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Gabrielian Artur - Najer Evgeniy [B80]
Moscow Open 2008, (Round II), February 3, 2008

Artur Gabrielian, hadn't made anything superb, had a big pressure and just better position against previous champion of the Moscow Open-a very strong chess fighter Evgeniy Najer.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 Nc6 7.Bg2 Bd7 8.00 e6 9.Nb3 b5 10.a3 Be7 11.f4 h5
A very fresh idea! But a watermelon is delicious only when you taste it... [I have never understood what Black can do against this system but 11...00 seems more safety]
12.Qe2 Rc8 13.h3 Qc7 14.Re1
The placement of the black pieces seems very poor. Also white has a treaten of Nd5 idea and also black needs to think about e5 move...But knowing Evgeniy personally I think he was full of confidence! Everything is under control!

14...Kf8 15.Be3 Kg8 16.Bf2
White is playing solid and strong.
Evgenij is holding his fists waiting for a chance to make an answer hit.
17.a4 bxa4 18.Rxa4 Nb8 19.Raa1 e5

after this dubious move, black's pieces became a little more alive [seems more logic 20.f5 ]
20...dxe5 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Bd6
[22...Bb5 !?]
23.Rac1 Ba4 24.Nd2 f5 25.c4 e4 26.c5 Bb5 27.Qe3 Be5 28.Nc4 Bxc4 29.Rxc4

That was the idea of h5 move!
30.Qg5 Rf8 31.b3 Qf7 32.Bd4 Rg6 33.Qxh5 Bxg3 34.Rf1 Be5 35.Kh1 Bxd4 36.Rxd4 Nd7 37.c6 Ne5


Starting from this position, every move in the game was followed by an audience with ah, oh, and oooh!




Rxf5 41.Rexf5

Qxd5+ 42.Rxd5 Rxf1+ 43.Kg2 Rc1

The smoke after the pyrotechnics is over and everything what have happened on the board I can explain only by using the words: "I don't understand anything, but it was cool!"
It seems that white can't make any success here and this position looks drawish.
45.b4 g5 46.Kf2 Kf7 47.Rh6 Kg7 48.Rd6 Kf7 49.Ke2 Rxh3 50.Kd2 Ke7 51.Rd7+ Ke8 52.Ra7 Kd8 53.Kc2 g4 54.Rxa6 g3 55.Ra8+ Kc7 56.b5 g2 57.Ra7+ Kb6 58.Rg7
The logic result of the wrestle of 2 titans!

Ulko Jaroslav - Efimenko Zahar
Moscow Open 2008, (Round II), February 3, 2008

Looking at the light squares in the black's camp, this move seems a little strange but in fact this move is typical - the main idea is to cut off the white's dark-squared bishop on c3. Black has an initiative right now. By the way, unfortunately white hasn't a light-squared bishop. [19...Bf8]
20.Qe6+ Kf8 21.Qf5 Qc6 22.Qg6 Kg8 23.Qh5


another strong move
24.Nd2 Nc5 25.Qg6 Qe6 26.b3 Qf7 27.Qg4 Ne6
Black has a big advantage right now
28.Nc4 Bc5 29.a4 Ng5 30.Ne3 Qb7
Like a pin!

31.Qc4+ Kh8 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.Rd1 Nf3+ 34.Kf1 Nxh2+ 35.Kg1 Nf3+ 36.Kf1 Nd4
[36...Rxd1+!? 37.Nxd1 Bd4!?(37...Ng5!?) ]
37.Bxd4 Bxd4 38.c3 Rc8 39.Qd5 Qxd5 40.Nxd5 Rc5 41.c4 Rc8 42.f4 Bc5 43.Re1 exf4 44.gxf4 Kg8 45.Re7 f5 46.Rb7 Rc6 47.Kg2 Re6 48.Rb8+ Kh7 49.Kf3 g5 50.Kg3 g4 51.Rc8 Kg6 52.Rg8+ Kf7 53.Rc8 Re2 54.Rc6 Bf2+ 55.Kg2 Bd4+ 56.Kg3 Rb2 57.Rxh6 Rxb3+ 58.Kg2 Rb2+ 59.Kg3 Rb3+ 60.Kg2 Ra3 61.Rh7+ Kg6 62.Rd7 Ra2+ 63.Kf1 Bc5 64.Rd8 Rxa4 65.Rg8+ Kf7 66.Rg5 Rxc4 67.Rxf5+ Ke6 68.Re5+ Kd6 69.Rg5 Rd4


Volkov Sergey - Demin Vladimir
Moscow Open 2008, (Round II), February 3, 2008

In the 2nd round Sergey Volkov was able to relax
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.cxd5 exd5 10.g3 Be7 11.a4
Typical move for a Rybka in such p-structures
11...Ne4 12.Nxe4


Very hard to understand the reason of this mistake [after 12...Bxe4 13.f3 Bg6 Black's position is still playable]
13.Qxb7! Qxb7 14.Nd6+ 10

Naumkin Igor - Kobalia Mikhail [D45]
Moscow Open 2008, (Round II), February 3, 2008

In this interesting game Igor Naumkin, who lives in Italy, as a real Macho went to the position with the different side castles in the Chebanenko's variation very bravely, showing his aggressive attitude. Mikhail was playing according the chess science and was near the success, but everything was finished not in his favour...
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 a6 6.a3 Nbd7 7.h3 Bd6 8.c5 Bc7 9.b4 e5 10.Bb2 00 11.Be2 Re8 12.Qc2 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nf8 14.000 Qe7 15.g4

g6!? 16.g5 N6d7 17.h4 Be5 18.h5 Bg7

In the result of this re-grouping black has very nice position. The main hope of white is an open h-file. To tell the truth, white's position is strategically worse - he has weak pawn on g5, needs to think about a5 possibility, while he has only far away plans with the typical ideas of Rh8...

19.hxg6 hxg6
20.Kb1 a5 21.b5 Qxc5
[possible interesting 21...Nxc5 22.bxc6 bxc6 23.Nxc6 Qxg5 with the idea of Bf5]
22.Rh4 Ne5 23.Rdh1
This is the main moment of the game. Right now the idea of f2-f4 is a big treaten, trying to clear well the main diagonal and anyway to place the rook on h8. Black needs to answer...

a very bad decision, losing the game [but after f6! black probably will be ok and will counterattack soon... 23...f6]
24.Bxb5 Bd7 25.f4! Nc4 26.Nxd5 Nxa3+
[26...Bxb5 27.Nf6+ +5.50; 26...Qxd5 27.Bxc4 +5.50; 26...Bxd4 27.Rh8+ +5.50]
27.Bxa3 Qxd5
[27...Qxa3 28.Nf6+]
28.Bb2 Rxe3 29.Nf3 +5.50 Bxb2 30.Qxb2 Qf5+ 31.Ka1 f6 32.Bc4+ Kg7 33.Rh8 10

Riazantsev Alexander - Yandemirov Valeri [D86]
Moscow Open 2008, (Round II), February 3, 2008

Straight attack was introduced by GM Alexander Riazantsev
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 00 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.00 Na5 10.Bd3 b6 11.Be3 Qd7 12.Rc1 Bb7 13.Qd2 Rfe8 14.Bh6 Bh8


It seems that this is a very strong move, fixing black k-side and killing the bishop h8. The plan of white seems very simple and natural - queen is coming to g5, after this pawn is coming to h5...and at some point to sac something on the square g6. Of course you need to show some accuracy and attention. This question was solved by Alexander very good.
black should make something, but, it's not so simple to avoid white's plan...
16.Qg5 cxd4 17.cxd4 e6
Black's knight is trying to keep k-side by the manoeuvre Nc6-e7.
18.h4 Nc6 19.Rfd1!
No need to hurry
19...Ne7 20.h5 Rac8
[20...Nf5 !? 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Nf4 with a strong pressure]
21.Rxc8! Bxc8
[Probably black should try 21...Rxc8 22.Nf4 Rc7 but anyway, white's initiative looks very strong]

22...Qxd4 23.Bc2!
[23.hxg6 hxg6 24.Nxg6 ? 24...fxg6 25.Bxg6 Qxd1+ 26.Kh2 Bxe5+ 27.Qxe5 Nf5 and black is ok in view of 28.Bxe8 Qd8!]
23...Qc5 24.hxg6! Qxc2


Not a simple move for an eye!:)
25...Rxd8 26.g7 Rd1+
[The game can be continued a little longer after 26...Qd1+ 27.Kh2 Nf5 28.gxh8Q+ Kxh8 29.Nh5 f6 30.Bg7+ Kg8 31.Bxf6+ Kf7 32.Bxd8 h6 33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.Qh8+ Kd7 35.Nf6+ Kc6 36.Bxb6]
27.Kh2 Nf5 28.gxh8Q+ Kxh8 29.Nh5 ! 29...f6 30.Qxf6+ Kg8 31.Qf8# 10

February 4, 2008
Vladimir Dobrov