Black 1.d4 d5 Opening Repertoire
Lecture #2

by FM Steve Stoyko

Mark Kernighan - Steve Stoyko [D56]

Hackettstown Tiger Quads/Mt. Arlington, NJ USA (2) 2005


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Nd2 White threatens Nxe4. The only way for Black to defend the pawn directly is with ...f5, but that move has some drawbacks, including trapping Black's light squared Bishop. I played..."

 

10... e5!?

"...but I no longer believe the move is sound" says Steve. Best is 10... f5! "I think this is most correct. The idea is to first prepare the e-pawn advance by Nd7-f6 and c6 and only then push ...e5. White's only good counter to this plan is basically to play c5 and Nc4-d6 -- but Black's central play is too fast. 11. c5 e5 12. Bc4+ (12. d5!? Qxc5 13. Rc1 Qa5 14. b4 Qxb4 15. Rxc7 f4 16. Qb3) 12... Kh8 (12... Be6 13. Qb3) 13. O-O is unclear.

 

11. d5

Practically forced. Not 11. Nxe4? exd4 12. Qxd4? Rd8-+

 

11... f5

"But isn't that just a transposition to ...f5 lines?" "No-you will see." 11... Bf5?! 12. f3!? (12. Qc2)

 

12. Qc2 Nd7

This is the critical position. White's plan is basically correct, but best is not

 

13. Be2

...but instead 13. O-O-O! Nf6 (13... Nc5) 14. Kb1! End of attack. White still has the 4-to-3 majority on the Queenside and if ...c6 White is happy to allow the exchange at d5 to give him a monster passed pawn. White should play tight - like Texas Hold 'em." And that's the difference from the ...f5 line.

 

13... Nf6 14. O-O-O

"Now this move is very combative. White gets away from the possible kingside pawn-storm by f4-f3 for example. Now White might open lines."

 

14... c6 15. dxc6

Also good for White is 15. d6! Qxd6 16. Nxe4 with about equality - but Black has to play ...c6 right away and live with this.

 

15... bxc6

"Being completely objective, White is better, but it is very tricky to play."

 

16. c5

16. f3

 

16... Be6

"A natural move, pointing another piece at the King. Black will double Rooks on the b-file and get a ready made attack. So I give my opponent credit for originality here for preventing that plan."

 

17. Ba6?!

"This move gets five stars for originality but only one for soundness. This does help stop Black's plan -- but it moves the same piece twice and fails to get a counterattack going." Safe and sound is 17. Bc4 Bd5!? (17... Nd5 18. g4!? (18. Bxd5?! cxd5) )

 

17... Rab8 18. a3

The logical follow-up. White's plan is to take away all of the doubling squares for the Rooks. While the White King looks airy, there is no way to get to it."

 

18... Nd5!?

"I don't think this is necessarily the best move, but I had correctly predicted my opponent's next logical move and planned a sharp retort."

 

19. b4?

19. g4

 

19... Rxb4!!

19... Nxb4? 20. axb4 Rxb4~~

 

20. axb4? Nxb4

Gaining a tempo to get all the pieces into the attack. The Queen has to surrender the c-pawn with check and may lose the Bishop. So Black has plenty of compensation. So much for White's plan of keeping Black from using the b-file!"

 

21. Qa4 Qxc5+ 22. Kb1 Rb8

The King has nowhere to go since

 

23. Nb3

23. Ka1 Qc3+

 

23... Qc2+ 24. Ka1 Qc3+ 25. Kb1 Bxb3 26. Bc4+ Bxc4 27. Qxa7 Ba2+

27... >= Qb3+ 28. Ka1 (28. Kc1 Qc2#) 28... Nc2#

 

28. Qxa2+ Nxa2+ 29. Kxa2 Qb2# 0-1


Anatoly Karpov (2745) - Artur Jussupow (2640) [D56]

Dortmund (2) 1997


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O

5... h6!? 6. h4?? hxg5-+

 

6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4

Gligoric-Vaganian 1998 is worth seeing here (see below) but we have no time. After 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 and Black basically has a strong fianchettoed Bishop and can threaten the center with ...c5. A number of games -- including Karpov-Kasparov -- went from here. 7. h4!? and this loses a tempo since Black just ignores it and still threatens to take it later --simply 7... c5!

 

7... Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6

A temporizing move, since the Knight exchange yields White nothing:

a) 9... Nc6?! 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. Nd2 f5 12. c5+/=

b) 9... Nxc3! 10. Rxc3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 (11. Rxc4!) 11... Nd7 12. O-O c5!

 

10. Bd3

10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. Nd2 f5

 

10... Nxc3

10... f5?! is a bad idea due to the weakness at g6 and the lack of dark-squared Bishop.

 

11. Rxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nd7 13. O-O

This is considered best for White. A very similar position can arise from the Queen's Gambit Orthodox, but for the ...h6 move which has pluses and minuses." 13. e4?! e5!= 14. d5 cxd5 15. Bxd5 Nb6 16. O-O Bg4|^

 

13... b6!?

a) 13... e5 14. Bb3!? exd4 15. exd4 Nb6 16. h3 and Ne5 with the threat of Ng6 points up the drawback of ...h6.

b) 13... c5! There is no reason in the world why this move is not playable.

 

14. Bd3 c5

This is the alternate freeing move, but it does leave lots of light-squared weaknesses on the queenside after

 

15. Be4!

a) 15. Bb5 Rd8 16. Bc6 (16. Qe2?! Bb7 17. Bxd7?! cxd4!=/+ 0-1 Cramling,P-Jussupow,A/Hamburg SKA 1991 (60)) 16... Rb8 17. Qc2 cxd4 18. Nxd4 e5 19. Nf5 Qf6 20. Rd1 Nc5 Smyslov,V-Kasparov,G/Vilnius/1984/

b) 15. Bb1 Bb7 16. Qc2 g6 17. Qe2 Rac8= 1/2-1/2 Nikolic,P-Jussupow,A/Munchen 1990 (22)

 

15... Rb8

15... Ba6? 16. Bxa8 Bxf1 17. Bc6 Ba6 18. Qa4 Nb8 19. dxc5 bxc5 20. h3+/= Dolmatov

 

16. Qa4

16. Qc2!? Ba6 (16... a5 17. Rc1 Bb7 18. Bxb7 Rxb7 19. dxc5 Nxc5 20. Ne5 Qf6 21. Nd3 Rd8 22. Nxc5 bxc5 23. Qe2 Rbd7 24. R3c2 c4 (24... a4 25. g3 Rd5 26. Kg2 g6 27. a3 h5 28. Qf3 Qe5 29. Qf4+/- 1-0 Karpov,A-Jussupow,A/Bank Hofmann Cup 1995 (51)) 25. g3 e5 26. Kg2 e4 27. Qg4!+/= 1/2-1/2 Khalifman,A-Jussupow,A/Bundesliga 1992 (35)) 17. Rd1 Nf6 18. dxc5 Nxe4 19. Qxe4 bxc5 20. b3+/= Dolmatov

 

16... Bb7 17. Bxb7 Rxb7 18. Qc2

18. Qc6!? Nb8 19. Qe4 Rc7 20. Rfc1 Rfc8 21. Qf4 c4= Kramnik; Shamkovich 18. Rd1 b5 19. Qb3 a5!? (19... c4?? 20. Rxc4+-) 20. dxc5 Nxc5 21. Qc2 Na6 22. a3 b4 23. Rc6 Rc7! 24. Nd4 bxa3 25. bxa3 Rfc8 26. Rxc7 Qxc7 27. Qe2 Qc4 28. Qf3 Nc7 29. h3 1/2-1/2 Anand-Kramnik/Fernsehpartie/1996.

 

The position is basically equal and you should be able to hold it against anyone but Karpov.

 

18... a5!?

a) 18... Rc8 19. Rc1 Rbc7 20. b4 e5 Kramnik; Shamkovich(20... c4 21. b5 a6 22. Rb1+/- Dolmatov) 21. dxc5 (21. bxc5! exd4 22. exd4 bxc5 23. Rc4 Nb8 24. Rxc5 Rxc5 25. dxc5 Nc6 (25... Na6 26. c6 Nb4 27. Qa4 Nd3 28. Qa6+-) 26. h3+- Dolmatov) 21... bxc5 22. Rc4 (22. h3 c4 23. a3 Nb6 Dolmatov) 22... e4!+/= 1/2-1/2 Kramnik,V-Kasparov,G/Las Palmas 1996 (57) b) 18... cxd4?! 19. Nxd4+/- Dolmatov

 

19. a3

19. Rd1 cxd4 20. Nxd4 Nc5 21. Nc6 Qf6 22. b3+/= Kramnik; Shamkovich

 

19... Re8!? 20. Rd1

20. h3 e5 21. Qe4 exd4! 22. Qxb7 dxc3 23. bxc3 Ne5!=

 

20... Rbb8 21. h3

21. dxc5 Nxc5 22. b4 (22. Nd4!?) 22... axb4 23. axb4 Na6 24. b5 Nc5= (24... Nc5 Karpov 25. Ne5 Ra8 26. Nc6 Qf6<=>)

 

21... Rbd8

21... >= e5 22. dxe5 Nxe5 23. Nxe5 Qxe5 24. Rcd3+/=

 

22. Rcd3 Rc8 23. d5!+/= exd5 23... e5 24. e4+/= Karpov

 

24. Rxd5 Nf6 25. Re5!

25. R5d3 Karpov 25... b5=

 

25... Qc7

25... >= Qb7 26. Rxe8+ Rxe8 27. a4 Qe4+/=

 

26. Rxe8+ Rxe8 27. a4!+/- Rd8 28. Rxd8+ Qxd8 29. Ne5 Qd5 30. Nc4 Nd7 31. b3 f5?!

31... g6!?

 

32. Kf1

32. g4 fxg4 (32... g6 33. gxf5 gxf5 34. Qc3!?) 33. hxg4 Qf3 34. Qf5 Qxf5 35. gxf5+/- Karpov

 

32... Kf7 33. f3 Ke7 34. Ke2 Qe6 35. Qc3 Nf6 36. Kf2 Kd7

36... h5 37. h4+/- 36... >= g5

 

37. g4 Kc6?

37... >= fxg4 38. hxg4+/- 37... g6 38. Qe5 Karpov

 

38. Qe5! Qxe5 39. Nxe5+ Kd5 40. Nc4 fxg4 41. Nxb6+! Kc6 42. Nc4+- gxf3

42... gxh3 43. Kg3+-

 

43. Kxf3 Kd5 44. Nxa5 g5 45. Nc4 h5 46. Nd2 Ke5 47. e4 Ne8

47... Kd4 48. a5! Nd7 49. a6 Ne5+ 50. Ke2 Nc6 51. Nf3+ Kxe4 52. Nxg5++- Karpov

 

48. Ke3 Nc7 49. Nc4+ Kf6 50. Kf2 Na6 51. Kg3 Nb4 52. h4 Nc6 53. a5!+- Nb4 54. Nd2 Nc6

54... Na6 55. hxg5+ Kxg5 56. Nf3++- Karpov

 

55. a6 gxh4+ 56. Kxh4 Ke6 57. Kxh5 Kd7 58. Kg6 Kc7 59. Nc4

59. Kf6 Kb6 60. e5 Kxa6 61. e6 Kb5 62. e7 Nxe7 63. Kxe7 Kb4 64. Kd6+- Karpov

 

59... Kb8 60. Kf6 Ka7 61. e5 Kxa6 62. e6 Kb5 63. e7 1-0 [Stoyko, Jussupow, Karpov, Dulmatov, etc.]


S. Gligoric (2495) - R. Vaganian (2630) [D55]

Zonal 1.5/Panormo GRE (2) 1998


1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 a6 9. a3 c6 10. Bd3 Nd7 11. O-O b5 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. e4 dxe4 14. Bxe4 Rb8 15. Qe2 b4 16. axb4 Rxb4 17. Na2 Rb8 18. Rfd1 Qb6 19. Rc2 Rd8 20. Nc3 a5 21. Rcd2 Ba6 22. Qe3 Rbc8 23. Bb1 Bb7 24. Be4 Ba6 25. Bb1 Bc4=/+ 26. h4?! Bb3 27. Re1 Nf8 28. Ba2 Bxa2 29. Nxa2 Ng6 30. g3 Ne7 31. g4 h5 32. Qe4 32. g5 Nf5 33. Qe2 Nxd4 32... hxg4 33. Qxg4 Nf5 34. d5 Nh6 35. Qh3 exd5 36. Rxd5 Qxb2 36... Bxb2 37. Rxa5 Rc4 38. Qf1 Rg4+ 39. Kh1 Qb7 40. Qe2 Rf4 41. Ra3 Nf5 42. Kg1 Rg4+ 43. Kf1 Nd4 44. Qd3 Rf4 0-1

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