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Sunday, April 19, 2009

How to Attack in the Caro-Kann – the last tournament I ever won

Does Black have attacking chances in the Caro-Kann defence? Of course he does, he just needs to be more patient than in many other openings, but with proper preparation – this is definitely possible.

Davies – Jiganchine, 2000. Black to move.


In this position I played 30… Bc7, and suddenly White resigned. There is no way to prevent Qh2 without losing material (e.g. 31.g3 Nxe3)

I recall that my coach really liked my play in this game. He was always careful about praising me, but after seeing Bc7 he said something along the lines of “That was an instructive game!”. Ironically, this was played in the final round of last tournament that I won so far. I later tied for first in a couple of tournaments (regular and active), but this was the last time I got clear first place. Until now I did not realize how long ago this was…

The game itself is very simple, but it’s interesting to see how quickly even a quiet position can collapse because of minor self-inflicted weaknesses like h2-h3. Replay the game in the viewer below:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tactics in the Sicilian

I came across this interesting chess game, where in the course of 5 moves White gives up a two bishops and a rook, forcing immediate resignation!

Acs – Paresishvili, 1999

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. a4
Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. f4 Qc7 11. Kh1 Re8 12. Bf3 Rb8 13. g4 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 e5 15.
fxe5 dxe5 16. Ba7 Ra8 17. g5 Rd8 18. Qe2 Ne8 19. Be3 Be6 20. Bg4 Bc4 21. Qf2
Qc6 22. b3 Bxf1 23. Rxf1 f6 24. Nd5 Rxd5 25. exd5 Qxd5+ 26. Bf3 e4 27. Be2 Kh8
28. g6 h6 29. Rd1 Qe5 30. Rd7 Nd6 31. Rc7 Bd8 32. Rc5 Qe6 33. Qh4 f5 34. Qh5
Kg8 35. Bxh6 gxh6 36. Qxh6 Qf6

 image  White to move

37. Bc4+ Nxc4 38. Qh7+ Kf8 39. Rxf5 1-0

imageBlack resigned since 39… Qxf5 is followed by 40. g7+ when White can a get a new queen, or even better - capture Black’s queen first.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Online chess – clearing diagonal for a bishop

Here is a quick snapshot from one of the games I played today:

DDT3000 - deadly-viper, ICC, 3 0, 2009

1. e4 b5 2. d4 a6 3. Bd3 Bb7 4. Nf3 d6 5. O-O Nd7 6. a4 c6 7. Re1 b4 8. c4 a5
9. Nbd2 g6 10. b3 e6 11. Bb2 Bg7 12. Qc2 Ne7 13. Nf1 O-O 14. Ng3 h6 15. Rad1
Rc8 16. h4 h5 17. Ng5 Nf6 18. Qe2 Qc7 19. Bb1 e5 20. dxe5 dxe5

 imageWhite to move

21. c5! It may seem that the pawn could become weak on c5, but it is much more important to hit the weak spot on f7. Rfd8 22.Bd3 Rd7 23. Bc4 Rcd8 24. Bxf7+
Kh8 25. Be6 Rxd1 26. Rxd1 Bc8 27. Nf7+ Kh7 28.Nxd8 Bxe6 29. Nxe6 Qb8 30. Nxg7 Kxg7 31. Qc4 Neg8 32. Qe6 Qb7 33. Bxe5 Qa6 34.Rd7+ Kh6 35. Bxf6 Black resigns 1-0

About a year ago in a slow game I missed a similar, but less obvious opportunity:

Jiganchine – Trotchanovich, 2008:

image White to move

32. a5! was the best way to continue the attack, since when the black king would try to escape from the kingside – Ba4 would come with decisive effect. I had found this example fairly interesting and even made a youtube video about it.

This also reminded me of an episode from one of my other games that was played even a longer time ago:
Seid – Jiganchine, 2001, BC Closed 2001

image Black to move

32… c4! Now Black's pieces can be activated through the c5 square. 33. Bg2 Qc7 34. Ne4
Nd7 35. Bd4 Nc5 36. Bxc5 Bxc5 37. Nxc5 Qxc5 38. Bf1 Bd3 39. Bxd3 Rxd3

image This position is an easy technical win for Black. A passed pawn, active pieces and an exposed White king make it almost impossible not to win this endgame.40. Ke2 Rd4 41. Qc3 Qd5 42. Rf3 Rd1 43. Qc2 Rh1 44. Rf2 Qd4 45. Kf3 Rd1 46. Re2
Rd3+ 47. Kg2 c3 48. Kf1 Rd1+ 49. Kg2 Rd2
After the exchanges on d2 the king is too far to stop the pawn 0-1

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