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Games ......................................................................................................................... 4
  (01) Naiditsch,Arkadij (2697) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2759) [C42] ................................. 4
  (02) Kramnik,Vladimir (2759) - Carlsen,Magnus (2772) [D37] ................................. 5
  (03) Vachier Lagrave,Maxime (2703) - Svidler,Peter (2739) [C89]........................... 6
  (04) Movsesian,Sergei (2716) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2727) [B81] ........................... 7
  (05) Svidler,Peter (2739) - Karpov,Anatoly (2644) [C43].......................................... 9
  (06) Kramnik,Vladimir (2759) - Naiditsch,Arkadij (2697) [D37]............................... 10
  (07) Pashikian,Arman (2650) - Babuiian,Levon (2515) [D20]................................. 13
  (08) Ponomariov,Ruslan (2727) - Vallejo Pons,Francisco (2693) [D41] ................. 14
  (09) Babuiian,Levon (2515) - Zhigalko,Sergei (2621) [E21] ................................... 15
  (10) Ivanchuk,Vassily (2703) - Caruana,Fabiano (2670) [C48] .............................. 17
Editorial staff: ............................................................................................................. 20

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(01) Naiditsch,Arkadij (2697) -                14...Ndf6 Intending Ng4. 15.h3 Qd7! Ambigu-
Kramnik,Vladimir (2759) [C42]                  ous move. Queen is looking after b4-b5 and
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (4),                threatening with sacrifice on h3. It turned out,
05.07.2009                                     that it's hard to find any full-fledged defence
[IM Polivanov, A]                              against this strike, so White has to adapt one-
One year ago Naiditsch inflicted a painful de- self to. 16.Ne2
feat on Kramnik. That's why it is safe to say
that Kramnik (irregardless own "drawn" black             XABCDEFGHY
repertoire) wanted to gain revenge. 1.e4 e5              8r+-+r+k+(
2.Nf3 Nf6 The same opening. 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3              7zppvlq+pzp-'
Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 [In that game was
6...Nc6 7.0–0 Be7 8.Re1 Bg4] 7.0–0 0–0 8.c4              6-+p+-sn-zp&
c6 9.Re1 Bf5                                             5+-zPp+l+-%
        XABCDEFGHY                                              3+-+LvLN+P#
        8rsn-wq-trk+(                                           2P+Q+NzPP+"
        7zpp+-+pzpp'                                            1tR-+-tR-mK-!
        6-+pvl-+-+&                                             xabcdefghy
        4-+PzPn+-+$                                     [16.b5 Ba5!; resolute attempt to simplify posi-
        3+-+L+N+-#                                      tion by means of 16.Ne5!? coming across with
                                                        16...Rxe5! (16...Bxe5?! 17.dxe5 Rxe5 18.Bd4
        2PzP-+-zPPzP"                                   Re6 19.Bxf6 Rxf6 20.Nxe4 Bxe4 21.Bxe4 dxe4
        1tRNvLQtR-mK-!                                  22.Rxe4 Re6= - as White has expected)
        xabcdefghy                                      17.dxe5 Bxe5 18.Ne2 (18.Bd2 Bxh3‚)
                                                        18...Bxa1 19.Rxa1 Bh7 with extra pawn.]
10.c5?! I don't like this move - White relieves         16...Bxh3! Performed! 17.Ne5! [A fitting rebuff.
the stress in center, so black outpost on e4            Acceptance of sacrifice - 17.gxh3 Qxh3
feels itself more comfortable. [There were an-          18.Ng3 Nxg3 19.fxg3 Bxg3 - guarantees a su-
other worthwhile alternatives, one of which is          periority for Black: 20.Bf1 a) 20.Qg2 Qxg2+
10.Qb3] 10...Bc7 11.Nc3 Nd7! 12.Qc2                     21.Kxg2 Bxe1 22.Rxe1 Ne4µ, and black pawns
[12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Bxe4 Bxe4 14.Rxe4 Nxc5 ]               ("f", "g", "h") are coming; b) 20.Re2 Ng4
12...Re8 13.Be3N [Knight is untouchable:                21.Qd2 (21.Bc1 Rxe2 22.Qxe2 Bf2+–+)
13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Bxe4 Qe7 15.Ng5 Nf6 16.f3               21...Re7! with further doubling on "e"-line;
Nxe4! (much stronger, than 16...h6 17.Bd2!              20...Qh5 21.Qg2 Bxe1 22.Rxe1 Re4]
Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Qh4 19.g3 Bxg3 20.hxg3 Bxe4                17...Bxe5 18.dxe5 Rxe5 19.f3 Rae8! Kramnik
1/2, Socko-Skatchkov, Cappelle 2004) 17.fxe4            is linking up the last piece to attack. 20.Bf4 [In
(17.Nxe4 Bxh2+!) 17...h6 18.Qf2 Bg6 , and               case 20.fxe4 Black will destroy white king's
pawn e4 is falling anyway.] 13...h6 [Standard           cover with second sacrifice: 20...Bxg2!
prophylaxis - 13...Ndf6 14.Nh4] 14.b4? Funny,           21.Kxg2 dxe4! (21...Nxe4 22.Bxe4 Rxe4 brings
but this is almost decisive mistake. White              only a draw: 23.Bf2 Rxe2 24.Rxe2 Qg4+
wants to attack pawn chain by b2-b4-b5, but             25.Kf1 Qh3+ 26.Kg1 Qg4+=; 21...Rh5 is par-
then Bc7-a5 (with a pin) will be very unpleas-          ried by 22.Ng1!) 22.Bc4 Qg4+ 23.Ng3 Qf3+
ant. And if White would take knight c3 away,            24.Kg1 Qxg3+ 25.Qg2 Qxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Nd5µ -
then b4-b5 is made difficult... Vicious circle!         four passed pawns for a piece is more than
[Path to equalization lies in outpost's e4 elimi-       enough. Black should win here.] 20...Rh5
nating: 14.Nd2! Bh7 (14...Qh4 15.g3 Qe7
16.Bxe4 Bxe4 (16...dxe4 17.f3!) 17.Ncxe4
dxe4 18.Bf4! with some troubles for Black)
15.Ndxe4 dxe4 16.Bxe4 Bxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxh2+
18.Kxh2 Qh4+ 19.Kg1 Qxe4 20.Qxe4 Rxe4
21.f3, and draw is the most probable outcome.]

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        XABCDEFGHY                                                XABCDEFGHY
        8-+-+r+k+(                                                8r+l+-trk+(
        7zpp+q+pzp-'                                              7zpp+-+pzpp'
        6-+p+-sn-zp&                                              6-+n+psn-+&
        5+-zPp+-+r%                                               5wq-vlp+-+-%
        4-zP-+nvL-+$                                              4-+P+-vL-+$
        3+-+L+P+l#                                                3zP-sN-zPN+-#
        2P+Q+N+P+"                                                2-zPQ+-zPPzP"
        1tR-+-tR-mK-!                                             1tR-+-mKL+R!
        xabcdefghy                                                xabcdefghy
21.fxe4? [That's a final error. Naiditsch had to          10.Rd1 [Another two continuations also quite
join own queen to defence: 21.Nd4 (now                    popular: 10.0–0–0; 10.Nd2] 10...Be7 11.Be2
square g2 is protected) 21...Ng5 22.Bg3! Ne6!             dxc4 [11...Ne4 12.cxd5 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Qxc3+
(this is the only way to obtain an advantage -            14.bxc3 exd5 15.Rxd5 Bxa3 16.Nd4! ] 12.Bxc4
22...Nge4 23.Bf4=; 22...Be6 23.Ne2!, and rook             Nh5 [Black could try to develop own white-
h5 lacks of space)] 21...dxe4 22.Bc4 Bxg2!                squared bishop: 12...e5 13.Bg3 Bg4 14.0–0
23.Ng3 [23.Kxg2 Qh3+ 24.Kg1 Qh1+ 25.Kf2                   Rac8 ("historical but bad line" (c) Atalik), but
Ng4+ 26.Kg3 Qf3#; 23.Bxf7+!? was a nice try               after 15.Rc1! with ideas Ng5, Nd5 White has
to confuse an opponent, but accurate 23...Kxf7            an edge.] 13.0–0 Nxf4 14.exf4 g6 [That's right
24.Qb3+ Nd5 25.Kxg2 Qg4+ 26.Ng3 (26.Qg3                   - one can't underestimate threat f4-f5 with
Nxf4+ 27.Nxf4 Rg5!–+) 26...Re6! leaves no                 bishop's c4 opening. Next game has shown
chance.] 23...Bf3!–+ 24.Qb3 [24.Nxh5 Nxh5                 this pretty well: 14...Rd8?! 15.Rxd8+ Qxd8
25.Bh2 Qg4+ 26.Kf1 Ng3+! 27.Bxg3 (27.Kf2                  16.Rd1 Bd7 17.f5! Qc8 18.Qd3! Be8 19.fxe6
e3+ 28.Rxe3 Nh1+–+) 27...Qh3+! 28.Kf2 Qg2+–               fxe6 20.Nd5!+-, Gupta-Kjartansson, Reykjavik
+; 24.Bf1 Qg4 25.Bg2 Qxf4 26.Nxh5 Nxh5                    2009] 15.g3 Rd8N [Bishop c8 remains one of
27.Bxf3 Qxf3; queen plus knight - the cruel               the most painful problems for Black, that's why
might!] 24...Rh4 [Immediate 24...Qh3 is strong            maybe it's worth to think about e6-e5 anyway?
also.] 25.Bd6 Qh3 26.Bxf7+ Kh7 27.Qb2 Ng4                 15...Bf6 16.Rd3 Bg7! (16...Qf5?!, Epishin-
[Not bad, but I prefer 27...Qxg3+! 28.Bxg3                Atalik, Bratto 2005 17.Nb5±) 17.Rfd1 Qh5!
Rh1+ 29.Kf2 Ng4# Revenge is complete. Very                (17...e5?! 18.Rd5) 18.Rd6 e5„] 16.Rxd8+
inspired game by Kramnik. By the way, if I am             Qxd8 17.Rd1 Bd7
not mistaken, this is the first his "black" victory
in classics for couple of years...] 0–1                           XABCDEFGHY
(02) Kramnik,Vladimir (2759) -
Carlsen,Magnus (2772) [D37]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (8),                                   6-+n+p+p+&
10.07.2009                                                        5+-+-+-+-%
[IM Polivanov, A]                                                 4-+L+-zP-+$
For three rounds before the end of Sparkassen
GM Carlsen was ahead of Kramnik in half-
point. So Vladimir had to win this game at any                    2-zPQ+-zP-zP"
price... 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7                      1+-+R+-mK-!
5.Bf4 0–0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6                            xabcdefghy
9.Qc2 Qa5
                                                           If Black would have time for Rc8, a6, Qc7 -
                                                          then White's development advantage goes
                                                          without leaving a trace. Therefore Kramnik
                                                          moves to action! 18.f5!? gxf5 [18...exf5
                                                          19.Qb3] 19.Qd2 Queen is going to h6.
                                                          19...Qb6 [Carlsen is remarkable for own self-
                                                          reliance, but sometimes it takes a menacing

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form... It was better to leave queen for protec- nection, sacrifice Rxe6 will be lethal one.
tion: 19...Bc8! with Qf8. Apparently, Magnus 29...Qa5 30.b4 Nxb4
has thought that king will cope without help
from outside.] 20.Qh6 [20.Qxd7?? Rd8–+;                  XABCDEFGHY
20.Na4 Nd4!!= - maybe, this blow has per-
suade Black in 19...Qb6?] 20...Be8 [20...Qd8
21.Rd3!] 21.Ng5 Bxg5 22.Qxg5+ Kf8                        7zpp+-mkp+p'
[22...Kh8 mismatches in view 23.Rd6 with                 6-+-tRp+-wQ&
Rxe6 idea.] 23.Qh6+ Now White in favourable              5wqN+-+p+-%
situation - Kramnik can announce perpetual
check whenever he wants, so he can calmly
find offensive continuations. This is such called        3zP-+-+-zP-#
"game in two results". 23...Kg8 24.Qg5+ Kf8              2-+-+-zP-zP"
25.Rd6!                                                  1+-+-+-mK-!
        8r+-+lmk-+(                                   [30...Qb6 31.Rxe6+ fxe6 32.Qxe6+ Kd8
        7zpp+-+p+p'                                   33.Qd6+ Bd7 34.Be6! Ne5 35.Qf8+ Be8
        6-wqntRp+-+&                                  36.Qf6#] 31.Rxe6+ fxe6 32.Qxe6+ Kd8
        5+-+-+pwQ-%                                   33.Qf6+ Kc8 34.Qxf5+ Grabbing pawn on the
                                                      way... 34...Kd8 [34...Bd7 35.Nd6+] 35.Qf6+
        4-+L+-+-+$                                    Kc8 36.axb4 The victory, which has cleared
        3zP-sN-+-zP-#                                 the way to first place![36.axb4 Qd8 37.Be6+
        2-zP-+-zP-zP"                                 Bd7 38.Qc3+ Kb8 39.Bxd7!+-] 1–0
                                                      (03) Vachier Lagrave,Maxime (2703) -
        xabcdefghy                                    Svidler,Peter (2739) [C89]
                                                      City of Culture GM Donostia ESP (4),
 Of course, it would be silly to neglect such a       11.07.2009
chance. 25...Qc7? From four possibilities Carl-       [IM Polivanov, A]
sen has chosen the worst one... [Let's take a         1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0
look to them all. 25...Qxb2?! 26.Qf6 Qc1+             Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d5 Svidler has
27.Kg2 Nd8™ (27...Kg8 28.Rxe6+- - this is             been playing Marshall Attack since long time,
the main motive here) 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 29.Qxd8            and in the end of 1990th he won couple of
Qxc3 30.Bb5+- winning a piece; 25...Rd8!?             good games for both sides. 9.exd5 Nxd5
26.Qh6+ Kg8 27.Rxe6 Qd4! (27...fxe6 will be           10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1
expressed in mate attack: 28.Qxe6+ Kg7                Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4 [Another options:
29.Qg8+ Kf6 30.Qf8+ Kg6 (30...Ke5 31.Nb5!+-           15.Be3; and 15.Qe2] 15...g5
) 31.Ne2!+-) 28.Rf6! Qd2 (28...Qxc4 29.Qg5+
Kf8 30.Rxc6) 29.Qxd2 Rxd2 30.Rxf5 Rxb2
31.Ne4 - White has a better ending here, but                 XABCDEFGHY
Black should achieve draw with accurate de-                  8r+l+-trk+(
fence; 25...Qc5! (perhaps, the strongest)                    7+-+-+p+p'
26.Ne4 Qxc4 27.Nf6 Ke7 28.Rd1! (28.Ne4+                      6p+pvl-+-+&
Kf8=) 28...Nd4™ 29.Nxe8+ (if White will forget
oneself in playing - 29.Nxh7+?! Kd6 30.Qf6                   5+p+n+-zp-%
Kc5! 31.b4+ Kd5 - they can regret about that)                4-+-zPR+-+$
29...Kxe8 30.Qg8+ Ke7 31.Qxa8 Qd5! 32.Rxd4                   3+LzP-+-zPq#
Qxd4 33.Qxb7+ Kf6 34.Kg2 - queen endgame                     2PzP-+-zP-zP"
is slightly nicer for White, as they can push
pawn "b" forward, but Black must organize                    1tRNvLQ+-mK-!
some counterplay (with pawns f5, h7) at this                 xabcdefghy
time.] 26.Qh6+ Ke7 [26...Kg8 27.Rxe6! fxe6
28.Bxe6+ Bf7 29.Nd5+-] 27.Qh4+ Kf8                    16.Qf1 [16.Bxg5? Qf5] 16...Qh5 [In common
28.Qh6+ Just time winning, nothing more.              opinion, endgame 16...Qxf1+ 17.Kxf1 Bf5
28...Ke7 29.Nb5! That's it. After knight's con-       18.Nd2! is auspicious for White. Black can't

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take an exchange right now, and after 18...h6             is incredibly powerful... As a result, complicate
White will insist - 19.f3!, Vachier Lagrave-              position with mutual chances.] 20...Bh3
Kurnosov, Plovdiv 2008] 17.Nd2 f5!? [Some-                21.Qd3 Rae8!–+ Knight e4 is not long for this
what unexpected. 17...Bf5 18.f3 is considered             world, so Bxg3 is coming with destructive con-
as main direction.] 18.Re1?! Serious inaccu-              sequences. 22.Bd2 [White is missing own last
racy. White should avoid (as far as possible)             chance: 22.Bxg5!? Qxg5 23.Bc2 Qe7!
two things - pawn promotion f5-f4-f3 and                  (23...Rxe4 24.Rxe4 Bf5 25.Qxf3 not so clear)
bishop's c8 way out to h3. Frenchman allows               24.Nf6+ Rxf6 25.Rxe7 Rxe7–+] 22...Rxe4!
both... [18.Bd1! Qh6 (18...g4 19.Re1 f4 20.Ne4            23.Qxe4 [23.Rxe4 Bxg3 24.hxg3 Bg2 25.Rh4
Bc7 21.Bb3±, Motylev-Beliavsky, Wijk aan                  gxh4 26.Qe4 hxg3 27.Qe6+ Kg7 28.Qe5+
Zee 2006 - as bishop c8 is blocked by pawn                Qxe5 29.dxe5 Rf5–+] 23...Bxg3 24.Bxf3
g4, White has nothing to worry about) 19.Re1
f4 20.Ne4 Bc7 21.Bd2! (less convincing                            XABCDEFGHY
21.Bf3?! Bh3 22.Qd3 Rf7 23.Bd2 Raf8©,
Svidler-Leko, Morelia 2007) 21...Bf5 22.Nc5±
- next White's step will be Qe2-h5 with queen                     7+-+-+-+p'
exchange.] 18...f4 19.Bd1N [Those dangers,                        6p+p+-+-+&
which can lie in for White, are illustrated by fol-               5+p+n+-zpq%
lowing game: 19.Ne4 Bh3 20.Qd3 Rae8
21.Bd2 Bf5 22.c4 Ne3 23.c5+? (23.Qe2™
counting on 23...Ng4? 24.Nf6+!+-) 23...Kg7                        3+-zP-+Lvll#
24.Bxe3 (24.Qe2 Ng4–+ - there is no check on                      2PzP-vL-zP-zP"
f6 anymore) 24...Bxe4 25.Bd1 fxg3!! 26.fxg3                       1tR-+-tR-mK-!
Qh3 0–1, Sambuev-Khruschiov, Moscow 2006]
19...f3                                                           xabcdefghy

        XABCDEFGHY                                        24...Bxh2+! 25.Kxh2 [25.Kh1 Rxf3 26.Qe8+
                                                          Qxe8 27.Rxe8+ Kf7–+] 25...Bg4+ 26.Kg1 Bxf3
        8r+l+-trk+(                                       Mate on h1 is inevitable. 27.Qe6+ Kg7
        7+-+-+-+p'                                        28.Qe5+ Rf6 29.Qh2 Rh6 Such feeling, that
        6p+pvl-+-+&                                       Lagrave hasn't repeated a theory before this
        5+p+n+-zpq%                                       game...[29...Rh6 30.Qe5+ Nf6 31.Qe7+ Qf7–+]
        3+-zP-+pzP-#                                      (04) Movsesian,Sergei (2716) -
        2PzP-sN-zP-zP"                                    Ponomariov,Ruslan (2727) [B81]
        1tR-vLLtRQmK-!                                    City of Culture GM Donostia ESP (4),
        xabcdefghy                                        11.07.2009
                                                          [IM Polivanov, A]
                                                          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3
20.Ne4? Can the most obvious move turn out                a6 6.h3!? Nonordinary variation. 6.g3 with fur-
the fatal mistake? The answer is "yes"... Black           ther Bg2, h3 and g4 is very widespread, so
are threatening Bh3 with further sacrifice Bxg3.          why not to move h3 and g4 at once? 6...e6
Lagrave protects point g3, but that's not                 7.g4 Be7 [The most principled reaction -
enough. [The only reasonable idea - to start              7...d5] 8.Bg2
immediate counterplay: 20.c4! Bh3 (the rest is
not good): a) 20...Bxg3? 21.fxg3 f2+ 22.Qxf2+-
; b) 20...Nf4? 21.gxf4 Bxf4 22.Nxf3! (22.Qg2!?
is just for effect - 22...Bh3 23.Bxf3 g4 24.Bxg4
Qxg4 25.Qxg4+ Bxg4 with some compensa-
tion) 22...Bh3 23.Ne5 Qh4 24.Bxf4! Bxf1
25.Bg3 Qxd4 26.Kxf1± - three pieces are
stronger than queen; c) 20...bxc4 21.Ne4 Bh3?
22.Qxc4+- - pawn c6 is falling; 21.Bxf3 Rxf3
22.Qe2 Bg4 23.Nxf3 Nc7! (23...bxc4 24.h3!)
24.c5 Bxf3 25.Qd3 Bf8 26.Bxg5 Bd5 - White
have some material advantage, but bishop d5

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        XABCDEFGHY                                dive in tactics) 21...Qxa2 22.Qc7 Nd5 23.Qxb7
                                                  Bg5+ 24.Re3 Nxe3 25.fxe3 Qxe6 - maybe,
        8rsnlwqk+-tr(                             Black feels itself a little bit better, but no more
        7+p+-vlpzpp'                              than.] 19...Nc5 From this moment, promotion
        6p+-zppsn-+&                              e5-e6 will be awkward task. 20.Bxc5 Qxc5
        5+-+-+-+-%                                21.f4 [21.e6 meets strong 21...f5!] 21...Bd5!
                                                  Taking point e6 under control. 22.Qe3 Qc6
        4-+-sNP+P+$                               Queen's exchange is non-profitable for Black.
        3+-sN-+-+P#                               By the way, moves like Bf3 or Bh4 will make
        2PzPP+-zPL+"                              white rook to feel uncomfortably. 23.f5 Bh4
        1tR-vLQmK-+R!                             24.Re2 h6! Providing the stand on g5. 25.b3
                                                  Bf3 26.Rd6 Qa8 27.Rh2 Re8 Thinking about
        xabcdefghy                                assault on pawn e5. 28.Qf4 Bg5 [28...Qa7!?,
                                                  keeping in mind Qg1 with Bg5, looks more
8...Nfd7 [Planning Nc6. Apparently, Black was     preferable.] 29.Qd4 Be7 30.Rd7 Qb8 31.Qc3
being afraid of immediate 8...Nc6 due 9.Nxc6      Ba3! Now White is trying own last hope. 32.e6
bxc6 10.e5] 9.Be3 [Interesting idea was dem-      [32.Qxf3 Qxe5–+; 32.b4 Rxe5 33.Qxa3 Re1+
onstrated by Ukrainian grandmaster: 9.g5!?        34.Kb2 Qe5+ 35.Qc3 Rb1+–+] 32...Rc8
Nc6 (9...Bxg5 10.Nxe6! fxe6 11.Qh5+ g6            33.exf7+
12.Qxg5±) 10.h4 Qb6 11.Nb3 Qc7 12.f4, Fe-
dorchuk-Negi, Paris 2009 - like Keres Attack.]           XABCDEFGHY
9...Nc6 10.Qe2 Nxd4 Otherwise White will
castle longside and take on d4 by rook.                  8-wqr+-+k+(
11.Bxd4 0–0 12.0–0–0N [Far-reaching choice.              7+-+R+Pzp-'
White may castle another side, but Black in              6p+-+-+-zp&
this case hardly has any trouble. For example:
12.0–0 b5 13.e5 d5 14.a3 Qc7 15.f4 Bc5
16.Qe3 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 Bb7 18.Rae1 Rac8                     4-+-+-+P+$
19.Rf2 Qb6=, Hou Yifan-Wang Hao, ch-CHN                  3vlPwQ-+l+P#
2009.] 12...b5 13.e5!? [This and next moves in           2P+P+-+-tR"
many respects are caused by 12.0–0–0. b5-b4
is Black's threat, and 13.a3 doesn't help -
13...Rb8] 13...d5 14.Nxd5 Such is the whole              xabcdefghy
idea. 14...exd5 15.Bxd5 Rb8 16.Ba7 Rb7
17.Bxb7 Bxb7 18.Rhe1 Qc7                        33...Kf8?! [It's hard to blame Ponomariov with
                                                that he hasn't succeeded in calculation next
        XABCDEFGHY                              fantastic variation, but anyway... 33...Kh7!
                                                34.Qd3 Qe5 35.f6+ Be4 36.Qd4 Qf4 37.f8N+!
        8-+-+-trk+(                             (uncommon trick, huh?) 37...Kg8! (37...Rxf8
        7vLlwqnvlpzpp'                          38.Rxg7+ Kh8 39.Rh7+!! Kg8=) 38.f7+ Kxf8
        6p+-+-+-+&                              39.Rd8+ Rxd8 40.Qxd8+ Kxf7–+, and I believe,
        5+p+-zP-+-%                             that Black should won this position.] 34.Qa5
                                                Be7? [In fact, bishop a3 doesn't have to leave
        4-+-+-+P+$                              hence! 34...Bc6!! 35.Qxa3+ (otherwise rook d7
        3+-+-+-+P#                              will be drove away from 7th rank) 35...b4, tak-
        2PzPP+QzP-+"                            ing white rook with unclear position.] 35.Qe1
        1+-mKRtR-+-!                            Bc5 36.f6!! Unbelievable resourse! 36...g5 [All
                                                sense consists in 36...Qxh2 37.Qe8+! Rxe8
        xabcdefghy                              38.fxg7+ Kxg7 39.fxe8Q++-; 36...gxf6 bad
                                                neither - 37.Qd2 Kg7 38.f8Q++-] 37.Rhd2
19.Kb1? [Wrong! Rooks, as usual, like an White is preparing deadly invasion Qe6-f5-g6.
open space, so it was necessary to "pierce" it: 37...Bc6 38.Re7! Qf4!?
19.e6! Nf6 20.Qe5! Qc4 (20...Qxe5 21.Rxe5
fxe6 22.Rxe6= - rook and two pawns at least
equal to couple of minor pieces here) 21.Bd4!
(now White is intending to use own battery
Bd4+Qe5 by means g4-g5, so Black has to

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        XABCDEFGHY                                             XABCDEFGHY
        8-+r+-mk-+(                                            8r+-wqk+-tr(
        7+-+-tRP+-'                                            7zppzp-vlpzpp'
        6p+l+-zP-zp&                                           6-+n+-+-+&
        5+pvl-+-zp-%                                           5+-+pzP-+-%
        4-+-+-wqP+$                                            4-+-+-vLl+$
        3+P+-+-+P#                                             3+-zPL+N+-#
        2P+PtR-+-+"                                            2P+P+-zPPzP"
        1+K+-wQ-+-!                                            1tR-+Q+RmK-!
        xabcdefghy                                             xabcdefghy
[Focus to Rd2 and pawn f6. But will it help?           9...Qd7 [In my opinion, 9...0–0 is more accu-
38...Bb4 39.Qe6 Bxd2 40.Qf5+-] 39.Qe6??                rate: 10.h3 Bh5 11.Rb1 b6! (11...Qc8? 12.g4
[Movsesian has erred by the last one... Superb         Bg6 13.Bxg6 fxg6 14.Qxd5+ Kh8 15.Bg3+-,
39.a3! (preventing Bc5-b4 and ventlight for            Kurnosov-Skatchkov, St Petersburg 2001;
king simultaneously!) result to a win: 39...Bxa3       11...Rb8 12.Rb5!) 12.Rb5 Bc5!] 10.Rb1 Nd8N
(39...Qxf6 40.Re6 Qxf7 41.Qe5+-) 40.Qe6                [Longside castling with rook on b1 looks peril-
Qb8 41.Qf5 Bxe7 42.fxe7+ Kxe7 43.Re2++-]               ous: 10...0–0–0 11.h3 Bf5 12.Nd4 Bxd3
39...Qf1+ 40.Kb2 [40.Qe1 Qxe1+ 41.Rxe1                 13.Qxd3 Nxd4 14.cxd4 Qc6 15.Rb3 , Dembo-
Bb4–+] 40...Ba3+! Obviously, this check has            Pourkashiyan, WMSG 2008] 11.h3 White
escaped White's attention. Now all forced.             starts to conduct own plan - pawn advance on
41.Kxa3 [41.Kc3 b4+ 42.Kd4 Bb2+ 43.Kc5                 king flank. 11...Bh5 12.g4 Bg6 13.Bg3 This is
Qb5+] 41...Qc1+ 42.Kb4 Qxd2+ 43.c3 a5+!                the signal for pawn f2. 13...Bxd3 14.cxd3 h5
44.Kxa5 Qxc3+ 45.Ka6 Ra8+ 46.Kb6 Qd4+
47.Kc7 Qd8+ Queen winning, game winning.                       XABCDEFGHY
48.Kxc6 Ra6+ 49.Kc5 Rxe6 50.Rxe6 Qa5
51.Re7 Qxa2 Both players were deserved a
victory, but Ruslan was more lucky. 0–1                        7zppzpqvlpzp-'
(05) Svidler,Peter (2739) -                                    5+-+pzP-+p%
Karpov,Anatoly (2644) [C43]                                    4-+-+-+P+$
City of Culture GM Donostia ESP (5),
[IM Polivanov, A]                                              2P+-+-zP-+"
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.dxe5                    1+R+Q+RmK-!
[This move is becoming almost the same                         xabcdefghy
popular as 5.Nxe5 - less theory, more im-
provisation.] 5...Nc6 6.0–0 Bg4 7.Nc3 Nxc3
                                                        Karpov is trying to interfere with Svidler's
[7...Bxf3?! 8.Qxf3 Nxe5 9.Qe2 f5 10.Bxe4 fxe4
                                                       strategy. 15.e6!? [Very impressive move (un-
(10...dxe4 11.Qb5+) 11.Qh5+ Nf7 12.Nxd5 g6
                                                       der three takings), but maybe it's better to do
13.Qd1 Bg7 14.Bf4±, Hossain-Minhazuddin,
                                                       without this sacrifice for a while? 15.Nd4 (in-
Dhaka 2008.] 8.bxc3 Be7 9.Bf4
                                                       tending f2-f4) 15...Bc5 16.Nf5 (16.f4?! Ne6!)
                                                       16...g6 17.Ne3 Bxe3 (otherwise d3-d4)
                                                       18.fxe3, and White's position appears more
                                                       perspective (black king has no place to hide).]
                                                       15...Nxe6 [It's hard to believe, but 15...Qxe6 is
                                                       possible too: 16.Re1 Qc8 17.Nd4 (17.Bh4
                                                       hxg4! 18.Bxe7 gxf3, and White has notning)
                                                       17...Ne6 18.Nxe6 (18.gxh5 Nxd4 19.cxd4 Kf8)
                                                       18...fxe6 19.gxh5 0–0 20.Qg4 Rf5 21.h6 Bf6 -
                                                       Black is somewhat worse, but it's playable.]
                                                       16.Ne5 [16.Rxb7? hxg4 17.hxg4 Qc6 18.Rb1
                                                       d4!µ - diagonal a8-h1 will be a headache for

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White.] 16...Qc8 17.f4 h4 If Black wants to 28.Rf4+-] 25.Qg2 Starting on journey for
castle, surely, it's necessary to close "h"-file. knight h3. 25...g5 26.Rf3 Rg8 [26...g4
18.Bh2 0–0 19.g5                                  27.Rxh3+-] 27.Rxh3 Rg6 28.Rf1 Qe6 29.d4
                                                  Rag8 30.Re3 [Svidler is playing pronouncedly
         XABCDEFGHY                               calm, intending to occupy line "e". Venture-
                                                  some 30.Rf4?! gxf4 31.Rxh4+ Rh6 32.Rxh6+
         8r+q+-trk+(                              Kxh6 33.Qxg8 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Qe3+ 35.Kh2
         7zppzp-vlpzp-'                           Qe2+ 36.Qg2 also gains effect, but it's better to
         6-+-+n+-+&                               leave zero chances to opponent. As Karpov
         5+-+psN-zP-%                             always did...] 30...c6 31.Qe2 g4 32.Bc7 Qc8
                                                  33.Re7 Rg5 [33...Rf8 34.Qe5 Kg8 35.Qh5 g3
         4-+-+-zP-zp$                             36.Rf5+-] 34.Rxf7+ Kg6 35.Qd3+ [35.Qd3+
         3+-zPP+-+P#                              Kxf7 36.Qh7++-] 1–0
        1+R+Q+RmK-!                                (06) Kramnik,Vladimir (2759) -
        xabcdefghy                                 Naiditsch,Arkadij (2697) [D37]
                                                   Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (10),
19...g6? Alas. Black had wanted to stop g5-
                                                   [GM Aveskulov, V]
g6, but missed much more painful strike in-
                                                   1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4
stead. [Years about thirty ago Karpov certainly
                                                   Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+
choosed 19...Bd6! (indirect prevention from
                                                   9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bxf6 gxf6
g5-g6) 20.d4! - with intention to beat on e5
with pawn d4 (20.Qh5 Bxe5 21.fxe5 g6
22.Qxh4 c5 - White are remained with nothing               XABCDEFGHY
but bad bishop h2) 20...Qe8! (controlling point            8rsn-+k+-tr(
g6 again) a) 20...Bxe5?! 21.dxe5 g6 22.f5!‚                7zpp+l+p+p'
(22.Qxd5?! c6 23.Qe4 Ng7 ); b) 20...c5!? 21.g6
fxg6 22.Nxg6 Rf5 23.Qg4 Nf8 24.Nxh4 Rf7 ;
21.Qh5 (21.Rxb7 Bxe5 22.dxe5 Qc6µ)                         5wqL+-+-+-%
21...Bxe5 22.dxe5 g6! 23.Qxh4 Ng7 24.Rxb7                  4-+-sNP+-+$
Nf5 25.Qf2 Qc6 26.Rb3 Rab8!© - with such a                 3+-zP-+-+-#
knight f5 Black doesn't have to be worried.]
20.f5! That's it - pawn is reaching to f6 with
further mate threats. 20...Nxg5 [20...gxf5 21.g6           1tR-+QmK-+R!
Kg7 22.Qh5 Rh8 23.Qxf5 Ng5 24.Nd7! f6                      xabcdefghy
25.Rbe1+-] 21.f6 Bd6 [Attempt to grab pawn
f6 doesn't succeed: 21...Bd8 22.Qd2 Nxh3+          [Black can't take on c3: 11...Qxc3+?? 12.Kf1
23.Kh1 Qe6 24.Qg2 Bxf6 25.Nxg6! fxg6               gxf6 13.Rc1 Qb4 14.Rc8++-] 12.Bxd7+ [An-
26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Rf5+- - queen's e6 position        other populare line here is 12.Qb3 but here
tells upon.] 22.Qd2 Nxh3+ 23.Kh1 Bxe5              after 12...Bxb5 13.Nxb5 0–0 14.0–0 Nc6 15.c4
24.Bxe5 Kh7                                        Rad8 Black is ok.] 12...Nxd7 13.0–0 a6 [Noone
        XABCDEFGHY                                 before even tried to take on c3 in this moment:
        8r+q+-tr-+(                                13...Qxc3!? but this move is not prohibited. For
        7zppzp-+p+k'                               instance, 14.Nb5 Qc6 15.Nd6+ Ke7 16.Nxf7!?
                                                   Rhc8 (16...Kxf7? 17.Rc1 Qb5 18.a4+- and
        6-+-+-zPp+&                                queen is not able to defence a knight more)
        5+-+pvL-+-%                                17.Qh5 Qxe4 with unclear position.] 14.Rb1
        4-+-+-+-zp$                                Qc7 15.Qh5 Nc5 16.Rb4 The most popular
                                                   continuation. [Bareev played here in another
        3+-zPP+-+n#                                way: 16.Rbe1 0–0–0 after 16.Rb4 long castling
        2P+-wQ-+-+"                                is impossible 17.Re3 Kb8 18.g3 Ka8 19.Rb1
        1+R+-+R+K!                                 Qe7 20.Nb3 Rc8 21.Kg2 Nd7 22.Rd1 Ne5
        xabcdefghy                                 23.Rd4 Rc7 24.Nd2 Qa3 25.Nf3 Ng6 26.Qh6
                                                   Qxa2 1/2 Bareev-Khairullin, Moscow, 2009]
[24...g5 25.Qg2 Re8 26.Rbe1 g4 27.Rf3 Ng5

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        XABCDEFGHY                                         XABCDEFGHY
        8r+-+k+-tr(                                        8-+r+-+-tr(
        7+p+-+p+p'                                         7+p+nmkp+p'
        6p+-+pzp-+&                                        6p+-+pzp-+&
        5+-sn-wq-+Q%                                       5+-+-zP-+-%
        4-tR-sNP+-+$                                       4-+-tR-+-wQ$
        3+-zP-+-+-#                                        3+-wq-+N+-#
        2P+-+-zPPzP"                                       2P+-+-zPPzP"
        1+-+-+RmK-!                                        1+-+-+RmK-!
        xabcdefghy                                         xabcdefghy
[16...0–0–0? 17.Rc4 b6 18.Nb3+-] 17.Qh6             [White has just a perpetual check after
[17.Qh4 is being played more often: 17...Qg5       21.Rfd1 Rhd8 22.Rxd7+ Rxd7 23.Qxf6+ Ke8
18.Qh3 h5 (18...Rg8 19.Rc4 b5 20.Rxc5 Qxc5         24.Qh8+] 21...Rhg8 22.Kh1 [Black is ok in a
21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 23.Qxf6+ Ke8             case of 22.Rfd1 Rgd8 (22...Rcd8? is a decisive
24.Qe6+ 1/2, Khismatulin-Nielsen, Plovdiv,         mistake 23.R4d3! Qc5 24.h3+- and Black has
2008; in the game Gelfand-Jakovenko, Mos-          no satisfactory defence against of Rd7-Rd7;
cow, 2007 Black couldn't equalize: 18...Qe5        Qf6-Ke8; Rd7-Kd7; Qf7) 23.Rf4 Nxe5
19.Re1 Rd8 20.Qe3 Rg8 21.Nf3 Qc7 22.Rd4            24.Qxf6+ Ke8=] 22...b5 Black wants to change
Nd7 23.Red1 Ke7 24.g3 Ne5 25.Nxe5 Qxe5             a pair of rooks 23.h3! Rc4
26.Qc1 Qc5 27.Qd2 Qc7 28.Qb2) 19.f4 Qg4
20.Qe3 Rg8 21.Rb2 Rc8 22.Rd2 h4 23.Nf3 h3                  XABCDEFGHY
24.g3 Kf8 25.Rd4 Kg7 26.Rfd1 1/2 Sashikiran-
Maceja, Warsaw, 2008; Romanov interpreted
this position in own way: 17.Qf3 Rd8 18.Nb3                7+-+nmkp+p'
Nxb3 (obviously 18...Rd3 was better 19.Qe2                 6p+-+pzp-+&
Rxc3 20.Nxc5 Rxc5 21.Rxb7 0–0=) 19.axb3 b5                 5+p+-zP-+-%
20.Qe3 0–0 21.Rd4 and White is slightly better,
Romanov-Sargissian, Aeroflot, 2009] 17...Rc8
[17...Qg5 comes to variations from the com-                3+-wq-+N+P#
ment to the previous move] 18.Nf3!N [Two                   2P+-+-zPP+"
rounds before Peter Leko against Naiditsch                 1+-+-+R+K!
played here 18.a4 Qxe4 19.Qxf6 Rg8 20.Qf3
Rg4 21.Qh3 h5 22.Nb3 Qg6 23.Nxc5 Rxc5                      xabcdefghy
24.Qf3 Rd5 25.g3 Rxb4 26.cxb4 Qc2 27.Qf4
Qxa4 Draw, Leko-Naiditsch, Dortmund, 2009]         [Black provokes the subsequent sacrifice. After
18...Qxc3 The forced capturing. 19.Rd4 The         that it becomes very difficult for Black to
blocking of a queen (not last one in this game).   choose every new move. Much better was
19...Ke7 The only move. 20.e5! White weak-         23...Rgd8! White can continue to increase a
ens a pawn structure near the king. 20...Nd7       pressure with a 24.exf6+ Nxf6 25.Rf4 but after
[20...fxe5?? is very bad 21.Qg5+ Ke8 (21...Kf8     25...Rg8 there is no something real for White.]
22.Rd8+ Rxd8 23.Qxd8+ Kg7 24.Qg5+ Kf8              24.Rxd7+! Thanks to the sacrifice of an ex-
25.Qf6 Rg8 26.Nxe5+-) 22.Qxe5+- with               change White destroys a pawn cover of the
threats of check on d8 and capturing on h8.]       Black's king. 24...Kxd7 25.Qxf6

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       XABCDEFGHY                                       XABCDEFGHY
       8-+-+-+r+(                                       8-+-+-+-+(
       7+-+k+p+p'                                       7+ktr-+-+p'
       6p+-+pwQ-+&                                      6p+-+-+r+&
       5+p+-zP-+-%                                      5+p+-zP-+-%
       4-+r+-+-+$                                       4-+q+-+-wQ$
       3+-wq-+N+P#                                      3+-+-+N+P#
       2P+-+-zPP+"                                      2P+-+-zPP+"
       1+-+-+R+K!                                       1+-+-tR-+K!
       xabcdefghy                                       xabcdefghy
25...Qd3?! [Rybka offers a passive defence:      After this move White gets some initiative.
25...Ke8! 26.Rd1 Rc8 27.Ng5 Qc7 28.Ne4 Kf8      [33...Rcg7! was the right move 34.Qd4 Qxd4
White has a lot of ways for attack but noone    35.Nxd4 Rxg2 36.e6 Rxf2 37.e7 Rgg2=]
promises something more than a perpetual        34.Nd4! There is a second blocking of queen
check (28...Rg6 is not so good 29.Qh8+          in the game. From now pawn e5+White's
(29.Nd6+ Qxd6 30.Rxd6 Rxf6 31.exf6 Rc2 with     pieces=well organised force. 34...Qxa2? This
an equal ending) 29...Ke7 30.Qxh7 and White     pawn doesn't play a serious role in the game.
gets a new pawn) 29.Nd6 (29.Ng5 Ke8=;           [Black had to push at the White's force:
29.Nc5 Qxc5 30.Rd8+ Rxd8 31.Qxd8+=)             34...Rd7!? 35.Nf5 (35.Qe4+ is not so promising
29...Rd8 30.Rd4 Qc1+! defencing a square h6     35...Kb6 36.Nf3 Qxe4 37.Rxe4 Rc6 with equal
(30...Rd7? 31.Qh6+ Ke7 32.Qxh7) 31.Kh2 Rd7      ending) 35...Qd5 (the change of queens in this
32.Nxf7 Rg6! 33.Qh8+ Rg8 (33...Ke7??            edition is advantageous for White 35...Qxh4
34.Rxd7+ Kxd7 35.Qd8+ Kc6 36.Qc8++-)            36.Nxh4 Rc6 37.Nf5 and pawns go forward
34.Qf6=] 26.Qxf7+ Kc6 27.Qxe6+ [Computer        better than when knight is on f3) 36.Re4 Qxa2
also recommends 27.Rg1!? but here Black is      37.Nd6+ Kb6 38.Qf4 with complicated posi-
also safe: 27...Rd8 28.Qxe6+ (28.Qa7 Qa3)       tion.] 35.Qe4+ Kb6 [35...Kb8? 36.e6 Qd2
28...Kb7] 27...Kb7 28.Re1                       (36...Qxf2? 37.Rd1! and then check on c6 and
                                                e6-e7 +-) 37.Rb1 Rc1+ 38.Rxc1 Qxc1+
       XABCDEFGHY                               39.Kh2 and f2-f4. Black is not able to stop
                                                these pawns.; 35...Ka7 comes to position from
       8-+-+-+r+(                               the game 36.Qe3 Kb7] 36.Qe3 [Now 36.e6?!
       7+k+-+-+p'                               doesn't work as well because of 36...Qxf2
       6p+-+Q+-+&                               37.Rd1 White has no threat of check on c6
       5+p+-zP-+-%                              37...Qa2 Black is ok.] 36...Kb7 37.Qf3+ Queen
                                                thanks to checks defenced a pawn f2 37...Kb6
       4-+r+-+-+$                               [Rybka advices 37...Ka7 but here White is
       3+-+q+N+P#                               also better after 38.e6 Qd2 39.Rd1 Rc1
       2P+-+-zPP+"                              40.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 41.Kh2 Qc7+ 42.g3 Rg8
       1+-+-tR-+K!                              43.Qe3± with excellent chances for a win.]
28...Rg6 [Black is ok in many variations:
28...Rg7 29.Qf6 Qg6 30.g4 Rf7 31.Qxg6 hxg6
32.Kg2 Re7=; 28...Qg6 29.Qd7+ Kb6 30.Rg1
Rg7=; 28...Rgc8 with an idea to change a pair
of rooks by means of Rc1.] 29.Qf7+ Rc7
30.Qf4 Rc4 Of course draw is ok for Black.
31.Qf8 Rc8 32.Qe7+ Rc7 33.Qh4 Now Black
can't play Rc4 of Qh7. But position is still
around equality. 33...Qc4?!

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        XABCDEFGHY                                       XABCDEFGHY
        8-+-+-+-+(                                       8rsnl+kvl-tr(
        7+-tr-+-+p'                                      7zp-+-+pzpp'
        6pmk-+-+r+&                                      6q+-+-zp-+&
        5+p+-zP-+-%                                      5+-zpP+-+-%
        4-+-+-+-+$                                       4-+p+-+-+$
        3+N+-+Q+P#                                       3+-vL-+-+-#
        2q+-+-zPP+"                                      2PzP-+-zPPzP"
        1+-+-tR-+K!                                      1tR-+QmKLsNR!
        xabcdefghy                                       xabcdefghy
 A third blocking of a queen! 38...Rc2? A deci-   11.Nf3N [A novelty. Before White twice played
sive mistake. Black looses immediately. [Black    11.b3] 11...Bd6 12.Nd2 [12.Qe2+! is better
had to bring a queen back: 38...Qa3! 39.e6        12...Be7 (after 12...Kd8 White plays 13.Qc2
Rgg7 40.Qe3+ Kb7 White has an advantage           Re8+ 14.Be2± with a bid advantage) 13.Qe4
but there is a long way to a win.] 39.Qe3+        Qd6 14.Bxc4 0–0 15.0–0± and then Bd2-f4]
[39.e6 also wins] 39...Kb7 40.e6+- Black is       12...0–0 13.Be2 White should spend a time to
many tempos behind 40...Rxf2 41.Qe4+ Kb6          this time because of threat of check on e8
42.Qd4+ [Black resigned as after 42.Qd4+ Kb7      13...Bc7 14.Nxc4 Rd8 d5-d6 threatened 15.0–
43.Qd5+ Kb6 44.Rd1 White's rook joins to an       0 Bb7 16.Ne3 Qd6 17.g3
attack with a decisive effect.] 1–0
(07) Pashikian,Arman (2650) -                            8rsn-tr-+k+(
Babuiian,Levon (2515) [D20]                              7zplvl-+pzpp'
Lake Sevan GM Martuni ARM (6), 15.07.2009
[GM Aveskulov, V]                                        6-+-wq-zp-+&
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 c5 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 b5              5+-zpP+-+-%
        XABCDEFGHY                                       3+-vL-sN-zP-#
        8rsnlwqkvl-tr(                                   2PzP-+LzP-zP"
        7zp-+-zppzpp'                                    1tR-+Q+RmK-!
        6-+-+-sn-+&                                      xabcdefghy
        4-+p+P+-+$                              As a result of the opening White has got a se-
        3+-sN-+-+-#                            rious advantage. 17...Nd7 [Black also could
                                               develop a knight to c6 - 17...Nc6!? 18.Bf3
        2PzP-+-zPPzP"                          (18.dxc6?? Qxc6µ) 18...Ne7 and then knight
        1tR-vLQmKLsNR!                         can move to g6 19.Re1] 18.Bf3 Nb6 19.Re1
        xabcdefghy                             Before white starts a decisive actions it com-
                                               pletes a development of rooks. 19...Rab8
6.Bf4 [Another line is 6.e5 b4 7.exf6 bxc3 20.Qd2 Qd7 21.Rad1 Na4??
8.bxc3 Qa5 with an advantage of White]
6...Qa5 7.Bd2 b4 8.e5 bxc3 [White got a big
advantage in the game Van Wely-
Azmaiparashvili, Olympiad, 2000: 8...Ng4 9.e6!
Nf6 10.Bxc4! fxe6 11.dxe6 Bb7 12.Nd5! Nc6
13.Bxb4! Qd8 14.Bxc5+-] 9.Bxc3 The score in
this position 5–0 for White! 9...Qa6 [White is
definitely better after 9...Qc7 10.exf6 exf6
11.Bxc4] 10.exf6 exf6

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        XABCDEFGHY                                 rest is easy stuff. 28...Rg7 29.Bxf5 Bxf6 30.d6
                                                   Nxb2 31.d7 Rbg8 [31...Nxd1 32.Re8+] 32.Rd6
        8-tr-tr-+k+(                               Bg5 33.Re8 Black resigned. 1–0
        6-+-+-zp-+&                                (08) Ponomariov,Ruslan (2727) -
        5+-zpP+-+-%                                Vallejo Pons,Francisco (2693) [D41]
        4n+-+-+-+$                                 City of Culture GM Donostia ESP (9),
        3+-vL-sNLzP-#                              [GM Aveskulov, V]
        2PzP-wQ-zP-zP"                             1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5
        1+-+RtR-mK-!                               Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+
        xabcdefghy                                 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 0–0 11.Bc4 Nc6 12.0–0
                                                   b6 13.Rfe1 Bb7 14.d5 [14.Rad1 is being
                                                   played more often] 14...Na5 15.Bd3
  After this move game is practically over. [But
pieces of White are so good that it was not
easy to find a move that doesn't lose immedi-              XABCDEFGHY
ately. But it was - 21...Re8! White still can              8r+-wq-trk+(
sacrifice on f6 22.Bxf6!? but here Black can               7zpl+-+pzpp'
destroy the main enemy - knight e3:
22...Rxe3! (22...gxf6? 23.Ng4 Bd8 24.Nh6+!
Kh8 a) 24...Kg7 25.Rxe8 Qxe8 26.Nf5+ Kh8                   5sn-+P+-+-%
(26...Kg8 27.Qf4 with double attack: Qb8 and               4-+-+P+-+$
Qg4+-) 27.Qh6 Qg8 28.Re1+- and Re8 is                      3+-+L+N+-#
coming; b) 24...Kf8 25.Nf5!+- and then Qh6;
25.Bg4! a first distraction 25...Qb5 26.Qa5!!              2P+-wQ-zPPzP"
and second one 26...Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Qxa5                     1tR-+-tR-mK-!
28.Re8+ Kg7 29.Nf5+ Kg6 30.Rg8#) 23.Qxe3                   xabcdefghy
gxf6 24.d6 Bxd6 25.Bxb7 Qxb7! (25...Rxb7?
26.Qh6 Nc8 (26...Rb8 27.Qxf6+- Rd8 28.Rxd6         15...h6N [2 another games were continued
Qxd6 29.Re8+ Rxe8 30.Qxd6+-) 27.Qxf6+-             with 15...Qd6 16.Rad1 e5 this line looks a pas-
and Black is lost.) 26.Rxd6 Nc4 this double at-    sive for Black. 17.Rc1 Rfc8 18.g3 f6 19.Nh4
tack saves Black from the moment lose              g6 20.Ng2 Rc5 21.Rxc5 Qxc5 22.Rc1 Qd4
27.Qxc5 Nxd6 28.Qxd6 Qxb2 with practically         23.Rc7 Rc8 24.Rxc8+ Bxc8 25.Qc2 Bd7
drawn position; 21...Bd6? was not good be-         26.Qc7 with an advantage of White,
cause of 22.Bxf6! gxf6 23.Ng4 Nxd5! the only       Pashikian-Naiditsch, Aeroflot, 2009; and
defence that doesn't lose right away a)            15...exd5!? 16.e5 there is an idea of White's
23...Kh8 24.Qh6 Bf8 25.Qh5+- and then Nf6          sacrifice: a pawn e5 cuts a position of Black in
or Be4; b) 23...Be7 24.Qh6 White wants to          two halves and White tries to organise an at-
take on e7 24...Nxd5 25.Be4! the important         tack for a Black's king 16...h6 17.Bc2 Ba6
intermediate move (25.Bxd5? Qxg4 26.Bxf7+          18.Rad1 Rc8 with unclear position; Potkin-
Kh8!–+) 25...f5 the only move 26.Bxd5 (now         Gerzhoy, World open, 2009] 16.Qf4 [16.Rad1
Black can't take on g4 with a queen) 26...Bxd5     was also possible] 16...Rc8 [After 16...exd5
27.Rxe7! Qxe7 28.Nf6+ Qxf6 29.Qxf6+-;              17.e5 white's pieces are ready to attack black's
24.Nxf6+ Nxf6 25.Qg5+ Kf8 26.Qxf6 Kg8              king. That's why Spanish GM first brings own
27.Bxb7 Qxb7 (27...Rxb7?? 28.Rd5+-)                pieces closer to the king] 17.Rad1 Rc5 [Now
28.Rxd6 Rxd6 29.Qxd6 Qxb2 30.Re5± with a           17...exd5? is definitely bad 18.exd5 and Black
bid advantage of White.] 22.Bxf6! gxf6             can't take with a bishop 18...Bxd5? 19.Be4 Rc5
[22...Re8 also is lost 23.Bg4 Qd6 24.Bxg7!         20.Qd2 Nc4 21.Qd4+-] 18.Nd4 exd5 Finally
Rxe3 25.Rxe3 Kxg7 26.Re6! Qf8 (26...fxe6           Black took on d5. It's much better to suffer for
27.Qg5++-) 27.Qg5+ Kh8 28.d6! Bd8 29.Qe5+          something. [There is nothing good for Black
f6 30.Qh5+- with multiple inevitable threats]      after 18...Qd7 19.Bb1] 19.e5
23.Ng4+- The attack is crushing Black
23...Kh8 [23...Be5 24.Rxe5 fxe5 25.Nf6+]
24.Qh6 With ideas: Nf6 and Ne4 24...Rg8
[24...Qf5 25.Be4 Bf4 26.Qh3] 25.Nxf6 Qf5
26.Be4 Bf4 The only 27.Qh4 Bg5 28.Qh5 The

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        XABCDEFGHY                                play 24...Ne4 because of 25.Rxe4! dxe4
                                                  26.Qf6 g6 27.e6!+- That's why Black shall give
        8-+-wq-trk+(                              an exchange up. After this game goes just for
        7zpl+-+pzp-'                              2 results.] 25.Nxe6 Qxe6 26.Qg4 Nf5 27.Rf3
        5sn-trpzP-+-%                                     XABCDEFGHY
        4-+-sN-wQ-+$                                      8-+-+-+k+(
        3+-+L+-+-#                                        7zp-+-+pzp-'
        2P+-+-zPPzP"                                      6-zp-+q+-zp&
        1+-+RtR-mK-!                                      5+-trpzPn+-%
        xabcdefghy                                        4-+-+-+QzP$
19...Bc8 Black defences squares e6 and f5                 2P+-+-zPP+"
20.h4 Preventing the change of queens (Qg5).
20...Nc4?! [Black had to push at the knight d4:
20...Nc6!? 21.Nf5 (probably 21.Nb3 is better.             xabcdefghy
But this is not easy to bring your pieces back
when you are a pawn down 21...Rc3 22.Qd2          27...g6? This is an another mistake. Black
(22.Re3 Kh8 (White threatened with Bh7)           gives White extra catch. [The right move was
23.Bb5 Rxe3 24.Qxe3 Bb7 and Black is ok)          27...Ne7! of course White is better here
22...d4 with a normal position for Black)         28.Qg3 (exchange of queens 28.Qxe6 fxe6=
21...Bxf5 22.Qxf5 g6 23.Qf4 Kg7 and White         doesn't give White any chances to break
can't play 24.h5 because of 24...Qg5 So, after    through Black's defence.) 28...Kf8 (Rf6 threat-
20...Nc6 Black would be ok.] 21.Bf5 White         ened) 29.Rf4 with multiple ideas: Rg4, Qd3,
changes a light-squared bishop because that       Qa3. But still it was the best option.] 28.h5±
one defences all important squares near the       Rc4 29.Rf4 Rxf4 [29...b5 was more stubborn
king. 21...Re8 22.Rd3                             30.hxg6 fxg6 31.Qf3±] 30.Qxf4 gxh5 [30...Kg7
                                                  31.hxg6 fxg6 32.Rc1+-] 31.Rd1 White brings a
        XABCDEFGHY                                rook to 3rd line. 31...d4 32.Rd3+- Qd7 33.Rf3
                                                  d3 34.Qd2! A last exact move. 34...Qe6
        8-+lwqr+k+(                               35.Qxd3 Ne7 36.Qd6 Black resigned. 1–0
        6-zp-+-+-zp&                              (09) Babuiian,Levon (2515) -
        5+-trpzPL+-%                              Zhigalko,Sergei (2621) [E21]
        4-+nsN-wQ-zP$                             Lake Sevan GM Martuni ARM (9), 18.07.2009
                                                  [GM Aveskulov, V]
        3+-+R+-+-#                                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 0–0
        2P+-+-zPP+"                               6.Bg2 cxd4 7.Nxd4 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3
        xabcdefghy                                        XABCDEFGHY
22...Nd6? Black makes a serious mistake.                  7zpp+-+pzpp'
[Right defence was 22...Kh8! 23.Rg3 and
23...f6! 24.Qg4 Rc7 25.f4 (probably 25.e6 is
better 25...Ree7 (with an idea to have Qg8 on             5+-+n+-+-%
Qg6)) 25...fxe5 26.Qg6 Bxf5 27.Nxf5 Ree7                  4-vl-sN-+-+$
28.Nxe7 Qxe7 Black has 2 pawns for an ex-                 3+QsN-+-zP-#
change and very solid position. I think its
around an equality.] 23.Bxc8 Qxc8 [23...Nxc8?             2PzP-+PzPLzP"
24.Rg3 Kf8 25.Rxg7!+-; 23...Rxc8 24.Rg3 h6                1tR-vL-mK-+R!
is hanging 24...h5 (24...Kf8 25.Rd1! now knight           xabcdefghy
is hanging 25...Ne4 26.Rxg7!+-) 25.Ree3 Ne4
26.Nf5! Nxg3 27.Rxg3+- with inevitable attack] 9...Na6 [Usually Black plays 9...Nc6 10.Nxc6
24.Rg3 Re6 [The problem of Black that it can't bxc6 11.0–0 Qa5 12.Bd2 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6; or

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9...Qa5 with the same variations: 10.Bd2 Nc6     18.Qxd8+! A good tactics. 18...Bxd8
11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.0–0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6 and         19.Bxb8± White has 2 rooks + continous pres-
Black is ok.] 10.0–0 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bc5 12.Nc2     sure for a queen. 19...Bb6 [Black's threats are
[Easy and logical moves helped White to get      being prevented easily with 19...Na4 20.Rb3
an advantage in the game Gelfand-                Ba5 21.Rd3±] 20.Ne3 Knight is coming to c4.
Jakovenko, Rapid World Cup, 2009: 12.Rd1         20...Na4 21.Bd6?! The unnecessary move. A
Qe7 13.Rb1 Rb8?! (13...e5!?) 14.Nb5 b6           bishop blocks a line "d" that lets bishop c8 get
15.Qa4 Bb7 16.Bf4 Rbd8 17.Bxb7 Qxb7              off. [21.Rd3!± was much stronger with subse-
18.Bd6 Bxd6 19.Nxd6 Qe7 20.Qxa6 Rxd6             quent Nc4.] 21...Qf6 22.Bf3! White defences a
21.Rxd6 Qxd6 22.Qxa7± Actually I wouldn't        pawn e2. 22...Nxc3?! The capturing of a pawn
advice someone to play the line with 9...Na6;    c3 gives to White one more open line. [Black
White has open lines, open diagonals and se-     had to worsen a White's structure 22...Bxe3
rious pressure at the queen-side of Black.       23.fxe3 and to play 23...h6 with an advantage
Black has just a weakness on c3 in return.]      of White.] 23.Rbc1
12...Qe7?! Black is suffering because of lack
of space. [12...e5!? would be more promising:            XABCDEFGHY
13.Ne3 Rb8 14.Rd1 Qf6 with subsequent Be6.]
13.Rb1 Bd6?! One more clumsy move.
[13...Rd8 is more natural and stronger.]                 7zpp+-+pzpp'
14.Rd1                                                   6-vl-vLpwq-+&
        XABCDEFGHY                                       5+-+-+-+-%
        8r+l+-trk+(                                      4-+-+-+-+$
        7zpp+-wqpzpp'                                    3+-sn-sNLzP-#
        6n+-vlp+-+&                                      2P+-+PzP-zP"
        5+-+-+-+-%                                       1+-tRR+-mK-!
        4-+-+-+-+$                                       xabcdefghy
        2P+N+PzPLzP"                             23...Bxe3 Ng4 threatened. 24.fxe3 Bd7
                                                 25.Rf1? [White's rook goes to the wrong way
        1+RvLR+-mK-!                             in the moment when everything was ready to
        xabcdefghy                               decisive actions. 25.Rd3! Nd5 26.e4 (26.Bxd5?
                                                 exd5 27.Rxd5 Qe6 and then Bc6 with a strong
14...Nc5 15.Qc4 Rb8 16.Qd4 [White also had       attack.) 26...Nb6 27.Rc7± White has a huge
another options 16.Nd4 (with idea Nb5) 16...a6   advantage.] 25...g6 The defence against Bh5.
17.Ba3± with a threat of Bc5 and Nc6; or         Position is unclear from this moment. 26.Bg2?
16.Nb4 and then Ba3 with alanogical threat       The continuation of miscalculation that started
Bc5 and Nc6] 16...Rd8? Black was not very        by previous move. [26.Bc5!? was the best
successful with opening and now it makes a       move; bishop comes to the big diagonal
serious blunder. [The only move was 16...Bc7     26...Nxa2 the forced capturing 27.Bd4 Qd8
17.Ba3 b6 18.Qe3 with a pressure of White.]      28.Ra1 e5 Black shall resacrifice a pawn back
17.Bf4! Bc7                                      (Black is bad after 28...Nb4? 29.Rxa7 and
        XABCDEFGHY                               Black can't play 29...Nc6? because of 30.Bxc6
                                                 Bxc6 31.Bf6 and then Rd1 +-) 29.Bxe5 Be6
        8-trltr-+k+(                             30.Rfd1 Qe7 31.Rd2 and due to exellent black
        7zppvl-wqpzpp'                           squared bishop White is better.] 26...Nxe2+
        6-+-+p+-+&                               27.Kh1 Qd8 28.Rc2? A third mistake in a row.
        5+-sn-+-+-%                              [The only option was to play 28.Rc7! Bb5 (the
                                                 game is drawn after 28...Bc6 29.Bxc6 Qxd6
        4-+-wQ-vL-+$                             30.Rfxf7 Qd1+ (30...bxc6?? 31.Rg7+ Kf8
        3+-zP-+-zP-#                             32.Rgd7+-) 31.Kg2 bxc6 32.Rg7+ Kf8
        2P+N+PzPLzP"                             33.Rcf7+ Ke8 34.Re7+ Kd8 35.Rxa7= with a
        1+R+R+-mK-!                              perpetual     check    everywhere)    29.Rxb7
                                                 (29.Be5? Nxg3+! 30.Bxg3 Bxf1 31.Bxf1 e5! the
        xabcdefghy                               move that gives to Black an advantage.)
                                                 29...Qxd6 30.Rxb5 This ending is better for

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Black but White has enough defencing re-         ple after 43...Kg5 (43...b4 44.Bc6) White con-
sourses.] 28...Bc6! The right move with a        tinues 44.R6f2 b4 45.Bc6= and then Be8 with a
wrong idea. 29.Bxc6 Qxd6? It's a Black's turn    pushing on a pawn g6.] 43...b4 44.Bc6 A
to make a mistake. [29...bxc6! gave Black an     bishope goes to e8 44...Qc3 45.Be8 Qh3+
advantage 30.Rd1 Qf6! 31.Kg2 Nc3 knight is       46.Kg1 Qe3
saved 32.Rf1 Qd8 33.Rxc3 Qxd6µ It is not an
easy ending for White; a pawn c6 will be                 XABCDEFGHY
changed for a pawn e3 soon and Black will
have 4 against 2 at the king-side.But Belarus
GM decided to play an ending with 3 passed               7+-+-+-+-'
pawns!] 30.Bf3 Nxg3+! 31.hxg3 Qxg3                       6-+-+p+pmk&
        XABCDEFGHY                                       4-zp-+-+-+$
        8-+-+-+k+(                                       3+-+-wq-+-#
        7zpp+-+p+p'                                      2P+-+-tR-+"
        6-+-+p+p+&                                       1+-+-+RmK-!
        5+-+-+-+-%                                       xabcdefghy
        3+-+-zPLwq-#                             [46...Qg4+ also didn't give an advantage
        2P+R+-+-+"                               47.Rg2 Qd4+ 48.Kh1 g5 49.Rgf2! g4 50.Rh2!=]
                                                 47.Rd1? [After this mistake Black's pawns are
        1+-+-+R+K!                               free to go forward. 47.Kh2= was the right move
        xabcdefghy                               (idea is to have a check from e6 after g6-g5)]
                                                 47...g5 48.Bc6 [White could rejoin rooks
32.e4?! [I would prefer to stay on place -       48.Rdd2 but it probably wouldn't save the
32.Rd2] 32...b5 Black begins a mass pushing      game 48...g4 49.Rde2 Qd4 50.Rxe6+ Kg5
pawns forward. 33.Bg2 h5? [The right move        51.Ref6 Kh4 52.R6f4 (52.Kf1 Kh3–+) 52...Qe3
was 33...Qd6! but to understand this Black had   53.Bd7 Kg3 54.Ba4 Qc1+ 55.Rf1 Qb2 56.R4f2
to foresee the possible 38th move of White.]     Qd4–+ and then pawn h goes to h2] 48...g4
34.Rd2! A rook goes to d7 [34.Rcf2 f5]           49.Kf1 h4–+ The pawns are unstoppable.
34...Qh4+ 35.Kg1 Qe7 Black defences a 7th        50.Re1 Qd3+ 51.Kg1 [51.Rfe2 Kg5 52.Kg1 h3–
rank but White distacts a queen with a move      +] 51...Qg3+ 52.Kf1 e5 53.Be4 h3 54.Ree2
36.e5! Qc5+ 37.Kh1 Qxe5 38.Rd8+? White           [54.Rf6+ Kg5 55.Rg6+ Kh5–+] 54...Qc3
misses a pawn a7 [38.Rd7! Kg7 (38...f5??         55.Rf6+ Kg5 56.Rf5+ Kh4 Actually it was a
39.Rc1+-) 39.Rfxf7+ Kh6 40.Rxa7=] 38...Kg7       time to resign but White doesn't wanna do this
39.Rd7 a5 Pawn is saved. But position is         for a while. 57.Rc2 Qd4 58.Re2 g3 59.Rf8
closer to a draw. 40.Rdxf7+ Kh6                  Qd1+ 60.Re1 g2+ 61.Kf2 Qxe1+ 62.Kxe1
                                                 g1Q+ 63.Ke2 Qa1 64.Bd5 Qd4 65.Be6 e4
        XABCDEFGHY                               66.Rg8 Qd3+ 67.Ke1 e3 White resigned. In-
                                                 teresting game full of mistake. 0–1
        7+-+-+R+-'                               (10) Ivanchuk,Vassily (2703) -
        6-+-+p+pmk&                              Caruana,Fabiano (2670) [C48]
        5zpp+-wq-+p%                             GM Biel SUI (3), 21.07.2009
        4-+-+-+-+$                               [GM Aveskulov, V]
                                                 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4
        3+-+-+-+-#                               5.Ba4 c6 6.Nxe5
41.R7f6 Kg7 42.Rf7+ Kh6 43.R7f2?! A
strange decision. [I am sure that Black had no
any ideas what to do after 43.R7f6! For exam-

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        XABCDEFGHY                               23.Nxd5 cxd5 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Bb6=
                                                 Spraggett-David, Casablanka, 1994] 14.Nxd5
        8r+lwqkvl-tr(                            [Ivanchuk decided to change a pair of knights
        7zpp+p+pzpp'                             in order to simplify the game. 14.Bxc6 would
        6-+p+-sn-+&                              be very confidence 14...Nxe3 15.fxe3 Rb8
        5+-+-sN-+-%                              16.Kd2 Qc7 and Black has a lot of compensat-
                                                 ing resourses.] 14...cxd5 15.Rg5 d4? [Obvi-
        4L+-snP+-+$                              ously 15...Bg6!? was stronger 16.Qd2
        3+-sN-+-+-#                              (16.Rxd5? Bb4+) 16...Qf6 17.c3 (17.0–0–0? d4)
        2PzPPzP-zPPzP"                           17...h6 18.Rg1 (18.Rxd5? Qxf3 19.Rxd6 Qh1+)
        1tR-vLQmK-+R!                            18...Bxh2 with a complicated game. Now White
                                                 connects islands that it had before.] 16.Rxh5
        xabcdefghy                               dxe3 17.fxe3±

[More solid continuation here is 6.d3] 6...d5              XABCDEFGHY
7.d3 [Sometime White takes two more pawns:
7.exd5 Bd6 8.dxc6 0–0 but this is definitely dif-          8r+-wq-trk+(
ferent story.] 7...Bd6 8.Nf3 [The next game                7zp-+-+pzpp'
demonstrates what can happen with White                    6-+-vl-+-+&
when is not careful: 8.f4 Bc5 9.exd5 0–0                   5+-+-+-+R%
10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qh3 13.Be3
Qg2 14.Rg1 Qxe4 15.Kf2 Re8 16.Qd3 Rxe5                     4L+-+-+-+$
17.fxe5 Qf3+ 18.Ke1 Bf5 19.Rf1 Bb4+ 20.c3                  3+-+PzPP+-#
Bxd3 21.Rxf3 Nxf3+ 22.Kf2 Nxh2 23.cxb4                     2PzPP+-+-zP"
Ng4+ 24.Kf3 Nxe5+ 25.Kf4 Ng6+ 26.Kf3 cxd5µ
Rublevskiy-Mamedjarov, Foros, 2006] 8...Bg4
9.Be3 Nxf3+ [9...Bc5 10.Bxd4 Bxd4 11.Qd2                   xabcdefghy
Bxf3 12.gxf3 b5 13.Nxb5 cxb5 14.Bxb5+ Nd7
15.c3 Bb6 16.d4 dxe4 17.fxe4 0–0 18.0–0–0 White is 3 pawns up but there is still too far
Rb8 with unclear postion, Shirov-Sokolov, from a win. 17...g6 18.Rh3 Qb6 Black takes
Linares, 1995] 10.gxf3 Bh5                        one pawn back. 19.Kf2 Qxb2 20.d4 The tech-
                                                  nical arrangement of pawns; White has a light
        XABCDEFGHY                                squared bishop. That's why White places own
                                                  pawns to black squares. 20...Rac8?! [20...a5!?
        8r+-wqk+-tr(                              had a sense to play with an idea don't let White
        7zpp+-+pzpp'                              to play Bb3.] 21.Bb3
        5+-+p+-+l%                                        XABCDEFGHY
        4L+-+P+-+$                                        8-+r+-trk+(
        3+-sNPvLP+-#                                      7zp-+-+p+p'
        2PzPP+-zP-zP"                                     6-+-vl-+p+&
        1tR-+QmK-+R!                                      5+-+-+-+-%
        xabcdefghy                                        4-+-zP-+-+$
11.exd5 White takes a second pawn for any                 2PwqP+-mK-zP"
case. 11...0–0 12.dxc6 bxc6 13.Rg1 [White
can even take a third one 13.Bxc6 but there is
a serious compensation after 13...Rb8]                    xabcdefghy
13...Nd5N So, White has 2 extra pawns but its
pieces are disorganizated and Black has a lot    21...Rxc2+! A nice tactical move but this is just
of open lines. In addition White shall solve a   another pawn. There is one more left for White.
problem of safety of own king. [13...g6 14.Bb3   22.Qxc2 [In a case of 22.Bxc2 White would
(14.Bxc6!? Rb8) 14...Bxh2 15.Rh1 Be5 16.d4       continue 22...Rc8 23.Rc1 Ba3 with the same
Bc7 17.Qe2 Qd7 18.0–0–0 Qf5 19.Qd3 Qxd3          endings as it happened in the game but in the
20.Rxd3 Bxf3 21.Rh4 Bg2 22.d5 Nxd5               better edition for Black] 22...Qxa1 23.f4 An-

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other one came to the black square. Now Bd6          ward. 41...h5 42.Ke3 Rf6 43.e5 Rf5 44.Ke4
is restricted well. 23...Qh1 24.Qc4 a5 25.Qf1        Rf2 45.Ke3 Rf5 46.Ke4 Rf2 47.e6 It's over.
[There was also another way to change                47...Kg6 48.Ke3 Rf1 49.Ke2 Black resigned;
queens. 25.Qd5] 25...Qxf1+ 26.Kxf1 This              after e6-e7 White would win a bishop. 1–0
ending due to opposite squared bishops is
supposed to be drawn. But in the real game it
is always to defence such kind of endgames.
26...Kg7 27.f5 White prevents f7-f5 that would
restrict a pawn structure in the center. [For in-
stance after 27.Ke2 Black could play 27...Rc8
28.Rf3 Rc1 (the 1st rank is an exellent place
for a rook) 29.Kd3 ((White is not in time to play
29.e4 because of 29...a4 30.Bxa4 Rc4 with an
practically even ending) 29...f5 and Black is
ok.] 27...gxf5 [Black shall take a pawn be-
cause after 27...Rc8 White plays 28.f6+ Kxf6
29.Rxh7 Rc7 30.Ke2±] 28.Bc2 Rc8? [1st rank
is not so worth for Black as 2nd one. That's
why right move was 28...Rb8! 29.Bxf5 h6 and
then Rb2 with a counterplay] 29.Bxf5 Rc1+
30.Ke2 h6 31.Be4!± A bishop came to the ex-
ellent position. From e4 it protects all important
squares: c2, h1 and can defence a pawn a2
from d5. 31...a4 32.Rh4 It's time for rook.
32...a3 33.Rg4+ Kf6 34.h3 This pawn feels
better on the light square. 34...Bc7? [A bishop
was not forced to leave a pawn a3 without a
defence. Much better was 34...Ke6 with an
idea Ra1. 35.Bd3 Be7 and Black is ready to
wait for next White's actions.] 35.Bd5 White
wants to attack pawn "f" from the front.
35...Rc2+ 36.Kd3 Rf2?! [The idea of move
35.Bd5 was hidden in the variation 36...Rh2
37.Rg1 Rxh3 38.Rf1+ Kg5 39.Rxf7 Bb8 but it
was the best opportunity for Black] 37.Rg8 And
now White organizes an attack at pawns of
opponent. 37...Bd6 38.Ra8 Kg7 39.Ra6 Bb4

 White improved all the pieces. 40...Bf8? [The
most stubborn way was 40...Kf8! with idea Be7
in order to free rook f2 from the defence of
pawn f7.] 41.e4+- Now pawn "e" moves for-

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          GM Valery Aveskulov (ELO 2541)
          IM Anatoliy Polivanov (ELO 2382)
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             Dmitry Posokhov (ELO 2294)

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