Consultation Game -- Part One

Stoyko, Bartell, Goeller, etc. vs. Allen, Kernighan, Moldovan, etc. [D12]

Consultation Game/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2007


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3!? Nf6 4. Nf3 Bf5!

In his book on the Slav, Sadler says this is "nothing for White," yet it is very widely played among GMs because it offers a wide range of plans and ideas. This might be a good position for the KCC Theme Tournament, most of all because it is judged relatively equal by theory....

 

5. Nc3

a) 5. cxd5 is recomended by Richard Palliser in "Play 1.d4!" The idea is to try to exploit the Bishop's placement at f5 with an early Qb3 move. 5... cxd5 6. Qb3 Qc7 7. Bd2 Nc6 8. Bb5 e6 9. O-O Bd6 10. Bb4 O-O 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. Nbd2 Rfb8 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. Qc3 Qb4 15. Qxb4 Rxb4 16. b3 Nd7 17. Rfc1 Rb6 18. Rc3 a5 19. a3 f6 20. Rac1 (20. Nh4 Bg4 21. h3 Be2!? 22. Re1 Ba6 23. e4! Hebden - Arkell, 4th Match Game, London 1999) 20... Rc8 21. Nh4 Bg4 22. f3 Bh5 23. g4 Bf7 24. f4 Hebden - Arkell, 2nd Match Game, London 1999

 

b) 5. Bd3 (White should play the Bishop Exchange first if he intends Nbd2) 5... Bxd3 6. Qxd3 e6 7. O-O Nbd7 8. Nbd2 Bd6 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 Nf6 12. Qe2 O-O 13. Bg5 Qc7 14. Rad1 Nd7 15. g3 b6 16. Rfe1 Rae8 17. Bd2 e5 18. Bc3 e4 19. Nh4 f5 20. c5 bxc5 21. Qc4+ Kh8 22. dxc5 Be5 23. f4! Bxc3 (23... exf3? 24. Rxd7!) 24. bxc3 Rb8 25. Rd6 Rb5 26. Qd4 Nxc5 27. c4 Ra5 28. Nxf5 Qf7 29. Nh4 Qe7 30. Rxc6 Rd8 31. Qe5 Qxe5 32. fxe5 g6 33. e6 Re8 34. Ng2 Rxe6 35. Rxe6 Nxe6 36. Rxe4 Ng5 37. Re2 Nf3+ 38. Kf2 Nxh2 39. Ne3 h5 40. Rc2 Rc5 41. Kg2 Ng4 42. Nxg4 hxg4 43. Kf2 Kg7 44. Ke3 Kf6 45. Kd4 Rf5 46. Re2 Rf3 47. Re3 g5 48. Kd3 Kf5 49. Ke2 1-0 Botvinnik-Kagan, Leningrad 1926

5... e6

The immediate 5... a6!? or first 5...e6 and then 6...a6!? has attracted attention lately and is described in SOS 4 by Mikhail Gurevich as a "flexible" choice. A possible continuation is: 6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 e6 (7... b5!? 8. cxd5?! cxd5 9. O-O e6 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. Rfc1 O-O 12. Ne2 Qb6 13. Rc2 Nc6 14. Rac1 Rac8 15. Be1 Rc7 16. Ng3 Rfc8 1/2-1/2 Serper,G-Nakamura,H/San Diego 2004 (94)) 8. O-O Be7 9. e4 O-O 10. Rd1 b5 11. c5 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Qd5 14. Qxd5 cxd5 15. Bf4 Nc6 16. Ne5 Nb8 17. Rd3 Rc8 18. Re1 Bf6 19. Ng4 Nc6 20. Nxf6+ gxf6 21. Bg3 Kg7 22. Bh4 Ne7 23. g4 Ng6 24. Bg3 a5 25. Bd6 h5 26. gxh5 Nh4 27. Rg3+ Kh6 28. Be7 Nf5 29. Bxf6 Nxg3 30. fxg3 Rg8 31. Kg2 Kxh5 32. h3 Kg6 33. Rf1 Kh7 34. g4 b4 35. Kg3 b3 36. a3 Rac8 37. h4 Rg6 38. h5 1-0 Kramnik,V-Morozevich,A/Dortmund 2001 (38)

 

6. Bd3

a) 6. Nh4 is the mos t frequently played these days and many GM examples could be cited. Play might continue: 6... Bg6 (also played are 6... Be4) (6... Bg4) 7. Qb3 Qc7 (7... Qb6!?) 8. Bd2 with complex play and much room for innovation.

 

b) 6. Ne5!? Nbd7 7. g4 is an idea of Rubinstein's, according to Stoyko, which might be worth a try for the adventurous: 7... Bg6 8. h4 Nxe5 9. dxe5 Nd7 10. h5 Be4 11. f3 Nxe5 12. fxe4 dxc4 13. Qxd8+ Rxd8 14. Be2 b5 15. Bd2 a6 16. O-O-O Be7 17. Be1 Nd7 18. Bg3 e5 19. Kc2 h6 20. Nb1 Bc5 21. Nd2 Bxe3 22. Nf3 f6 23. Nh4 O-O 24. Nf5 Bc5 25. Be1 Rf7 26. Nd6 Bxd6 27. Rxd6 Rc8 28. Bf2 Basman - Rossiter, Southampton 1986

 

c) 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. c5 Qc7! (7... Qxb3 8. axb3 followed by b4-b5 gives White a long-term initiative) 8. Nh4 Bg6=

 

6... Bxd3 7. Qxd3 Nbd7

7... Bb4 8. O-O O-O (8... Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Rb1 Qc7 11. Ba3 Re8 12. Rfc1 Nbd7 13. cxd5 exd5 14. c4 1-0 Bisguier,A-Scherer,J/Chicago 1973 (29)) 9. Bd2 Qb6 10. a3 Bxc3 11. Bxc3 Qa6 12. b3 Nbd7 13. Rfd1 Ne4 14. Bb2 Rac8 15. Rac1 Rfd8 16. Ne1 Ndf6?! 17. f3! Nd6 18. c5 Qxd3 19. Nxd3 Nf5 20. Kf2 (20. g4!? Nxe3 21. Re1) 20... h5 21. b4 Ne8 22. a4 1-0 Pirc,V-Vukovic,S/Belgrade 1948 (55)

 

8. O-O

8. e4?! dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Bb4+=

 

8... Bd6

The other two Bishop moves are also often played:

a) 8... Bb4 9. Bd2 (9. b3 O-O 10. Bb2 Re8 11. Rfd1 Qe7 12. a3 Bd6 13. e4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Qxe4 Rad8 16. g3 Qf6 17. Kg2 Qg6 18. Qe2 Qh5 19. Rd3 f6 20. Re1 Nf8 21. Qe4 Re7 22. Bc3 Red7 23. a4 Qg6 24. Qxg6 hxg6 25. h4 Kf7 26. b4 a6 27. Rde3 1-0 Giorgadze,G-San Segundo Carrillo,P/Sanxenxo 2004 (51)) (9. Nd2?! O-O 10. e4 Bxc3 11. bxc3 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Qa5 14. Qf3 Qa4 1/2-1/2 Colle,E-Kostic,B/Nice 1930 (42)) 9... Bxc3 (9... a5! 10. a3 Be7!) (9... O-O? 10. Nxd5 Nxd5 11. cxd5 Bxd2 12. dxe6 Ba5 13. exd7 Qxd7 14. Rfd1 Bc7 15. Rac1 Qe7 16. d5 cxd5 17. Qxd5 1-0 Eliskases,E-Cuellar Gacharna,M/Mar del Plata 1953 (42)) 10. Bxc3 O-O 11. Nd2 c5 (11... Qe7 12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Qd6 15. Rfe1 b5 16. b3 (16. d5!?) 16... bxc4 17. bxc4 Qa3 18. Re3 Qa4 19. Rh3 h6 20. Qe2 Nb6 21. Rc1 Nxc4 22. d5 cxd5 23. Qg4 d4 24. Rg3 g6 25. Qxd4 e5 26. Qe4 Rfd8 27. h4 Rd1+ 28. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 29. Kh2 Rc8 30. Rxg6+ 1-0 Bondarevsky,I-Rauzer,V/Tbilisi 1937 (30)) 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. Qd4 Rc8 14. Rad1 dxc4 15. Nxc4 Qxd4 16. Bxd4 Nce4 17. Ne5 a6 18. f3 Nd6 19. Rc1 Rxc1 20. Rxc1 Rc8 21. Rxc8+ Nxc8 22. e4 Kf8 23. Kf2 Ke7 24. Bc5+ Ke8 25. Ke3 Ng8 26. Nc4 Nge7 27. a4 Nc6 28. a5 e5 29. b4 Kd7 30. Kd3 f6 31. Ne3 Nd8 32. Kc4 Kc6 33. Nd5 Ne6 34. h4 Nxc5 35. bxc5 Kd7 36. h5 h6 37. Ne3 Ne7 38. Nf5 Nxf5 39. exf5 Kc6 40. g3 Kc7 41. Kd5! 1-0 Bondarevsky,I-Gligoric,S/Saltsjobaden 1948 (41)

 

b) 8... Be7 9. e4 (9. Re1!? O-O 10. e4 dxc4 11. Qxc4 c5 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. e5 Rc8 14. Qh4 Nd5 15. Bg5 1/2-1/2 Yates,F-Price,H/Hastings 1921 (38)) 9... dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 (10... O-O 11. Bf4! Nxe4 12. Qxe4 Nf6 13. Qe3 Qa5 14. a3 Rfe8 15. h3 Rad8 16. Be5 Nd7 17. b4 Qa4 18. Bc7 Rc8 19. Bg3 b6 20. Rab1 Qc2 21. Rbc1 Qf5 22. Rfd1 a5 23. Qb3 axb4 24. axb4 Ra8 25. Ra1 Nf6 26. Ne5 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 Qe4 28. Qc3 Rc8 29. Kh2 Qe2 30. Ra7 Ne4 31. Qa3 Nd2 32. Ra8 Rxa8 33. Qxa8+ Bf8 34. Nd7 h6 35. Qxf8+ Kh7 36. Qxf7 1-0 Kotov,A-Kan,I/Moscow 1955 (36)) 11. Qxe4 O-O (11... Nf6 12. Qe2 O-O 13. Bd2 Qb6 14. Bc3 (14. b4!) 14... Bb4! 15. Rab1 Rfd8 16. a3 Bxc3 17. bxc3 Qa6 18. Ne5 c5 19. dxc5?! Rac8 0-1 Colle,E-Kashdan,I/Frankfurt 1930 (32)) 12. Bd2 Re8 13. Bc3 Qc7 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. Rfe1 Bf6 16. Qc2 g6 17. Nd2 Bg7 18. Ne4 Nf6 19. f3 Nh5 20. g3 Re7 21. Rd3 Red7 22. Red1 b6 23. Kg2 h6 24. Qe2 Kh7 25. R3d2 Qb7 26. Rd3 Qa6 27. b3 Qa3 28. Bb2 Qf8 29. Bc3 Qh8 30. Qe3 Nf6 31. Nf2 Qf8 32. R3d2 Ne8 33. Ng4 Nd6 34. Ne5 Nf5 35. Qe4 Bxe5 36. Qxe5 Qd6 37. Qe4 Qe7 38. Kf2 c5 39. d5 exd5 40. cxd5 Kg8 41. Re2 Qxe4 42. fxe4 Nd6 43. Bf6 Rc8 44. g4 Ne8 45. Bb2 f6 46. h4 Rcd8 47. Red2 Nd6 48. Kf3 Re8 49. Re2 Rf7 50. Rde1 Rff8 51. Kg2 Rf7 52. g5 Rfe7 53. Kf3 fxg5 54. hxg5 Rf8+ 55. Kg4 hxg5 56. e5 Rf4+ 57. Kxg5 Rf5+ 58. Kg4 Nf7 59. Kg3 Rg5+ 60. Kf3 Rf5+ 61. Kg2 Re8 62. e6 Rg5+ 63. Kf1 Nd6 64. Rh2 Rh5 65. Rxh5 gxh5 66. Ke2 Rf8 67. Rg1+ Kh7 68. Rg7+ Kh6 69. Rd7 Ne8 70. d6 Rf5 71. Rd8 Nxd6 72. Rxd6 Kg6 73. e7+ Kf7 74. Bf6 Rf4 1-0 Schwartzman,A-Fenoglio,V/Mar del Plata 1936 (74)

9. e4 dxe4

9... dxc4 10. Qxc4 e5 11. Bg5! O-O 12. Rad1 Qe7 13. Rd2! Rfd8 14. Rfd1 Rac8 15. h3 h6 16. Bh4 b5 17. Qe2 b4 18. Na4 Bb8 19. dxe5 Nxe5 20. Nd4 Re8 21. Nf5 Qe6 22. Nc5 Qc4 23. Bxf6 Qxe2 24. Rxe2 gxf6 25. Nxh6+ Kh7 26. Nf5 1-0 Condie,M-Mannion,S/London 1985 (37)

 

10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 Qf6!

This move seems to be an important improvement on Lasker - Capablanca, World Championship 1921. If instead 11....O-O White should play 12.Bg5! to deprive the Queen of the f6 square, as first shown by Colle:

a) 11... O-O 12. Bg5!

(Lasker's move and ours was 12. Bd2 Qf6 13. Rad1 (13. b4 Qg6 14. Qxg6 hxg6 15. a4) 13... Qg6 14. Qxg6!? (14. Qe2 Rfe8 15. Bc3 Rad8 16. Ne5!?) 14... hxg6 15. Bc3 Rfd8 16. Rfe1 Bc7 17. Kf1 (17. d5 cxd5 18. cxd5 Nf8 19. dxe6 Nxe6=) 17... Nf8 18. Bd2!? (18. a4) 18... f6 19. h4 Kf7 20. g3 Nd7 21. Be3 Nb6 22. Rc1 Nc8 23. Re2 Ne7 24. Rc3 a6 25. a4 Rab8 26. b4 b5! 27. cxb5 axb5 28. a5 Bd6 29. Rb3 Nd5 30. Bd2 Rdc8 White might try Ne1-d3, but his passive Bishop remains a problem and there is little real play in the position. 1/2-1/2 Lasker,E-Capablanca,J/Havana 1921(30))

12... Be7 13. Bf4

(13. Bd2 Re8 (13... Qc7 14. Rfe1 Nf6 15. Qe2 Rfe8 16. Bc3 h6 17. Rad1 c5 18. d5 exd5 19. cxd5 Bd6 20. Qc4 Nd7 21. Qg4 f6 22. Re6 Rxe6 23. dxe6 Ne5 24. Nxe5 fxe5 25. f4 Rd8 26. fxe5 Bf8 27. Rd7 Qc8 28. Qf5 Rxd7 29. exd7 Qd8 30. e6 Qe7 31. Qf7+ Kh7 32. Bxg7 1-0 Gruenfeld,E-Te Kolste,J/Baden-Baden 1925 (32)) (13... Bf6 14. Bc3 Qc7 15. Rad1 Rfe8 16. Rfe1 Rad8 17. h4 g6 18. Ng5 h6 19. Nf3 c5 20. h5 g5 21. Ne5 cxd4 22. Nxf7 Kxf7 23. Qg6+ Ke7 24. Bb4+ Nc5 25. Qh7+ Kd6 26. Qxc7+ Kxc7 27. Bxc5 b6 28. Ba3 e5 29. Re4 Kd7 30. Kf1 Ke6 31. b3 Be7 32. Bb2 Kf5 33. f3 a5 34. Ke2 a4 35. Kd3 axb3 36. axb3 Bb4 37. Rf1 Ra8 38. Rf2 Re6 39. Rfe2 Ra2 40. g4+ Kf6 41. f4 gxf4 42. Rxf4+ Kg5 43. Rfe4 Kf6 44. Rf2+ Ke7 45. Bxd4 Rxf2 46. Bxf2 Rd6+ 47. Ke2 Ke6 48. Be3 Rd7 49. Bxh6 Ra7 50. Be3 Ra3 51. h6 Be7 52. g5 Kf5 53. h7 Ra8 54. Rh4 Rh8 55. Bxb6 Bxg5 56. Rh1 Bf6 57. c5 Ke4 58. c6 Kd5 59. Rh6 Be7 60. c7 Bg5 61. c8=Q Rxc8 62. h8=Q 1-0 Colle,E-Grob,H/Meran 1926 (62)) 14. Bc3 Qc7 15. Rac1 Rad8 16. Rfe1 Nf8 17. h4 Bf6 18. Nh2 Qb6 19. Rcd1 Qa6 20. Ng4 Be7 21. d5 cxd5 22. cxd5 exd5 23. Rxd5 Bd6 24. Rg5 Rxe4 25. Nh6+ 1-0 Colle,E-Euwe,M/Hastings 1923 (25)) 13... Nf6 14. Qe2 c5 15. Rfd1 cxd4 16. Nxd4 Qb6 17. Rd3 Rfd8 18. Rad1 Rac8 19. b3 a6 20. h3 Bc5 21. Be3 Rd7 22. Nc2 Rcd8 23. Rxd7 Rxd7 24. Rxd7 Nxd7 25. b4 Bxe3 26. Qxe3 Qc6 27. Qd3 h6 28. c5 Nf6 29. Ne3 Nd5 30. Nxd5 exd5 31. a3 a5 32. g3 axb4 33. axb4 h5 34. h4 g6 35. Qd4 Kf8 36. Kg2 Ke7 37. Kf3 Kd7 38. Kf4 Qe6 39. b5 f6 40. Kf3 Kc7 41. Qa4 Kd7 42. Qd4 Kc7 43. Kg2 Kd7 44. Kf3 1/2-1/2 Salov,V-Shirov,A/Dortmund 1992/[Hertneck] (44)

 

b) 11... Nf6 is also played since it seems to gain a tempo on the Queen but that's illusory since the Knight is needed at d7 to support central breaks: 12. Qe2

(12. Qh4 O-O 13. Bg5 h6 14. Be3 Qa5?? 15. Bxh6 gxh6 16. Qxf6 Kh7 17. c5 Bc7 18. Rfe1 Rg8 19. Qxf7+ Rg7 20. Qxe6 Rf8 21. Qe4+ Kh8 22. Ne5 Rfg8 23. g3 Qd2 24. Qe3 Qxe3 25. Rxe3 Rd8 26. Nf3 b6 27. Rae1 1-0 Jaffe,C-Whitaker,N/New York 1913 (27)) (12. Qc2 h6 13. Bd2 O-O 14. Rad1 Qc7 15. Bc3 Rad8 16. h3 Rfe8 17. Rfe1 Nd7 18. Qe4 Be7 19. Nd2 Bf6 20. Qf3 c5 21. dxc5 Bxc3 22. Qxc3 Nxc5 23. Nf3 Qf4 24. Qc2 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 e5 26. b4 Ne6 27. Re1 Nd4 28. Nxd4 Qxd4 29. Rd1 Qb6 30. Qd2 Re7 31. c5 Qc7 32. Qd5 Kf8 33. b5 Ke8 34. a4 Rd7 35. Qxd7+ Qxd7 36. Rxd7 Kxd7 37. a5 Kc7 38. Kf1 a6 39. c6 axb5 0-1 Colle,E-Mackenzie,A/Hastings 1924 (39))

12... O-O

(12... Qe7 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Bg3 O-O-O 16. b4 Nh5 17. b5 cxb5 18. c5 Bxg3 19. fxg3 Qd7 20. c6 bxc6 21. Ne5 Qxd4+ 22. Kh1 1-0 Euwe,M-Loman,R/Amsterdam 1922 (22))

13. Bg5

(13. Bd2 c5 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. b4 Be7 16. Bc3 Rc8 17. Rac1 Qc7 18. Ne5 Rfd8 19. Rfe1 Bd6 20. h3 Bxe5 21. Bxe5 Qe7 22. Qb2 Rd3 23. Bd4 b6 24. Re3 Rxe3 25. Bxe3 h6 26. a4 Qd8 27. Bd4 Ne8 28. c5 bxc5 29. Bxc5 Qd7 30. b5 Nf6 31. Be3 Rxc1+ 32. Qxc1 Nd5 33. Bd4 Qb7 34. Qc4 1-0 Dizdarevic,E-Gonzalez,L/Las Palmas 1990 (34))

13... Qc7

(13... h6 14. Bd2 Qc7 15. Bc3 Rfe8 16. Rad1 Rad8 17. a3 Nh7 18. Rd3 Be7 19. Ne5 Bd6 20. Rfd1 Re7 21. c5 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Rd5 23. Rxd5 exd5 24. f4 f5 25. Qh5 Qd7 26. g4 Rf7 27. g5 hxg5 28. fxg5 Nf8 29. g6 Re7 30. Kh1 Re6 1/2-1/2 Alekhine,A-Von Holzhausen,W/Dresden 1926 (30))

14. Rad1 Nd7 15. g3 b6 16. Rfe1 Rae8 17. Bd2 e5 18. Bc3! e4 (18... exd4 19. Qxe8 Rxe8 20. Rxe8+ Nf8 21. Rxd4) 19. Nh4 f5 20. c5! bxc5 21. Qc4+ Kh8 22. dxc5 Be5 (22... Nxc5 23. Rxd6 Qxd6 24. Bb4) (22... Bxc5 23. Rxd7) 23. f4 Bxc3 (23... exf3? 24. Rxd7) 24. bxc3 Rb8 25. Rd6 Rb5 26. Qd4 Nxc5 27. c4 Ra5 28. Nxf5 Qf7 29. Nh4 Qe7 30. Rxc6 Rd8 31. Qe5 Qxe5 32. fxe5 g6 33. e6 Re8 34. Ng2 Rxe6 35. Rxe6 Nxe6 36. Rxe4 Ng5 37. Re2 Nf3+ 38. Kf2! Nxh2 39. Ne3 h5 40. Rc2 Rc5 41. Kg2 Ng4 42. Nxg4 hxg4 43. Kf2 Kg7 44. Ke3 Kf6 45. Kd4 Rf5 46. Re2! Rf3 47. Re3 g5 48. Kd3 (48. c5 Rxe3 49. Kxe3 Ke5 50. c6 Kd6 51. Ke4 Kxc6 52. Kf5 Kb5 53. Kxg5 Ka4 54. Kxg4 Ka3 55. Kf3 Kxa2 56. g4 a5 57. g5 a4 58. g6 a3 59. g7 Kb1 60. g8=Q a2=) 48... Kf5 (48... Rf1 49. c5 Rf3 50. c6 Rxe3+ 51. Kxe3) 49. Ke2 1-0 Botvinnik,M-Kagan,M/Leningrad 1926 (49)

 

12. Bd2 Qg6 13. Qe2

Keeping an eye on the b5 square to inhibit the ...b5 break. Also possible were 13. Qe3

or even 13. Qxg6 hxg6 14. a4 with a slight edge in the ending.

 

13... O-O 14. Bc3

Perhaps 14. Rfe1, but not 14. b4?! b5 15. cxb5 Qh5 16. Rfe1 (16. bxc6 Bxh2+ 17. Kh1 Bc7+ 18. Kg1 Bh2+=) 16... cxb5 (16... Qxb5=) 17. a4 a6

14... Rfd8 15. Rfe1

15. h3 a5

15... Rab8 * adjourned

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Michael Goeller