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Andriasian Zaven - Jobava Baadur
Moscow Open 2008 (Round III), February 4, 2008

The play of GM Baadur Jobava impressed much. He calculates the variations much better and faster than his opponents. The same has happened in the next game. The champion of the World between juniors - Zaven Andriasian was playing very simple, without any pressure and after 1 dubious move had an unpleasant position.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Bc4
Just want to refresh that this move gave good result in previous round to Arkadij Najditsch who was playing against IM Vasily Papin.
6...e6 7.N1e2 Nf6
[Another possibility 7...Bd6]
8.h4 Nh5!? 9.Nf4 Nxf4
[9...Nxg3 10.fxg3 with initiative]
10.Bxf4 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Qd2
[12.h5 Qb4+]
12...h6 13.000 Nd7 14.Qa5 00

In the result of the opening black has a pretty position. The plan of white is very unclear, the pawn on h4 is also not a streghtening. and the place of white's knight is unsolid. White should think how to equalise the game.
15.h5 Bh7 16.Kb1 Nf6

after this move Baadur was thinking about 10 minutes and decided to go for a tactical complications
[17...Qb4!? seems not so bad]
18.dxe5 Ng4 19.Rde1
[19.Rd7?? Nxe5+; 19.Rhe1!? Rad8!? (19...Nxf2 20.Rd2 Ng4 21.Rd4 Bf5)]
19...Rad8 20.Re2?!
[20.f3! b5 (20...Rd2 21.fxg4 Rxc2 22.Bb3 Rxg2+ 23.Ne4 Rxg4 24.Bc2; 20...Nf2 21.Rhf1 Rd2 22.Re2 Rfd8 23.Rxd2 Rxd2 24.Bb3 Rd1+ 25.Rxd1 Nxd1 26.Nf1 and black has problems with the knight) 21.Bb3 Nf2 22.Rhf1 Rd2 23.Re2 Rxe2 24.Nxe2 Nd3 25.cxd3 Bxd3+ 26.Kc1 Bxe2 27.Re1 Bd3 28.Rd1 with unpleasant pressure]
Right now black has an advantage
21.Bb3 c5 22.f3 c4 23.Ba4 Rb8 [very big attention should pay for 23...Rfd8!? 24.Kc1 (24.a3 R8d5! 25.fxg4 b5) 24...c3 25.b4!? (25.Bb3

25...Rd1+! 26.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 cxb2]
24.fxg4 Rxg4
[24...b5!? 25.Bxb5 Rxb5]
25.Re3 b5 26.Bxb5 Rxb5 27.Rd1 g5

At this moment of the game in the analyse hall the audience was evaluating this position as not so pretty for white. But it's not so easy to see the right way to increase the pressure. Baadur is trying to find this way...
28.b3 Rc5 29.Rd2 a5 30.Kc1 c3
[30...Kg7 seems a little better]
31.Rde2 Kg7
32.a3 Rd4 33.Ne4 Rxe5 34.Nxc3 Rxe3

this position is also not so pretty, but in the game black can't do anything [35...Rh4!?]
36.Re2 e5
[36...f5 37.Na4 Kf6 38.Nc5 Bg8; 36...Bg8!? with the idea of f6-e5]
37.Kb2 Kf6 38.Nd5+ Ke6 39.Nc7+ Kd6 40.Ne8+ Ke6 41.Nc7+ Kd6 42.Ne8+

Dzhakaev Dzhakay - Volkov Sergey
Moscow Open 2008 (Round III), February 4, 2008

Both sides were playing principle chess. Dzhakay was trying to play aggressive, hyperactive. But defensive resources of the Champion of Russia 2000 - Sergey Volkov, were stronger.
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.Bg5

Practically making principle move
7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.e3 Qb4 9.Qd2 dxc4 10.a5 Nd7

[Probably it was better chance to play 11.Ra4!? Qe7 12.Rxc4 and the placement of the rook impressed much(12.Bxc4 b5!)]
Black hasn't any plan - only this. Sergey was defensing his extra pawn and had "his" position.
12.axb6 Nxb6
Of course white should play actively, in other way black will play Bb7 and c5 soon, killing any compensation and 2 bishops will become alive.
[13.Ne4!? Nd5 (13...f5 14.Nf6+ Kd8 15.Ne5 Qxd2+ 16.Kxd2 Bb7!? 17.Rhc1 And as many commentators like to say: We see the position with the dynamical balance... But of course the p-structure is slightly better for white.(17.Nxf7+ Ke7 18.Nxh8 Kxf6+) ) 14.00 f5 15.Nc3 and the position is unclear]
defensing the queen on b4 for future ideas
14.Ne4 f5

White must go for this position. In any other way black has easy and strong position without anyproblems
[15...Qxd2?! 16.Nxd2 and black has problems]
16.dxc5 Qxc5

I should applaud Dzhakay for his braveness but he was going too far. This move seems very aggressive but white hasn't a lot of pieces for an attack while black has material advantage! [better was 17.Qc3!? Rg8 18.Ne5 f6 19.Nxc4 Nxc4 20.Bxc4 Qe5 with unclear playable position]
17...fxe4 18.Ng5 f5

White hasn't much time for such long manoeuvres. After this move black pieces become well-coordinated in view of the power of knight in the center.Black wins very fast [Seems that there was the last chance after 19.Bh5+ Ke7 20.Nf7 e3 21.Qc3 Rg8 22.Nh6 exf2+ 23.Rxf2 Rf8 (23...Rg5 24.Qh8 Rxh5 25.Qxh7+ Kd8 26.Nf7+ Ke7 27.Qxh5) 24.Qg7+ Kd8 25.Nf7+ Kc7 26.Ne5+ Bd7 27.Rd1 Rad8 (27...Rfd8 28.Be8 Rxe8 29.Nxd7 Nxd7 30.Rxd7+ Kb6) ; 19.Qc3 00 (19...e5 20.Bh5+ Ke7 21.Qh3) 20.Qg3 f4 21.Nxe4+ fxg3 22.Nxc5 gxf2+ 23.Rxf2 with good practical chances]
19...Nd5+ 20.Rg3 h5 21.h4 e5 22.Qc1 c3 23.Nf7 Nf4 01

Sergey Volkov is one of the recordholders and he is a possible winner of the title "the fast and the furious". If the matter goes forward Sergey will be able to finish the tournament without making even two hundred moves. Yesterday he won in 14...what will be today?!

February 6, 2008
Vladimir Dobrov