#70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 Gombac, Jan (FM) vs Deviatkin, Andrei (GM)

#70 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Deviatkin, Andrei (GM) FIDE: 2508

Chess960 start position: 260 (NBBRKNQR)

Time control: 15+5

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1. Nb3 Nb6 2. d4 d5 3. c3 c6 4. f3 f5 5. Qf2 Qf7 6. Nfd2 Ng6 7. e4 fxe4 8. fxe4 Qxf2+ 9. Kxf2 O-O+ 10. Nf3 e5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Bxg6 hxg6 13. Bg5 Rde8 14. dxe5 Rxe5 15. h4 Ree8 16. Rhe1 Bc7 17. Rxe8 Rxe8 18. Re1 Rxe1 19. Nxe1 Kf7 20. Nf3 Nf6 21. Nbd2 Be6 22. a3 c5 23. Ke2 Ng4 24. Ne4 b6 25. Be3 Bc4+ 26. Kd2 Nxe3 27. Kxe3 Ke7 28. Neg5 Bd5 29. Nh3 b5 30. Nf4 Bf7 31. Ke4 Bxf4 32. Kxf4 Kd6 33. Ne5 Be8 34. Ke4 c4 35. g3 a6 36. Kf4 Kd5 37. Nf3 a5 38. Ne1 Kc5 39. Ke5 b4 40. axb4+ axb4 41. Ng2 Kb5 42. Kd4 Bf7 43. Ne3 Be6 44. Ke5 Bg8 45. Kd4 Be6 { Draw } 1/2-1/2


#71  Deviatkin, Andrei (GM) FIDE: 2508 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 260 (NBBRKNQR)

Time control: 15+5

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1. c4 f6 2. b3 d5 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. Bb2 c5 5. f3 Ng6 6. Be4 Qg5 7. g3 O-O 8. f4 Qh5 9. Ne3 Bh3 10. Bxb7 Nb6 11. Bf3 Qh6 12. Ng4 Bxg4 13. Bxg4 e5 14. Be6+ Kh8 15. f5 Ne7 16. Qxc5 Bd6 17. Qf2 Bb4 18. e3 Rd3 19. Nc2 Bc5 20. O-O Rfd8 21. b4 Na4 22. Bc1 Bd6 23. Bc4 e4 24. Bxd3 exd3 25. Nd4 Bxb4 26. Ne6 Rc8 27. Qf4 Qxf4 28. Rxf4 Nd5 29. Rd4 Nab6 30. Rxd3 Ne7 31. e4 Nc6 32. Bb2 Nc4 33. Rc1 Nxb2 34. Rxc6 Rb8 35. Rd8+ Rxd8 36. Nxd8 Bxd2 37. Rc8 Kg8 38. Ne6+ Kf7 39. Rc7+ Ke8 40. Rxg7 h6 41. Kg2 Be3 42. Kf3 Bb6 43. e5 Nd3 44. exf6 Ne5+ 45. Ke4 Nf7 46. Kd5 Bg1 47. h4 Bf2 48. g4 Bxh4 49. Rg8+ Kd7 50. Nc5+ { Black resigns } 1-0

#72 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Deviatkin, Andrei (GM) FIDE: 2508

Chess960 start position: 474 (RNNKBBRQ)

Time control: 15+5

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1. Nb3 e5 2. g3 c6 3. f4 g6 4. Nc3 d6 5. O-O-O Nb6 6. d4 N8d7 7. fxe5 f5 8. e4 O-O-O 9. exd6 fxe4 10. Nxe4 Nf6 11. Nbc5 Nxe4 12. Qxe4 Bxd6 13. Bh3+ Kb8 14. Ba5 Bf7 15. Kb1 Rge8 16. Qf3 Bd5 17. Qc3 Re7 18. Rgf1 Rde8 19. b3 Qg7 20. Qb4 Bc7 21. c4 Be4+ 22. Nxe4 Rxe4 23. Qd2 Re2 24. Rde1 Rxe1+ 25. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 26. Qxe1 Qxd4 27. Qe8+ Bd8 28. Qe2 Na4 29. bxa4 Bxa5 30. Qe8+ Kc7 31. Qe2 Bb4 32. Bg4 Kb6 33. Bf3 Ka5 34. Qc2 Qg1+ 35. Bd1 Qd4 36. Qb3 Bd6 37. a3 Bxa3 38. Kc2 Bb4 39. Qd3 Qf2+ 40. Kb1 Qe1 41. Qd7 Qc3 42. Qxb7 Bc5 43. Qxc6 Qb4+ 44. Kc2 Qxc4+ 45. Kb1 Qb4+ 46. Kc2 Qc4+ 47. Kb1 a6 48. Qc7+ Kb4 49. Qb7+ Ka5 50. Qc7+ Kb4 51. Qb7+ Ka5 52. Qc7+ { Draw } 1/2-1/2


#73  Deviatkin, Andrei (GM) FIDE: 2508 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 474 (RNNKBBRQ)

Time control: 15+5

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1. Nb3 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. f4 f6 4. Nc3 a5 5. Bf2 a4 6. Nc5 Bxc5 7. Bxc5 d6 8. Bf2 Bd7 9. a3 N8e7 10. Bg2 g6 11. O-O-O Qg7 12. d4 O-O 13. d5 Na5 14. e4 b5 15. Rge1 Nc4 16. Bf1 Bg4 17. Bxc4 Bxd1 18. Bxb5 Bg4 19. h3 Bc8 20. Be3 Ba6 21. Bxa4 Rfb8 22. Bb3 Nc8 23. h4 Nb6 24. h5 Nc4 25. Bxc4 Bxc4 26. Qh3 Re8 27. hxg6 Qxg6 28. Rh1 Re7 29. Qh4 Rf8 30. f5 Qf7 31. Qg4+ Kh8 32. Rh6 Rg8 33. Qh4 Qg7 34. b3 Ba6 35. Kb2 Rf7 36. Bf2 Qg4 37. Qh1 Rg5 38. Rh4 Rfg7 39. Rxg4 Rxg4 40. a4 Kg8 41. a5 R7g5 42. b4 h5 43. b5 Bb7 44. a6 Ba8 45. Qf1 Rg7 46. Qc4 h4 47. gxh4 Rf4 48. b6 cxb6 49. Qc8+ Kh7 50. Bxb6 Rg8 51. Qd7+ { Black resigns } 1-0


#74 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Deviatkin, Andrei (GM) FIDE: 2508

Chess960 start position: 758 (RKBNNBRQ)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/PcGN0RqJ


1. g4 e6 2. d3 g5 3. h4 gxh4 4. Qxh4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. g5 d5 7. Rh1 Rg7 8. f4 f6 9. Nf3 fxg5 10. fxg5 Bd7 11. Bf4 Rf7 12. Qh2 O-O-O 13. g6 Rg7 14. Ne5 Nxe5 15. Bxe5 Bf6 16. gxh7 Bxe5 17. Qxe5 Nd6 18. Qh2 Rf8 19. O-O-O Ne8 20. e4 Nf6 21. exd5 Rxh7 22. Bh3 exd5 23. Bxd7+ Kxd7 24. Qg2 c6 25. Rhf1 Qg7 26. Qf3 Rhh8 27. Qf5+ Kc7 28. Qe5+ Kc8 29. Rf5 Qh6+ 30. Kb1 Nd7 31. Rxf8+ Rxf8 32. Qe7 Qf6 33. Qxf6 Rxf6 34. Kc1 { Draw } 1/2-1/2


#75  Deviatkin, Andrei (GM) FIDE: 2508 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 758 (RKBNNBRQ)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/gJPrN0aU


1. Nc3 g6 2. g4 Bg7 3. f4 d6 4. Nf3 c5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Qg2 Nc7 7. Ng5 Rf8 8. Bc4 e6 9. Nb5 Nxb5 10. Bxb5 Bd7 11. c3 a6 12. Be2 d5 13. d4 cxd4 14. cxd4 Ka7 15. Bd2 Rac8 16. Nf3 f6 17. g5 e5 18. Nh4 Be6 19. O-O exd4 20. Nf3 f5 21. exd4 Nxd4 22. Bc3 Nxe2+ 23. Qxe2 Bxc3 24. bxc3 Bd7 25. Ne5 Bb5 26. Qe3+ Ka8 27. Rfd1 Qg8 28. a4 Bc6 29. Rd4 Qe6 30. Rb1 Qd6 31. Nc4 Qc7 32. Nb6+ Kb8 33. Nxc8 Qxc8 34. Qd2 Re8 35. Re1 Re4 36. a5 Qe6 37. Rdxe4 fxe4 38. Qe3 Qg4+ 39. Qg3 Qf5 40. h3 Bd7 41. Kh2 Kc8 42. Qe3 Bc6 43. Rf1 Bd7 44. Rf2 Bc6 45. Rb2 Kb8 46. Qg3 Bd7 47. Rb6 Bc6 48. Qg4 Qf8 49. Qg1 Kc8 50. Kg3 Qa3 51. Qd4 Qe7 52. Qh8+ Kc7 53. Qe5+ Qxe5 54. fxe5 Kd7 55. Kf4 Ke6 56. h4 Ke7 57. Rb2 Ke6 58. Rb1 Bb5 59. c4 dxc4 60. Kxe4 Bc6+ 61. Kd4 Bb5 62. Rf1 Bc6 63. Rf6+ Ke7 64. Kxc4 Bh1 65. Kc5 Bg2 66. Rb6 Bf3 67. Rd6 Bh1 68. Kd4 Bg2 69. Rf6 Bh1 70. h5 gxh5 71. Rh6 Bf3 72. Rxh7+ Ke6 73. Ke3 Bg4 74. Kf4 Be2 75. Rxb7 { Black resigns } 1-0

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#69 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

#69 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 118 (NQBRNBKR)

Time control: 15+5

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1. c3 Nf6 2. d4 d5 {good move, stopping e4 which would be favorable for white.}

3. Bf4 {kind of making the game a London system.}

3… g6 {Bg4 with Bh5, Bg6 idea is also good. }

4. e3 Bf5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Nxd3 Bg7 7. Ne5 Qc8 {Nd7 right away was easier, kicking out the e5-knight.}

8. Nb3 {with Nd2, Nf3 to follow}

8… Nb6 9. Qc2 O-O 10. O-O-O {White wants to play for an attack with g4, etc.}

10… Nbd7 11. Nd2 Nh5 12. Ndf3 Nxf4 {maybe f6, trying to play e5 is better for black to try to gain some counter-play.}

13. exf4 Nxe5 {again f6 might be better.}

14. Nxe5 c5 {a good move that white missed. Now, black should be equal.}

15. h4 {White didn’t want to play dxc5 and weaken the e5 knight’s support.}

15… cxd4 16. cxd4 Qxc2+ {Bxe5 was interesting. If fxe5, then Qg4 hitting the g2 pawn and threatening Rc8. Black might be better here.}

17. Kxc2 {Now it’s equal.}

17… Rc8+ 18. Kd3 Rc7 19. Rc1 {White thought it best not to allow a doubling on the c-file.}

19… Rfc8 20. Rxc7 Rxc7 21. h5 {trying to play on the king-side, but there’s really not much.}

21… Bxe5 22. fxe5 Kg7 {g5 straight away was interesting.}

23. f4 e6 24. g4 h6 25. Rg1 {trying to play f5.}

25… Rc6 26. f5 exf5 {even g5 right away is fine }

27. gxf5 g5 28. f6+ {slightly inaccurate. It was better to leave the pawn on f5, keeping the black king out. White missed black’s king march to f5.}

28… Kf8 29. a4 Ke8 30. Ra1 {being as annoying as possible, as white can’t just sit and wait. Ra3, Rb3, and Rb5, targeting the weak d-pawn is white’s idea.}

30… Kd7 31. Ra3 Rb6 {good move, forcing b3 which is annoying.}

32. b3 Ke6 33. a5 Rc6 {Rb5 is much better I think, when it should be a draw. Notice then black can’t really make progress as if the king goes too far forward, then e6! wins.}

34. Ra4 {Now white gets what he wants.}

34… Kf5 35. Rb4 b6 36. Rb5 Ke6 37. Kd2 bxa5 {probably helping white a bit, but black was rather short on moves!}

38. Rxa5 Rc7 {a6 is much safer, limiting the white rook.}

39. Kd3 Rb7 40. b4 Rc7 {now, black is unfortunately losing the thread. He has been driven into a passive position after some inaccuracies.}

41. Ra6+ Kf5 42. Rd6 Kg4 {Kf4 maybe, but black’s position is getting bad. The white pawns are stronger than black’s king-side pawns.}

43. Rxd5 Kh3 {Kxh5 would have held a bit longer, trying to stay close to the middle with Kg6, Kf5.}

44. Rd8 {Now it’s over.}

44… g4 45. Rg8 g3 46. d5 {White can sac his rook for the g-pawn if need be, and the passers in the middle easily beat the rook.}

46… g2 47. e6 fxe6 48. dxe6 {Good game though! Was probably a draw if black played Rb5 move 33, or a6 move 38.}

{ Black resigns } 1-0

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#62 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

#62 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

Chess960 start position:  260 (NBBRKNQR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/gMyKXqlbo9D5


1. Nb3 b6 2. d4 Ba6 {e2 looked weak in some positions.}

3. c3 c6 4. Nfd2 d5 5. Nf3 {Bd3 was worth considering, in view of how strong black’s bishop later becomes.}

5… e6 6. Bg5 {maybe g3 and Bf4 is interesting, as well.}

6… Rc8 7. Bh4 {same idea, but a little slower. The rook wanted to go to c8 regardless.}

7… Nd7 {swinging round to f6, eyeing e4 is natural.}

8. Bg3 f5 {The ensuing “stonewall” set-up is probably favorable for black, as the Nb3 is misplaced and white’s e2 pawn is still a problem.}

9. Bxb8 Rxb8 10. h4 {g4! is worth considering. White’s attack might yield him some open king-side lines, activating his light-squared bishop and queen. Also, Bd3 is again, worth
looking at.}

10… Qf7 11. Qh2 {nice maneuver by white nonetheless, eyeing e5.}

11… O-O 12. Ng5 {maybe Ne5 is better, looking to trade pieces.}

12… Qe7 13. f4 Nf6 14. Qg3 {Again Bd3!}

14… Nc7 {aiming for b5 (or e8) and d6 with full control over e4.}

15. Rd2 {Illustrating how powerful black’s bishop is. White struggles to get castled.}

15… Nb5 16. Rc2 {Qe3 or 0-0 might be better, the rook could probably go to d1 later, keeping the light-squared bishop more active. Also, it is more prone to hits down the c-file.}

16… Nd6 {threatening h6, and a knight to e4.}

17. Nd2 Rbc8 {eyeing c5 with some pressure.}

18. Rc1 c5 {now cxd4 is a threat.}

19. e3 {now things are turning sour for white. His king is stranded due to black’s monster on a6.}

19… Kh8 {maybe not the best by black, Qe8 immediately is more pointed.}

20. Ndf3 h6 21. Ne5 Qe8 {yea, here the king should just be on g8.}

22. Nh3 Kg8 23. Nf2 Qb5 {here black should be close to winning.}

24. Bd3 {Maybe a knight to d3 covers b2. Then if c4, Nb4! and white is hanging on. It’s still unpleasant though.}

24… Qxb2 25. O-O {finally castled, but alas, too late!}

25… Nde4 {and in black storms, a loss of material is inevitable.}

26. Nxe4 Nxe4 27. Bxe4 {If the queen moves then just Bxd3 and Qd2 and white’s pawns fall quickly.}

27… Bxf1 28. Rb1 {more or less equivalent to the alternatives.}

28… Qxc3 29. Bxd5 exd5 30. Rxf1 cxd4 {yea, this is over. So, earlier white should have probably have traded the light-squared bishops to avert some of the pressure. The structure that came about is very static, but in some lines, white can be quite justified in going g4! With king-side pressure. }

{ White resigns } 0-1

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#58 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

#58 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

Chess960 start position:  819 (BRKNQRNB)

Time control: 15+5

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1. b3 b6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 e5 4. d3 {e4 is probably better. Allowing black to get total central control cannot be right. Now when black plays d5, e4 will be met with d4! and white is cramped.}

4… d5 5. e3 {even here, e4 is probably to be preferred, as white’s severe lack of central space will begin to tell quite soon.}

5… f5 {mine as well grab more space! Black enjoys a clear edge here.}

6. Qe2 {Nd2 and e4 for white is interesting. If black plays e4, then d4 limits the damage and white shouldn’t be doing to badly.}

6… Nf6 7. O-O {Staying on the queen-side is probably better.}

7… Nf7 8. Nd2 Qe6 9. g3 {d4 or f4, trying to force a locking of the center is safer, maybe then later g3.}

9… O-O-O {of course, playing for a quick attack on white’s king is the easiest way to win here. White’s opening play was a bit too passive.}

10. Nb5 {even here, d4 or f4 is better, trying to shut down black’s fluid center pawns.}

10… a6 11. Nc3 {Na3 even with c4 idea might be a better way to go, although at this point it’s probably too late. White has just lost too much time.}

11… h5 12. Na4 g5 {this attack should be decisive.}

13. c4 {e4 is more annoying for black, even then f4 for black looks strong. Then exd5 and white might be able to use the e4 square for defense.}

13… g4 14. cxd5 Ng5 {a cool move :)}

15. Rfe1 {better is e4 when it is highly unclear, but black remains on top.}

15… Bxd5 16. Bxd5 Qxd5 17. h4 {alternatives do not help, d3 is hanging at the very least, when black will be technically winning anyway.}

gxh3 18. Kh2 {f3 or e4 avoid mate, but the result is not in doubt. Black simply takes d3 and has a winning position with two extra pawns and better pieces. So earlier, white definitely had to be more aggressive with his stakes in the center. The huge amount of space that black was given, and thus the flexibility he enjoyed, spelled white’s doom. } { White resigns } 0-1

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#50 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

#50 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

Chess960 start position: 682 (QRKNBBNR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/TKCzCYM1


1. e4 e6 {Black tries to steer the game into a French type position}

2. Nc3 Ne7 3. Nf3 d5 4. d3 {maybe ex5 immediately is better, as then white’s light-squared bishop opens up.}

4… c5 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bd2 Ne6 7. Be2 {Ng5 here, trading off the knight and aiming for a quick Bf4 threat, is better.}

7… h6 8. h4 {probably unnecessary, as black was not intending g5}

8… b6 {protecting d5 with the queen so Ne7 can move for the bishop to be developed.}

9. O-O {maybe Ne5 here is better}

9… Ng6 10. Rbe1 Bd6 11. Qc1 {a4 immediately is more accurate, as the queen can be developed better on a2 hitting d5.}

11… Bc6 12. a4 {a good idea though with Nb5 plan.}

12… Qb7 {black missed white’s idea, a6 is better here.}

13. Nb5 Be7 14. h5 Ngf8 {black probably stands worse here, his pieces are cramped.}





position after 14… Ngf8





15. Bf4 Ra8 16. b3 {much better is d4 with energetic play, white can secure an advantage. b3 is too passive}

16… Nd7 17. Nd6+ {even here d4! cracking open the middle is stronger.}

17… Bxd6 18. Bxd6 Nf6 {and now, all of a sudden, h5 is weak! White clearly needed to act with d4! earlier.}

19. Nh2 d4 {now black should be fine with the center closed. Also, white has concrete problems with the h-pawn.}

20. Bf3 {probably forced.}

20… Bxf3 21. Nxf3 Nxh5 {Black is now better.}

22. Re4 {Re2 with the same idea, but not getting hit with Nf6, is stronger.}

22… Nf6 23. Re2 Qd5 24. Bh2 Kb7 25. Re5 Qc6 26. Re2 h5 {Black’s trying to play h4, h3 and undermine the knight, however, he missed Ne5!}

27. Ne5 Qe8 28. f4 {much stronger is Rfe1! with Nxf7 to come. This is what black had under-estimated with h5. White should then be back to slightly better again.}





position after 28. f4





28… Nd5 29. f5 {Now Rfe1 runs into Nc3!}

29… Nec7 30. Rfe1 Nc3 31. Rf2 Rg8 32. Nc4 {white’s position looks threatening, but black only needs to show some precision to avoid the worst of it.}

Qd7 33. Nd6+ Ka6 {The king is quite safe on a6.}

34. Nc4 N7d5 35. Qg5 {maybe Ne5 here?}

35… Rae8 {taking over the crucial e-file, as black’s powerful knight on c3 prevents Rfe2.}

36. Rxe8 Rxe8 37. Bg3 Ne3 38. Qxh5 Nxc4 {preparing Ne4 with a decisive edge.}

39. dxc4 Ne4 40. Rf3 Nxg3 {This should be winning for black now.}

41. Rxg3 Re1+ 42. Kh2 {Kf2, Qe7 is dangerous at the very least.}

42… Qd6 {very strong, pinning the rook very unpleasantly and threatening Re3.}

43. Qf3 Re3 44. Qf2 Qe5 45. Kh3 g6 {This is hopeless.}

46. Rxe3 dxe3 {So, earlier white probably should have played d4! striking in the middle with a good game. Also, d3 in the opening was weaker than an immediate exd5 and then d4 for white, keeping the light-squared bishop active.} { White resigns } 0-1

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#44, 45, 46 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

#44 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 487 (QRBNKNRB)

Time control: 15+5

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1. g3 g6 2. c4 d6 3. Nfe3 e6 4. Nc3 a6 5. b4 c6 6. Bb2 b5 7. Ne4 Bxb2 8. Qxb2 Ke7 9. Qf6+ Kd7 10. Qd4 { Black resigns } 1-0


#45 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 650 (RNKRBBQN)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/SSvsiYAzYoxC


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 f6 3. f3 Nc6 4. Bf2 Ng6 5. Bb5 a6 6. Ba4 Nf4 7. Ng3 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Bb3 Bf7 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. Ne4 Nd4 12. Nc3 Bf7 13. Bxf7 Qxf7 14. Qf1 Rd7 15. Ne2 Nc6 16. Nc3 g6 17. a3 O-O-O 18. b4 Bh6 19. Be1 Nd4 20. b5 axb5 21. Nxb5 Nxb5 22. Qxb5 Qd5 23. Qb4 Qc6 24. a4 Rd4 25. Qb5 Rc4 26. Qxc6 Rxc6 27. Kb2 Rb6+ 28. Ka2 Rd4 { White resigns } 0-1


#46 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 783 (QRKNRNBB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/aE6PXzpbWMYM


1. g3 (In case of 1.b3?! (Trying to prevent opening of black’s h8-bishop.) black might well reply 1…e5 and then continue his development with g6, a5, etc., while white would only have dark-squared weaknesses on his queenside in this case.)

1… g6 2. f4 f5 (There is nothing more natural than the first two moves of both players. Also, since all the pawns were protected at the starting position, there was no big point in developing knights first.)

3. a4 (Already at this point I began hoping for the stratagem that lead me throughout the entire game: successfully closing in the black’s queen. However, it is possible that position demanded an immediate strike in the center by 3.e4, leading to some small spatial advantage for white. In that case after 3…fe4 4.Be4a5 5.a4!? black would still need to play precisely in order to achieve equality.)

3… Nc6?! (This is the so called “natural” developing move, but in my opinion position demanded a very concrete response. It was possible to strike in the center with 3…e5 and after 4.fe5Be5 5.a5d5 6.Nc3c6 we would reach a position where black has a clear spatial advantage in the center, but also a practical problem how to include his queen into play. Personally I would prefer white in that situation. However, I do believe that the simplest solution for black was to just play 3…a5, giving some scope to his queen, and after 4.e4 position could transpose into 3.e4.)

4. a5 a6 (It needs to be said that after this move it will be extremely difficult for black to ever move the b-pawn and how else to include black’s queen into play? But, understandably, black was probably worried about allowing the a5-a6 push since it would strengthen white’s bishop on h1. But nevertheless, the move 4…d5 was an alternative, since after that black could later play himself b7-b6, and in case of axb6 he could recapture with the a pawn, or, in case of 5.a6 b6 he would still preserve some hope to get with his queen into play, but, of course, it has to be said that light-squares on the black’s queenside would be weakened plus the knight somehow doesn’t belong to c6 in this position, since it is a loose piece on the diagonal of white’s h1-bishop. But due to the fact that black would have extra space in the center, all the battle would still be ahead.)





position after 4…a6





5. Qa4 (White takes control of the d4-square, preventing any Bh8-d4 and activates his queen.)

5… e5 6. e4?! (It was my intention to castle on queenside in this game, since it is much easier to achieve it than kingside castling, so I didn’t want to continue with 6.fe5Re5 7.b4, which would weaken my castling position on the queenside. But it looks like white doesn’t really need to castle so urgently in this position and besides-where will black castle now? In case of castling, of course, the b4-b5 push becomes extremely dangerous. So, 6.fe5 was the way to go and it would be very difficult for black to play, despite having spatial advantage in the center.)

6… fxe4! (During the game I was actually much more afraid of 6…ef4 7.gf4fe4 8.Re40-0-0, etc. And indeed white has a weak pawn on f4 in this case, but his pieces are very active, so that this shouldn’t be to big of a problem, or-better to say-lesser evil for white than in the game.)

7. fxe5 Rxe5? (I was totally unaware of the danger at this point, but black actually had a very strong possibility here: 7…Be5!, where it would be insufficient for white to sacrifice the exchange by 8.Re4?…(Not to mention 8.Be4?d5 9.Bg2Bb2! and black wins.) 8…Bd5 9.Nfe3Be4 10.Be40-0-0 and black has a clear advantage. So, in order to regain a central pawn, white would need to play the “ultra-ugly” move 8.c4 and after 8…Ne6 9.Re4 he would still preserve active pieces, but the d4-square would be terribly weakened, and thanks to the possibility of putting his bishop on d4 (making possible further development with Qa7), black would be better.)





position after 7… Rxe5?





8. Rxe4 O-O-O 9. Rxe5 Bxe5 10. Nc3 (Here I was thinking about playing for the direct squeeze of black’s position by means of advancing the central pawn with 10.d4Bg7 11.d5, but 11…Bh6 bothered me, since I didn’t want to put anything on e3 in order to not lose the bishop’s control of the a7-square and 12.Nd2, going into the pin, didn’t appeal to me neither. Also, black has an additional option of 10…Qa7!? 11.c3Bg7 12.Be3d5 13.Nf2, but here white is also better, since black’s queen-despite being already on a7-is still in a cage. Finally, I have decided that quick development and castling is more important than grabbing space by d4-d5.)

10… Ne6 11. Ne2 (Of course, not 11.0-0-0?Bd4 and black will continue with Qa7, with approximate equality. This is a good example how one “natural”, but imprecise move can ruin everything.)

11… Bg7 12. O-O-O Rf8? (It was essential to play 12…d5, obtaining space in the center.)

13. d4 Ng5 14. d5 Ne5 15. d6? (After the simple move 15.Nd2 white would have had a clear advantage. But I was eager to squeeze black even more, being once again totally unaware of the danger in this game.)

15… c6? (Looks like a miracle, but thanks to the unprotected position of white’s bishop on h1 (and white’s queen on a4) it was possible for black to attack my bishop with his queen, but-and that is the strange part-diagonally! So, after 15…b5!! the great irony would appear on the board-throughout the entire game white has played against black’s inactive queen, but at the “culmination” of his strategy, this would blow into his face. Here black would be clearly better after both, 16.ab6 Qh1, or 16.Ba8 ba4, because all his pieces are very active.)





position after 15… c6?





16. Bd4 (Not 16.Bb6?Nc4,etc. By first pinning the knight on e5, white provokes black’s next move, which will prevent black to play Nc4 later.)

16… Ne6 17. Bb6 Ng5 18. Ne3 (This position is very picturesque, because black’s queen is totally boxed-in. Of course, white is now winning.)





position after 18. Ne3





18… Nh3? (More stubborn was 18…Ne6.)

19. Nf4? (I didn’t pay the attention to the “long” move 19.Qh4-in connection with the weak square on d8-, but it would win on the spot, because after 19…Nf2 20.Rf1 the threat is Rxf2 Rxf2, Qd8mate, and 20…Nh1 doesn’t help in view of 21.Rf8 Bf8 22.Qd8mate. The move played in the game, however, doesn’t really spoil anything.)

19… Nf2 20. Rf1 Nxh1 21. Rxh1 Rf6?! (There is no time to pick up the d6-pawn, so more stubborn, but still insufficient was 21…Qb8.)

22. Re1 Rxd6?! (22…Rf8)

23. Ng4 Qb8 24. Nxe5 Bxe5 25. Rxe5 (Actually white can win here even more quickly by 25.Ng6! Rg6 26.Qh4)

25…Rd1+ 26. Kxd1 Qxe5 (Finally black’s queen is out, but black’s minor piece as well. :-) )

27. Qd4 Qb5 28. Qd6 Qf1+ 29. Kd2 { Black resigns } 1-0

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#43 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

#43 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 778 (QRKNBBRN)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/s7M7xvlnvUlX


1. e4 b6 2. Nc3 {On second thought, white should probably play Ba6+! here, with an annoying bind. b6 is probably inaccurate.}

2… a6 {Yes, now a6 is covered. But it seems like black is wasting time as a result of b6.}

3. f3 {Intending Bf2 and maybe d4.}

3… e5 4. Bf2 Ne6 5. Nd5 {a good outpost, taking advantage of the fact that c6 is hard to achieve right away.}

5… Ng6 6. Ng3 Bc5 {Maybe Ne7 is better, knocking back the d5-knight. With the text, black loses the right to castle.}

7. Bxc5 Nxc5 8. Nf5 Kd8 {Maybe going the other way, with Kb7 is safer.}

9. g3 {Just stopping Nf4, and contemplating Bh3.}

9… c6 10. Nde3 d5 {probably not a good idea with black’s king stuck in the center unable to castle. Better is Ne7, trying to trade and keep things  closed. Piece trades relieve black’s position somewhat here.}

11. exd5 cxd5 12. d4 {So now black is worse I think as a result of d5. The center is being opened very quickly.}

12… Ne6 13. b3 {If dxe5, maybe d4 is troublesome. The text keeps everything under control.}

13… exd4 14. Nxd4 {The d-pawn is now weak as well as black’s exposed king.}

14… Ne5 {A blunder, unfortunately losing immediately. However, black’s position wasn’t great anyway. d5 and Kd8, as well as b6, were probably errors. Finally, black could probably have held the balance with Kb7 on move 8. And even before d5, black’s position was tenable. }

15. Nxe6+ { Black resigns } 1-0

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#35 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

#35 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

Chess960 start position: 304 (BBNQRKRN)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/HnjPoii6FCAl


1. c4 Ng6 2. b3 {A good idea for white, like I mentioned in an earlier game, the bishops are strong.}

2… c5 3. Ng3 b6 4. d4?! {possibly premature. Maybe e3 and then d4, maintaining the pawn center. It’s not that big a deal, but I do have an extra pawn in the center now. (D & E for me vs E for white)}

4… cxd4 5. Bxd4 d6 {e6 might allow c5 for White, so d6 first.}

6. Be4!? {interesting decision by white. Makes sense though.}

Bxe4 7. Nxe4 e5 {This might look counter-intuitive, based on my now weak d6 pawn, but my potential center with e5 and f5 most likely makes up for that. There are similar positions in the
mainline Najdorf.}

8. Bb2 f5 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Nd5 {maybe Nd3 with idea of Nb4, clamping down on d5 is good. If I stop this with a5, then b5 is weak, as well as d5.}

10… Nce7 11. e3 Kh8! {This move is good in that I’m planning to rid myself of my weakness by playing Nxd5 Qxd5 Ne7 and d5. Notice Qxd5 is not check now.}

12. Ne2 {Maybe Nc3, simply retreating, is better. Then my knights are kind of stepping on their toes. They both want to be on e7, and my d-pawn isn’t going anywhere.}

12… Nxd5 13. Qxd5 {If pawn takes, then d6 is covered and black can turn his attention to the king side.}

13… Ne7 14. Qd2 d5 {mission accomplished!}

15. O-O-O? {This move is bad, as White c-pawn will now be isolated at the very least. Much better is cxd5 and then after Nxd5 white might castle short or possibly long, as his king will be safer than in the game.}

15… dxc4 16. Qb4 Qc8 17. bxc4 Nc6 {with Na5 to come, most probably winning the c-pawn.}

18. Qc3 Na5 19. Ba3 Rf7 20. c5 Qa6 {Things are getting dangerous for white. Nc4 is a problem (not to mention white’s hanging knight), and white’s king is wishing he were on the other side of the board!}

21. Qd3 {I’m not sure what else.}

21… Nc4 22. Bb2 Qxa2 {So yea, this is probably resign-able. White’s king is getting ambushed, and he is down material.} { White resigns } 0-1

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#30 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

#13 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 720 (BBRKNQNR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/RG8LMTJk6UPk


1. c4 Ngf6 {Personally, I would play f6 here or later, as the pawn structure will then serve to blunt my bishops. But of course, Ngf6 is playable.}

2. b3 d5 {yea, so d5 I guess falls into the “tricks of 960” :) This move is really bad as black’s king is rather exposed. Much better is b6 or even d6 keeping the position closed. Black should keep the pawns in front of his king for the time being, at least until his king is castled.}

3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4 Nf4 {This move loses so N5f6 was preferable. After Qd3+ Nd7, black is cramped and has a bad position, but he is not losing.}

5. g3 {so we can see now that black will lose a piece and with it the game.}

5… Ng6 6. Qd3+ {Nd6 e5 and black’s pretty much done. I didn’t even notice how weak Black king was until black played d5} { Black resigns } 1-0

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#24, 25, 26 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

#24 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 382 (NRKRNBBQ)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/BBB6l0dXeGBt


1. f4 Nb6 2. Nb3 g6 3. Bd4 f6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e4 e5 6. Be3 Nd6 7. d3 Be6 8. fxe5 fxe5 9. c4 Nf7 10. Be2 Bh6 11. Qg1 Qf8 12. a3 d6 13. Nbd2 Bxe3 14. Qxe3 Qh6 15. Qxh6 Nxh6 16. h3 Kd7 17. Ng5 Bg8 18. Kc2 Ke7 19. Rf1 Nd7 20. b4 Nf8 21. Rf2 Nf7 22. Nxf7 Bxf7 23. Rbf1 Bg8 24. g3 Ne6 25. Nb3 h5 26. Rf6 Nf4 27. R6xf4 exf4 28. gxf4 Rf8 29. Nd4 c5 30. Nb3 b6 31. Kd2 Be6 32. h4 Rf6 33. Ke3 Rbf8 34. d4 cxd4+ 35. Nxd4 Bd7 36. Bd3 Rc8 37. Rg1 Bg4 38. e5 dxe5 39. fxe5 Rff8 40. b5 Rc5 41. Bxg6 Rxe5+ 42. Kd2 Rf2+ 43. Kc3 Re3+ 44. Bd3 Rh2 45. Rxg4 Rxd3+ 46. Kxd3 hxg4 { White resigns } 0-1


#25 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 883 (BRQKRNNB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/WXelWmC50TNS


1. Nf3 (I would like to distinguish starting positions of chess960 into 2 groups-ones that are more “natural” and the others, that are more “clumsy”. This one is certainly one of the latter group for black, so it requires especially precise play from him. Pawns on a7 and f7 are unprotected and especially the f7 pawn is very problematic, since white has an immediate threat of Ng5 (or Ne5) and it is not so easy for black to find a natural way of defending against it.)

1… g6! (I think this is the correct approach-black opens the h8-bishop, prevents the move Ne5, while in case of 2.Ng5Nh6 white actually wouldn’t prove anything. Much worse would be, of course, 1…f6?, closing totally the bishop on h8 plus losing the possibility of later developement of the knight to f6.)

2. d3 (White is already pointing his queen’s eye to the h6 square, where black’s knight might be in the near future.)

2… d6 3. g3 (It was to early to go for 3.Ng5?!Nh6 4.Nh7?Ng4 and black is winning, but not 3…Qf5? 4.Ng3! and black is on the ropes.)

3… Nd7? (But this is a mistake, since now white will really get what he wanted at the very start. Instead, black had 2 decent options-the solid 3…Ne6 with approximate equality, or the sharp 3…b6, which can lead to big complications after 4.Ng5Bh1 5.Nf7Kd7 6.Nh8 with unclear play.)





position after 3… Nd7?





4. Ng5 Nh6 5. Ne6+ (Probably it was even better to take the pawn by 5.Nh7Ng4 6.Qf4, but I wanted to have the activity of my pieces.)

5… fxe6 6. Qxh6 Nf6 7. Ne3 Qd7 8. b3?! (I wasn’t sure whether this move is really essential, or could I just castled here, because 8.0-0Qa4(?) worried me a little. Well, actually white can now play 9.b3 and on no account can black take on a2-it would simply cost to many tempo. Therefore the move 8.b3?! is actually a loss of time, since white will play b4 in a moment. The advantage, however, stays clearly with white, since black has a problem not only with his somewhat spoiled pawn structure, but also with his bishop on a8.)





position after 8. b3?!





8… O-O-O (Hardly any better would be 8…b6 9.Ba8Ra8 10.0-0Kc8 (What else?) 11.c4Kb7 12.b4, etc.)

9. c4 Kb8 10. O-O Rg8 11. b4?! (This move belongs into white’s plan, but, speaking concretely, much better would be to play here 11.Qh3!e5 12.Qg2, avoiding what could have happened in the game.)

11… Bg7?! (This “natural” move gives white a definitive advantage. It was worth trying 11…e5, preventing the retreat of Qh3 and intending to continue with g5 and Rg6, harassing white’s queen, even though white will be able to play Nd5 at the right moment, exchanging knights and making possible the queen to retreat to h5, still preserving the advantage.)





position after 11… Bg7?!





12. Qh3 e5 13. Qg2! (Unusual set-up for white’s queen and light-squared bishop, but now black can open up his a8-bishop only at the cost of serious weakening of his pawn structure, which actually happened.)

13… Qc6 14. Qxc6 bxc6 15. a4?! (And this is already the first step into the wrong direction-white prepares b5, but this brakethrough is the wrong one (Why to open up black’s a8-bishop and also exchanging black’s c6-pawn, which is a weakness??). Instead, white should aim for the c5 push, but in that case pawn stands better on a2, preserving the possibility of the defense of the b4-pawn by means of a2-a3. So, after 15.c5, followed by Rfc1, Nc4, Na5, white would have had an overwhelming advantage.)





position after 15. a4?!





15… Kc8 16. b5?! (White is very consistent in carrying out his wrong play, but it is also true that here 16.c5 is less strong (but still the way to go!) than on the previous move: 16.c5Kd7 17.Bg2Rb8!? 18.Nc4Nd5 19.Bh3e6 with some annoying counter-play, although concretely here white has 20.b5! and black is still in deep trouble.)

16… Kd7 17. Nc2?! (Better was 17.Bg2 with the idea of 17…c5 18.Bh3 and f2-f4, still with some annoying initiative.)

17… cxb5 18. axb5 (From practical point of view, more dangerous for black would be 18.Rb5!?Bh1 19.Kh1Rb8 20.Rfb1Rb5 21.Rb5Rf8!? 22.f3!?, with the idea of Nb4 and Rb7-white’s initiative is still unpleasant, but black can hold with precise play.)

18… Bxh1 19. Kxh1 c6? (The better freeing pawn move was 19…a6 and after 20.ba6?Ra8 21.Nb4Rgb8, followed by c7-c5 and equality. More promising for white is 21.b6cb6 22.Rb6 with an advantage, but black as well has an earlier improvement: 19…Ra8! 20.Nb4a5! 21.Na6…(21.ba6 transposes into 19…a6, with equality.) 21…c6 with totally double-edged play.)





position after 19… c6?






20. bxc6+ Kxc6 21. Nb4+ Kd7 22. Na6! (This prevents Rb8 and thus prepares Rb7.)





position after 22. Na6!





22… Ra8? (It was absolutely essential to play 22…Ke6 even though after 23.Rb7Rd7 24.Rfb1 black cannot avoid the loss of the a7-pawn.)

23. Rb7+ Kc6? (This allows mate, but black’s position is lost even in case of 23…Kd8 24.Bc3, or 24.Nc7, etc.)

24. Rc7+ Kb6 25. Rb1+ { Black resigns } (It’s easy to see the mate in case of 25…Ka6 26.Rc6Ka5 27.Bc3Ka4 28.Ra6mate, but in case of 25…Ka5 the finish is more pretty: 26.Nc5!!dc5 27.Bc3Ka4 28.Rcb7 (Or 28.Rc5a5 29.Rcb5 with mate to follow.) with the unstoppable 29.Ra1mate, although the prosaic 26.Bc3 mates even 1 move quickly: 26…Ka4 27.Rcb7 with the following 28.Ra1mate, or 26…Ka6 27.Rc6mate.) 1-0

(Annotations: Jan Gombac)



#26 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 559 (RNKNQRBB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/FY2Mhwsyna48


1. e4 g6 2. Nbc3 Bd4 3. Ne2 Bb6 4. Ndc3 f5 5. exf5 Rxf5 6. g3 Nbc6 7. O-O-O Ne6 8. f4 Ned4 9. Bxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Ra5 11. Nb3 Bxb3 12. cxb3 O-O-O 13. Na4 Qf7 14. Kb1 c6 15. Nxb6+ axb6 16. Qe3 Kc7 17. d4 Rda8 18. a3 Rb5 19. Ka2 e6 20. Bf3 Rba5 21. b4 Rf5 22. Qb3 Rf8 23. Be4 Rf6 24. Rc1 g5 25. d5 exd5 26. Bxd5 Qh5 27. Bf3 Qxh2 28. fxg5 Rf5 29. g4 Rxg5 30. Rh1 Qg3 31. Be4 Qxb3+ 32. Kxb3 Rxg4 33. Bxh7 Rg3+ 34. Rc3 Rg2 35. Be4 Re2 36. Bd3 Rd2 37. Rf1 Rh8 38. Rf7 Rhh2 39. Bc2 b5 40. Rh7 Rxc2 41. Rxh2 Rxh2 42. Rd3 d5 43. Kc3 Kd6 44. Rg3 Rh7 45. Kd4 Rh6 46. Rg8 Rh4+ 47. Kd3 Rh3+ 48. Kd4 Rb3 49. Rg6+ Kc7 50. Rg2 Kb6 51. Rc2 Rh3 52. Rg2 Rh4+ 53. Ke5 Re4+ 54. Kd6 Re3 55. Rd2 Ka7 56. Kc7 Rb3 57. Kd6 Kb6 58. Kd7 Rh3 59. Kd6 Rh6+ 60. Ke5 Kc7 61. Kd4 Kd6 62. Rg2 b6 63. Rg8 c5+ 64. bxc5+ bxc5+ 65. Kd3 Rh3+ 66. Kc2 Rh2+ 67. Kd3 Rxb2 { White resigns } 0-1



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