[Event "ICS Rated standard match (30 mins)"]
[Site "freechess.org"]
[Date "2002.10.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "SWEETJAM"]
[Black "Khamsin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D26"]
[WhiteElo "1678"]
[BlackElo "1657"]
[Annotator "Khasmin, msh"]
[EventDate "2002.??.??"]
1. d4 d5
( { MH: } 1...Nf6 { is more flexible. } )
2. c4
( { MH: } 2. Nf3 { allows White to consider a London or Torre System. } )
2...dxc4
( { MH: } 2...c6 { is the Slav or Semi-Slav Defense } )
( { MH: } 2...e6 { is a Queen's Gambit Declined } )
3. Nc3
{ K: I've just started playing the QGA in competition play, trying to find
a response to d4. I know that this move leads to positions where Black
can hold onto the pawn, but I don't know the complications, so I chose
to try and steer it back to main lines. }
( { MH: } 3. e4 )
( { MH: } 3. Nf3 )
3...Nf6
( { MH: } 3...a6 4. a4 { prevents Black from playing ...b7-b5, but also
prevent White from using Qd1-a4 to regain Pc4, so that } 4...Nc6 $5
( 4...Nf6 { transposes back to "normal" lines } 5. e4 e6 6. Bxc4 c5 )
5. e3 Na5 { and Black holds the pawn, at least for some time } )
4. Nf3
( { MH: } 4. e4 b5 { a lot of complicated variations arise when Black
tries to hold Pc4 } 5. e5
( 5. Nxb5 Nxe4 6. Qf3 Bb7 7. Bxc4 e6 )
5...b4
( 5...Nd5 $2 6. Nxb5 )
6. exf6 bxc3 7. fxg7
( 7. fxe7 $2 Qxe7+ )
7...Bxg7
( 7...cxb2 $4 8. gxf8=Q+ Rxf8 9. Bxb2 )
8. bxc3 $13 { though most variations which are very forcing early in a
game tend to favor White because of his first move development
advantage } )
4...e6
{ K: Could he have reasonably played Bg5 here? }
5. e3
( { MH: Yes. } 5. Bg5 Bb4 { is the Vienna Variation } )
5...a6 6. Bxc4 c5
{ MH: Now it's back to a well-known Queen's Gambit Accepted position. }
7. O-O
{ K: Now I'm out of book. I think that Qe2 is the main line, unless he
wants to go into the Rubenstein variation with a4. }
( { MH: } 7. Qe2 { leaves Pd4 a bit weak } 7...Nc6 )
7...Nc6 8. d5 $5
{ K: I think this move simply releases my problem child bishop. }
( { MH: } 8. dxc5 { was played in the Spassky-Fischer 1992 match }
8...Qxd1 9. Rxd1 Bxc5 )
8...exd5 9. Nxd5
( { K: } 9. Bxd5 { MH: I see no good reason to give the bishop for a
Black knight. } 9...Nxd5 10. Qxd5 Qxd5
( { MH: } 10...Be6 )
11. Nxd5 { and Black is in trouble, having to meet the threat of Nc7+;
i.e. } 11...Bd6 12. Rd1 { threatening Nb6 } 12...O-O 13. Nf6+ gxf6
14. Rxd6 )
9...Nxd5
( { MH: } 9...Be6 )
10. Bxd5 Nb4 $4
{ K: I think this move lands me in trouble. I end up behind on
development and cramped. }
( { MH: } 10...Qc7 )
11. Bc4 $2
( { K: } 11. Qa4+ $2 b5 12. Qd1 Qxd5 )
( { MH: } 11. Bxf7+ $16 )
11...Qxd1
( { MH: } 11...Bf5 { doesn't guard d5, so that after Nb4 is kicked away
White might have an entry point. But, at this stage Pc5 isn't terribly
weak, so the threat of ...Nb4-c2 might be good. } )
12. Rxd1 b5
{ K: I have to find a way to pull my knight back.
MH: This weakens both Pa6 and Pb5 by exposing them to the White bishop
and a2-a4. }
( { MH: } 12...Be7 )
13. Be2 Bb7
( { MH: } 13...Bf5 14. Bd2 Nc6 )
14. Bd2 c4 $2
{ K: This is a waste of time. I should have played the knight back
immediately.
MH: I disagree. Having pushed ...b5 it makes sense to use ...c4 to
guard Pb5 from Be2. }
( { MH: } 14...Nd5 15. a4 $16 c4 16. axb5 axb5 17. Rxa8+ Bxa8 18. Ra1 Bc6
19. Nd4 Bd7
( 19...Kd7 20. Ra7+ )
20. Ra8+ )
15. a3 Nc6
( { MH: } 15...Nd5 16. a4 Rc8 17. axb5 axb5 )
16. Bc3
{ K: The White bishops have more targets than mine do, I think. But how
could I have changed before this?
MH: Develop pieces rather than ...b7-b5 }
( { MH: It's getting tougher for White to try to win a pawn by direct
attack. } 16. a4 Bb4 17. axb5 axb5 18. Rxa8+ Bxa8 19. b3 c3
( 19...Bxd2 20. Rxd2 c3 21. Rd5 b4 )
20. Bc1
( 20. Bxc3 $4 Bxc3 21. Bxb5 O-O 22. Bxc6 Bxc6 23. Rc1 Ra8 )
20...Na7 )
16...Rd8
{ K: Trying to release pressure by exchanging. Should I have done this?
MH: I don't know that Rd1 was the biggest threat, and he can always
replace it with Ra1. Bc3 threatens Pg7 and Be2 can threaten Pc4 & Pb5
& Pa6, so they're probably bigger threats. }
( { MH: } 16...f6 17. Nd4
( 17. a4 $2 b4 18. Bd2 Na5 { gives Black a chance to keep everything
covered } )
17...Nxd4 18. Rxd4 Bc5 19. Rd2 Ke7 )
17. Rd2 Rxd2 18. Nxd2 f6
{ K: Hoping to blunt the c3 bishop. }
19. Bf3 f5 $2
{ K: This had an idea behind it, to leave the d2 knight at home by
depriving it of the e4 square, clogging the d-file for White's pieces.
But I missed the simple reply. Perhaps Bc4 was better? }
( { MH: } 19...Kd7 )
20. e4 $1 fxe4
{ K: I couldn't see a better move here. }
21. Bxe4 $16 h6
{ K: Trying desperately to free my pieces, but the g7 pawn is even
weaker now. }
( { MH: } 21...Kf7 22. Re1 Nd8 )
22. Re1 $1
{ K: Strong. My king is very weak right now; yet I don't know if there
was a mate later. }
22...Kd7
( { K: } 22...Kf7 23. Bd5+ Kg6 24. Re6+ )
23. Bf5+ Kc7
( { K: } 23...Kd8 $5 )
24. Re8 $18 Ne7 $2 25. Ba5+ $2
( { K: } 25. Bxg7 $1 Bxg7
( 25...Nxf5 26. Bxh8 )
26. Rxe7+ )
25...Kc6 26. Be4+ Nd5 27. Bxd5+
( { MH: } 27. Bb4 Bxb4 28. Rxh8 Bxd2 29. Bxd5+ Kxd5 30. Rd8+ $18 )
27...Kxd5 28. Rd8+
( { MH: } 28. Bb4 Bxb4 29. Rxh8 Bxd2 30. Rd8+ $18 )
28...Ke6 29. Rb8 Bd5
{ K: I see that I have to give up a pawn here. I'm hoping that I can
hold the endgame. }
30. Rb6+ Kf7 31. Rxa6 Be7
{ K: Now my pieces can finally emerge. This is the first time that my f8
bishop has moved!
MH: When your pieces can get out to play then you at least have a
chance. }
32. Ra7 Re8 33. Bb4 Kf8
{ K: Finally a threat of my own. His back rank is weak, so he trades, but
now his initiative goes, I think. }
34. Bxe7+
( { K: } 34. h3 Bxb4 35. axb4 $14 )
34...Rxe7 35. Rxe7 Kxe7 $14
{ K: I breathed a sigh of relief here, because I'm pretty sure that I
can hold this endgame. My king is more centralized, and my bishop can
outrun the knight.
MH: In general I agree. }
36. Nb1 $2
{ MH: The knight can't hold this all by itself. Kg1 must help. }
( { MH: } 36. f4 $2 Kd6 37. Kf2 Kc5 38. g3 Kd4 )
( { MH: } 36. f3 $1 Kd6 37. Kf2 Kc5 38. Ke3 b4 39. axb4+ Kxb4 40. Kd4 Bf7
41. f4 $16 )
36...Kd6 37. Nc3 Bc6 38. Kf1 Kc5 39. f3 b4
{ K: Trying to allow my king to penetrate even more. }
40. axb4+ Kxb4 41. Nd1 Ba4
{ K: At this point, I calculated to the 48th move, and figured that it
was a draw. }
42. Ke1 Bxd1
( { MH: } 42...Bc2 43. Kd2 Kb3 44. Ne3
( 44. f4 $4 Bxd1 45. Kxd1 Kxb2 $19 )
44...Bd3 45. Kc1 $14 )
43. Kxd1 Kb3 44. Kc1 c3 45. bxc3 Kxc3 46. Kd1 Kd3 47. Ke1 Ke3 48. Kf1
{ MH: White's king does nothing aggressive, Pg2 can't move without the
loss of Pf3 and Pf3 can't advance. So, Black needs to aim for equal
pawn trades, so the remaining one-pawn ending is drawn. }
48...g6
( { MH: } 48...g5 49. Ke1 h5 50. Kf1 h4
( 50...g4 { most direct} 51. fxg4 hxg4 52. Ke1 Kf4 53. Ke2
( 53. Kf2 $2 g3+ { a neat little trick } 54. hxg3+ Kg4 $11 )
53...Ke4 54. Kf2 Kf4 55. g3+ Kf5 56. Ke2
( 56. Ke3 Ke5 $11 )
56...Ke4 $11 )
51. h3 Kf4
( 51...Kd2 $4 52. Kf2 Kd1 53. f4 gxf4 54. Kf3 Ke1 55. Kxf4 Kf2
56. Kg4 Kxg2 57. Kxh4 Kf3 58. Kg5 $18 )
52. Kf2 Kf5 53. Ke3 Ke5 $11 )
49. h4 g5 50. hxg5 hxg5 51. Kg1 Kf4 $4
( { MH: Getting rid of another pawn is good } 51...g4 52. fxg4 Kf4 $11 )
52. Kh2 $4
( { MH: } 52. Kf2 { supporting the pawns more fully } 52...g4
( 52...Kf5 53. Kg3 Kf6 54. Kg4 Kg6 55. f4 gxf4 56. Kxf4 Kf6
57. g3 $18 Kg6 58. Kg4 Kf6 59. Kh5 Kg7 60. Kg5 Kf7 61. Kh6 )
53. g3+ { another little trick! } 53...Kf5
( 53...Ke5 54. fxg4 Kf6 55. Ke3 { threatening to play Kf4 }
( 55. Kf3 $4 Kg5 $11 )
55...Kg5 56. Kf3 Kg6 57. Kf4 Kf6 58. g5+ Kg6 59. Kg4 Kg7 60. Kf5 Kf7
61. g6+ Kg7 62. Kg5 Kg8 63. Kf6 Kf8 64. g7+ Kg8 65. g4 Kh7 66. Kf7 Kh6
67. g5+ Kh5 68. g8=Q $18 )
54. f4 Ke4 55. Ke2 Kd4 56. Kd2
( 56. f5 $2 Ke5 57. Ke3 Kxf5 58. Kd4 Kf6 59. Ke4 Kg7 60. Kf5 Kf7
61. Kxg4 Kg6 $11 )
56...Ke4 57. Kc3 { White can outflank Black forever, so Black can't
defend passively. He has to counter-attack. And, there are some
positions where that is correct and sufficient to hold the draw. }
57...Kf3 58. f5 Kxg3 59. f6 Kh2 60. f7 g3 61. f8=Q g2 62. Qf2 Kh1
63. Qh4+ Kg1 64. Kd2 Kf1 65. Qe1# )
52...g4 53. fxg4 Kxg4 $11 54. g3
{ K: He's just testing now, to see if I will miss the draw.
MH: I once saw an Expert misplay this ending when he had very little
time on his clock. First the Class A player tricked him, so a loss
became a draw, then the Class a player tricked himself and the draw
became a win for the Expert again. I'll never forget seeing it happen. }
54...Kg5 55. Kh3 Kh5 56. g4+ Kg5 57. Kg3 Kg6 58. Kh4 Kh6 59. g5+ Kg6
60. Kg4 Kg7 61. Kh5 Kh7 62. g6+ Kg7 63. Kg5 Kg8 64. Kh6 Kh8 65. g7+ Kg8
66. Kg6
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