This is a game from a recent tournament where I played Black. I was very
happy with this game, but I'd like to know how I could have improved on it.
[Event "Kilkenny Major"]
[Site "Kilkenny IRL"]
[Date "2002.11.30"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Short, Jack"]
[Black "RoundTower"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C86"]
[Annotator "RoundTower, killerman"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2002.11.29"]
1. e4 {I annotated this game first with pen and paper, then used the excellent
freeware database utility SCID from http://scid.sourceforge.net to make a PGN
file. I did not use a computer in the analysis, so there may be some blunders!}
1... e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Qe2 {this move isn't
exactly new, but it seems to get played quite a lot recently. Killerman: Yes,
a good alternative to the usual Re1. The idea to place the Rook on d1 to
assist the d4 push. I think the problem is that it can be a very slow plan.}
6... b5 ({One game I knew of in this line (in a transposition from the Berlin):
} 6... O-O 7. Rd1 Re8 8. d3 Bc5 9. c3 d6 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Nbd2 a5 12. Nc4 h6
13. Nxa5 {+/-} 13... Rxa5 14. b4 Bxb4 15. cxb4 Ra4 16. a3 Bd7 17. Nd2 Qa8 18.
Bb2 Qa7 19. Rdc1 Rb8 20. Rc2 Bg4 21. Qe1 Nh5 22. g3 Bd7 23. Qe2 Nf6 24. Kg2 Qa6
25. Nc4 (25. f4) 25... Be6 26. Ne3 (26. f4) 26... Nd7 27. f4 f6 28. Rf1 c5 29.
fxe5 Nxe5 30. Bxe5 dxe5 31. Rxc5 Rxa3 32. Rxc7 Qxd3 33. Qxd3 Rxd3 34. Nc2 Rd2+
35. Rf2 Bh3+ 36. Kf3 Rd3+ 37. Ke2 Rbd8 38. Ne3 Rb3 39. Nd5 Bg4+ 40. Kf1 Bh3+
41. Ke2 Be6 42. Kf1 Bxd5 43. exd5 Rxd5 44. Ra2 Rxb4 45. Raa7 Rg4 46. Kg2 h5 47.
Re7 Rd2+ 48. Kh3 Kh7 49. Rf7 Kh6 50. Rf8 Rc4 51. Rh8+ Kg6 52. Rg8 Rcc2 53.
Rgxg7+ 53... Kf5 {
0-1, Milos, G-Kasparov, G Prague 2002 (notes after Ten Geuzendam)}) 7. Bb3 7...
O-O {My main defence against the Spanish is the Marshall Attack, so I tried to
head for similar lines.} 8. a4 {Killerman: I like this idea but I am not sure
if White isn't mixing his plans. Sure a4 has been played before and it puts
pressure on Black's Qside, but shouldn't he be playing in the centre? perhaps
this is why c3 is usually played here.} (8. c3 d5 ({Killerman: d6 is OK too.}
8... d6 9. Rd1 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. d5 Bd7 13. Nbd2 c4 14. Nf1 Nb7 15.
Ng3 Rfe8 16. h3 Nc5 17. Be3 Rab8 18. b4 cxb3 19. axb3 {
0-1 Short-Piket Wijk aan Zee 1997}) 9. exd5 (9. d3 {
Killerman: Would seem to be a more solid approach} 9... Bb7 10. Nbd2 $11) 9...
Nxd5 {seems similar to the game. But White doesn't have counterplay on b5, and
Black's bishop is not yet committed to b7. So I think 8. a4 was the bettermove}
(9... e4)) 8... Bb7 {I thought for a long time about this move (the time
control was 105 min). It seems a bit risky, but what other good developing
moves are there? Killerman: Either Rb8 or b4 are reasonable alternatives, but
both look more artificial than Bb7 so I think you are quite correct.} 9. c3 ({
Killerman: I have deleted some of your original analysis for clarity as too
many lines can be confusing.} 9. axb5 9... axb5 10. Rxa8 10... Qxa8 {
Black is better because of his development advantage} 11. Nc3 (11. Qxb5 $4
11... Ba6 $19) 11... Na5 $15 {during the game I had planned the much sharper
11. ..Nd4. after some analysis, however, I think this is good for White. I
think instead 11...Na5 gives Black an advantage, hitting b3 and e4. Killerman:
What about other moves for White Ba2? or Nd5? I agree that Black stands better
after Na5 for the reasons you outline. I give a couple of sample lines.} (11...
Nd4 {This was my original instinct, maybe because it hits some pieces and
follows the "rule" of centralising my pieces (unlike Na5 which I now prefer)}
12. Nxd4 exd4 13. Nxb5 {during the game I felt I would get good compensation
here, but I can't find a clear way. Killerman: A much better way for White but
Black can still come out better in A2b.} (13. e5 {Killerman: I think this is a
bad move for White as the Line A1b is clearly winning for Black.} 13... dxc3 $1
(13... Bxg2 $5 14. exf6 Bxf6 (14... Bxf1 15. Qxf1 Bxf6 16. Nd5 16... Bd8 $11)
15. Nxb5 Bxf1 16. Qxf1 16... Qc6 $11) 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. dxc3 15... Bxg2 $19)
13... Bxe4 (13... Ba6 14. Bc4 Qxe4 (14... Qc6 15. Na3 Bxa3 (15... Bxc4 16. Nxc4
$14) 16. Bxa6 $16) 15. Qxe4 Nxe4 16. Re1 d5 17. Bxd5 (17. Nxc7 Bxc4 18. d3
18... Bd6 {traps the N}) 17... Nf6 (17... Bxb5 18. Rxe4 {+/-}) 18. Rxe7 (18.
Bf3 {also looks good}) 18... Nxd5 19. Re5 (19. Nxc7 Nxe7 20. Nxa6 Ra8) 19...
Bxb5 20. Rxd5 20... Re8 {interesting play on the weakness of both back ranks}
21. f4 {only move} (21. f3 c6 22. Rxd4 22... g6 {and the R gets to e1} 23. Kf2
Re2+ 24. Kg3 Re1) 21... c6 (21... Re1+ 22. Kf2 Rf1+ 23. Kg3 Kf8 24. Rxb5 {
+- Black didnt have time to play ...c6}) 22. Re5 Rxe5 23. fxe5 {
and Black has drawing chances, at best, e.g.} 23... d3 24. cxd3 Bxd3 25. b4 Kf8
) 14. f3 Bc6 15. Nxc7 Qd8 16. Na6 16... d5 $17) 12. d3 (12. Qxb5 {After annotat
ing the game I found this in my database...an improvement over 12. d3? but it
doesn't rescue White as this gameshows} 12... Nxb3 13. Qxb3 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4
15. Ne1 d5 16. Qg3 Bd6 17. d3 Bg6 18. Qh3 Qa1 19. Qe3 Qa4 20. b3 Qa2 21. Qe2 f5
22. Qd2 f4 23. Nf3 Bh5 24. Qc3 Bxf3 25. gxf3 Qa8 26. Qe1 Qe8 27. Qe2 Rf6 28.
Kh1 Qh5 29. Rg1 Kf7 30. c4 c6 31. Rg4 Rh6 32. Rg2 Re6 33. Rg4 g5 34. b4 Bxb4
35. cxd5 cxd5 36. Qa2 d4 37. Qd5 Be7 38. Qc4 Kf6 39. Kg2 Qe8 40. h4 h6 41.
hxg5+ hxg5 42. Qb3 Qc6 43. Ba3 Bd8 44. Qb8 Re8 45. Qb1 Rh8 46. Qd1 Qb5 47. Kg1
Rh7 48. Kg2 Ba5 49. Qc2 Rc7 50. Qa2 Rf7 51. Qc2 Bc3 52. Qd1 Rh7 53. Qc2 Ra7 54.
Bf8 Qb2 55. Qxb2 Bxb2 56. Kf1 Ra1+ 57. Ke2 57... Bc3 {
0-1 Bernat,M - Seidler,A Buenos Aires 1976}) ({Killerman:} 12. Ba2 12... b4 13.
Nd5 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Qxd5 16. Nxe5 16... Re8 $15) ({Killerman:} 12.
Nd5 12... Bd8 $1 13. Ba2 Nc4 14. Bxc4 (14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15. Bxc4 bxc4 16. Re1
16... Qa4 $15) 14... bxc4 15. Qxc4 Nxd5 16. exd5 Bxd5 17. Qc3 $15) 12... Nxb3
13. cxb3 13... b4 $15) 9... d5 {I decided to sacrifice a pawn. I feel I could
afford to do this because I am much better developed and will have pressure on
the centre and potentially the kingside. I also considered 9...d6, but then
White is free to continue with his plan of d3 or d4. Killerman: I like this
move your development is better so striking out in the centre has to be a good
idea. I think that White really does have to take this pawn.} 10. exd5 (10.
axb5 axb5 11. Rxa8 Qxa8 12. exd5 Na5 13. Bc2 13... Bxd5 $15 {
should give Black an edge}) (10. d3 {Killerman: After this move by White I am
not sure whether your continuation is better than just playing d4 or perhaps
even Re8. White is going to have a difficult time trying to unravel his Qside.}
10... dxe4 ({Killerman:} 10... d4 11. axb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 $15 {
Qxa8 allows Rd8, but Bxa8 would seem fine too.}) (10... Re8 11. Rd1 d4 12. axb5
axb5 13. Rxa8 $15) 11. dxe4 {here White 's e-pawn is a target and his c-pawn
is misplaced as it is not needed to support d2-d4. White will gain a tempo
with Rf1-d1 but he will need more than one tempo for his Qside. So I thought
this position was nothing for Black to worry about.After} 11... h6 {
!? White cannot afford to go pawn-grabbing with} (11... Na5 12. Bc2 {
seems at least OK for White}) 12. Rd1 (12. Re1 {
might be best, but looks at least equal for Black}) 12... Qc8 13. axb5 axb5 14.
Rxa8 Qxa8 15. Qxb5 {Now the R is not on f1, but White gets in trouble anyway...
} 15... Nxe4 (15... Ba6 16. Qa4 {~}) 16. Nxe5 {This loses but otherwise Black
opens the h1-a8 diagonal with no loss of material. Killerman: I don't agree I
think White may just be holding on here.} (16. Re1 16... Nd6 $15) 16... Bc5 {
Killerman: Did you see this as a possibility?} (16... Nxe5 17. Qxe5 17... Bd6 {
Killerman: This looks like it has to be winning for Black but there is nothing
concrete.} 18. Qf5 {what now for Black?} 18... Bc5 (18... Qa6 $5 {
is interesting} 19. Bxh6 Bxh2+ 20. Kxh2 Qxh6+ 21. Kg1 $16) (18... Qe8 19. Be3
Bc8 20. Qa5 $16) 19. Be3 Bxe3 20. fxe3 $14) 17. Bxf7+ Rxf7 18. Nxf7 Ba6 19. Qb3
Nxf2 20. Rd2 Qf8 21. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Ne5 23. Kg1 Qc5+ 24. Kh1 24... Nxf7 {
is White getting away with it? there is plenty to look at in the variation.})
10... Nxd5 11. axb5 (11. Nxe5 Nf4 12. Qe3 Nxe5 (12... Nxg2 $4 {
Killerman: Perhaps not the best, I think you missed Nxf7} 13. Nxc6 $4 (13. Nxf7
$3 13... Rxf7 (13... Qe8 14. Qe6 Qxf7 15. Qxf7+ Rxf7 16. Bxf7+ Kxf7 17. Kxg2
Nd4+ 18. f3 Nc2 19. Ra2 $15) 14. Qf3) 13... Bxc6 $17) 13. Qxf4 13... Bd6 {
Black has a huge initiative for the pawn}) (11. Bxd5 {In this line White gives
up the bishop pair and accepts a long-term worse position, in exchange for not
being mated any time soon.} 11... Qxd5 $15) (11. d4 {
must be White's only move. I intended} 11... exd4 12. cxd4 {with play on the
IQP and maybe the long diagonal in return for a weakened Qside - I might have
to play ...c6 or ...bxa4 soon. I didn't calculate very much in this line;
maybe there is a better approach? Killerman: I think you are right bxa4
followed by Bf6 is the right approach although even Nh5 looks good. The extra
development that you have looks as though it should be decisive.} ({or} 12.
Nxd4 12... Nxd4 13. cxd4)) 11... Nf4 {an important Zwischenzug. 11...axb5?!
leaves a loose N on d5. Killerman: Quite clearly an excellent move which leads
to White making a very bad choice of square for the lady.} (11... axb5 12. Rxa8
12... Bxa8 {Of course I would prefer to be able to take with the Queen! Now
White can try a number of things:} 13. d3 (13. d4) (13. Qxb5)) 12. Qc4 $4 {
Killerman: Only Qe4 is worse.} (12. Qe4 $4 12... Na5 13. Qc2 (13. Qxe5 13...
Bd6 $19) 13... Nxb3 14. Qxb3 14... Bxf3 $19) (12. Qe3 {White's Q looks exposed
here and might be hit by a future ...Nxg2. However I can't find a good
concrete plan:} 12... axb5 13. Rxa8 13... Qxa8 {Killerman: I think this line
is OK for Black 14 d3 leads to Bd6. Black has a small edge.} 14. d4 {maybe}
14... Na5 {Killerman: again a small edge}) (12. Qe1 12... Nd3 {
must be strong here} 13. Qd1 {
maybe Black has nothing better than. Killerman: I agree this is the safest} (
13. Qe2 e4 ({Killerman: I think this is better for Black} 13... axb5 14. Rxa8
Bxa8 15. Bc2 15... e4 $15) 14. Qxe4 ({Killerman: Is this not better for White?
} 14. bxc6 $1 14... exf3 15. Qxf3 Ne5 16. Qh5 $18) 14... Na5 15. Qa4 ({
Killerman: I think this may be a better try for White but it is not sufficient.
} 15. Bd5 15... Qxd5 16. Qxd5 Bxd5 17. Rxa5 axb5 18. Rxa8 Rxa8 19. Na3 19... c5
$19) 15... axb5 ({Killerman: This also wins} 15... Nc5 16. Qxa5 16... Nxb3 $19)
16. Qxb5 c6 17. Qa4 17... Nxb3 $19) (13. Qe4 Na5 14. Qa4 axb5 15. Qxb5 c6 16.
Qa4 16... Nxb3 $19) (13. Qe3 13... Bc5 $15) 13... axb5 14. Rxa8 14... Qxa8 $11)
(12. Qd1 axb5 13. Rxa8 Qxa8 14. d4 {
very freeing for White. I would have played this on move 3...} 14... e4 ({
Killerman: I think this is safer than your move e4.} 14... Na5 15. Bxf4 Bxf3
16. gxf3 (16. Qxf3 Qxf3 17. gxf3 $15) 16... exf4 $15) ({
Killerman: This might also be a good alternative.} 14... Ng6 15. dxe5 Ncxe5 16.
Nxe5 Nxe5 17. Re1 17... Bf6 $15 {
and i think with the better development Black has an edge.}) 15. Bxf4 exf3 16.
gxf3 16... Na5 {might win back the pawn, but White isn't really going to be
crushed here. Is there an improvement for Black? Killerman: This is too risky
a line, Black's advantage lies in development. There are no great tactics here
so safe moves are the key I think see the above two lines.}) 12... axb5 13.
Rxa8 13... Qxa8 {I only realised before I took the R that White's Q was
trapped in the middle of the board. Now he must lose material:} (13... bxc4 14.
Rxd8 Rxd8 (14... Nxd8 15. Bxc4 Bxf3 16. gxf3 {
+= doesn't seem like the right plan}) 15. Bxc4 e4 16. d4 {
~ with chances for both Black and White} (16. Ne1 16... Ne5 {this was my
original calculation when I played 11...Nf4, but then I found improvements for
both sides})) 14. Qxb5 (14. Qe4 Nd4 15. Qxe5 Nfe2+ 16. Kh1 Bxf3 17. gxf3 17...
Qxf3# {was the nicer option :)}) 14... Ba6 15. Qa4 15... Bxf1 {In fact White
can resign here as he is losing more than just an exchange. But he played on
hoping for me to blunder - a strategy that works 9 times out of 10 :)} 16. Kxf1
Nd3 17. Qe4 (17. Qxa8 Rxa8 18. Bd5 18... Ra1 {doesn't help White}) 17... Nxc1
18. Bc2 f5 19. Qc4+ Kh8 20. Na3 20... e4 {
to play Nc6-e5 and Nc1-d3, when I am safe and a rook up} 21. Ba4 21... Na5 {
0-1 White loses another piece or gets mated or both. Conclusions from this
game: White's QR, QN, QB and QP did not move until the game was already
decided. I think this illustrates the importance of development. Several times
Black could have given up material and still had the better position, because
White did not have enough pieces in action. Killerman: A very complexmiddle-gam
e well handled by Black. I think that 9 c3 needs following up by a swift d4 if
White is to get his Qside going. The development of the Black pieces seems to
lead to most lines being favourable for the second player. As you say
sacrificing material was always an option but not perhaps needed. Well played
and well analysed. I hope you enjoy my review the analysis is not exhaustive
and many lines are perhaps better descibed as unclear thanfavouring either
side. I hope that between us we have gotten somewhere near the truth.} 0-1