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ChessBase Magazine issue 200
March April 2021
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It is great pleasure to announce this jubilee issue of ChessBase
Magazine issue 200,holding on the cover the two Dutch heroes Anish Giri
and Tata Steel winner Jordan van Foreest.
Besides the main file with 413 entries where a small 25 of them are
more than excellent analysed.
A fine example of this issue is: Van Foreest,Jorden (2671) - Anton
Guijarro,David (2679) [C84]
Tata Steel 83rd Wijk aan Zee (6), 22.01.2021
[Van Foreest, Jorden]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 Usually Anton opts for
the Open Spanish with 5...î?¨xe4, but it seems that for this
tournament he had other intentions.
6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 I had prepared this subtle move
before the tournament. If Black isn't booked up he can easily drift and
end up in a slightly worse position. 9...h6 A decent move, but I think
that 9...î?§b7 offers Black an easier game.
10.a4 Bd7 11.Bc2 Prophylaxis vs . ...î?¨a5/...c5, which
is Black's main idea. 11...b4 This one in combination with
î?§d7 seems rather odd to me. If you want to play ...b4 why
not play it one move earlier?
12.Nbd2 Re8 13.a5 This is a typical idea, fixing the pawn on a6
and grabbing some space as well. Sometimes this pawn on a5 can become a
weakness, but more often than not it is a strength. 13...Bf8 14.Re1 Rb8
15.d4! Although I was already out of my preparation for some time I was
still playing quickly and confidently. The White moves come quite
easily and I liked my position. [15.Nc4!? opting for a slower and more
strategical struggle is the alternative. I was looking for more dynamic
positions instead.] 15...bxc3 16.bxc3 exd4 17.cxd4 Nb4 18.Bb1 After
15.d4 this position is reached almost by force. It has a strong
resemblance of the Zaitsev system. While not having much experience
playing these positions, I knew some of the classic Kasparov-Karpov
games which featured the opening frequently. In general with his strong
centre White is aiming for an attack, while Black should be trying to
undermine the white centre. 18...g6 19.Ra3 This is a common idea, the
rook will find itself useful on the 3rd rank, with possible rook lifts
to the kingside being among the plans. 19...Bg7?! It was probably
better to clarify the situation in the centre with 19...c5 instead.
20.Nf1 Rb5 Activating the rook on the 5th rank seems good to me.
In particular because 20. ..c5 doesn't work out well for Black now.
[20...c5 21.Bf4! White having this possibility is the reason why it was
better for Black to start with 19... c5 one move earlier.] 21.Ng3 Nh5?
With this move Black is completely going on the wrong track and
immediately starts finding himself in a dreadful position. [21...Nh7!
instead was a much better way. Intending to play Ng5 and start putting
the White centre under pressure.] 22.Nxh5 Rxh5 23.d5! It was this
strong move that my opponent had underestimated. It appears that the
rook is suddenly stuck on the edge of the board with no clear aim.
Perhaps my opponent was dreaming of Bxh3 sacrifices, but these are just
dreams. 23...c5 24.Bf4 Bb2!? An interesting try in a bad position.
Intending to harass the white pieces on the queenside and hope for
counterplay with the c-pawn. Nevertheless, with such a rook on h5 it is
hard to believe that things will work in Black's favour.
25.Rae3 Qf6 26.Bg3 c4 27.Qe2 Bb5 28.e5?! It was this natural
breakthrough that I had been envisioning for some time now. But what a
beautiful sacrifice I had missed! [28.Bxd6! c3 I stopped my
calculations, since I am about to lose my queen. What is amazing is
that White is in fact completely winning after 29.Qxb5 axb5 30.Bxb4!
with complete domination over the board. Notice how out of play the
rook and bishop of Black are. White has the simple intention of pushing
his pawns and there is nothing to do for Black. Chess can be truly
beautiful at times!] 28...Bxe5 29.Nxe5 dxe5 30.Bxe5 Rexe5! The only
try, and it was this that I had been calculating for some time. Other
moves such as 30..î?¥d8 lose swiftly: [30...Qd8 31.Bc3! Rxe3
32.Qxe3 Nxd5 33.Qd4 and the threats along the long diagonal can't be
parried.] 31.Rxe5 c3 The last critical moment in the game has appeared.
At first, I thought there is no real difference between î?¥e4
and î?¥e3. In my calculations I had been mostly counting on
î?¥e4, thinking it would be more forcing. However, in time I
noticed one of Black's resources.
32.Qe3 [32.Qe4 Rh4! It was this funny move that I had not seen at
first. There is one more idea which saves the day for black however.
And it is simply stunning!(32...c2! 33.Rxh5 Nd3!! Not taking any piece,
and at the moment while Black is down a rook and an exchange. Still the
evaluation is 0.00 :-) A sample line is as follows: 34.Bxc2 Qxf2+
35.Kh2 Nxe1 36.Rxh6 Nxg2 37.Rxg6+ fxg6 38.Qxg6+ Kf8 39.Qxg2=) ] 32...c2
The other defence doesn't yield much hope either. [32...Rxe5 33.Qxe5
Qxe5 34.Rxe5 f6!? the best try. (34...c2 35.Bxc2 Nxc2 36.d6+-) 35.Re7
c2 36.Bxc2 Nxc2 37.d6 Kf8 38.Re6! and White should win without too much
difficulty.] 33.Rxh5 gxh5 34.Bxc2 Nxc2 35.Qe5 Kg7 36.Re4 Bd3? A blunder
in a tough position. [36...Qxe5 37.Rxe5 would have offered Black
somewhat better hopes of defending, although the final result shouldn't
be in doubt. Threats to the weak kingside pawns in combination with the
passed d5 pawn are too much to deal with.] 37.Qg3+ 1-0.
A other high lights are the eleven opening surveys where I found:
Evgeny Postny: English 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5
Patrick Zelbel: King's Indian Double Fianchetto 6.b3 e5!
Petra Papp: Alekhine Defence 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6
Spyridon Kapnisis: Sicilian Richter-Rauzer with 7.Bb5
Yago Santiago: French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6
Tanmay Srinath: French Winawer Part IV – 13.Nxc3
Alexey Kuzmin: Vienna Game 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.d3 Na5 5.Bb3
Igor Stohl: Scotch with 8.h4
Adrien Demuth: Schliemann Defence Deferred 4...f5
Krisztian Szabo: Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation 6.Bf4
Sergey Grigoriants: Grünfeld with 10...Bg4
Opening videos: Jan Werle: Sicilian Moscow Variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 5.0-0 Ngf6 6.Qe2/6.Re1
Daniel King: Italian à la Dubov
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.b4
Mihail Marin: Sveshnikov Variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5
8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 Be7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.c4 b4 13.Nc2 a5 14.Be2 0-0
15.0-0 Bg5 16.Qd3 Bb7
Other columns are:My favourite young Carlsen game,Anniversary:The best
analyses from CBM with 100 of the best game analyses in CBM history,All
in one,Williams: Move by Move,Rogozenco:The Classic,Marin: Carlsen
Strategy,Reeh:Killer lady on h5,Müller:Endgame highlights and much
Knaak:Opening traps etc.
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Included is an extra database,and a fine example of play is:
Williams,Simon Kim (2381) - Luther,Thomas (2574) [A03]
Monarch Assurance 12th Port Erin (7), 03.09.2003
1.f4 d5 2.e3 [2.Nf3 g6 (2...Nf6 3.b3) ] 2...g6 3.Nf3 [3.b3] 3...Bg7
4.Be2 Nh6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 [6.c4 c6 7.d4 Bg4 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.Qa3 Nf5 10.Nc3
dxc4 11.Kh1 (11.Bxc4 Bxf3 12.Rxf3 Nxd4 13.exd4 (13.Bxf7+ Rxf7 14.exd4)
13...Qxd4+) 11...Nd6 0-1 (34) Chernyshov,K (2536)-Dautov,R (2631) Ohrid
2001 CBM 084 [Andrew];
6.d4 Nd7 7.c3 Nf5 8.g4 Nd6 9.Nbd2 c5] 6...b6 [6...c6 7.Qe1 (7.e4 Qb6+
8.Kh1 Bxb2) 7...Qb6 8.c3 Nd7 9.Na3 Re8 10.d4 Nf5] 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Bb7
9.Ng5 Qxd1 10.Rxd1 Na6 11.e5 Rfd8 12.Rxd8+ Rxd8 13.Na3 Nf5 14.g4 Nd4
15.Bc4 e6 16.c3 h6 17.Nh3 [17.cxd4 hxg5] 17...Nf3+ 18.Kf2 Nd2 19.Be2
Nc5 20.Ke3 Bf8 21.b4 [21.Bxd2 Nb3 22.axb3 Bc5#] 21...Nde4 22.Nb1
[22.bxc5 Bxc5+ 23.Kf3 Nxc3+] 22...f5 23.gxf5 gxf5 24.Ba3 Na4 25.Bf3 b5
26.Bc1 Nb6 27.Ke2 Nxc3+ 28.Nxc3 Bxf3+ 29.Kxf3 Rd3+ 30.Kg2 Rxc3 31.a3
Nd5 32.Nf2 c5 33.Kf1 c4 34.Ke2 Rc2+ 35.Kf3 Rc3+ 36.Ke2 Rc2+ 37.Kf3 Be7
0-1,and as we can see it is easy to play and even easier to learn!
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