October 2012 Highlights
Our Olympiad reps annotated more games than could be accomodated in the Oct 2012 issue, all the annotated games are available in these sections. Plus Quentin Johnson annotates a great game from the South Island Champs.
Malakar, Prachanda - Steadman, Michael 2012 Istanbul 40th Olympiad Open 2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 Here it is, if they play on autopilot, Black is cruising, Nf3 is the move and it stops Black's plan and makes Nc6 a kind of awkward move - we often need to play c5 to get play. 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7 5.Bg5? This is a bad move, swapping the Knight is only good for Black. I'm sure he had originally planned Ne4 to follow and realised at the last minute that Black just takes the knight and after Bxd8, Bb4+ and Black is 2 pieces up. 5...Ng6 6.e4 ( 6.Ne4 Nxe4 7.Bxd8 Bb4+ 8.Qd2 Bxd2+ 9.Kd1 Kxd8 is the variation from the previous note ) 6...Bc5 7.Nf3 d6 8.Be2 h6 9.Bc1 White is in a bad way to have to play this move. 9...O-O 10.O-O Qe7 11.a3 a6 12.b4 Ba7
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This position may look good for White, but in fact Black is coasting, watch how the attack develops. 13.h3?
Never move pawns on the side your opponent is stronger, Black goes on autopilot now. Note the Knight on c3 being unprotected, allows the next move for Black. 13...Nh5 14.Bd3 Nhf4 15.Bc2 Qd7 ( 15...Bxh3 16.gxh3 Qd7 17.Bxf4 Nxf4 18.Nh2 Qxh3 19.Qf3 Bd4 20.Na2 Bxa1 21.Rxa1 This didn't seem too convincing to me at the board. I thought he'd defend badly against the move played. ) 16.Ne2? Nxg2 17.Kxg2 Qxh3+ 18.Kg1 Qxf3 19.Qd3 Qg4+ 20.Kh1 f5 21.Ng1 ( 21.Bd1 Qh4+ 22.Kg1 fxe4 23.Qg3 Bh3 24.c5 dxc5 25.Re1 cxb4 26.Be3 Bxe3 27.fxe3 Rf3 Five pawns up should be enough to win. ) 21...fxe4 22.Qxe4 Qh5+ 23.Kg2 Bf5 A good time to resign. 0-1
Moyo, Dion - Steadman, Michael 2012 Istanbul 40th Olympiad Open 2012
1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 Bc5 Here is the tricky move, now White should transpose into a Tarrasch. 5.g3?
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But this move just loses a pawn or the game. 5...dxe4 6.Ng5 ( 6.Nxe4 Nxe4 7.dxe4 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Bxf2 ) ( 6.dxe4 Ng4 7.Qe2 Bxf2+ 8.Kd1 Ne3+ ) 6...e3 7.fxe3 Bxe3 8.Ndf3 Bb6 9.Bf4 h6 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Qxd1+ 12.Rxd1 Nc6 13.Bb5 Bd7 14.c3 g5? ( 14...O-O-O 15.Ke2 f5 ) 15.Ne5 O-O-O 16.Nxf7 ( 16.Nxd7 Rxd7 17.Rxd7 Kxd7 18.Be5 Rg8 19.Bf6 a6 20.Ba4 Bc5 21.Ke2 b5 22.Bc2 Bd6 23.Rd1 Ke8
This would have been a pain had he seen it, g5 was a lazy move. Black will unravel and win in the end, but not necessary. ) 16...gxf4 17.Nxd8 Rxd8 18.gxf4 Rf8 19.Rf1 Be3 20.f5 exf5 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.exf5 Rxf5 23.Ke2 Re5 24.Rf8+ Kb7 25.Kf3 Be6 26.h4 Bc5 27.Rh8 h5 28.Rdd8 Bxa2 29.Rde8 Rf5+ 30.Ke4 Bb1# 0-1
Nasser, B. - Garbett, P. 2012 Istanbul 40th Olympiad Open 2012
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 A recent experiment for me 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 And avoiding the heavily analysed lines with e6 followed by c5, where black needs to be prepared for a range of whiteapproaches 5.Bxc4 e6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.h3 Bh5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 Bd6!? Very speculative - black offers a pawn in exchange for speed in development. Much more common is 9... Nb6, while 9...Rb8 also is playable 10.e4!? The only game that I was aware of went ( 10.Qxb7 O-O 11.f4 c5 and black developed sufficient play for the pawn. The move chosen is much more ambitious and double-edged ) 10...Nh5 11.e5 Be7 12.Qxb7 c6!
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Black simply cant afford to allow the white queen to take up a dominant position on e4, so a second pawn is sacrificed 13.Qxc6 Rc8 14.Qa4 On balance ( 14.Qa6 seems better - one obscure line is 14...O-O 15.Be3 Nb6 16.Bd3 Bb4 17.Rc1 Qh4 thinking of Nf4 or Rc7 to double rooks. Is this sort of thing worth the two pawns? Im not sure. ) 14...O-O 15.Bd3? I dont think it can be right to allow the following exchange - perhaps ( 15.Ba6 Nb6 16.Qd1 is better ) 15...Nxe5 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.dxe5 Qc7 18.Qe4+ g6 19.Bd2 Rb8 Black has a strong initiative now 20.Qe3 Hoping for an attack on blacks king 20...Rfd8!
A key idea is to play Rxd2 at the right moment 21.Rg1 Rxd2 22.Qxd2 Qxe5+ 23.Qe3 Qa5 24.Rg4? White hopes to hide his king on g2/h1 but this is flawed. ( 24.O-O-O Bb4 was also unpleasant for white ) 24...Rxb2 25.Kf1 Bc5 26.Rg5 Qa6+ Winning on the spot - perhaps what white missed on move 24 27.Nb5 Bxe3 White resigns 0-1
Smith, Robert - Lane, Gary 2012 South Island Champs
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Bf4 e5!? The Exchange Slav Defence is not known for offering Black much scope for dynamic play. But with this pawn sacrifice Lane manages to inject some life. 6.Bxe5 Nxe5 7.dxe5 d4 8.Qa4+?! Keeping the extra material is possibly overambitious and leads to a big deficit in development for White. The more circumspect ( 8.Ne4 has lead White to give back two pawns for development after 8...Qb6 9.Nf3 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Bb4+ 11.Ned2 Bxd2+ 12.Nxd2 Qxa2 in a couple of grandmaster games. ) 8...b5 9.Nxb5 Bd7 10.Qa6 Qb8 11.a4 ( Not 11.Nxd4? Qb4+ winning the knight. ) 11...Bb4+ 12.Kd1 Nh6 13.h3
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Although two pawns up, White's queen is hemmed in and he has problems developing his pieces. The text may be the best way to contain Black's threats while gradually unravelling his kingside. ( 13.Nf3? Ng4 is clearly bad ) ( 13.Nxd4? Bc5 too dangerous, ) ( while 13.Rc1 O-O 14.Nc7? Ng4 15.Nh3 Be1! shows that White can't take Black's threats lightly ) 13...O-O 14.Nf3 Rc8! The c-file is more important than defending the d-pawn, which White has no time to take without exposing himself to attack. 15.Rc1 Bc5 16.g4! Restricting the black knight as well as creating potential threats down the long diagonal, to which Black has to turn his immediate attention. 16...Be6 17.Bg2 Bd5 18.Rg1 Rc6 19.Qa5
Here White had a chance to simply matters by giving up his queen: ( 19.Qxc6!? Bxc6 20.Rxc5 a6 21.Rxc6 axb5 22.Kc2 bxa4 23.Nxd4 Qxe5 with full material compensation for the queen and active pieces, though his exposed king makes it less attractive. ) 19...Qb7! Black achieves nothing with the immediate forcing line ( 19...a6?! 20.Nfxd4 Bxd4 21.Nxd4 Qxb2 22.Rxc6 Qxd4+ 23.Qd2 Qxf2 24.Qxd5 Qxg1+ 25.Kd2 so he improves his queen position and tightens the screws. ) 20.Ne1?!
The release of tension on the long diagonal frees the Black pieces to attack the white king, but White is so tied up he has few choices. Possibly the only chance was the fiendish variation ( 20.Nfxd4! Bxd4 21.Rxc6 Bxg2! 22.Rxh6!? ( or 22.Rd6 Bb6 23.Qd2 Bxh3 24.f3 trying to contain the black pieces ) 22...gxh6 23.Nxd4 Qxb2 24.Nf5! Qb1+ 25.Kd2 Qxg1 26.Nxh6+ Kh8 27.e6! Qxf2! 28.Qg5 Qd4+ 29.Ke1 Qb4+ 30.Kf2 Qb6+ 31.Kxg2 Qxe6 when Black lously avoids having to administer perpetual check. White must then retain queens for drawing chances as the ending after 32.Qe5+!? Qxe5 33.Nxf7+ Kg7 34.Nxe5 Re8 35.Nc6 a6! 36.Kf3 Rc8 obtaining a passed a-pawn wins for Black. ) 20...Bxg2 21.Rxg2 a6! 22.Nd6 Qb3+ 23.Nc2 Relaxing the defence of d3, but the slightly better ( 23.Rc2 d3! 24.exd3 Bxd6 25.exd6 Rxc2 26.Nxc2 Qxd3+ also wins material for Black as 27.Kc1 Rc8 with the double threat of mate and 28...Qf1+. ) 23...d3! 24.exd3 Qxd3+ 25.Ke1 Bxd6 26.Rg3 Now ( Now 26.exd6? Re8+ leads to mate. ) 26...Qe4+ 27.Re3 Bb4+ 28.Qxb4 Qxb4+ 29.Nxb4 Rxc1+ 0-1