Eugene Martinovsky (2285) - Kari P Heinola [A10]

Hawaii op/Honolulu (7) 1996


1. c4 g5 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5

4. dxc5!?N was Benjamin's surprising choice in the game featured at ChessCafe: 4... h6 (4... Qa5!?) (4... Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 h6 6. Be3 Qa5!? Myers)

 

4... h6 5. e4 Bxc3+!

Instituting the thematic dark-square strategy of the opening, with play against the static doubled pawns.

 

6. bxc3 d6 7. h4 g4! 8. Ne2 Qa5 9. Bd2 Nd7 10. Ng3 Ngf6 11. Qb3 Kd8!?

This castling by hand motif has been seen before in the theory of the line. I think Basman invented it. The idea is to defend b7 so that the Bishop can move. Since White lacks pawn breaks on the queenside, the Black king will be perfectly safe over there. Meanwhile, Black's advance of the g-pawn has gained him space and play on the kingside. White is already short of ideas.

 

12. f4 gxf3 13. gxf3 Ne5 14. Kf2!? Kc7 15. Be2 Bd7 16. Rhb1 b6!?

Locking out the Queen, but there seems no way to exploit that.

 

17. Qd1

17. f4!? Neg4+ 18. Kg2 Ba4! 19. Qa3 Rag8 looks good for Black.

 

17... Ba4

Prophylaxis. 17... Rag8 18. a4! (18. Qc1 Rg6 19. h5?! Rg7 20. Bxh6?! Rgh7 21. Bg5 Nxh5 22. Nxh5 Rxh5 23. Bxe7 f5 looks like a nice attack.) 18... Rg6 19. Rb5! Qa6 20. Rb3 Rhg8 21. a5 gives White counterchances.

 

18. Qc1 h5 19. Bg5

White does a good job of stopping Black's play on the other side. The game now enters a period of maneuvering.

 

19... Ng8 20. Kg2 Qa6 21. Rb2 f6?!

21... Ng6! 22. f4 Nf6!

 

22. Bf4 Ng6 23. Nf5 Bd7 24. Bg3 Ne5 25. Bxe5?

25. a4!

 

25... fxe5 26. Ne3 Nf6 27. a4 Rhg8+ 28. Kf2 Raf8 29. Ke1 Rg1+

Now Black's attack is in full swing.

 

30. Bf1 Bh3 31. a5 bxa5 32. Rb5 Bxf1?!

32... Nxe4!!

 

33. Nxf1 Nxe4?!

One move too late. Now White comes up with a brave idea that almost rescues the game:

 

34. Qe3!! Rxf1+[] 35. Kxf1 Rxf3+ 36. Qxf3 Nd2+ 37. Ke2?

37. Kf2!! Nxf3 38. Raxa5! is unclear. 38... Qc8 39. Rxa7+ Kd8 40. Rba5!

 

37... Nxf3 38. Raxa5 Qc8 39. Rxa7+ Kd8 40. Kxf3

40. Rba5 Nd4+!! 41. cxd4 Qg4+-+

 

40... Qg4+!

Now the Queen gets all of White's little guys.

 

41. Ke3 Ke8 42. Rb8+ Kf7 43. Raa8 Qf4+ 44. Kd3 Qf1+ 45. Kc2 Qxc4 46. Rf8+ Kg6 47. Ra1 Qe2+ 48. Kb1 Qd3+ 49. Kb2 Qd2+ 50. Kb3 Qxd5+ 51. Ka3 c4 52. Rg1+ Kh7 53. Rg5 Qb7 54. Ka4 Qb3+ 55. Ka5 Qxc3+ 56. Kb6 Qd4+ 57. Kc7 Qxh4 58. Rfg8 Qe4 59. Kd7 Kh6 60. Kxe7 c3 61. Kf6 Qf4+ 62. Rf5 Qh4+ 63. Kf7 Qc4+ 0-1


Craig Hanley (2278) - Zhao Zong Yuan (2390) [A10]

Smith & Williamson YM 11th/Witley (7) 2001


1. c4 g5 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5 h6 4... Bxc3+!? 5. g3 d6 6. Qc2 Stopping ...Bxc3+ nonsense. 6... e5 7. e4 Ne7 8. Bg2 f5! 9. exf5 Nxf5 10. Nge2 O-O 11. Bd2 Nd4 12. Nxd4 exd4 13. Ne4 Bf5 14. O-O Nd7 15. f4?! g4 16. Rae1 Qc7 17. Qd1 Rae8 18. b3 a6 19. Nf2 Nf6 20. h3 h5 21. Rxe8 Rxe8 22. Re1 Qd7 23. hxg4 hxg4 24. Bf1 Ne4 25. Nxe4 Bxe4 26. Bg2?! 26. Rxe4! Rxe4 27. Bd3! makes it hard for Black to get in, and meanwhile White will win the g-pawn with f5 and Qxg4. 26... Bf5! 27. Re2 Kf7 28. Kf2 d3! 29. Rxe8 Qxe8 30. Qe1? Bd4+! 31. Kf1 Qh8 32. a4 a5 33. Bc1 d2! 34.Bxd2 Bd3+ or 34.Qxd2 Qh2! forces White to sacrifice his Queen to avoid mate. 0-1

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