Garden State Chess League, Round Two

The Kenilworth Karpovs continued their Garden State Chess League winning streak this week, winning 2.5-1.5 against West Orange to move to 2-0 for the season. FM Steve Stoyko had a nice game against Jose Fernandez on Board One.

Jose Fernandez (2109) - Steve Stoyko (2248) [A46]

Garden State Chess League/West Orange, NJ USA (2) 2009


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. e3 b6 5. c3 Bb7 6. Nbd2 cxd4

Stoyko delays this exchange until the Knight is committed to d2, otherwise with cxd4 and Nc3 the Knight would find a good spot.

 

7. exd4 Be7 8. h3 O-O 9. Bd3 d6

 










This is Steve's Queen's Indian hedgehog system that he uses against various d-pawn openings. As with all hedgehog formations, it has a lot of latent energy.

 

10. O-O Nbd7 11. Nc4 Qc7 12. Bh2 Rfe8

The Rook clears the way for a Bishop or Knight to go to f8 and is well positioned for a possible e5 push.

 

13. Re1 Nf8 14. Ncd2 a6 15. Qe2 Ng6 16. Rac1 Nd5!

Now f4 is the target, and the threat is Ndf4 gaining the two Bishops.

 

17. Be4 b5 18. c4 bxc4 19. Qxc4?! Qd7

Though White has gained the c-file and a pawn majority on the queenside, he will suffer for his isolated d-pawn in the long run.

 

20. a3 Rec8 21. Qa2 Rxc1 22. Rxc1 Ndf4

22... f5!? first preserves the nice Bishop on the long diagonal, which supports a possible kingside attack.

 

23. Re1 Rc8 24. Qb1 Bxe4 25. Nxe4 Nd5!?

Black slows things down, since White might gain counterplay if he pushes too fast. For example: 25... f5?! 26. Nc3 Bf6 27. Qa2 Kh8 28. Bxf4 Nxf4 29. g3! Nxh3+ 30. Kg2 and White recovers the pawn at e6.

 

26. Rc1 Rc6 27. Ne1 f5!

Now the pieces are well positioned for this thrust.

 

28. Rxc6 Qxc6 29. Nd2 Ndf4 30. Ndf3 Bf6 31. Qc2 Qb7 32. Qd2 Qe4

Black could push forward with 32... e5!? but Steve never wants to hurry things.

 

33. Kf1 h6 34. b3 Kh7

With White tied down to defense, Stoyko uses the opportunity to improve his position, asking "What's White gonna do?" He is rewarded by White "trying something" on the kingside that only leads to trouble.

 

35. h4?










35... Nxg2!! 36. Nxg2

36. h5 N6h4

36. Kxg2 Nxh4+

 

36... Qxf3 37. Bxd6 Nxh4! 38. Nxh4 Qh1+ 39. Ke2 Qxh4

And White resigned, as the ending is lost, especially with his King so exposed.

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[Michael Goeller]

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