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

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

Chess960 start position: 731 (RKNQBNRB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/6AhCGZusOASn


1. g3 g6 2. d4 Ne6 3. Nb3 f5 {played to prevent e4 with central domination for white. Also, Bf7 may be good}

4. e4 fxe4 5. Bxe4 Bf7 6. Ne3 Nd6 7. Bg2 c6 {I don’t know about this move, maybe white can play d5 here, furthering the scope of the Bg2}

8. Ba5 {maybe a slight waste}

8… Qf8 {Queen was moving anyway}

9. Qd2 g5! {a good move, to prevent f4 and prepare Bg6 Maybe f2 could be a slight weakness in the future}

10. O-O Bg6 11. Rae1 {Maybe Bc3 with d5 to come was better. I feel that opening the center favors white here, as black is rather congested.}

11… Qg7 12. Bc3 {good move, my Qg7 might not have been so hot :)}

12… Qf7 13. Ng4 Bg7 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. dxe5 Nc4 16. Qc1 {Qe2, staying in the center and attacking my knight, was better. Notice Qxd7? Rd8!}

16… O-O {finally my king is safe! I had been trying to castle for a while now.}

17. h3 {maybe Nd2, trying to trade off black’s active knight, was more pointed.}

17… Bf5 18. Nd4 Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Qg6 {I feel like the edge has shifted in black’s favor here, probably due to white’s lack of aggression. Notice c3 is bad because of Bd3}

20. b3 Nb6 21. Re2 h5 {designed to prevent g4 and maybe play g4 myself, clamping down on the light squares.}

22. Rfe1 {maybe trading with Bxb6 immediately was better, as black’s knight will be improved greatly on e6.}

22… Nd5 23. a3 {correct now, as c4? is dubious to Nb4 coming to d3 next. Also bad is trading with Bxd5 now as the king side light squares will be really weak}

23… Nc7 24. Be3 {I wonder if e6, sacrificing the pawn to open the dark squared bishop, would be worth it. It’s hard to say, but it looks interesting. For example, e6 Nxe6 Ba1! with Qb2 to follow, and pressure down the long diagonal}

24… Ne6 25. Kh2 Kg7 26. Qd2 Rfd8 27. Qb4 {interestingly, my pawns are forked but I fortunately have resources. :)}

27… Kf7 {so Qxb7, Bxc2 and black’s good to go, as Bxa7 runs into Bxb3!}

28. c4 b6 29. Qc3 Rf8 30. Rd2 Rad8 31. Red1 Ng7 32. Bf1 Kg8 33. Bd3 g4 34. h4 Kf7 {notice the king side is blocked and black controls the light squares, giving him an edge. The d7 pawn isn’t too weak.}

35. Bxf5 Qxf5 36. Bf4 Ne6 {notice how the knight is clearly better than the bishop here.}

37. Qd3 Qxd3 38. Rxd3 Nxf4 39. gxf4 Ke6 40. Kg3 Rf5 41. f3? {this might be the decisive mistake. Waiting would be better here, with a probable draw.}

41… Rg8 {notice black’s rooks suddenly becoming very powerful.}

42. Rxd7 gxf3+ 43. Kxf3 Rg4 44. Rxa7 Rgxf4+ 45. Ke3 Rxh4 46. Rdd7 Rxe5+ 47. Kf3 Kf6 {This should be winning, so long as black is careful.}

48. Rdc7 Re6 49. Kg3 Rhe4 50. Rc8 h4+ 51. Kh3 Re3+ 52. Kxh4 {Mine as well, as black is winning and it’s best to end the misery.}

52… R6e4+ 53. Kh5 Rh3# { White is checkmated } 0-1

(Annotations: Aaron Grabinsky)

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