June 2009


Last Thursday I was able to attend lecture and simul given by GM Evgeny Bareev. He is an elite GM,  in October 2003 he was in fourth place in the world rankings, with an Elo rating of 2739.  He reached the quarterfinals in the FIDE World Championships in 1999 and 2001,  and was a semifinalist in the Candidates Tournament for the classical world championship at Dortmund 2002. Also he was a second to Kramnik in his matches with Kasparov and Leko. He wrote a book  “From London to Elista” which became a winner of the English chess federation 2008 Book-of-the-Year Award, the most prestigious chess book prize in the world.

The lecture was about Caro-Kann, which he is playing, also he answered some questions. I was impressed how easy he was throwing variations and lines, at the same time showing the whole picture of the opening. By the way, the “hot” line now is 1.e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 – never saw it.  I already tried it blitz and started also correspondence game with it.  He talked about World Championship match, said that there is a chance that it will be in Sofia if there will be an additional 500,000 – 700,000.  He said that there are tough times now, with the sponsors disappearing one after another. I asked him, what about Carlsen or Aronian becoming World Champion in the next 3 years and he said – definitely.  He has a great sense of humor and the audience was really enjoing the conversation.

Then the simul started,  there were 24 people playing. I was glad to get  1. e4,  but his second move 2. Bc4 got me thinking.

Here is the game:

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Be7 4. f4

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Crafty says I had to play 4….d5 here,  I agree, I played 4 . … Nc6.  5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Bd7 8. a3 h6 9. f5 – this is for playing too passively.

5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Bd7 8. a3
h6 9. f5

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9. f5 Re8 10. Kh1 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. Rg1 Rc8 13. g4 c4 14. g5 – Crafty still estimates it only as 0.18, but I already had a bad feeling.

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14. … hxg5 15. Bxg5 Nh7 – I didn’t like this move almost as soon as I did it, Crafty – 1.62 . 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Nd5 Qd8

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17. Nd5 Qd8 18. Qd2 Kh8 – threatened  Qh6 19. Rg3 f6 – another bad move, Crafty offers – 19. … cxd3 20. Qxd3 Nc6 21. Rag1 Bxf5 22. exf5 e4 23. Qc4 exf3 24. Rxg7 with 1.6 estimate.

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20. Rag1 Rg8 – Crafty again recommends cxd3 and Bxf5. 21. Nh4 Ng5 – I saw coming sacrifice, but g5 just prolonged the agony, so I decided what the hell! He thought max 2 seconds, then 22. Qxg5! – Black resigned  (22. … Qe8 23. Rh3 fxg5 24. Ng6# or  22. … fxg5 23. Ng6+ Kh7 24. Rh3# ).

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I asked for his autograph and he signed the score sheet. I was consoled by the organizer that one of the participating masters lost at the same time. The total was – +19, =3, -2, there were a few masters and experts, the rest I think – “A” and “B”.

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It was a last game of my regular tourney in the local club.  For the first time in OTB game I got French with White. Good, that’s  what I am trying to learn the last half year. My opponent was rated ~250 lower than me,  I learned that after the game as well as the fact that he overperformed and recently shared the first place in the big tournament  in U1600 category.  It took more than 30 moves and long maneuvering unless he finally opened up, that explains the title. The result was my best ever combination.  Here is the game:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 Qg5 – not a book move and by my opinion not a good one.

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8. O-O
Qh4 9. Nf3 Qd8 10. Be3 c4 11. Bc2 Nb6 12. Qd2 h6 13. Ng3 Be7 14. Nh5 Bf8

8. O-O Qh4 9. Nf3 Qd8 10. Be3 c4 11. Bc2 Nb6 12. Qd2 h6 13. Ng3 Be7 14. Nh5 Bf8 – White is ahead in development, but the position is closed – Crafty’s estimate  – 0.90.

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15. h3 Nd7 16. Nh2 g6 17. Ng3 b6 18. Ng4 h5 19. Nh2 Bb7 20. f4 –  ( Crafty likes  20. Bg5 Be7 21. Nf3 Bxg5 22. Nxg5 h4 23. Ne2 Qe7 24. Rad1 Rh5 25. Nf3 O-O-O with 0.81 estimate ), here – 0.08

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20. … Qh4 21. Rf3 Qe7 22. b4 Bg7 23. a4 Nd8 24. Rff1 a6 25. Nf3 Nf8 26. Ne2 Nh7 27. Bf2 O-O 28. Bh4 – trying to penetrate deep  defense ( Crafty likes it too, estimate – 0.83)

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28. … Qd7 29. Ng5 Qe8 30. Nxh7 Kxh7 31. Ng3 Kg8 32. Qe2 f5 – beginning of the end, Crafty doesn’t like it at all

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33. exf6 Bxf6 34. Bxf6 Rxf6 35. f5!

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35. … h4 – I didn’t like Nh1, so I started to think and soon saw fxg3.  I looked and looked and  almost gave up to find a forced win. But it was impossible to pass on this nice knight sacrifice, so it made me to find the decisive quiet  move . I spent 16-18 minutes calculating it all and then:

36. fxg6!! – forgive me if I am too generous, it’s actually the first time in my life I put 2 exclamation marks to my own move

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36. … Rxf1+ 37. Rxf1 hxg3 38. Qh5 Qe7

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39. g7! – this is a move I had to see before playing 36. fxg6. I also found here that I can play 39. Rf7 Qxf7 40. gxf7+ Nxf7, but it’s just material,  there was something better – 39. … Qxg7 40. Qe8+ – Black resigned – 41.  … Qf8 42. Qxf8#

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Funny, that Crafty as usual spoiled a bit my euphoria,  noticing that  there was a mate in 2 earlier. Instead of 39. g7 – 39. Rf8+ Kxf8 40. Qh8# . So,  I could also sacrifice  a rook, almost  “evergreen”  :).

Anyway, I was happy with this win giving me the first place, best ever result in any tournament  – 4 out of 5  (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 bye) and performance rating about 1800, which hopefully should bring my rating to ~1750.

French, another Steinitz
After some break (I didn’t post my last OTB game from 2 weeks ago since, though won, I played too bad
and was ashamed to publish it), I am posting the game I played this Sunday, regular G/90.
My opponent was a boy, rated 200+ lower, I had a win against him before.
So I play French, third time. It’s probably good that I can try it against lower rated
opponents, where I can compensate later for my opening/transition to middlegame mistakes,
being still able to win/draw and getting a valuable experience at the same time.
I should admit they all played decent opening lines, as opposed to freaking FICS, where 25% play
C00, i.e. something like 1.e4 e6 2. Nf3, 30% Exchange, and another 25% – Advanced variation.
My opponents followed the Canadian (and general) OTB stats with 3. Nc3 being the most popular,
followed by 3. Nd2.
OK, here is the game.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 a6 6. Nf3 c5 7. Ne2 Nc6 8. c3
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8. … cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O fxe5 13. fxe5 Nb6 14. Be3 Nc4
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After some break  (I didn’t post my last OTB game from 2 weeks ago since, though won, I played too bad and was ashamed to publish it),  I am posting the game I played this Sunday, regular G/90.

My opponent was a boy, rated 200+ lower, I had a win against him before.  So I played French,  third time.  It’s probably good that I can try it against lower rated opponents, where I can compensate later for my opening/transition to middlegame mistakes,  being still able to win/draw and getting a valuable experience at the same time.  I should admit they all played decent opening lines, as opposed to freaking FICS, where 25% play C00,  i.e. something like 1.e4 e6 2. Nf3, 30% Exchange, and another 25% – Advanced variation.  My opponents followed the Canadian (and general) OTB stats with 3. Nc3 being the most popular,  followed by 3. Nd2.

OK, here is the game.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 a6 6. Nf3 c5 7. Ne2 Nc6 8. c3

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8. … cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O fxe5 13. fxe5 Nb6 14. Be3 Nc4 – it was tempting to get a bishop pair, but later in the game I realized it wasn’t a good idea – leaving e4 square undefended.

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15. Bxc4 dxc4 16. Ne4 b5 17. a3 Rb8 18. Qc2 h6 19. Nfd2 Qb6?  I miss here 19. … Nxd4,  also it allows 20. Nf6+!  Bxf6 21. exf6 Qd8 22. fxg7 Kxg7 23. Qe4 Bd7 24. Qg4+ Kh7 25. Qh5 Rf6 26. Ne4 Rg6 – with Crafty’s estimate – 2.03.  Accepting sacrifice  –  20. … gxf6 leads to checkmate – 21. Qg6+ Kh8 22. Qxh6+ Kg8 23. Qg6+ Kh8 24. Rf3 fxe5 25. Rh3+ Bh4 26. Rxh4#

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20. Rxf8+ Bxf8 21. Rf1? Nxe5

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22. dxe5 Qxe3+ 23. Kh1 Bb7 – the “bad” French bishop becomes a very good one.

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24. Rf3?? Bxe4! White resigned (because of  losing a piece or getting checkmate after 25.  Nxe4 Qe1+ ).

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