#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

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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

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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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