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Krivoborodov, E (2394) - Jobava, B (2643) [B13]
Moscow Open 2008, (Round I), February 2, 2008

There is a very nice example demonstrated by Grandmaster from Georgia Baadur Jobava. The game noticed by many chess amateurs and had a lot of discussions in the analyse hall.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.h3 Nf6 7.Ne2
White is trying to play solid, but Black has his own thoughts about this position.
Typical move which disbalanced the position immidiately. Black has isolated pawn but his pieces are very active.
8.dxe5 Nxe5
Such a pawn structure you can see in French defence with variation 3.Nd2 c5
[9.Bb5+ !?]
9...Bd6 10.Bxe5 Bxe5 11.Nd2
[11.Bb5+ !?]
11...0Ц0 12.0Ц0

Small discrepancy,which supposing imperceptible, but a classical check. [Anyway Baadur will save his black-squared bishop, which will play a big role soon, that's why it was unlogically to give additional opportunity. That'swhy 12.Nf3 Bd6 13.0Ц0 was much more solid]
12...Bh2+! 13.Kh1 Bd6 14.Nd4 a6 15.Qf3
With the weaken king the plan with the move Qf3 seems very dubious [More logic was 15.N2f3]
15...Bd7 16.Rfe1 Rae8
All black pieces are well placed and make his own work, while white has real problems with plan and... with his king!
17.Nf5 Be5 18.Nb3 g6 19.Nfd4
[19.Ne3 !? 19...Bc6 20.Nd4 Qb6 21.Nxc6]
19...Qb6 20.Re2

The sheaf of the Bishop and Queen is like a Catapult. It looks very nice! Also Qd6 is a big treaten right now and white should think about his king first, and by the way a place of the queen looks very impressive.
21.Rxe8 Rxe8 22.Bf1 h5!
Another one typical strengthening

Of course Baadur has calculated everything - you can relax
[24.Qxh3 Qxc5Ц+]
24...Qd6 25.Qxh3 Ne4 26.Kg1 Qf4 27.Nf3 Ba7! 0Ц1
Nice game from the start till the end

Zvjaginsev, V (2677) - Slugin, S (2402) [B12]
Moscow Open (Round I), February 2, 2008

Another one interesting game from Vadim Zvjaginsev one of the main leaders of the tournament.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Nc3 Qb6
Probably I n be mistaken, but black has chosen not correct opening strategy for this game. Vadim is very dangerous in such type of positions...and not only in such!
Typical pawn-sacrafice for an advantage in development
6...Qxb2 7.Rb1 Qa3 8.Bd3 dxe4
Current changes of course for a white's hand. To play such position is a big pleasure. The f-file is open now and black's extra pawn is only conditional advantage. I don't know how Vadim has been evaluating the position during the game, but in the analyse hall we have evaluated this position like a very bad for black [8...e6!?; 8...Nf6!?]
9.fxe4 e5

Precise move, which is fixing another problem - f7 point.
[10...b5 11.Nxb5! 11...cxb5 12.Bd5+-]
11.Nf3 exd4?
It seems, that after this move black has no chances to save the game. Black should play more active [11...Ng4!?]
Another head-ache is the opportunity e4-e5 which will fix all black squares
12...Qe7 13.0Ц0 0Ц0 14.e5 Ng4

White didn't give any second of relaxation. If you want to evaluate this position just look at the left corner of the diagram
[Black should play 15...Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Rbe1 Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 Be6 19.Rxe6! fxe6 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 (20...Qxf8 21.Bxe6+) 21.Qh8+ Kf7 22.Ne4 I think this position is also bad, but it is much better than in the text of the game]
16.Ne4! b6
Bc5 was the treaten [16...Nd7 17.Nf6++-]
As a matter of fact,white is making all logical strong moves, while black has real problems with his king and development.
17...Nf5 18.Bg5 Qc7
Further goes
Black's camp goes to pieces
19...Ne7 20.Nf6+ Kh8 21.Qf2! Ng8
And as usual everything ends by the strike. After a line of takings there was a nice move which you should pay attention for.
22.Nxh7! Kxh7 23.Qh4+ Nh6 24.Bxh6 Bxh6 25.g5 Kg8 26.Qxh6 Bf5

27.Rbd1! Qe7 28.Rd6 Rd8 29.Bxf7+! Kxf7 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Rf6+ 1Ц0

Trying to evaluate the thoughts of frist 15 boards which were translated online you can see the problem of the less experienced chess players in the opening. In most of the games you can see that after 15-20 moves players with elo 2400 who had black colour had already lost positions. This can beexplained only the startroundemotions.

February 4, 2008
Vladimir Dobrov