Sunil Weeramantry (2220) - Arthur Bisguier (2204) [C44]

U.S. Amateur Team Ch./Parsippany, NJ USA (6) 2008


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 g6!?

If this move is playable, then it seems possible to play a ...g6 set-up against practically everything following 1.e4 e5. I had always thought, however, that ...g6 was suspect in this position due to White's rapid development. The present game is inconclusive, though it shows the type of tactical melee for which Black must be prepared.

 

5. Nxd4

The straight-forward recapture is recommended by several sources, but White has other possibilities which seem playable:

a) 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxe7 (6. Bf4 Nf6 (6... Bf6!?) 7. e5 Ne4!?) (6. h4!?) 6... Qxe7 7. O-O Nf6 (7... Qc5 8. Nbd2 Nge7 9. a3 d6 10. b4 Qh5 11. Be2 Bg4= 1/2-1/2 Incutto,C-Rossetto,H/Buenos Aires 1969 (50)) 8. e5 (8. Re1 Qc5!?) 8... Nh5!? (8... Ng4! 9. c3 Qc5) 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. Re1 b6 11. Nb3 Bb7 12. Bd5 Nf4 13. Be4 f5 14. exf6 Qxf6 15. Nfxd4 d5 16. Bf3 Ne5 17. Kh1 Rab8 18. Nd2 c5 19. Ne2 Nxf3 20. gxf3 Nh3 21. Kg2 Qh4 22. Ng3 d4 23. Nge4 Ng5 24. Nxg5 Qxg5+ 25. Kh1 Rxf3 26. Ne4 Rxf2 0-1 Duran,F-Gely,J/Cto Espana 1992.

 

b) 5. c3!? d3! 6. O-O Bg7 looks comfortable for Black.

 

c) 5. Ng5!? Ne5?! (5... Nh6! is best, but I could find no practical examples) 6. Qxd4! Qf6 (6... d6? 7. Bxf7+ Nxf7 8. Nxf7) 7. Nc3 c6 8. Bb3 h6 9. f4! hxg5 10. fxe5 Qe7 11. Rf1!? Rh7 12. Be3 Nh6 13. Bf2 Bg7 14. Bg3 Bh8 15. h3 g4 16. O-O-O Qg5+ 17. Bf4 Qh4 18. Rd3 g5 19. Bg3 Qh5 20. Bh2 gxh3 21. Rxh3 Qg4 22. Rf2 b5 23. Nd1 d6 24. Qxd6 Qxe4 25. Rxh6 Bg4 26. Bxf7+ 1-0 Perano,S-Perrone,S/Cannes 2007

 

5... Bg7 6. Be3










6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Nc3 d6! (better than the more passive Ne7 as now Black might play Nf6 or Be6 right away) 8. O-O (8. Qf3!? Qf6 9. Qg3 Be6!?) 8... Be6!? looks most thematic, though there are interesting alternatives.(8... Rb8 is an enterprising idea which was rewarded in a game: 9. Qe2 Qh4 10. f4 Nh6 11. Bb3?! Bd4+! 12. Kh1 Ng4 13. g3 Qh5 14. h4 O-O 15. Bd2 d5 16. e5 Bf5 17. Rae1 a5 18. a4 Rb4 19. Kg2 Bc5 20. Qa6 Bb6 21. Qe2 Re4 22. Qf3 (22. Nxe4 Bxe4+ 23. Rf3) 22... Rd4 23. Bc1 Bc5 24. Re2 Rb8 25. Rfe1 Be6 26. Nb1 Qf5 27. Nd2? (27. Qc3) 27... Nxe5! 28. fxe5 Qh3+ 29. Kg1 Rxd2+ 30. Re3 Qh2+ 0-1 Morais,V-Quadrio,A/Lisbon Masters B 1996) (8... Nf6 may also be playable: 9. e5 Nd7 10. e6 Ne5 11. exf7+ Kf8 12. Be2 Nxf7 13. Be3 Rb8 14. Rb1 c5 15. f4 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Rxb1 17. Qxb1 Qe7 18. Qc1 Kg7 19. Bf3 Re8 20. Re1 Qf6 21. Qd2 Be6 22. a4 Rb8 23. h3 Rb2 24. Bf2 Bb3 25. Be4 Ra2 26. a5 Bc4 27. Rb1 Rxa5 28. Kh2 Ra3 29. Rb7 g5 30. fxg5 Qe5+ 31. Bg3 Qxe4 32. Rxc7 Bd5 33. Bxd6 Kg6 34. Bg3 Rxc3 35. Rxa7 Rxc2 36. Ra6+ Kg7 0-1 Epstein,E-Khan,A/Parsippany wch-USA 1996) 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. f4 Nf6 11. f5 gxf5 12. exf5 e5 13. Bg5 d5 14. Qe2 e4 15. Na4 Qd6 16. c3 O-O 17. Be3 Nd7 1/2-1/2 Dluzniewski,M-Markiewicz,J/Koszalin POL 2001

 

6... Na5!?

This appears to be a complete novelty and a very interesting move. Black also seems to get good playafter

6... Nf6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Nc3 (8. e5 Ne4! 9. Bxf7+?! Kxf7 10. Qf3+ Nf6 11. Nc3 Re8! 12. exf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6+ Bxf6 14. O-O-O d6 0-1 Sazonov,A-Baumgartner,H/Ceske Budejovice 1992 (46)) 8... Qe7!? (8... d6 9. h3 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. Qf3 Bb7 12. Rad1 Qe7 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Bg3 Rad8 16. Bb3 1/2-1/2 Samolins,V-Klovans,J/Riga LAT 2005) (8... O-O!? 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 d6 11. f3?! Nd7 12. Qd2 Ne5 13. Bf1 Rb8 14. b3 Qf6 15. Ne2 Qxf3!! 16. Kh1 Qxe4 17. Bxa7 Ra8 18. Nd4 Qg4 19. Nxc6 Bb7 20. h3 Qc8 21. Nxe5 Bxe5 22. Rxe5 dxe5 and despite his evident advantage, Black managed to lose in 1-0 Dukaczewski,P-Yilmaz,T/Elista RUS 1998 (41)) 9. Qd3 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. Bg5 Qc5 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Kh1 d5 14. Bb3 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Rxe4 16. Qg3 Ba6 0-1 Treybal,F-Suchting/Prague 1908.

 

7. Be2 Nf6 8. Nc3

White seems to get nothing from 8. e5 Nd5! 9. Nf5 Nxe3 10. Nxg7+ Kf8 11. fxe3 Kxg7 (11... Qh4+ 12. g3 Qb4+ 13. Nc3) 12. O-O (12. Qd4 Nc6) 12... Nc6 13. Qd5 Qe7 14. Nc3 Nxe5

 

8... d5 9. e5

White may have another try for advantage in 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Qxd5 11. Nb5!? Qc6 12. c3! (with the idea of Qa4)(12. Bf4?! O-O 13. Nxc7 Qxg2! (13... Bxb2? 14. O-O!) 14. Bf3 Qh3) 12... O-O! 13. O-O and White seems better placed.

 

9... Ne4 10. Qd3!?

White should gain some advantage from the forcing sequence 10. Nxe4! dxe4 11. b4 Nc6 12. Nxc6 Qxd1+ 13. Rxd1 bxc6 14. f4 though Black may survive after perhaps 14... a5!?

 

10... Nc4 11. Nxd5

Though it is not much, perhaps 11. Nxe4!? Nxe5 12. Qa3! dxe4 13. O-O-O Qe7 (13... Nd7) 14. Nb5 b6! (14... Qxa3 15. Nxc7+ Ke7 16. bxa3 Rb8 17. Bc5+ Kf6 18. Bxa7) 15. Qxe7+ Kxe7 16. Nxc7 Rb8 17. Nb5

 

11... Nxe3!

11... Qxd5 12. Qxc4 Qxc4 13. Bxc4 Bxe5 14. O-O-O O-O 15. Rhe1

 

12. Nxe3 Nc5 13. Qb5+ Nd7 14. f4










Can White improve at this point? Black's position is remarkably resilient: 14. e6!? Bxd4 15. Rd1 c6 16. exd7+ Bxd7 17. Qd3 Bxe3 (17... Bf6 18. Nc4) 18. Qxe3+ Qe7 19. Qd4!? O-O-O! 20. Qxa7 Rhe8 21. Qa8+ Kc7 22. Qa5+ Kb8

 

14... Bxe5! 15. Qd5

No better is 15. fxe5 Qh4+ 16. g3 Qxd4

 

15... c6?

This appears to be an error. Black is probably fine here, however, with two reasonable alternatives:

a) 15... Bxf4! 16. Rf1! c6 17. Qf3 g5 18. g3 Ne5 19. Qe4 Qa5+ 20. c3 Bxe3 21. Qxe3 Bh3

b) 15... Bg7 16. O-O-O (16. Qe4+ Qe7 17. Qxe7+ Kxe7 18. O-O-O c6=) 16... O-O 17. Qf3 (17. h4 c5) 17... c6 18. h4

 

16. Nxc6?

White misses his chance: 16. Qe4! f5 (16... c5 17. Nb5 f5 18. Nxf5 gxf5 19. Nd6+ Kf8 20. Qxf5+ Qf6 21. fxe5 Qxf5 22. Nxf5 Nxe5 23. O-O) 17. Nexf5 gxf5 18. Bh5+ Kf8 19. Qxf5+ Qf6 20. fxe5 Qxf5 21. Nxf5 Nxe5 22. O-O

 

16... bxc6 17. Qxc6 Bxb2!

The critical move that White perhaps overlooked.

 

18. Rb1

18. Qxa8 Bxa1 19. O-O Bf6 (19... Bd4? 20. Qe4+) 20. Qxa7 O-O

 

18... Rb8 19. Rxb2 Rxb2 20. Qc3 Rb1+ 21. Kf2 Rxh1 22. Qxh8+ Nf8 23. Bb5+ Bd7?!

This allows White a draw by perpetual check. It's not clear, but it appears that 23... Ke7 wins by avoiding perpetual check. 24. Qe5+ Be6 25. f5 Qd2+! etc.

 

24. Qe5+ Ne6










24... Qe7 25. Qb8+ Qd8 26. Qe5+=

 

25. Qh8+ Nf8

25... Ke7?? 26. Nd5+ Kd6 27. Qe5+ Kc5 28. Nf6+! Kb6 (28... Kb4 29. a3+) 29. Nxd7+

 

26. Qe5+= 1/2-1/2 [Michael Goeller]

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