Las Vegas Masters

Renier Gonzalez (2470) - Steve Stoyko (2293) [B30]

Las Vegas Masters/Las Vegas, NV USA (1) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e5

An interesting move, which practically turns the game into a Ruy Lopez.

4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3

5. Nxe5? Qg5 (5... Qd4)

5... Bd6 6. h3 f6 7. Be3 Be6 8. Nbd2 Ne7 9. O-O Qd7

9... b6 10. Nc4 Bc7 11. Nfd2 O-O 12. a4 a5 13. b3 Ng6 (13... Qe8 14. f4) 14. Qh5 Qd7 15. Rad1 b5

10. Nc4 g5?!

10... b6 11. Nxd6+ Qxd6 12. Nd2 O-O 13. Qh5

11. Nfd2 h5 12. Nxd6+ Qxd6 13. Nc4 Bxc4 14. dxc4 Nc8

14... Qxd1 15. Raxd1 b6 16. Rd6

15. Qe2 b6 16. a4 a5 17. Ra3 Qe6 18. Rb3 g4 19. Rd1 Ra7?!

19... gxh3 20. Rbd3 Ne7 21. Rd6 Qg8 22. Qf3 Qxg2+ 23. Qxg2 hxg2 24. Rxf6

20. Rbd3 Kf7 21. Bc1 Re7 22. b3 Rg8 23. Kh2 Rg6 24. Rd8 Kg7 25. R1d3 f5 26. exf5 Qxf5 27. h4 e4 28. Bb2+ Kf7 29. Rd1 Rd6 30. R1xd6 Nxd6 31. Qe3 Ne8 32. Kg1 Re6 33. Rd7+ Re7 34. Rd8 Re6 35. Rb8 Rd6 36. Rxb6 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Rf1 38. Qh6 g3+ 39. fxg3 1-0


Steve Stoyko (2293) - William Aramil (2215) [B53]

Las Vegas Masters/Las Vegas, NV USA (2) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6

4... a6 5. Bg5!? (5. Be3) 5... Nc6 6. Qd2

5. Bb5 Qd7 6. Qd3 a6 7. Bc4!?

More often played is 7. Bxc6 Qxc6 (7... bxc6) 8. Nc3 b5 9. O-O when White has a nice lead in development.

7... b5 8. Bb3 Bb7 9. Nc3 e6 10. O-O Nf6 11. Re1 Be7 12. Bg5

12. Bf4!?

12... h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. Bg3 g4! 15. Nd4 Ne5= 16. Qe2 Nh5 17. Bxe5?! dxe5 18. Nxe6?!

Steve had said he wanted to "mix things up" at the tournament and take risks -- but this goes a bit too far. While Black has to play some precise moves, Aramil proves he is up to the challenge.

18... fxe6 19. Rad1

19. Qxg4 Nf4 20. Ne2 (20. g3? O-O-O) 20... h5 21. Qg7 (21. Qf3 Nxe2+ 22. Rxe2 O-O-O) 21... O-O-O 22. Qxe5 Bd6 23. Qc3+ Kb8 24. Nxf4 Bxf4

19... Bd6 20. Qxg4 Nf4

20... Ng7? 21. Qg6+ Kf8 22. Re3

21. Ne2 h5

21... O-O-O?? 22. Nxf4 exf4?? 23. Bxe6

21... Nxe2+? 22. Rxe2 Rd8 23. Red2

22. Qf3?!

22. Qg3 Nxe2+ 23. Rxe2 O-O-O 24. Red2 Qe7

22... Nxe2+ 23. Rxe2 O-O-O 24. Red2 Qe7 25. c4 b4!

25... Bb4 26. Rxd8+ Rxd8 27. cxb5 Rxd1+ 28. Qxd1 axb5 29. Qxh5 Bxe4 30. Qxe5 Bd5

26. h4 Bc6 27. c5 Bxc5 28. Rxd8+ Rxd8 29. Rxd8+ Kxd8 30. Qxh5 Qf6 31. Qe2 Qxh4 32. Bc2 Qf4 33. Bd3 a5 34. Qc2 Bd4 35. Kf1 a4 36. Ke1 Be8 37. b3 Bxf2+ 38. Kd1 Qe3

White resigns

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Vinny Puri (2246) - Edward Allen (2196) [A10]

Las Vegas Masters (2.18) 2006


1. c4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. b3 Bg7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Bg2 d6 7. d4 Ne4 8. O-O Nc6 9. Nbd2 Nxd2?! 10. Qxd2 e5 11. dxe5

11. d5

11... dxe5 12. Qd5+ Kh8 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. Ng5?!

14. e4!?

14. Rfd1

14... Re8?!

14... Rd2! 15. Rfd1? Rxb2 16. Bxc6 Bf6

15. Nf7+ Kg8 16. Bd5! Be6 17. Bxc6! bxc6 18. Nxe5

The pawn structure is now fixed for the endgame, where White should have a clear edge. But Ed plays wonderfully, even creating winning chances for himself later on.

18... Bxe5 19. Bxe5 Bxc4 20. bxc4 Rxe5 21. e3 Rb8 22. Rab1 Rb6! 23. Rbd1 Kf7 24. Rd7+ Re7 25. Rd2 Rb4 26. Rc1 Ke8 27. Kf1 Rd7 28. Ke2 Rd6! 29. Rcc2 Ke7 30. Rd3 Rxd3 31. Kxd3 Kd6 32. e4 fxe4+ 33. Kxe4 Kc5 34. f4 Rb1 35. Kd3 Rd1+ 36. Ke3 Re1+ 37. Kd3 Rd1+ 38. Kc3 Rb1 39. Re2 Rc1+ 40. Kb3 Rb1+ 41. Kc2 Rf1 42. Kd3 Rd1+ 43. Ke4 Rd7 44. Rc2 Re7+ 45. Kd3 Rd7+ 46. Kc3 Rd1 47. f5 gxf5 48. Rf2 Rc1+ 49. Kb2 Re1 50. Rxf5+ Kxc4 51. Rh5 Re7 52. Rh4+ Kb5 53. Kc3 c5 54. a4+ Ka5 55. Rf4 Re2 56. Rh4 Re7 57. Kb3 Kb6 58. Kc4 a5 59. Rh6+ c6 60. Rh4 Rf7 61. Rf4 Re7 62. g4?!

62. Rh4=

62... Re3 63. Rf7 Rh3?!

63... Ra3! 64. Rxh7 Rxa4+ 65. Kc3 Rxg4

64. Rf2 Ra3 65. Rb2+! Kc7 66. Kxc5 Rxa4 67. Rf2 Rxg4 68. Rf7+ Kd8 69. Rxh7 Rg6 70. h4 Ke8 71. h5 Rg5+ 72. Kxc6 Kf8= 1/2-1/2

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