Akobian-Gurevich by Tigran Petrosian PDF Print E-mail
Fri, May 16 2008 (12:49)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5?!
I don't like this move, because now after cd black can't take ed because of Bg5 and it's a bad Tarrasch defense for him. Nd5 6.e4 Nc3 7.bc cd Nc6 usually black has preferred to play 8...Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qa5 10.Be2 Bd2 11.Qd2 Qd2 12.Kd2 with a slightly better ending for white.


9.a3 to prevent Bb4+ and to preserve the dark-square bishops, which is for sure better for white.


9...Be7 10.Bd3 0-0 black can't take with Nd4 because of 11.Nd4 Qd4 12.Bb5+ and then Qd4.


11.Bb2 Qa5+ 12.Kf1! the position after 12.Qd2 Qd2+ 13.Kd2 is about equal.

12...b6 13.Qe2 to prevent Ba6, exchanging bishops. 13...Bb7 14.h4! Rac8 15.Rh3! very risky but at the same time, very strong!


15...Nb8?! it's hard to suggest a good move for black but after this, white's attack is very easy. For example, if black plays 15...Rfd8 16.Rg3 Bf8 17.e5 Ne7 18.Bh7 Kh7 19.Ng5+ Kg8 20.Qg5 with mate.


16.d5! sacrificing the pawn and opening the bishop's diagonal ed 17.Rg3 f6 now 17...g6 is also losing 18.ed Bd6 (if Qd5 19.Qe7 Qd3 20.Kg1 Nd7 21.Ne5 ) 19.Ng5! Bg3 (Qd5 20.Nh7 Kh7 21.Rg5) 20.Qh5!!! gh 21.Bh7 mate.


18.Nd4! white now has to play very actively, because black needs only 1 tempo to equalize. de 19.Qg4 Rf7 20.Be4 h5 21.Qe6 the position is almost losing but black tries his last chance...


Be4 22.Qc8+ Kh7 23.Qb8 Qd2 24.Qe8! Bd5 25.Rg7


Giving no chance. Qb5 is also winning. Kg7 26.Nf5+ Kh7 27.Ne7 Bg2 28.Kg1! 1-0 A very nice game by Akobian.


Round 3 Summary by Tom Braunlich PDF Print E-mail
Thu, May 15 2008 (20:23)

Round 3 had several “paired” game themes:


In both Onischuk – Perelstheyn and Zatonskih – Jamison whitetraded a queen for three pieces and won with them. See Stein's video analysis of the Onischuk game. Anna tried to convince me they had planned it all together inadvance, but I don’t buy it. ;-)


In Becerra – Yermolinsky and Fedorowicz – Vigorito whitesacrificed the exchange for a mobile passed d-pawn escorted by a dark-squarebishop and ran the pawn down to queen.


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Two games had early theoretical novelties. David Pruessuncorked what seems to be a new move on move four of the King’s gambit(declined) with 4. Bb5!? He said he did it on the spur of the moment because heliked the pawn structure it led to. Ippolito reacted naturally and with 9…Bd4seemed to be winning material. But 10 Bb3! and 12. Qd2 showed it was all aclever pawn gambit by white for lots of activity in the endgame. Dean’s 14… 0-0 was thought tobe an error and 14…Nc5 or 14…f6 did fairly well in the post-mortem. Pruessclosed it out impressively shredding black’s kingside in a queenless attack.


Another early novelty occurred in Shankland – Galant. Sam’s 11.b3!? Is a very natural looking move that is not in ChessBase according toSergey. Combined with the quick Nf3-d4-f5 the fianchettoed bishop quickly led ahuge kingside attack. The cute point was that after 14. Rad1 black would liketo oppose bishops with 14… Nxd2 15. Rxd2, Ne4 hitting the rook and followingwith Bf6. However, white then has 16. Nf5!, Nxd2 17. Qg4! g6 18. Nh6+ winningthe queen.


Larry Kaufman, aided by his pal Rybka, prepared a surprisefor Langer’s usual Benoni. In the resulting sharp position Michael slipped with29…e3? 30 fe3, Re3 (...Nf5!?) 31. b5.


Gulko – Shulman was a complex Catalan in which whitegambited a center pawn, counting on black’s cramped position for compensation.But Yury hung on and was eventually able claw his way out of trouble and free his position.


Ludwig had another solid draw against another 2600+ player. Shabalov wentafter the 17-year-old with an IQP-style attack, but Daniel repulsed it with 16. Bh5 + 17. Qf3 + 18. Bd4. Alexgambited his isolani but had just enough pressure for it to keep the balance.


Two 2-0 leadersmet in the women’s event. Krush’s odd Sveshnikov-style opening seemed to beplaying with fire. It is related to an earlier game of hers this year.Tuvshintugs seemed to be getting a positional bind, but .20 Be3 (?) Bh6! turnedthe tables (with the idea of gaining control of d4 for a knight).


Epstein had Battsetseg on the ropes but she allowed black a surprising breakout shot with 17...d5!



Video Commentary Onischuk - Perelshteyn PDF Print E-mail
Thu, May 15 2008 (19:30)


By IM Alan Stein


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Round 2 Quick Report, by Tom Braunlich PDF Print E-mail
Wed, May 14 2008 (20:03)

Kaidanov and Kudrin took the lead with 2 points. Kaidanov won a masterful game. Following Gurevich’s early rook lift he won a Q+P for a R+N in the middlegame and carefully nursed that edge to win thanks to 60…Qf2+! 61. Ke6, Bxe5 when recapturing the knight allows 62…Qf6 mate.

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Kraai also ended up trying to win with Q+P vs. R + minor piece, but this was arrived at in a much different way. Akobian parted with his queen for three minor pieces and seemed to have a good position until Kraai cleverly trapped the wayward knight and was able to win two pieces for his rook. But the resulting endgame was very tough to win with all pawns on one side, and Akobian was able to build a fortress and draw.


Yury Shulman played a beautiful positional game to beat Pruess. 15. Nb6! gave him tripled pawns yet gave him a big bind on the queenside and dark squares. Still, it was hard to see how he could exploit it, and in the endgame he was even down a pawn with nothing but three b-pawns to go with his R+N. But black’s b7 pawn proved fatally weak, and when it fell the lead tripled pawn became a winner.


Finegold-Ludwig reached a somewhat similar middlegame, but the young Florida FM reacted forcefully and soon had Ben under some pressure before a blocked position led to a draw. I was impressed by Daniel in the postmortem as he showed not only a lot of tactical variations, but also an excellent understanding of the strategies from this opening.


When Becerra played an unusual move against Fedorowicz’s Taimanov Sicilian, (f4) the Fed got ambitious and propelled his e5 forward to open the dark squares. But Julio refuted it with a temporary piece sac. His 16 e5 caught black’s king in the center and then 19. Qe1+ nicely transposed into a winning ending. During the post-mortem John opined that 11…d6 first, intending …e5, was stronger. i.e. 12. h3, e5. See IM Stein’s analysis.


Onischuk and Shabalov both posted a win, both going early into a complex multi-piece endings against Ippolito and Kaufman, respectively, and winning nicely.


Irina Krush won straightforwardly after winning a piece in the opening. Epstein never had much compensation. Zatonskih kept pace by winning a difficult rook ending. In the commentary room we thought that Chouchan might have missed drawing chances with 66. Kg5 instead of 66.Kf3.


Tuvshintugs also kept pace, winning another game with black — a nice Ruy Lopez victory over Courtney Jamison.


Video Commentary Becerra - Fedorowicz PDF Print E-mail
Wed, May 14 2008 (19:58)

By IM Alan Stein


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