf6 22.Bxf6 Qd5 23.Qb8 3+-sN-+-vL-# Qd7 24.Ra1; 20...Rg8 21.Nh6 Rf8 22.Bg7] 21.Nf6+! Nxf6 22.Qe5 At this moment Black 2PzP-+-zPP+" have to be resigned, but again, team competi− 1+-+RmKL+R! tion has one more specifity − play until the end. xabcdefghy [22.Bxf6? Qe4] 22...Re8 23.Qxf6 e5 [23...Kf8 24.Bc1+−] 24.Bxe5 Rxe5 25.Qxe5 Bb7 Of course White doesn't agree to a change of 26.Re1 Kh7 27.Qe8 1-0 queens; Black has an extra pawn! 15...Be7 16.a4 Kf8 [16...a6? is very bad 17.Qb6 Bc8 (05) Shulman,Yuri (2632) - Van 18.Qc7 Nd7 and here White can just play Wely,Loek (2622) [D43] 19.Be2 with an advantage. ] 17.f3 [Shulman Foxwoods Open Ledyard USA (5), 10.04.2009 didn't want to take a pawn back by means of [GM Aveskulov, V] 17.axb5 cxb5 18.Nxb5 because after 18...Bb4+ 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 19.Nc3 Bd5 with consequent Nc6 Black gets 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Ne5 Bb7 an initiative. The initiative is more important 10.h4 g4 11.Nxg4 thing in positions of such kind. That's why Yuri first of all restricts bishop b7] 17...Na6 [An in− accuracy. 17...Kg7! was stronger. Black just


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waits White to take a pawn on b5 and than knigt will be able to go to c6 18.axb5 cxb5 19.Nxb5 Bb4+ 20.Kf2 Rc8 with complicated game] 18.axb5

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-mk-tr( 7zpl+-vlp+-' 6n+p+p+-zp& 5+P+-zPq+-% 4-+pwQ-+-zP$ 3+-sN-+PvL-# 2-zP-+-+P+" 1+-+RmKL+R! xabcdefghy 18...cxb5?! The move that allows White an extra option. [18...Nb4 is better. For instance, 19.Qxc4 (now White can't play like it did in the game: 19.Qf4 because of 19...Qc2! 20.bxc6 Bxc6 21.Qd2 Qb3 with very dangerous initia− tive − a queen is alive!) 19...cxb5 20.Nxb5 Rc8 21.Qf4 Nd5!? (I couldn't find even any advan− tage for Black after 21...Nc2+ 22.Kd2 the main thing is that Black can't avoid change of queens; e.g. 22...Bc5 23.Bd3! Be3+ 24.Qxe3 Nxe3 25.Bxf5 Nxd1 26.Nd6! Rb8 27.Rxd1 exf5 28.Bf4) 22.Qxf5 Bb4+ 23.Kf2 exf5 24.Nd4 f4 25.Bh2 Bc5 and compensation of Black is more than visible.] 19.Nxb5 Nb4 20.Qf4! This is the move that was allowed by 18th move of Black. [In a case of 20.Qxc4 we can see a po− sition from the comment to 18th move of Black] 20...Qxf4 [20...Qc2?? lost immediately 21.Nd4 Qxb2 22.Nxe6+ Ke8 23.Nc7+ Kf8 24.Bxc4+−] 21.Bxf4 Bd5 22.Nd6

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-mk-tr( 7zp-+-vlp+-' 6-+-sNp+-zp& 5+-+lzP-+-% 4-snp+-vL-zP$ 3+-+-+P+-# 2-zP-+-+P+" 1+-+RmKL+R! xabcdefghy

22...Nd3+?! Deutch GM solves the problem of weakness by very radical methods. [More solid was 22...Rb8!? 23.Bxc4! (23.Nxc4 doesn't help White to get an advantage 23...Nc2+ 24.Kd2 Bxc4 25.Bxc4 (25.Kxc2 Bb3+) 25...Rxb2 26.Kc3 Rb4 27.Bc1 (27.Rd7 Na3! 28.Rc7 Rxc4+ 29.Rxc4 Nxc4 30.Kxc4 Kg7=) 27...Kg7 28.Rh3!? Rc8 29.Rg3+ Kh7 30.Rg4 a5 31.Rd7 Rbxc4+! 32.Rxc4 Bb4+ 33.Kd3 Ne1+ 34.Kd4 Nc2+= with perpetual check) 23...Bxd6 24.exd6 Bxc4 25.d7 Rd8 26.Bd6+ Kg7 27.Bxb4 Bd5 28.h5 and White is better] 23.Bxd3 cxd3 24.Rxd3 Rb8 25.0-0?! [White also could (and it would be better) defence a pawn by move 25.Rd2!? Rb4 26.g3! a pawn f3 doesn't play any role. The main thing is to de− velop a rook h1 as soon as possible 26...Bxf3 27.0-0 Bh5 28.Rdf2 with an advantage] 25...Bxh4 [Alternative was 25...Rxb2!? 26.Rc1 and now 26...Bxh4 with exemplary variation 27.Rc7 Bd8! (27...Bf2+? 28.Kf1 Bb6 (28...Rh7 29.Rxd5! exd5 30.e6+−) 29.Rxf7+ Kg8 30.Rxd5! exd5 31.e6+−) 28.Rxf7+ Kg8 29.Be3 Rh7 30.Rxa7 Rxa7 31.Bxa7 Bg5 a pair of Black's bishops and weakness on e5 is enough compensation for a pawn] 26.Be3 [26.Rc1 leads to the variation from the comment to the previous move 26...Rxb2 27.Rc7 Bd8 etc.] 26...Rxb2 27.Rc1

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-mk-tr( 7zp-+-+p+-' 6-+-sNp+-zp& 5+-+lzP-+-% 4-+-+-+-vl$ 3+-+RvLP+-# 2-tr-+-+P+" 1+-tR-+-mK-! xabcdefghy 27...Bg3?? [As it often happens just one move is able to lose a game. 27...Bd8! was right move 28.Bxa7 Rg8= and Black is totally ok.] 28.Rxd5!+− A little tactics in moment makes position of Black lost 28...exd5 29.Nf5 A dou− ble attack − bishop g3 is hanging and check− mate from c8 also does. 29...Ke8 30.Nxg3 Kd7 31.Bd4 Rbb8 32.Ra1 Black resigned 1-0

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22...Be7 23.Nd5 Bd8 24.Rd3 h4 25.Rdf3 [25.Nf4 is prematurely: 25...Bg5 26.Nxe6 Rxe6 27.Rdf3 Re7 gives nothing for White.] 25...g5 16th TCh−RUS Premier Dagomys RUS (7), 26.Rd3! [There is no need to make a present 10.04.2009 in the form of "d"−line: 26.Ne3 Be7 27.Nf5 Rg6 [IM Polivanov, A] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 28.Rd3 (28.g4 Rd8) 28...g4!] 26...c6 27.Ne3 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 Rg6 28.Nf5 Be7? 9.Nc3 Bd7 [Black are going to evacuate own XABCDEFGHY king to the queen−side. For another plan − 9...Ke8 − apply to Naiditsch−Gajewski, 8r+-+k+-+( ChessZone Magazine #3 2009.] 10.h3 h6 [This 7zpp+-vlp+-' move it's not of necessity, as 10...Kc8 11.Ng5 6-+p+l+r+& can be parried by 11...Be8] 11.b3 Kc8 12.Bb2 5+-zp-zPNzp-% Ne7 [Usually this move is made a little bit later: 12...b6 13.Rad1 Ne7 (13...Be6?! 14.g4 Ne7 4-+P+P+-zp$ 15.Nd4) , for example − 14.Nd4 c5 15.Nde2 3+P+R+-+P# Bc6 16.Nf4 Kb7 17.Ncd5 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 c4!„ , 2PvL-+-+P+" Grischuk−Aleksandrov, Poikovsky 2004.] 1+-+-+RmK-! 13.Nd4!?

(06) Shirov,Alexei (2745) Volokitin,Andrei (2671) [C67]


XABCDEFGHY 8r+k+-vl-tr( 7zppzplsnpzp-' 6-+p+-+-zp& 5+-+-zP-+-% 4-+-sN-+-+$ 3+PsN-+-+P# 2PvLP+-zPP+" 1tR-+-+RmK-! xabcdefghy Fresh idea. White want to save one tempo (13.Rad1). 13...c5 14.Nde2 Bf5 15.Rac1 h5 16.Nd1!N Knight makes one's way to e3, wherefrom it wil support f4−f5 and g2−g4. [16.Ng3 Bg6 17.Nge4 b6 18.Ng5 Kb7 19.Nce4 a5 20.a4 Re8 21.Rcd1 , Stefansson−Smith, Olomouc 2008, 21...Nf5!=] 16...Nd5 17.Ne3! Right keeping at strategy. Now line "f" will be opened. [17.c4? Nb4; 17.a3?! also not the strongest in view of 17...b5! 18.c4 bxc4 19.bxc4 Ne7 − rook a8 will enter to the game.] 17...Nxe3 [17...Be6 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Nf4±] 18.fxe3 Be6 19.Nf4 Kd7 [19...Bd7? allows a simple strike: 20.Nxh5! Rxh5 21.Rxf7 Rh8 22.Rcf1+−; 19...Bf5? expects the same: 20.Nxh5 Rxh5 21.g4+−] 20.Rcd1+ Ke8 21.c4 [It's correct order of moves, as 21.e4 gives an opportunity for Black to release themselves − 21...c4!? 22.Nxe6 fxe6 23.bxc4 Bc5+ 24.Kh2 Rd8 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8 26.Rf7 Rf8!] 21...Rh6 22.e4 White have made moves c2−c4 and e3− e4 not so much for control square d5, as for the transition Rd3−f3 with pushing to point f7.

[Heretofore Volokitin played very well, but that's a mistake. 28...Bc7 is much better, as it holds white bishop by attack to the pawn e5 − 29.g4 hxg3 30.Rxg3 Rd8=] 29.g4! hxg3 This is also disputable choice, but from the other side − pawn structure g5+h4 vs g4+h3 will be dis− astrous for Black in case of opposite−squared bishops' ending (what is most probably after Nf5−d6). 30.Rxg3 b5 The only reasonable counterplay here. [30...Rd8 31.Bc1!] 31.h4! Excellent! Using a tactical motives, Shirov cre− ates passed pawn. 31...bxc4 [31...gxh4 re− mains Black one piece less: 32.Rxg6 fxg6 33.Ng7+ Kd7 34.Rd1++−] 32.h5 Rg8 [32...Bxf5!? 33.exf5! (it should to refuse "greek gift": 33.hxg6 Bxg6 34.bxc4 Rb8„) 33...Rh6 34.f6 Bf8 35.Rxg5±] 33.h6 cxb3 [Maybe, the last chance to change anything was 33...Rh8 34.Nxe7 Kxe7 35.Bc1 g4 , but surely, White's advantage is huge.] 34.Ng7+ Rxg7 [Otherwise rook will rush into 7th rank with all sad conse− quences: 34...Kd7 35.Rd3+ Kc8 (35...Kc7 36.Nxe6+ fxe6 37.Rf7 Rae8 38.axb3 Rgf8 39.Rdf3+−) 36.Nxe6 fxe6 37.Rf7 bxa2!? − just for this possibility Black have gone 35...Kc8 − (37...c4 38.Rd6!) 38.Rxe7 Rb8 39.Bc3 Rb1+ 40.Kg2 a1Q 41.Bxa1 Rxa1 42.h7 Rh8 43.Red7! , and after check Rd7−d8 White will promote a queen.] 35.hxg7 Kd7 36.axb3 Kc7


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37.Rf6! Perhaps, this move was underesti− mated by Volokitin. 37...g4 [In another cases, rook's connection to "h"−file will decide all: 37...Bxf6 38.exf6 g4 39.Rg2+−; 37...Rg8 38.Rxg5 Bxb3 39.Rg2+−] 38.Rh6! [38.Rxe6!? fxe6 39.Rxg4 Rg8 40.Bc1 is funny idea, but Black are able to create passer "a" by the dint of pawn's " " sacrifice − so, who does need it?] 38...Rg8 39.Rh7 [39.Rxe6? fxe6 40.Rxg4 here is untimely at all: 40...Kd7 41.Bc1 Ke8 42.Bh6 Kf7 43.Rf4+ Kg6 44.Rf8 Kh7!] 39...Bg5 40.Kg2! White's plan of winning can be de− scribed like that: rook goes to d6, king to g3 and after sacrife Rd6xe6 white king takes pawn g4 and goes towards own passer. 40...Bf4 But if Black don't let king to reach g3, then point d8 is not controlled anymore, so White can invade there after sacrifice Rh7−h8 with further doubling. 41.Rd3 Kb6?! Allows the force ending, but game is already lost. 42.Bc3 At first − black king's restricting. 42...c4 [42...Bxb3 43.Rh8 Rxg7 44.Rb8++−] 43.Rh8! Rxg7 44.Rb8+ Kc7 [44...Ka6 45.Rd1] 45.Rdd8 Mate net is complete. 45...Be3 46.Bb4 One more Shirov's sacrifice![46.Bb4 c5 47.Ba5+ Kc6 48.Rd6#] 1-0

at least practics says so...] 9...Nxd4 10.Qh5+ Ke7 11.exf6+ [11.Ng6+ hxg6 12.Qxh8? does− n't make any sens (but it's no too late to come back to main line 12.exf6+ ) 12...Nxe5 and Black is much better] 11...Nxf6 12.Ng6+ hxg6 13.Qxh8

(07) Rublevsky,Sergei (2702) Volkov,Sergey (2594) [C06] 16th TCh−RUS Premier Dagomys RUS (7), 10.04.2009 [GM Aveskulov, V] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Bd3 c5 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.Nf4 [Everything is ok with black after 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Bh4 Nh5 14.Qc2 h6 15.Bg6 Rxf3! 16.gxf3 Bxh2+ 17.Kh1 Nf4

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[White also has an initiative in a case of 26...d4 27.Bxf6 Bxf6 (27...Qxf6? 28.Rc7+ Re7 29.Rxe7+ Kxe7 30.Rc7+ Kd6 31.Qxf6+ Bxf6 32.Rxb7 d3 33.Kf1+−) 28.Qh7+ Bg7 29.Rc8! it's necessary to change a pair of rooks in or− der to make Black king more vulnerable 29...Rxc8 (after 29...Re7 computer advices 30.Kh1! with idea Rc1-g1-g6 and then Rf8! Also Rg8 and than Rg1 threats. After 30...e4 there is another danger coming 31.h4! d3 32.h5 d2 33.Rg1 d1Q 34.Qxg6+ Qxg6 35.hxg6+ Kf6 36.Rxd1+−) 30.Rxc8 Kf6 31.Qg8 with idea to change queens; after this White has all chances to win the game.] 27.Bxf6!? [White had opportunity to transfer a queen to b3: 27.Qa4 a6 28.Qb3 Rd7 29.Rc8 White is better but Black's position is very solid. Rublevsky decided to start the attack immedi− ately] 27...Bxf6 28.Qh7+ Bg7 29.Rc8 e4! Of course Black wants to get some counterplay against of White's king. 30.Rg8

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The only but enough move for a win. The point of idea is that now White's king can hide from checks on h2 35...Qe4+ 36.Kg3 Qe5+ 37.Kg2 Qe4+ 38.Kh2 Qe5+ 39.Qg3 Checks and game is over. Black king is too weak 39...Qxb2 40.Rg6 Rf7

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(08) Ionov,Sergey (2538) Moiseenko,Alexander (2690) [A31] 16th TCh−RUS Premier Dagomys RUS (7), 10.04.2009 [IM Polivanov, A] 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.g3 Qb6 6.Nc2 h5!?

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41.Re8+? [White misses easy win − 41.Qe3++− But move that was played is also winning. Rest doesn't need special comments] 41...Kd7 [41...Re7 42.Qe3+ Qe5+ 43.Qxe5+ Kxe5 44.Rxe7+ Bxe7 45.Kg3+−] 42.Qe3 Be7 [42...Re7 43.Rxe7+ Bxe7 44.Qe6++−] 43.Ra8 Bd6+ [43...Rf6 44.Rxf6 Qxf6 45.Rxa7 Kc7 46.Ra5+−] 44.Kg2 Re7 45.Qd3 Very ambitious continuation, like Morozevich− style. By the way, Morozevich played thus himself. 7.Bg2 [7.h3 Ne4 (to meet 7...h4 with 8.g4) 8.e3 Qa5+ 9.Nd2 Qf5 10.Nf3 (10.Qf3? Nxg3!) 10...Qa5+ deprives any chances for White to obtain any opening advantage.] 7...h4 8.0-0 hxg3 9.hxg3 Qc5 Black are heading up for open line "h". White in response take square h5 under control. 10.e4 d6 [It's rather early for pawn taking: 10...Qxc4 11.Nba3 Qa6 12.b4 b5 13.e5!] 11.Be3 Pawn c4 should be given anyway, but that is something common in A31 system. [11.b3? Bg4-+] 11...Qxc4 12.Nba3


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12...Qa6N [12...Qa4 13.Qe2 Bh3 14.f3 0-0-0 15.Nb5 a6 16.Nc3 Qa5 17.Bxh3+ Rxh3 18.Kg2 Qh5 19.Rh1 Rxh1 20.Rxh1 Qg6 21.Nd4!© , Tomashevsky−Andreev, Pardubice 2006.] 13.b4!? Nxb4 [Indeed, why not to take some pawns more? Nevertheless, I like more rea− sonable 13...b5 14.Qe2 Rb8 − at first sight it's hard to see a serious compensation here.] 14.Nxb4 Qxa3 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Qxd5 At the price of pawn b4 White have got free of knight c2, so line " " is opened now − rooks should take a note of that. And Qd5−b5 threats also. 16...Qa4 17.Rfc1 e6? [It's not worth to cling to extra material − should think about castle: 17...g6 18.Rc7 Bg7 19.Rac1 Be6 20.Qxb7 0-0 21.Rxe7 Qxa2 22.Bxa7=] 18.Qg5 Bd7 19.Rc7 g6 [19...Bc6 exposes point f7, and White can take an advantage of it by means Bf3−h5.] 20.Qf6 Rh5 [Threat of pin Bf8−g7 after 20...Rh7 is parried by 21.Bg5 , and Black are in something like zugzwang: 21...Qb4 (21...Rb8 22.Rxb7) 22.Rac1 Qb6 (should re− member about point d8) 23.Bf3!+− with follow− ing transition to a4.] 21.Rxb7 [Now 21.Bg5 poorly in view of 21...Qb5 ...; ... but 21.Bf3!? is noteworthy: 21...Qa5! (21...Rh7 22.Bg5) 22.Bxh5 (22.Rxb7 Qe5!) 22...Qxc7 23.Bxg6!‚] 21...Be7 22.Qg7 Bf8 23.Qf6 Be7 24.Qg7 Bf8 25.Qg8 Did anyone have some doubts? 25...Rc8 26.Rab1 [26.Rxa7 Qb5] 26...Ke7

Moiseenko feels, that situation is becoming worse and worse − so he sets a trap to Ionov. 27.Rxa7? And Ionov falls into it! [27.Bf3 leads to the winning position: 27...Ra5 28.e5! Rxe5 (28...dxe5 29.Bg5+ Ke8 30.R1b4 Qxa2 31.Rxd7+−) 29.R1b4 Qa5 (now we can see, why prior 27.Bf3 was indispensable − Qa4−d1 is impossible!) 30.Rxd7+ Kxd7 31.Rb7+ Rc7 32.Qxf8+−] 27...Qxa7! 28.Bxa7 Bh6 The ma− terial parity will be established now. 29.Qxc8 [29.Qh7 Bg5 30.Qxh5 gxh5=] 29...Bxc8= 30.Rb8 Kd7 It seems, that the only chance for White − is passed pawn "a". But it should be easy blocked (thanks to rook h5). 31.Bf1 Kc7 32.Rb4

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38...Kb7 39.e5 Rf5 40.Rd2 Ka7

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(09) Leko,Peter (2751) Karjakin,Sergey (2721) [D15] 4th FIDE GP Nalchik RUS (4), 18.04.2009 [GM Aveskulov, V] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8.Qc2 Of course, noone wants to make a draw with White just by repetition at the highest level. 8...g6 9.g3

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14.Nxd5 A novelty that was not a big surprise for Sergey. He had analysed this move at home also. This is a modern chess − you have to analyse even possible novelties from oppo− nent to be a succesful chess player [There are 2 games that were played before: 14.h3 Nf6 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.Be3 Ncxe4 (16...Qa5!?) 17.Ncxe4 Nxe4? (17...dxe4!) 18.Nxe4 Bf5 19.Bd3 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 Qe7?? (20...dxe4!) 21.Bg2 Qb4+ 22.Qd2 Black resigned. Aronian− Bacrot, Mainz, 2007; 14.Bg2 Bxc3! 15.Bxc3 dxe4! 16.Bxh8 Nd3+ 17.Kf1 exf3 18.Bxf3 Ngxf2 19.Qb3+ Ke7 20.Bg7 Bh3+ 21.Bg2 Qd7 22.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 23.Kg1 Qf5! 24.Qxb7+?? (24.Re1+!?) 24...Kd6-+ 25.Qb6 Qf3 26.Qd4+ Kc7 27.Be5+ Kc8 White resigned. Ivanchuk− Bacrot, ECC, 2007] 14...Nxe4 The only move 15.Nf4 Nxd2 16.0-0-0 [16.Nxd2? is not good 16...Re8+ 17.Be2 Bf5 18.Qb3+ Kf8] 16...Bf5 17.Bc4+ White develops a bishop with a tempo 17...Kf8 18.Bd3 [Probably White can try to get some advantage in the endgame that is com− ing after 18.Rxd2!? Bxc2 19.Ne6+ Ke7 20.Nxd8 Rhxd8 21.Re2+ Kd6 22.Kxc2 Kc5 23.Be6] 18...Bxd3 19.Qxd2 Bh6! The most difficult move in the game. Bishop is trans− ferred to more active position and g7−square is free from now for a rook. But the hardest part of this move is allowing the check on e6 20.Rhe1 [Actually Black even better after such check 20.Ne6+? Kg8 21.Qxh6 (21.Nxd8? Bxd2+ 22.Rxd2 Rxd8 23.Rhd1 Rf8 24.Rxd3 Nxf2-+) 21...Qe7 22.Qg5 Qxe6 23.Rxd3 Nxf2 24.Re3 Qc4+ 25.Rc3 Qe2 and then Nd3] 20...Qd6 21.Qxd3 Qxd3 22.Rxd3 Rg8


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39.Kd2 Rf1 40.Ke2 Draw. Both opponents has played this game at the home. Well, some− times it happens in the modern chess. [40.Ke2 Rf5 41.Rxf7+ Rxf7 42.Nxf7 Kxf7 43.Kf3 Kf6 44.Kg4=] 1/2-1/2

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(10) Gelfand,Boris (2733) Bacrot,Etienne (2728) [E15]

The game is coming to a draw. 23.Rd7 Rg7 Black is sacrificing a pawn for a moment 24.Rxg7 Kxg7 25.Re7+ Kg8 26.Rxb7 Rf8 and immediately taking it back 27.h4

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-trk+( 7+R+-+-+p' 6p+p+-+pvl& 5+-+-+-+-% 4-+-+-sNnzP$ 3+-+-+NzP-# 2PzP-+-zP-+" 1+-mK-+-+-! xabcdefghy 27...Bxf4+ 28.gxf4 Rxf4 29.Ng5 Rxf2 30.Rxh7= There is the total draw but oppo− nents continue the game. 30...Ne5 Nd3 threatens 31.Rb7 Rh2 32.a3

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+k+( 7+R+-+-+-' 6p+p+-+p+& 5+-+-sn-sN-% 4-+-+-+-zP$ 3zP-+-+-+-# 2-zP-+-+-tr" 1+-mK-+-+-! xabcdefghy 32...a5 [32...Rxh4 33.Ra7 Rh2 34.b4=] 33.b4 axb4 34.axb4 Rxh4 35.b5 cxb5 36.Rxb5 Black has an extra−pawn but it doesn't play any role here. It's still a draw 36...Nf7 37.Rb8+ Kg7 38.Rb7 Rh1+ [38...Rf4?? 39.Ne6++−]

4th FIDE GP Nalchik RUS (4), 18.04.2009 [GM Aveskulov, V] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Bf4 Qb6 11.Rfd1 Rd8 12.Rd2 d6 13.Rad1 a6

XABCDEFGHY 8rsn-tr-+k+( 7+l+-vlpzpp' 6pwq-zppsn-+& 5+-zp-+-+-% 4Q+P+-vL-+$ 3+-sN-+NzP-# 2PzP-tRPzPLzP" 1+-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghy The following part of the game is so interest− ing that there is no sense to analyse the open− ing. I just say that this position once happened in the game between Alekseev and Carlsen (Biel, 2008) 14.g4!N When I was watching this game on−line I couldn't realise for a long time the idea of this sacrifice. First thought was that there is any broadcoast mistake. But in fact this is the very well prepared by Gelfand nov− elty. [14.Qc2 was played in the above men− tioned game] 14...Nxg4 French GM was think− ing for an hour to make this move. [Probably next games will be continued by the move 14...h6 White can reply 15.h3 with compli− cated game. ] 15.Bxd6! [White could get enough compensation by means of 15.Qb3 Qc7 (15...Nd7 16.Bxd6 Bxd6 17.Rxd6 Qc7 18.R1d2 with idea of Qd1; White is better; 15...Qxb3? 16.axb3 and Black can't defence a d6−pawn) 16.Na4 with idea Nc5 16...Nd7 17.Bxd6 Bxd6 18.Rxd6 Ngf6= But Gelfand couldn't choose this line in the first game with such strong novelty. After 15.Bd6 there are more difficult problems before Black] 15...Rxd6


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21.Nxf7 Kxf7 22.Rd8± White is obviously bet− ter] 18.Bxb7 [Now we are not impressed that the natural capturing of the rook is loosing 18.Rxd6?? Nbc6-+] 18...Rxd2 [Now Black can't use the same trick: 18...Qxb7?! because of 19.Rxd6 Nbd7 (19...Nbc6? 20.Rd7! Nxd7 21.Qxf7+ Kh8 22.Qxd7 Qxd7 23.Rxd7+−) 20.Rxd7! Qc6 21.Qxa8 Qxa8 22.Rd8 Qb7 23.b3 with an advantage of White] 19.Rxd2 Qxb7 20.Rd8 Ng6 21.Na4

XABCDEFGHY 8rsn-+-+k+( 7+l+-vlpzpp' 6pwq-trp+-+& 5+-zp-+-+-% 4Q+P+-+n+$ 3+-sN-+N+-# 2PzP-tRPzPLzP" 1+-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8rsn-tRQvlk+( 7+q+-+pzpp' 6p+-+p+n+& 5+-zp-+-sN-% 4N+P+-+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2PzP-+PzP-zP" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

[Bacrot made the best move. Worse was 15...Bxd6 16.Rxd6 Nc6 17.Qa3!? with idea to take a pawn on c5 after Nc4 or Ne4] 16.Qe8+ [A fantastic resourse was found by Bacrot in the next variation 16.Rxd6? Bxd6 17.Qe8+ Bf8 18.Rd8 Nd7!! (the only move that had to be foreseen) 19.Rxa8 Ngf6 20.Qd8 Bxa8 21.Qxa8 Qxb2-+ with a winning position] 16...Bf8 17.Ng5 [Another problem that was succesfully resolved by Etienne is to realise that the natu− ral 17.Rxd6?! is not good for White because of 17...Nc6 18.Qd7 Nf6! and queen is in trap; [21.h4?! is too slowly 21...Qe7! (21...h6? 22.h5 that's why White has to give an extra material Qe7 23.Nxe6!! Qxe6 24.Qxe6 fxe6 25.hxg6+− back 19.Rxc6 Bxc6 20.Qd2 but after this just Black can dream about an advantage] 17...Ne5 XABCDEFGHY Again the only move [Black can't defence a 8rsn-tR-vlk+( pawn by means of 17...Qc7? because of 7+-+-+-zp-' 18.Rxd6 Bxg2 (18...Nc6?? 19.Qxf7+ Qxf7 20.Nxf7+−) 19.Kxg2 (Vasiliy Lebedev in his 6p+-+p+Pzp& comments has indicated a very nice variation 5+-zp-+-+-% that should be demonstrated here: 19.Nce4 4-+P+-+-+$ Bxe4 20.Nxe4 h6 21.h3 Ne5 22.Rd8 Ng6 3+-sN-+-+-# 23.Nd6 Qe7 (the move that allows White to win with nice tactics) 24.Qxe7 Nxe7 25.Nc8! Nec6 2PzP-+PzP-+"

1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8rsnNtR-vlk+( 7+-+-+pzp-' 6p+n+p+-zp& 5+-zp-+-+-% 4-+P+-+-+$ 3+-+-+-+P# 2PzP-+PzP-+" 1+-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghy 26.Ne7+!! Nxe7 27.Rxf8+! Kh7 28.Rd6! Kg6 29.Rfd8! taking under control a d7−square (29.Rb6 Nd7! and there are some problems) 29...Nf5 30.Rb6+−) 19...Nf6 20.Qxf7+! Qxf7

with totally winning position) 22.Qxe7 Nxe7 23.Nxh7 Kxh7 24.Rxf8 and in addition with game White made an useless move h2−h4] 21...Qe7 [First comp advices 21...Ra7! imme− diately giving the knight back 22.Rxb8 Qc7 with very complicated position; but then Rybka is showing absolutely unbelievable stuff 21...h6! 22.Nxe6! there is nothing else and here ... 22...Nd7!! (Black is worse in a case of natural 22...fxe6 23.Qxg6 Qe7 24.Rc8 Nb6 threatens 24...Ra7 25.Rxb8 Qd6 26.Rb6! Qd1+ 27.Kg2 Qxa4 28.Qxe6+ Kh7 29.Rb8± Bishop is trapped 29...Be7?? 30.Qf5+ with checkmate) 23.Rxa8 the only 23...Nf6!! there is a point of the combination. White should find the best


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continuation − 24.Qc8! a) other options lead to worse position 24.Qd8? Qe4 25.Nc3 (25.Nxf8?? Qb1+ 26.Kg2 Nh4+ with a check− mate) 25...Qxe6 and Black is better: king of White is weak and the queen in co−operation with a pair of knights are able to organise a very strong attack against of it; b) 24.Nexc5?! Qb4 25.Nd3 (25.Qc8?? Qe1+ 26.Kg2 Nf4+ 27.Kg3 N6h5+ and the king will be check− mated) 25...Qxc4 and Black is winning the knight on a4 that leads to more perspective position for Black; 24...Qb4 25.Nc3 Qxb2 26.Nxf8 Qc1+ 27.Kg2 Nh4+ 28.Kh3 Qf1+ 29.Kxh4 Qxf2+ 30.Kh3 Qf1+ 31.Kg3 Nh5+ 32.Kh4 Qf4+ 33.Kh3 (33.Qg4?? Qxh2+ 34.Qh3 g5+ 35.Kg4 Nf6+) 33...Qf1+ 34.Kg4 Qf4+= I think that this is almost unreal for an human to find such trick.But move made by Bacrot is also good] 22.Qxe7 Nxe7 23.Nxh7! Kxh7 24.Rxf8 Nec6 [Here Black misses the best op− tion 24...a5! 25.Nxc5 (the idea of such strange for a first view move of Black is getting to be clear after demonstrating following variation 25.Nb6 Ra6 26.Rxb8 Nc6 27.Rb7 Nd8=) 25...Kg6 26.Nd7 Nec6 27.c5 e5!= with idea Kf5; Black is ok] 25.Rxf7 Kg8 26.Rc7 Ra7 27.Rxa7?! [After change of rooks White is go− ing to be too far from a win 27.Rc8+!? Kf7 28.Nxc5 and White is saving an advantage] 27...Nxa7 28.Nxc5

XABCDEFGHY 8-sn-+-+k+( 7sn-+-+-zp-' 6p+-+p+-+& 5+-sN-+-+-% 4-+P+-+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2PzP-+PzP-zP" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy This endgame is practically drawish but Black still should to resolve some problems 28...Kf7 29.b4 Ke7 30.a4 Kd6 31.Kg2 Nac6 [Bacrot misses the shortest way to a draw 31...a5! 32.Nb7+ Kc7 33.Nxa5 Na6 34.Nb3 (34.b5? Nc5 and knight of White is trapped; already White has to look for an equality) 34...Nxb4 35.h4= with totally drawish position] 32.Nd3 Nd7= 33.b5 axb5 34.cxb5 Na5 35.Kf3 Nb6 36.Nb2 Ke5 37.Ke3

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7+-+-+-zp-' 6-sn-+p+-+& 5snP+-mk-+-% 4P+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-mK-+-# 2-sN-+PzP-zP" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy 37...Nb3 [37...Nac4+ also was possible 38.Nxc4+ Nxc4+ 39.Kd3 Kd5! (39...Nb2+? 40.Kc3 Nxa4+ 41.Kb4 Nb6 42.Kc5 Na4+ 43.Kc6 Kd4 44.b6 Nc5 45.e3+! an important move 45...Kc4 46.b7 Na6 47.Kd6 Kd3 48.h4 with winning position; Black is not able to keep all of the passed pawns ) 40.Kc3 Kc5=] 38.h4 White passes by the last opportunity to put the opponent in troubles [38.Kd3 Nc5+ 39.Kc3 Nd5+ (as we know 39...Nbxa4+? is not good 40.Nxa4 Nxa4+ 41.Kb4 Nb6 42.Kc5 Na4+ 43.Kc6 Kd4 44.b6+− look at the comment to the 37th move of Black) 40.Kc4 Nb7 41.h4 and White still has some chances for a win] 38...Kf5! Black goes to a pawn 39.Kd3 Nc5+ 40.Kc3 Ncxa4+ 41.Nxa4 Nxa4+ 42.Kb4 Nb6 43.Kc5 Na4+ 44.Kb4 Nb6 45.Kc5 Na4+ 46.Kc6

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7+-+-+-zp-' 6-+K+p+-+& 5+P+-+k+-% 4n+-+-+-zP$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2-+-+PzP-+" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy White checks the last option 46...Kg4 47.Kd6 Kxh4 48.Kxe6 Nc3! Black destroys the last hope of White − pawn "b" 49.b6 Na4 50.b7 Nc5+ 51.Kf7 Nxb7 Opponents have agreed for a draw. A superb game where we can see a strong novelty of Gelfand and fantastic defence of Bacrot that could find a lot of really nice stuff! 1/2 - 1/2


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Editorial staff: GM Valery Aveskulov (ELO 2541) IM Anatoliy Polivanov (ELO 2382) IM Konstantin Tarlev (ELO 2483) Dmitry Posokhov (ELO 2294) Chief editor Roman Viliavin (ELO 2248) email: [email protected]


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