The Dark Knight's Zugzwang

By Michael Goeller

The line that arises after 1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 e6 4.dxe6 fxe6 5.Nc3! is one of the most difficult to handle in what James Schuyler terms "The Dark Knight System." Schuyler recommends that Black try 5...b6 and meet 6.Nf3 with the interesting retreat 6...Nf7. Not quite satisfied with that option, I decided to do a little study of this interesting position and offer readers some alternative possibilities -- including the option of just sidestepping this position altogether with 3...d6(!) instead, which might be the best choice.

Game One

3...e6 4.dxe6 fxe6 5.Nc3 b6 6.Nf3 Nxf3+!?

Sergey Volkov (2629) - Boris Savchenko (2569) [A40]

Aeroflot Open/Moscow RUS (8) 2006


1. d4 Nc6 2. d5 Ne5 3. e4 e6

In the last game below, I consider 3...d6, which is an interesting alternative that fits well with other lines in Schuyler's "Dark Knight system."

 

4. dxe6 fxe6

The simplifying 4... dxe6 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 is hardly a very appealing prospect. However, Black can probably equalize with 6. f4 Nc6 7. Nf3 (7. c3!? Bc5 8. Nf3 a5 9. a4 Nh6 10. Bd3 f6 (10... Ng4) 11. Ke2 Ke7 (11... e5 12. fxe5 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 fxe5=) 12. Na3 Bd7 13. Nc4 Nf7 14. h4 h5 15. Be3 Bxe3 16. Nxe3 b6 17. Rhg1 1/2-1/2 Gordon,S (2533)-Short,N (2687)/Sheffield ENG 2011/[Goeller,Michael] (53)) 7... Nf6 8. Bd3 Bc5 9. c3 a5 10. Ke2 e5 11. fxe5 Ng4 12. Bg5+ Ke8 13. Bf4 Nf2 14. Rf1 Nxd3 15. Kxd3 Be6 16. Nbd2 h6 17. Be3 and now in Miles - Mestrovic, Lone Pine 1978, Black should have played 17... Rd8+ 18. Ke2 Be7 according to Berdichevsky.

 

5. Nc3!

 










This simple move has caused Black the most trouble and therefore must be dealt with carefully in any 1.d4 Nc6 repertoire. In their book "1...Nc6 aus allen Lagen," Harald Keilhack and Rainer Schlenker describe Black's situation as practically a "zugzwang," as all natural moves lead to trouble.

 

5... b6!?

This is Schuyler's recommendation and definitely one of the leading tries. I'd recommend something different, but Black has to be careful what he chooses:

a) 5... Nf6?! (after White plays f4 and e5, this Knight will simply have to return to g8) 6. f4 Nc6 (alternative retreats don't solve the basic problem: 6... Ng6 7. e5 Ng8 8. Nf3) (6... Nf7 7. e5 Ng8 8. Nf3 Bc5 9. Bd3 Ngh6 10. Qe2 Qe7 11. Bd2 d5 12. exd6 cxd6 13. O-O-O Bd7 14. Rhe1 O-O 15. Ne4 1-0 Estremera Panos,S (2379) -Blanco Perez, D (2126)/Seville ESP (25)) 7. e5 Ng8 8. Bd3 g6 9. h4! Bb4 10. h5 g5 11. h6! Qe7 12. Qh5+ Kd8 13. Nf3 Bxc3+ 14. bxc3 Qc5 15. Nxg5! Qxc3+ 16. Kf2 Qxa1 17. Nf7+ Ke7 18. Ba3+ 1-0 Martin Mitchell-John Dempsey/Hawick

b) 5... Bc5?? is a common blunder in these type of positions, so an important tabiya to avoid: 6. Qh5+ Ng6 7. Qxc5

c) 5... Bb4?! 6. Qd4! Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 and White has the two Bishops and the better prospects for his pieces.

d) 5... a6 is discussed along with the next game -- the idea being to play b5 with a potentially better fianchetto.

e) 5... Nf7 is considered below and likely transposes to Schuyler's recommendation.

f) 5... Nc6 is probably the most interesting option at this point and will be discussed below.

 

6. Nf3!

I like this simple developing move, challenging Black's only centralized piece.

6. f4 Nc6! 7. a3 (7. Nf3 Bc5 8. Bd3 Nh6) (7. Be3 Bb4) 7... Bb7 8. Be3 Qh4+ 9. g3 Qf6 10. Nf3 (10. e5?? Nxe5) 10... O-O-O with Nh6-g5 or d7-d5 in view.

 

6... Nxf3+

Exchanging pieces and bringing the White Queen to the long diagonal.

a) 6... Qf6!? 7. Nb5 (7. Nxe5 Qxe5 8. f4) 7... Nxf3+ 8. Qxf3 (8. gxf3 Qe5) 8... Qxf3 9. gxf3 Kd8 10. Bf4 d6 11. O-O-O Bd7 12. Rg1 g6

b) 6... Nf7 transposes to Crouch - Karpatchev, considered below, which continued 7. Bc4 Bb7 8. Qe2 a6 etc.

c) 6... Nc6!? looks playable.

 

7. Qxf3 Bb7

 










8. Qh5+

a) 8. Qg3! is most testing, if untested: 8... Nf6 9. Be2! (9. Bd3 Nh5 (9... Bb4?! 10. e5 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Nh5 12. Qg4 g6 13. Bxg6+ hxg6 14. Qxg6+ Kf8 15. Bh6+ Rxh6 16. Qxh6+ Ng7 17. O-O-O) 10. Qh3 g6 11. g4 Ng7 12. e5 Qe7 13. O-O O-O-O 14. Bxg6? (14. Ne4 Qf7 15. Ng5 Qg8 16. Be4 d5 17. exd6 Bxd6) 14... Nf5!! 15. gxf5 exf5 16. Qg3 Rg8) 9... d6 (9... Nxe4? falls for the trap 10. Bh5+ g6 11. Bxg6+ hxg6 12. Qxg6+ Ke7 13. Nxe4) (9... g6 10. Bg5 Be7 11. h4) (9... Bxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Bh5+ Ke7 12. Qa3+ c5 (12... Nd6 13. Bg5#) 13. Bf3) 10. f3 (10. Bb5+!?) 10... Qd7 (10... Be7 11. Be3 (11. Qxg7 Rg8 12. Qh6 Rxg2) 11... O-O 12. O-O-O) 11. O-O O-O-O 12. Be3

b) 8. Bf4!? Nf6 9. O-O-O (9. Bd3 Bb4 10. O-O Bxc3=) 9... Bb4 10. Nb5 O-O! 11. Nxc7 Nxe4! (11... Rc8!? 12. Nxe6 Qe7 13. Nxf8 Rxc2+! (13... Bxe4? 14. Qb3+) 14. Kxc2!? (14. Kb1 Bxe4 15. Qb3+ Kxf8) 14... Bxe4+ 15. Rd3 Bxf3 16. Rxf3 Qxf8 17. Bd3) 12. Nxa8 Bxa8 13. Bd3 g5 14. Bxe4 Rxf4 15. Bxh7+ Kxh7 16. Qh5+ Kg8 17. h4 Bf8.

 

8... g6 9. Qe5 Nf6

9... Qf6 10. Qxc7

 

10. Bb5!

 










White has to be a little careful here too: 10. Bg5 Bg7 11. O-O-O (11. Bd3 O-O=) 11... Nxe4 12. Qxg7 Qxg5+ 13. Kb1 Nxc3+ 14. Qxc3 O-O-O

 

10... c6?!

I think that Black might be able to make this line work, but only with the following nearly forced sequence:

 

10... a6! 11. Bxd7+!

(11. Bg5 axb5 12. Bxf6 Bd6! 13. Qg5

(13. Qd4 e5!? (13... Bc5= 14. Qe5 Bd6 15. Qg5 Be7 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Qxb5 O-O 18. f3 (18. Qe5 d6) 18... Ra5) 14. Bxe5 Bc5 15. Qd2 (15. Qd3 O-O 16. O-O b4 17. Nd5 Qg5 (17... Ba6 18. Qb3) 18. Bxc7 (18. Bg3 Bxd5 19. exd5) 18... Ba6) 15... O-O 16. f3 d6 17. Bg3 Qf6)

(13. Qxd6 cxd6 14. Bxd8 Kxd8 15. Nxb5 (15. f3 b4 16. Ne2 Ra5) 15... Bxe4)

 

13... Be7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Qxb5 (15. Qxe7+ Kxe7 16. Nxb5 Bxe4) 15... Ra5 16. Qd3 O-O 17. Qe3 b5)

 

(Note that White loses after 11. Qxe6+? Be7)

 

11... Qxd7

(11... Kxd7 12. Bg5 Bd6 13. Qxf6 Qxf6 14. Bxf6 Rhf8 15. Bg5)

 

12. Qxf6

(12. Bg5 Nxe4! 13. Nxe4 (13. Qxh8 Nxg5 14. Rd1 Qg7) 13... Bg7 14. Nf6+ (14. Bf6 O-O 15. Bxg7 Qxg7) 14... Bxf6 15. Bxf6 O-O 16. f3 Qf7 17. Bh4 Qf5=)

 

12... Bg7 13. Qf3 O-O-O 14. O-O Qc6

(14... Rdf8 15. Qh3 Bxc3 16. Qxc3 Bxe4)

 

15. Bg5 Rdf8.

 

11. Be2 Qe7

11... Bg7 12. Qg3 O-O 13. Bg5.

 

12. Qg3 e5 13. f4! exf4 14. Bxf4 Nxe4?

14... Qe6 15. O-O-O Bb4 16. Rhf1

 

15. Nxe4 Qxe4 16. O-O-O O-O-O 17. Bg4 h5 18. Bb8 Bh6+ 19. Kb1 Bf4 20. Bxf4 hxg4 21. Rhe1 Qf5 22. Bb8 d6 23. Bxa7 Qa5 24. Qxg4+ Rd7 25. Qd4 Qh5 26. Bxb6 Qxh2 27. Qe4 Kb8 28. Qxg6 Bc8 29. Bg1 Qh6 30. Qe4 c5 31. g4 Qh1 32. Qf4 Qh6 33. g5 Qh4 34. Be3 Kc7 35. g6 Bb7 36. g7 Qxf4 37. gxh8=Q

1-0

[Goeller]


Game Two

3...e6 4.dxe6 fxe6 5.Nc3 b6 6.Nf3 Nf7

Crouch Colin Stamford (2365) - Karpatchev Alexander (2530) [A40]

It (open)/Cappelle la Grande (France) (7) 1993


1. d4 Nc6 2. d5 Ne5 3. e4 e6 4. dxe6 fxe6 5. Nc3 b6

a) 5... a6!? with the idea of b5 is a similar idea: 6. Nf3 Nf7 7. Bf4! b5 (7... Bc5 8. Qd2 d6 9. e5 d5 10. O-O-O Ne7 11. h4 Ba7 12. Ng5 O-O 13. Bd3 Nxg5 14. hxg5 g6 15. Rh6 Rf7 16. Bxg6! Nxg6 (16... hxg6 17. Rdh1) 17. Ne4 Bd7 (17... Rxf4 18. Rxg6+ hxg6 19. Qxf4 Kg7 20. Rd3) 18. Nf6+ Rxf6 19. gxf6 Be8 20. Rdh1 Nf8 21. Qd3 Qd7 22. Qg3+ Kh8 23. R1h4 Bc5 24. Be3 Bxe3+ 25. fxe3 c5 26. Rg4 Bg6 27. Rgxg6! Nxg6 28. Qxg6 1-0 Mario Stoeckert-V Malinin/ICCF Email (38)) 8. Bd3 g5! 9. Be3 g4 10. Nd2 Nf6 11. O-O Be7 12. f4 gxf3 13. Qxf3 Ne5 14. Qh3 h5 15. Nf3 Nxd3 16. cxd3 d6 17. Ng5 b4 18. Ne2 e5 19. Ne6 Qd7 20. Ng7+ Kd8 21. Nf5 Ng4 22. Bd2 c6 23. d4! a5 24. Rac1 Bf6 25. Rfd1 Qc7 26. Qg3 Bxf5 27. exf5 exd4 28. Bf4 Kd7 29. Kh1 Be5 30. Nxd4 1-0 deepsabel-ClaudiaN/www.myChess.de 2012/ [Goeller,Michael]

 

b) 5... Nf7 6. Nf3 Bb4 7. Qd4 Bxc3+ 8. Qxc3 Nf6 9. e5 Nd5 10. Qd4 Qe7 11. Bd2 b6 12. Qe4 Rb8 13. Qg4 g6 14. h4 Qc5 15. Bd3 Ne7 16. Qf4 Nd5 17. Qe4 Bb7 18. b4 Qf8 19. Rh3! Qg7 20. h5 Ne7 (20... Nxb4!! 21. Qxb4 Bxf3 22. Bc3 (22. Rxf3? Qxe5+) 22... Bxg2 23. Rg3 Bc6 24. hxg6 hxg6 25. Bxg6 Qh6) 21. h6 Qf8 22. Qc4 Bxf3 23. Rxf3 Nc6 24. O-O-O Qe7 25. Bc3 b5 26. Qf4 Qg5 27. Qxg5 Nxg5 28. Rg3 Nf7 29. f4 Ne7 30. Rh3 Nd5 31. Bd2 O-O 32. g4 g5 33. Be4 gxf4 34. Bxd5 exd5 35. Bxf4 Nd8 36. Bh2 Nc6 (36... Kf7 37. Rf3+ Ke7 38. Rxf8 Kxf8 39. Rxd5 Ke7 40. g5 Nc6 41. c3 Ke6=) 37. Rxd5 Nxb4 38. Rxd7 Rf7 39. Rxf7 Kxf7 40. Rb3 a5 41. a3 Nc6 42. Rc3 Rb6 43. Bg1 Ra6 44. Rf3+ Kg6 45. Rf6+ Kg5 46. Bc5 b4 47. a4 b3 48. cxb3 Kxg4 49. e6 Ne5 50. e7 Rxf6 51. e8=Q Nd3+ 52. Kc2 Nxc5 53. Qe2+ 1-0 Jakubiec,A (2518)-Biolek,R (2449)/Czech Republic CZE 2012/[Goeller,Michael].

 

6. Nf3

6. f4 Nf7 (6... Nc6!? 7. Nf3 Bb4) 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. Nf3 a6 9. e5 Bb4 10. Bd2 Bxc3 11. Bxc3 Ne7 12. Qe2 c5?! 13. O-O  O-O 14. a4 a5 15. Bd2 Bc6 16. b3 Nf5 17. Rae1 Qe7 18. Qf2 h5 19. Bxf5 exf5 20. Nh4 Qe6 21. Re3 g5 22. fxg5 f4 23. Qxf4 Nd6 24. exd6 Rxf4 25. Rxe6 Rxf1+ 26. Kxf1 dxe6 27. Ng6 Be4 28. Ne5 Bxc2 29. Nc6 (29. d7!) 29... Kf8 (29... Be4!=) 30. d7 Be4 31. Ne5 Ke7 32. g6 Bxg6 33. Nxg6+ Kxd7 34. Ne5+ Kd6 35. Nc4+ Kc6 36. g3 1-0 Groves,D (2164)-Simmelink,J (2211)/FICGS (64).

 

6... Nf7

This move is recommended by James Schuyler in The Dark Knight System. I think there might be an improvement for White in 7.Bf4 (see note below), which is why I would not be satisfied with this retreat, though I certainly think you can make it work against unprepared or amateur opponents.

 










7. Bc4

7. Bf4! Bb7 (7... Bb4 8. Qd4 c5 9. Qxg7 Qf6 10. Qxf6 Nxf6 11. Bd2 -- but perhaps 7...Bd6!? is worth a try?) 8. Nb5! Bd6 (8... Nd6 9. Nxd6+ cxd6 10. Bxd6 Bxd6 11. Qxd6 transposes) 9. Bxd6 Nxd6 10. Nxd6+ cxd6 11. Qxd6 transposes 11... Bxe4 12. Nd4 Nf6 13. f3 (13. Nb5! Kf7 (13... Rc8?! 14. Qb4) 14. Qe5) 13... Bg6 14. O-O-O Rc8 15. Bd3 Bxd3 16. Rxd3 Kf7 17. Re1 (17. f4 Qc7 18. Qxc7 Rxc7 19. f5) 17... Qe7 18. Qf4 Qc5 19. g4 Rhe8 20. Rc3 g5! 21. Qe3 Qb4 22. Rb3 Qd6 23. Rd3 Kg6 24. Qe2 Qf4+ 25. Kb1 Rc5 26. c3 Rd5 27. Re3 a5 28. Nb5 Rh8 29. c4 Rc5 30. b3 a4 31. Rd3 axb3 32. axb3 Rxb5 33. cxb5 Qb4 34. Qc2 Rc8 35. Qxc8 Qxe1+ 36. Qc1 Qe5 37. Qc4 Qe1+ 38. Kb2 Qe2+ 39. Qc2 Qe5+ 40. Rc3+ Kh6 41. Ka2 Nd5 42. Rc4 Qe3 43. Ka3 Qxf3 44. Qd2 Kg6 1/2-1/2 ogogo-YHW/www.littlegolem. net 0/[Goeller, Michael]

 

7... Bb7 8. Qe2 a6!

Schuyler points out that "this useful little move prevents Nb5 and Ba6, while preparing ...b6-b5-b4."

 

9. Bb3 Nf6?!

9... Bb4! 10. O-O Nf6 11. Rd1 (11. e5 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Ne4=) 11... Qe7 12. e5 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ne4 14. Rd4 Nxc3 15. Qd3 Nd5 "and here Black is fine" is Schyler's conclusion.

 

10. e5 Ng4 11. Bf4 Bc5 12. O-O-O!?

12. Bg3 O-O 13. O-O-O

 

12... Qe7

12... Nxf2 13. Bxe6 Nxd1 14. Rxd1 dxe6 15. Rxd8+ Nxd8 16. Ne4 O-O 17. Nxc5 Rxf4 18. Nxb7 Nxb7 19. Qd2 Rf7 20. Qc3

 

13. Nd4 Ngh6 14. Ne4! O-O 15. h4 a5 16. c3?!

16. a4

16. Bc4

 

16... a4! 17. Bc2 a3 18. b3 Bxd4! 19. Rxd4 Nf5 20. Qd3 Rad8?!

Not 20... Nxd4?? 21. Nf6+ gxf6 22. Qxh7#, but best was 20... Rfd8 (giving the King an escape square) 21. Bg5! Nxg5 22. hxg5 Bxe4 23. Qxe4 Qxg5+ 24. f4 Qg4 25. Rd3 d5 26. exd6 Nxd6 27. Qxh7+ Kf7

 

21. g4! d6 22. gxf5 exf5 23. Ng3 Nxe5 24. Bxe5 Bxh1

 










25. Bf4?!

Even stronger is 25. Nxf5!! Rxf5 (25... Qxe5 26. Nh6+) (25... Qe6 26. Qg3 Qxe5 27. Nh6+ Kh8 28. Nf7+! Rxf7 29. Qxe5) 26. Qxf5 g6 27. Qf6 Qxf6 28. Bxf6 Rf8 29. Rf4

 

25... Qe1+ 26. Bd1 Qxf2 27. Bd2 Bb7 28. Rf4 Qh2

28... Qc5 29. Nxf5 Rde8 30. Bc2

 

29. Nxf5! Kh8 30. Bc2 Qg1+ 31. Rf1 Qg2 32. Rd1 Qf3 33. Ne3!? g6?

33... Qh5

 

34. c4! d5 35. Qd4+! Kg8 36. Ng4 h5 37. Nh6+ Kh7 38. Bxg6+!

1-0

[Michael Goeller]


Game Three

3...e6 4.dxe6 fxe6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bb4

Igor Bjelobrk (2381) - George Wendi Xie (2413) [A40]

Parramatta ch-AUS (6) 2008


1. d4 Nc6 2. d5 Ne5 3. e4 e6 4. dxe6 fxe6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bb4

This looks like a simpler way to play for Black and is worth exploring as an alternative to Schuyler's Nf7 line. An altogether alternative treatment with 3...d6 rather than 3...e6 is offered below.

 










7. Bd3

7. Bd2 e5 8. Bc4 Nf6 9. O-O Bxc3 10. Bxc3 Qe7 11. Qd3 d6 12. Rfe1 Be6 13. Rad1 Bxc4 14. Qxc4 Qf7 15. Qxf7+ Kxf7 16. Ng5+ Ke7 17. f4! Rad8 18. f5 g6 19. Nf3 Rhg8!? 20. Bd2 gxf5 21. exf5 Rde8 (21... Rg4=) 22. Bg5 Kf7 23. Bd2 Nd4 24. Ng5+?! Kg7 25. Rf1 h6 26. Nh3 d5 27. c3 Nb5! 28. Be3 b6 29. Nf2 c5 30. h3 d4! 31. cxd4 cxd4 32. Bc1 h5 33. Bg5 Nd6 34. Rc1 Rc8 35. g4 Nfe4 1/2-1/2 Fyhn,K (2353) -Johnsen,K (2390)/DSU (60).

 

7... Nge7 8. O-O  O-O 9. e5

9. Bg5 h6 10. Bh4 d5

 

9... Qe8?!

9... Nf5 10. Ne4 Be7 11. Qe2 b6

 

10. Re1

10. Nb5!? Ba5 11. Bd2 Bb6 12. a4 a6 13. Na3 Qh5 14. Nc4 Ba7 15. a5

 

10... Qh5 11. Re4! Bc5!?

a) 11... Ng6 12. Ne2

b) 11... Bxc3 12. Rh4! Qxh4 13. Nxh4 Bxe5 14. Nf3

 

12. Qe2?!

a) 12. Rh4?? Bxf2+!

b) 12. Na4! Ng6 (12... Bd4 13. g4! Bxf2+ 14. Kg2) 13. Nxc5 Ncxe5 14. Be3 Nxf3+ 15. gxf3 b6 16. Nb3 Bb7 17. Be2

 

12... Ng6 13. Na4?! Be7 14. Nc3 b6

14... Rxf3!? 15. Qxf3 Qxf3 16. gxf3 Ncxe5

 

15. h4

a) 15. Nb5?! a6! 16. Nxc7? Ra7 17. Nxa6 Rxf3! 18. Qxf3 Qxf3 19. gxf3 Ncxe5!

b) 15. g4!? Qh3 16. Ng5 Qh4 (16... Bxg5 17. Bxg5 Ngxe5! 18. Rxe5 Nd4 19. Re3 Rf3 20. Qf1) 17. Nf3 Rxf3! 18. Qxf3 Bb7

 

15... Rxf3! 16. Qxf3 Qxf3 17. gxf3 Ncxe5 18. h5 Nxf3+ 19. Kf1 Nge5 20. Bf4 Nxd3 21. cxd3 Bb7 22. Re3 Nd4

Black has more than sufficient compensation for the Exchange. In fact, it is hard to see how White will survive.

 

23. Rc1 Rf8 24. Be5 Nf3 25. Bxc7 Bg5

Winning back the Exchange, after which White is clearly lost.

 

26. Bd6 Rf5 27. Ne2 Bxe3 28. fxe3 Bc6! 29. e4 Rxh5 30. Kf2 Ne5 31. Rc3 Nf7 32. Bb8 e5 33. Bxa7 b5 34. Rb3 Rh2+ 35. Ke3 h5 36. Bc5 h4 37. Rc3 d5 38. Rc1 dxe4 39. dxe4 Rh3+ 40. Kf2 Bxe4 41. Be7 Rh2+ 42. Ke3 Bd5 43. Rg1 h3 44. Bf6 Rg2

0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Game Four

1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 d6 (and transpositions)

Mladen Palac - Zvonimir Mestrovic [B00]

Zadar Open/Zadar CRO (7) 1998


1. e4

Black has also reached the position that follows by 1. d4 Nc6 2. d5 Nb8!? (or 2... Ne5 3. e4 d6 4. f4 Nd7) 3. e4 (3. Nf3 Nf6 4. c4 c6 5. Nc3 g6 6. g3 Bg7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O d6 9. h3 e6 10. e4 exd5 11. cxd5 Re8 12. dxc6 Nxc6 13. Re1 Be6 14. Bf4 Qd7 15. Ng5 Rad8 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Qd2 Qf7 18. Rad1 Rd7 19. Bg5 Rf8 20. Be3 Ne8 21. f4 Nf6 22. Nb5 d5 23. e5 Nh5 24. Nd6 Rxd6 25. exd6 Nxg3 26. Bf2 Nh5 27. Rxe6 Nxf4 28. Ree1 Fritz 12: 28... Nxg2 29. Kxg2 Qf3+ 30. Kg1 d4 31. Qe2 Ne5 1/2-1/2 Drasko, M-Mestrovic,Z/Tivat MNE 2011/[Goeller,Michael] ) 3... d6 4. f4 c6 5. c4 Nd7 6. Be3 Ngf6 7. Nc3 Qa5 8. Qc2 (8. Bd2 g6 9. Nf3 Bg7=) 8... Ng4!? (8... g6=) 9. Bd2 g6 10. h3 Ngf6 11. Nf3 Qc7 12. O-O-O Bg7 13. g4 O-O 14. Be2 cxd5 15. g5 Nh5 16. Nxd5 Qd8 17. Rhg1 b5 18. cxb5 Bb7 19. Kb1 Rc8 20. Qa4 Nc5! 21. Qb4 e6 22. Nc3 Bxc3 23. Qxc3 Nxe4 24. Qe3 Nxd2+ 25. Nxd2 Qb6 26. Qxb6 axb6 27. Rdf1 Ng7 28. Nc4 Be4+ 29. Ka1 Nf5 30. Nxb6 Nd4 31. Nxc8 Nb3+ 0-1 Privman, B-Bonin,J/Philadelphia USA 2002/[Goeller, Michael]

 

1... Nc6 2. d4 d6 3. d5 Ne5 4. f4 Nd7

 










4... Ng6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 c6 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e5 10. f5 Ne7 11. Be2 Nc8 12. g4 Be7 13. g5 Nd7 14. h4 Ncb6 15. Bd2 Rc8 16. b3 a5 17. O-O a4 18. Kh1 Ra8 19. dxc6 bxc6 20. b4 Qc8 21. h5 h6 22. f6 gxf6 23. g6 Rg8 24. Bxh6 fxg6 25. hxg6 Rxg6 26. Qh5 Kf7 27. Rg1 Qg8 28. Bg4 Qh7 29. Be6+ Kxe6 30. Rxg6 Rh8 31. Qg4+ Kf7 32. Rg7+ 1-0 Jelen,I-Mestrovic,Z/Ljubljana SLO-chT 1.2.4 1997.

 

5. c4

a) 5. Nc3 c6 6. Nf3 cxd5 7. exd5 Ngf6 8. Be3 g6 9. Be2 Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. Qd2 a6?! (11... Nc5!? (xe4, idea Bf5) 12. Nd4! Bd7 (12... Bg4?! 13. Rae1 Bxe2 14. Rxe2) 13. f5 Qb6) 12. a4 Qc7 (12... Nc5) 13. Bd4 Nb6 14. a5 Nbd7 15. Na4 Ne4 16. Qe3 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Nef6 18. Nc3 Qc5 19. Rfd1 b5 20. axb6 Nxb6 21. b4 1/2-1/2 Drasko,M-Mestrovic,Z/Jahorina BIH 2003/[Goeller, Michael]

b) 5. Nf3 c6 (5... g6 6. Qd4 f6 7. Ng5!? Nc5 and now in 0-1 Mazi, L-Mestrovic,Z/Bled SLO (37) White should have played 8. Bb5+!) (5... e5 6. fxe5 dxe5 7. Bb5 Bc5 8. Bg5 Ngf6 9. Nbd2 h6 10. Bh4 Qe7 11. Qe2 a6 12. Ba4 b5 13. Bb3 Qd6 14. O-O-O O-O 15. Bg3 Nh5 16. Nf1 Re8 17. Nh4 Nf4 18. Qf3 Nf6 0-1 Banchev,B-Dimitrov,A/Bankia (32)) 6. c4 Nc5 7. Nc3 Nf6 (7... e6 8. Be2 Qb6 9. Rb1 Nf6 10. Be3 a5 11. dxe6 Bxe6 12. O-O Qc7 13. Qc2 1-0 Lazovic, G-Mestrovic,Z/Belisce CRO (51)) 8. Qc2 g6 9. Be2 (9. b4?! Ncxe4!? (9... Na6! 10. e5 Nh5 11. a3 Bh6) 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 Bg7 12. Nd4 c5 13. bxc5 dxc5 14. Nb3 Bxa1 15. Nxa1 Qa5+ 16. Kf2 Qxa2+ 17. Qe2 Qxe2+ 18. Bxe2) (9. dxc6! bxc6 (9... Qb6!? 10. Be3) 10. b4 Ncd7 (10... Ncxe4? 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Qxe4 Bg7 13. Rb1) ) 9... Bg7 10. O-O O-O (10... Qb6!? 11. Kh1 (11. Be3 Ng4) 11... O-O) 11. Kh1 cxd5 12. cxd5 Bd7 13. Be3 Rc8 14. Nd2 b5 15. Bxb5?! Bxb5 16. Nxb5 Ncxe4 17. Nc4 Qd7 18. Nxa7 Rc7 19. Nc6 Qf5 20. Nd4 Qh5 21. Rf3 Ng4 22. h3 Qxd5 23. Rc1 Nxe3 24. Rxe3 Bxd4 25. Qxe4 Qxe4 26. Rxe4 Bg7 27. Rd1 f5 28. Red4 e5 and the Knight falls. 0-1 Soln, P-Mestrovic,Z/Bled SLO 1999/[Goeller,Michael]

 

5... Nc5!

White does better after the alternatives:

a) 5... g6 6. Qd4 Ngf6 7. e5

b) 5... Ngf6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Be3 c6

 

6. Nc3 e5 7. dxe6

7. f5!? Nf6 8. Qc2 g6 (8... Be7 9. b4) 9. b4 Ncd7

 

7... Bxe6 8. b4 Na6 9. a3 g6 10. Bb2 Bg7 11. Qd2 Nf6 12. O-O-O  O-O 13. Nf3 Nb8!?

13... Re8=

 

14. e5 Nfd7 15. exd6 a5 16. Nb5 Bxb2+ 17. Qxb2 cxd6 18. Nxd6 axb4 19. axb4 Nc6 20. Ne4

20. b5

 

20... Qb6 21. b5 Qe3+! 22. Nfd2 Nd4 23. Qc3 Nf5 24. g3 Rfc8 25. Kb2 Qa7 26. Nb3? Ne3! 27. Rxd7 Nxc4+ 28. Kc1 Qa3+ 29. Kb1 Nd2+ 30. Qxd2 Qxb3+ 31. Qb2 Ra1+ 32. Kxa1 Rc1+ 0-1 [Michael Goeller]

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