Franklin Alvarez (2188) - Stephen Stoyko (2293) [C06]

Las Vegas Masters/Las Vegas, NV USA (5.17) 2006


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Bd3 c5 5. e5 Nfd7 6. c3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nc6 8. Ngf3

Not the most challenging move.

8. Ne2 f6 9. exf6 (9. Nf4) 9... Qxf6 10. Nf3 Bb4+!? as in Grosso-Stoyko, KCC 2005

 

8... f6!? 9. exf6

9. O-O?! fxe5 10. Nxe5 Ndxe5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Qh5+ Nf7 13. Nf3 (13. Bxh7? g6! 14. Qxg6 Qh4)

 

9... Qxf6 10. Nb3 h6 11. O-O Bd6 12. Qe2?!

The Queen seems misplaced here.

12. Re1 O-O 13. Bb1 Rd8!? (13... Rf7 14. Qd3 g5) 14. Qd3 Nf8 15. Be3 Bd7 16. a3 Be8 with the idea of Bg6 or Bh5.

 

12... O-O 13. Bd2 e5!

Thematic.

 

14. dxe5 Ndxe5 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. Rab1 Bd7!?

The beginning of the thematic maneuver Bc8-d7-e8-g6 or h5 etc.

16... Bxb2?! 17. Bxh6

 

17. Qh5?! Be8 18. Qg4

18. Qe2 Bf7!

 

18... b6

18... Bxb2!? 19. Bxh6 Ne5!

 

19. f4?! Bxb2 20. Rxb2?

20. Rf3 Nd4 21. Nxd4 Bxd4+ 22. Kh1 Rd8

 

20... Qxb2 21. Qe6+ Kh8 22. Rc1

22. Qxd5 Rf6 23. Rc1? Rd8!

 

22... Rf6! 23. Qxd5?










23... Rd8! 24. Qf3

There is no defense. White must eventually lose a piece:

24. Qe4 Bg6!

24. Qc4 Bf7 25. Qc2 Qxc2 26. Bxc2 Bxb3

 

24... Ne5!

White loses the Bishop at d3 and Black retains the initiative as well, so he resigned.

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