Refuting 5...Qe7

by Michael Goeller

There are actually a number of online commentators who think that the tricky 5...Qe7 is Black's "refutation" to the Urusov. But how could that possibly be true?

B. Barnard - J. Bishop [C24]

Correspondence 1997


 

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qxd4 Qe7










This just has to be wrong, but proving it through objective analysis is more difficult than you'd expect. My thanks to Urusov expert Max Burkett for his improvements on my original examination of the line.

 

6. O-O Nc6

a) 6... Nc5!? 7. Bg5! (To weaken Black's pawn position and secure a good square for the Queen at h4.) 7... f6 (7... Nc6 8. Qd5! f6 9. Be3 Nb4 10. Qd1) 8. Be3 c6! (8... Nc6 9. Qd5) 9. Re1 Ne6 (9... d5? 10. Qxc5!) 10. Qh4 d5 11. Bd3 Qf7 12. c4

 

b) 6... c6 7. Re1! (7. Nc3!? Nc5 (7... d5 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. Ng5) 8. Bg5 f6) 7... d5 8. Nc3 (8. Nbd2) 8... f5 9. Nxe4! fxe4 (9... dxe4? 10. Bg5!) 10. Bxd5! cxd5 11. Qxd5 Qf7 12. Qxe4+ Be7 13. Bg5 Nc6 14. Bxe7! Nxe7 15. Re3 and Rae1 etc.

7. Qd1

Not 7. Qd5!? Nb4 (7... Nf6) unclear.

 

7... Ne5

Black has not got much better:

a) 7... Qc5?! 8. Na3! Typical in this type of position - Burkett 8... Be7 (8... Nd6 9. Re1+ Be7 10. Bd5) 9. Be3! Qf5 10. Nb5 Bd8 11. Bd3 d5 12. Nfd4 Burkett

 

b) 7... d6? 8. Re1! 1-0 Pejsa,J-Geib,S/IECG email 1998 (19)

8. Bd5 Nxf3+

8... f5?! 9. Nd4? (9. Re1!) 9... g6 10. Re1 Qh4? (10... Bg7 11. f3 Nf6 12. Bb3 f4 13. Bxf4 d6 14. Bc1!) 11. f3? (11. Bxe4) 11... Nxf3+?? 12. Nxf3 Bc5+ 13. Kh1 Kf8 14. Bxe4 Qf2? 15. Bh6+ Kf7 16. Qd5+ Kf6 17. Qe5+ Kf7 18. Bd5# 1-0 goeller-anon, ICC blitz 2007

 

9. Qxf3 Nc5 10. Be3?

That White still wins after this move is testament to the power of his initiative.

 

10. Bf4! Ne6 (10... = c6 11. Nc3 Qf6 12. Rfe1+ Ne6 13. Bxe6 dxe6 14. Ne4) 11. Nc3 c6 12. Bxe6 dxe6 (12... fxe6 13. Ne4 Qf7 14. Qe3 d5 15. Nd6+ Bxd6 16. Bxd6 A classic opposite Bishop major piece attack.) 13. Rad1 Qf6 14. Ne4 Qf5 15. Qd3 Qd5 16. Qe3 Burkett

 

10... Qf6 11. Qxf6 gxf6 12. Re1 Ne6 13. Nd2 c6 14. Bb3 Be7 15. c4 f5?!

15... b6! 16. Rad1 Ba6= Burkett

 

16. Nf3 d6 17. Rad1 f4 18. Bd2 Rg8 19. Bc2 h6 20. Bc3 Nf8 21. Rxd6 Be6 22. Rd4 Bh3 23. g3 fxg3 24. hxg3 Ne6 25. Rd2 Rd8 26. Rxd8+ Kxd8 27. Ne5 Ke8??

27... Bc5

28. Kh2 1-0

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