#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

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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.}

game50a

 

 

 

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.}

game50b

 

 

 

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

(Annotations: Aaron Grabinsky)

 

 

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