The World Individual Championship
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IBCA XI World Individual Championships
Goa 2006

Here are my annotations to my games. I hope you find it both useful and

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships "]
[Site "Goa, IND"]
[Date "2006.10.09"]
[Round "1.26"]
[White "Ross, Chris"]
[Black "Jumabekov, Makhsut"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[WhiteElo "2129"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2006.10.09"]
[WhiteTeam "England"]
[BlackTeam "Kazahkstan"]

{C41: Philidor Defence}
1. d4 Nf6
2. Nf3 d6
3. Nc3!

{Move-ordering my opponent.
I knew he was a king's Indian Defence player and wanted to confuse the
move-order to prevent this. With 3. Nc3, black has a choice now of entering
into a Pirc, which he doesn't play (he only plays the Sicilian) or enter
into the game continuation.}

3... Nbd7
4. e4 e5

{And black has reached a position in which he isn't comfortable. The simple
move order by white has tricked him into this unhappy state of affairs,
giving white a psychological advantage already.}

5. Bc4 Be7
6. O-O O-O
7. a4 c6
8. Ba2 Qc7
9. Re1 h6

{So far, a typical Philidor set-up, in which white has got a small but
irritating advantage.
9... h6 is targetted to prevent Ng5 or Bg5 ideas, but this weakens the white
squares around the black king-side.
See at the end of the game for opening references.}

10. h3

{As black can't exploit the dark squares around the white king-side (compare
the light squares with the affect of the bishop on a2 in the black camp),
white can aford to prevent Ng4 ideas without creating undue weaknesses. The
advance g2-g4 to probe the light squares has also been created and black
must show his hand to how he wishes to develop his queen-side.
The occupation of the f5 outpost via h4 with the knight is a viable option
but I wanted to keep this in check until it was obvious to black's

10... Re8
11. Be3 Nf8

{Black goes passive. The only real weakness in white's position is the pawn
on e4, which black does best to concentrate on. Therefore, 11. Bf8, opening
up lines down the E file is best.}

12. Qd2 Be6?!

{Offering white the opportunity of entering into a position where the bad
bishop on e7 can be comprehensibly illustrated. Good knight V bad bishops
are one of my specialities, so, I jumped at the chance!}

13. Bxe6 Nxe6
14. d5 Nf8
15. Nh2

{White's game plan is now obvious: To put all his pawns on light squares,
occupy outposts at f5 etc. and make the dark-squared bishops hopeless. If
white can exchange his bishop for a knight, then all the better.
This knight on f3, which wasn't well placed, is now headed for g3, where it
guards the weak e4 pawn and eyes the f5 outpost.}

15... N8h7
16. Nf1 c5?!

{Compounding black's problems.
Black is hoping that the blockading of the position would lead to
simplifications, but as white still has pawn levers with b2-b4, this plan
fails ultimately.}

17. Ng3 Qd7

{Introducing tactics if the knight is to land on f5 too early. However, the
knight on g3 is doing an extremely good job guarding the e4 pawn, allowing
the knight on c3 to do a better job and keeps an eye out on f5 in case of
stray weakening moves by black with his king-side.}

18. Ra3

{A multi-purpose move. The rook settles on the 3rd rank, in case a king-side
attack suddenly appears and allowing the rook to swing across to join in the
fun. Also, it guards the knight at c3, which is going to be weakened once
the pawn lever b2-b4 is ventured and also allows the doubling of rooks at an
important moment.}

18... Bf8
19. Qe2

{Once a bishop has been exchanged, it is always best, as a general rule, to
put your queen on the colour of the missing bishop.
As it is, I am playing on the light squares and now both the king-side and
the queen-side are being eyed by the white queen.}

19,... g6

{Black is now floundering for a plan. His king-side minor pieces ought to
rearrange themselves and bring themselves back across to the queen-side.}

20. Qb5 Qe7
21. a5 Reb8
22. Rb1 Ne8
23. b4

{The time has now come to start with the pawn-levers. The c5 pawn is now
becoming a serious weakness.}

23... b6
24. bxc5 dxc5
25. axb6 Rxb6

{Maybe black did best to give up the pawn and attempt to mix things up on
the king-side with 25... axb6 26. Rxa8 Rxa8 27. Qxb6 Nhf6 although white
should be able to convert easily enough.}

26. Qxb6 axb6
27. Rxa8 Kg7

{It is difficult to suggest a good plan here for black. The rooks are
penetrating through the A and B files, b6 is weak and white has a passed D
pawn to boot. 27... Nc7 28. Rb8 Na6 29. d6 is nearly over for him.}

28. Rxb6 Nhf6
29. Na4

{And now the C pawn has the attension turned to it. Black can not defend all
of his weak points at the same time.}

29... Qc7
30. Rbb8

{30. c4 might be the shorter path to hold things together, but why move the
C pawn if it could come under attack with Nd6 ideas. Also, the C pawn may be
needed to go to c3.}

30... Bd6
31. Kh2?!

{The blemish on what is otherwise a perfectly well-carried out game-plan by
The idea was to avoid Qb7/Qb1 with check ideas and the king looks safer on
h2 than the back rank. 31. Rc8 Qb7 32. Nxc5 Qb1+ 33. Kh2 Bxc5 34. Bxc5 h5
35. Rxe8 Nxe8 36. Rxe8 h4 is a clear win for white.}

31... Qe7

{Taking the rooks back is not good enough for black as he would drop 2 pawns
after the C pawn falls. 31... Qxb8 32. Rxb8 Bxb8 33. Nxc5 is simple for

32. Rb5?!

{32. Rc8 Nc7 33. Ra5 is slightly more accurate but we were now in the time

32... Nc7
33. Rb7 Nfe8

{Annoyingly, black has 33... Ng4+ 34. hxg4 Qh4+ 35. Kg1 Nxa8 36. Bxc5 Qd8
but the win is still in white's hands with a bit of hard-graft.}

34. Ra5 c4
35. Bc5 Qd8
36. Raa7 h5
37. Nf1 Bxc5
38. Nxc5 Qd6
39. Na4 f5?

{Dangerously opening up the black king. 39... Qe7 40. Kg1 Qa3 doesn't help
black at all.}

40. Ne3 fxe4
41. Nb6!

{Having reach the time control, I was able to take time and find this move.
The immediate threat is naturally 42. Na8! winning a piece. The knight is
also used to defend the d5 pawn if the other knight is needed to wander
away. Also, the C pawn is now doomed.}

41... Kh6
42. Nbxc4 Qf6
43. Kg1 Qf4

{Black goes hunting for perpectuals on the back ranks. This isn't going to
occur, naturally, so, 43... Qd8 is black's only chance of groveling on.}

44. d6 Ne6
45. Rh7+ Kg5
46. g3

{And now the black king is caught in a mating net.}

46... Qf8
47. h4+ Kf6
48. Nd5+

{With mate to follow with 48.... Kf5 49. Nce3#}

48... 1-0

Opening references
9... b6 10. Nh4 exd4 11. Qxd4 Nc5 12. b4
Ng4 13. Nf3 Bf6 14. Qd2 Nxa4 15. Bxf7+ Qxf7 16. Rxa4 Ne5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18.
Qh5 19. g3 Bh3 20. Ra3 Rf3 21. Qe2 Raf8 22. Rxa7 b5 23. c3 h6 24. Be3
Hjartarson,J (2605)-Malaniuk,V (2635)/Tilburg 1993/CBM 039/0-1 (36)}

10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Nh4 Rd8 12. Nf5 Nc5 13. Qf3 Bxf5 14. Qxf5 Kf8 15. Be3 b6
Rad1 Rxd1 17. Rxd1 Rd8 18. Rxd8+ Qxd8 19. h3 Ncd7 20. Bc4 Bc5 21. Bxc5+ bxc5
22. Be2 Qb8 23. b3 Qb4 24. Qf3 Qd4
Houhou,O (2259)-Khairallah,F (2284)/Paris 2004/CBM 101 ext/1/2-1/2 (71)})

11... Bf8 12. Nh4 b6 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. Qf3 Bb7 15. Nf5 b5
16. Qg3 Kh8 17. Bxf7 Red8 18. Qg6 b4 19. Ne2 c5 20. Neg3 Qc6 21. Nh4 Nxe4
Qf5 g6 23. Nxg6+ Kg7 24. Nh5+
1-0 Hagarova,Z (2305)-Krajcovic,B (2145)/Prievidza 1998/EXT 99})

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships "]
[Site "Goa, IND"]
[Date "2006.10.10"]
[Round "2.4"]
[White "Larduet, Carlos"]
[Black "Ross, Chris"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E11"]
[WhiteElo "2308"]
[BlackElo "2129"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "132"]
[EventDate "2005.10.10"]
[WhiteTeam "Cuba"]
[BlackTeam "England"]

{E11: Bogo-Indian}
1. d4 Nf6
2. Nf3 e6
3. c4 Bb4+
4. Bd2 Bxd2+
5. Nbxd2 d6
6. e3 O-O
7. Bd3 Qe7
8. O-O e5
9. Qc2 Nbd7

{A typical Bogo-Indian position. Black has exchanged his dark-squared bishop
and is headed for dark-square occupation with his pawns.
See below for other ways in which black can play this position.}

10. Rac1

{Not necessarily the most accurate. Naturally, white wishes to break open
the position and open up lines. The theomatic c4-c5 thrust is something that
he would eventually like to achieve.}

10... b6
11. b3?

{There is no logical reason for this very bizarre move. I fully do not
comprehend why white just doesn't get on with things and play 112. b4.
Black would then have to consider his choices. Playing 11. c5 himself is
certainly possible.
Now, with white having wasted a tempo (as he will eventually have to play
b3-b4), black can well consider wasting tempo with his queen's bishop to
activate his queen's rook quickly.}

11... Bb7
12. d5 Rae8
13. Be2

{Passively played.
13. Bf5 is more challenging and black may well wish to open up the center
with 13... c6 14. dxc6 Bxc6 with Nc5 and Qb7 ideas etc. The tension would be
certainly increased in that scene.}

13... Kh8

{The consistant way to play the position.
13... c6 14. dxc6 Bxc6 15. a3 is certainly a vialbe option but black is now
intend on opening up the center and thrusting with his F pawn. Therefore, a
place for his knight is needed and the black king is better on h8 than on
the a2-g8 diagonal, which could be problematic. Also, the G file could
become open and allow attacking possibilities for black.}

14. b4 Ng8
15. e4 Nh6
16. Rfe1 f5?!

{Too hasty.
Black really needs to recapture on f5 with a pawn. Therefore, g7-g6 first
should be considered. However, the c4-c5 thrust must be kept under control.
Again, 17... c6 is an option to make the center a place of tension too.}

17. exf5 Nxf5
18. Bd3 g6
19. Re2 Nh4
20. Nxh4 Qxh4
21. Ne4 Nf6

{Sadly enough, black is being forced into exchanges, which he doesn't really
However, he must keep pressuring the d5 pawn, as that is the ony source of
concern for white if he is to thrust out with the c5 break.}

22. Nxf6 Rxf6
23. Be4 Ref8
24. f3 Qg5?!

{An inaccuracy that now gives black major problems.
The bishop on e4 looks a big pawn, but actually, it is preparing the thrust
c4-c5, which can't really be prevented for much longer.
The idea of the queen move is to facilitate the launching of the H pawn, but
also an attempt to exploit the weakened dark squares in white's camp. All of
this would be good, if white didn't have a clever reply.}

25. Qd2!

{Neatly exploiting the fact that black can not really avoid the exchange of
queens. Moving back to h4 would allow the C pawn to advance with gain of
position for white, as the white queen stands better on d2 than on c2.
With the queens off the board, black's attacking possibilities have been
completely whiped out. he has no choice now apart from go into ultra
defensive mode and grovel to hold the rook ending.}

25... Qxd2
26. Rxd2 Rc8
27. c5 Rff8
28. Rdc2 Kg7
29. a4

{White is now having all the fun.
Black pins his hopes on the D pawn being so weak with the advance of the C
pawn that he will be able to hold white off long enough.
White could ahve exchanged and put a rook on the 7th rank, but with Rf7 in
the offing, black can expell it and cling to the 1st and 2nd ranks.}

29... dxc5
30. bxc5 Rfd8
31. a5 Kf6
32. a6!

White tests black's ability to the full to hold this.}

32... Bxd5
33. Bxd5 Rxd5
34. cxb6 axb6
35. Rxc7 Rxc7
36. Rxc7 Ra5

{The only way in which to hold the position together by sacrificing a pawn.}

37. Rc6+ Kf5
38. Rxb6 h5

{A theoretical draw, but its not easy!

39. h4 Ra4
40. Kf2 Ra2+

{With the final move of the control, I make life a little harder for myself.
Stealing the H pawn is fine as the white pawn on a7 isn't going anywhere.
Rook endings are not my strength and I make it now very difficult for
myself. I was convinced of the theoretical nature of the position, but
finding the correct plan wasn't easy!}

41. Kg3 g5

{Not necessary. I should leave this pawn as it is.
Playing Ra4 and if Kh3 to try and get g2-g4 in, then Ra3 will pin the f3
pawn against the white king. This would leave white with no moves at all.}

42. hxg5 Kxg5
43. Rc6 Ra1
44. Rd6 Ra2
45. Kh3 Ra1
46. Rc6 Rh1+
47. Kg3 Ra1
48. Rb6 Ra2
49. Kh3 Ra1
50. g3 Ra3
51. Rb5 Kf6
52. Kh4 Rxa6
53. Kxh5 Re6

{Threatening to advance the E pawn before wandering back to the back rank to
check on h8 and g8, the idea to keep the white king occupied guarding the g3
pawn before he can hunt down the e5 pawn.}

54. g4?!

54. Rb4 to stop the advance is white's best way of asking the question of
black. Then, 54... Re8 with Rh8+ and Rg8+ ideas, for if Rb6+ Kf7 and then
Kg5, Rg8+ will pick up the g3 pawn for the E5 pawn, which is still drawn.}

54... e4
55. g5+ Kg7
56. Rb7+ Kg8
57. f4

{Pinning his hopes on the connected passed pawns. However, the E pawn can
distract white enough to allow black to draw still.}

57.... e3
58. Rb1 e2
59. Re1 Kg7
60. Kg4 Re3!

{The key to black's defence.
The white king is cut off from retreating to hunt down the E pawn. To be
able to attack the pawn, he must make his own pawns advance and weaken

61. f5 Re4+
62. Kf3 Re5
63. Kf4 Re8
64. Kf3 Re5

{And it started to dawn on white that he couldn't make progress.}

65. Rxe2 Rxf5+

{And now we have the clear-cut drawn position. The simple 3rd rank defence
devised by Philidor will ensure that the white pawn remains just where it
is. A nice hold by me!!}

66. Kg4 Rf1 1/2-1/2

Opening references:
9... Re8 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Ne4 Nbd7
12. Nfd2 Nxe4 13. Nxe4 f5 14. Nc3 e4 15. Be2 c6 16. f3 exf3 17. Rxf3 Ne5 18.
Rg3 Ng4 19. Bxg4 fxg4 20. b3 Qc5 21. Rf1 Be6 22. Na4 Qh5 23. e4 Rac8 24. c5
Ryzhov,I (2265)-Askarov,M (2404)/Dagomys 2004/EXT 2005/1/2-1/2 (35)

9... Nc6 10. a3 Bg4 11. d5 Nb8 12. Nh4 g6 13. h3 Bd7 14. e4 Nh5 15. Ndf3
Ng7 16. Qd2 f5
17. Qg5 Qf7 18. Qh6 Ne8 19. Qg5 f4 20. g4 Na6 21. Nxe5 dxe5 22. Qxe5 Nc5 23.
Bc2 Ba4 24. Bxa4
Hamel,O (1994)-Hauroo,H (2171)/Paris 2004/CBM 100 ext/1/2-1/2 (36)

10. Ng5 h6 11. Nge4 Nxe4
1/2-1/2 Schmidlechner,A (2000)-Thoma,R (2305)/Goetzis 1995/EXT 97

10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Rad1 Re8 12. Ne4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Nf6 14. Rd2 Nxe4 15. Qxe4
g6 16. Rd5 f6
17. Rfd1 Bf5 18. Qh4 Rad8 19. c5 Rxd5 20. Rxd5 Be6 21. Rd1 Bxa2 22. Qa4 Be6
Qxa7 Rd8 24. Rxd8+ Qxd8
Aramayo,G-Carrizo,A/Buenos Aires 1997/EXT 2001/1/2-1/2 (53)

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships "]
[Site "Goa, Ind"]
[Date "2006.10.11"]
[Round "3.6"]
[White "Chris Ross"]
[Black "Vladimir Berlinsky"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A43"]
[WhiteElo "2129"]
[BlackElo "2301"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "106"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "England"]
[BlackTeam "Russia"]

{A43: Schmid Benoni}
1. d4 Nf6
2. Nf3 c5
3. d5 b5
4. Bg5

{The line prepared by IM Chris Beaumont and myself. A line which is
considered to be the most troubling for black in this Blumfield-type
position. White is effectively looking for an advanced form of the Tromposki
but where the pawn on B5 is left weakened. Poor old Berlinski seemed fairly
uncomfortable in this line though....}

4.... Ne4
5. Bf4

{The usual moves here are 5. Bh4 and 5. Nbd2. This side-line has been tested
out by no-less than Kasparov himself and if he can win easily enough with
it...then, Chris Ross is going to give it a go.....
Now, after a long thought....}

5... Bb7
6. a4

{Certainly possible was 6. Qd3 Nf6 7. e4 will a big pawn center but putting
the question to the black queen-side pawns is the usual way to treat this
type of position, as that b5 pawn is indeed fairly weak in many ways.}

6.... a6

{Black obviously doesn't fully understand the mess he is getting himself in
with his queen-side pawns. White can play this slowly but illustrate
perfectly that black's cramped position and loose minor pieces are a big
See below for opening references.}

7. e3 c4?

{And even after move 7, black could have made his losing move.
The queen-side is now just collapsing for black and the loose knight on e4
is just left hanging.}

8. axb5 axb5
9. Rxa8 Bxa8
10. Qd4!

{And amazingly, black is dropping a piece.
If the knight on e4 retreats, 11. Qa7 is just winning the B8 knight. Black
must go desperate now.}

10... Qa5+
11. c3 f5

{Both knights are en prise. Black goes pawn hunting for his piece now. White
must take the challenge but his massive lead in development will ensure a
pulling advantage.}

12. Bxb8 Qa1
13. Qd1 Qxb2
14. Be2 Nxc3
15. Nxc3 Qxc3+
16. Nd2

{Inaccurate, but still good for white. 16. Qd2 and recapturing on d2 with
the king and marching it to c3 would just be over for black as the pawns on
the queen-side are just too weak.}

16.... Bxd5
17. O-O e6

{White was threatening to win the bishop with 18. Nb1 but now white must
play energetically to exploit his minor piece and the exposed nature of the
black king.}

18. Nf3 Qb2
19. Be5 c3
20. Nd4 b4
21. Bh5+ Kd8
22. Nb5

{There are strong arguments for 22. Qa4 with Qa2 being met by 23. Qb5 and
after Qa7, white is still pressuring. However, the text move gives black
more things to think about.}

22... Bc5
23. Bd4

{The absolutely critical position.
Unfortunately, I was already in some considerible time-pressure at this
point and invested a lot of time attempting to figure out the winning path.
I realised that the white queen belonged on a4, but after 23. Qa4, I simply
though that 23... qa2 would be good for him getting the queens off.

However, there is a very important factor in this position that at the time,
I failed to appreciate.
At any stage, I can chuck in Nxc3 and after bxc3, I can throw in (if
possible) Bxg7 and Bxc3 gaining all the material back for the sacked piece.
Therefore, 23. Qa4 Qa2 allows 24. Nxc3! and after the exchange on a2, white
can steal the g7 and c3 pawns. With the black king being so wide open, he
would be struggling to stay alive.}

23... d6
24. Bf3

{Certainly playble at any stage around here is the e3-e4 thrust, deflecting
the f5 pawn away and allowing Qg4 ideas. i.e. 24. Bxc5 dxc5 25. e4 and black
has to consider carefully how to play on.}

24... Qa2?

{Black did best to play 24... Bb3 25. Qd3 Qc2 26. Qxc2 Bxc2 where white has
nothing better than to give the piece back up on c3 and reach a level
ending, perhaps a pawn down, but at least equal.}

25. Bxc5 dxc5
26. Bxd5 Qxd5
27. Qh5

{And suddenly, black has got major problems.

27... c2

{Black could have sturrgled more firmly with 27... Ke7 28. Rd1 Qe5 29. Qg5+
Qf6 where white would have to rearrange his pieces with Qf4 etc.}

28. Qg5+ Kd7
29. Qxg7+ Kc6
30. Na7+ Kb6
31. Qxh8 Qd1

{Black's final attempt to mix things up.
if 31... Kxa7 32. Ra1+ Kb7 33. Qa8+ Kb6 34. Qa7+ Kc6 35. Qa4+ Kb6 36. Qxc2
and black can resign.}

32. Qb8+ Ka6
33. Qb5+ Kxa7
34. Qxc5+??

{The ultimate injustice has been done!
Black has amazingly escaped with a bizarre blunder by white. With seconds on
the clock, I thought I would clean up the pawns and then get back to deal
with the c2 pawn, not realising the over-loaded nature of the white queen on
34. Qa4+ Kb6 35. Rxd1 cxd1=Q 36. Qxd1 would call for immediate resignation.}

34... Ka6
35. Qc4+ Ka5
36. g3 Ka4

{Incredibly, so surprisingly, black has now equalised and is in fact

37. Qa2+

{The worst thing is that after 37. Qa6+ Kb3 38. Qxe6+ Kb2 the king can hide
on b1 and white can't deal with the queening threat and Qxf1+ threats at the
same time. Black has wriggled to a dirty win!}

37... Kb5
38. Qb2

{I can't even steal the E6 pawn: 38. Qxe6 Qxf1+ 39. Kxf1 c1=Q+ 40. Ke2 Qc4+

38... Kc4
39. Kg2 b3
40. h3 e5
41. h4

{Wriggling out to a3 does absolutely no good either. 41. Qa3 e4 42. Qb2 h6
and white will have to be forced to commit something eventually.}

41... h5
42. Kg1 f4
43. exf4 exf4
44. Kg2 f3+
45. Kg1 Kb4

{And white is zugzwanged. An amazing victory as black was completely busted.
Unjust rewards for a well-played game from white.}

46. g4 Qd7
47. Ra1 Qxg4+
48. Kf1 Qg2+
49. Ke1 Qg1+
50. Kd2 Qxf2+
51. Kd3 Qe2+
52. Kd4 Qc4+
53. Ke3 Qc3+
54. 0-1

Opening references
6... Nf6 7. e4 Nxe4 8. Bxb5 e6 9. dxe6 fxe6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Nxe4 Bxe4 12.
Bxb8 Rxb8 13. Ne5 Rb7 14. O-O O-O 15. Bxd7 Kh8 16. Bc6 Bxc6 17. Nxc6 Qe8 18.
Nxe7 Qxe7 19. b3 Rb4 20. Qe2 c4 21. c3
Tregubov,P (2635)-Kogan,A (2556)/Bastia 2003/EXT 2004/1-0 (60)

6... e6 7. dxe6 fxe6 8. axb5 Be7 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. e3 Nxd2 11. Qxd2 d6 12. Be2
e5 13. Bg3
Nd7 14. Bc4+ Kh8 15. Bd5 Bxd5 16. Qxd5 Nb6 17. Qb7 Rb8 18. Qe4 Qd7 19. O-O
20. Rxa7 Bf6 21. b3
Tyomkin,D (2505)-Shytaj,L (2356)/Mallorca 2004/CBM 104 no vc/1-0

7... f5 8. c3 Nf6 9. axb5 axb5 10. Rxa8 Bxa8 11. Bxb5
Nxd5 12. O-O Nxf4 13. exf4 Qb6 14. Na3 e6 15. Re1 Be7 16. Ne5 Qb7 17. Qh5+
18. Qh3 O-O 19. c4 Bf6 20. Nc2 Qc7 21. Qg3 Be4 22. Re2
Conquest,S (2560)-Mannion,S (2339)/Edinburgh 2003/CBM 095 ext/1/2-1/2 (51)

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships "]
[Site "Goa, Ind"]
[Date "2006.10.12"]
[Round "4.19"]
[White "Fries, Elisabeth"]
[Black "Ross, Chris"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A41"]
[WhiteElo "1831"]
[BlackElo "2129"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "46"]
[EventDate "2005.10.12"]
[WhiteTeam "Germany"]
[BlackTeam "England"]

{A41: Modern Defence}
1. d4 g6
2. Nf3 Bg7
3. Bf4

{Playing into black's hands. I adopted this system with the precise reason
of battering the poor old London system. White should avoid playing 3. Bf4
since black has not committed his D pawn. Now, black aims to hit the bishop
as quickly as possible, which is indeed so as the black knight has refrained
from jumping onto f6 so quickly.}

3... d6
4. e3 Nd7
5. Nbd2 e5

{And hence, the London bishop is hassled away.
The advantage of this move-order is that in the main line, black is forced
to play Qe8 to force the e7-e5 thrust and then later plays Qe7. In this
move-order, black is a full tempo up on the main line.}

6. Bg3

{The bishop has to retreat somewhere, but where is affective?
See below for opening references.}

6... Qe7
7. c3 Ngf6
8. Bc4

{An odd choice of square for the bishop. On c4, the bishop stands a bit
loosely and doesn't have a great deal of work to do. It should hide itself
on e2 until a clearer role for it appears.}

8... O-O
9. O-O Nh5

{Black's game plan is obvious: To advance the F pawn and squash the bishop
on g3 out of flight squares. A crude but affective plan.}

10. Bh4 Qe8

{This retreat is actually good for black as now the knight on h5, which
could have been left hanging in future lines will be defended by the queen.}

11. Re1?

{An aimless move that aids nothing towards white's game-plan. In fact, this
rook takes away the flight square for the knight on f3, which will now haunt
her for the rest of the game.}

11... Kh8
12. Qb3 Nb6

{Hitting the bishop and threatening to simply exchange and play Be6 with a
massive clamp on the light squares.
This also avoids tactics with ng5 for white.}

13. Bd3??

{After which, a defence for white is almost impossible to find.
The bishop had to hide on e2, indirectly attacking the knight on h5 and
allowing Qd1 moves with a double attack to hold up the squashing off the
bishop with the pawns.}

13... f5
14. dxe5 dxe5
15. e4 f4

{And now the bishop has serious problems on h4. If white hadn't played 11.
Re1, she could have played Ne1 and f2-f3 now to give a flight square for the
bishop. As it is, the bishop is doomed.

16. Nc4

{16. Qa3 attempting to extract the bishop via e7 was the only move for

16... h6
17. Nxb6 axb6
18. Rac1

{there is no explanation for this move. White had simply given up at this
point, I think an realised that the bishop and the game could not be saved.}

18... g5
19. Nxg5 hxg5
20. Bxg5 Qg6
21. Be7 Bh3

{Poor old white has not only lost a piece but is getting mated to add insult
to injury.}

22. Bf1 Bxg2
23. Bxf8 Bf3+
24. 0-1

Opening references:
6. Bg5 Ne7 7. Bb5 c6 8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Be2 Nxf3+
10. Nxf3 Bxb2 11. O-O O-O 12. Nd4 Bxa1 13. Qxa1 f6 14. Bh4 Nf5 15. Nxf5 Bxf5
16. Qb2 Qe7 17. Rd1 d5 18. c4 Be6 19. Bg3 Rad8 20. Rc1 dxc4
Norgiev,J (1715)-Herges,U (1994)/Frankfurt 2004/EXT 2005/0-1 (34)

6... Ne7 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. e4 O-O 9. Bc4 Nc6 10. a4 Qe7 11. c3 a5 12. Bh4 Bf6
Bxf6 Qxf6 14. Qe2 Nc5 15. Qe3 b6 16. O-O Ba6 17. Bxa6 Nxa6 18. Nb3 Qe6 19.
Rad8 20. Qe2 Nab8 21. Qc4
Florean,A (2436)-Moldovan,D (2432)/Baile Tusnad 2001/CBM 080 ext/1/2-1/2

8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. e4 Nh5 11. Be2 Nxg3 12.
hxg3 h5 13. Nf3 Bd7 14. Qb3 O-O-O 15. Bc4 Bc6 16. Bxf7 Bxe4 17. Qe6+ Qxe6
Bxe6+ Kb8 19. O-O Rhe8 20. Rfd1 a6 21. Bf7 Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 Rf8
Mista,L (2345)-Kisa,L/Czechoslovakia 1992/TD/1/2-1/2

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships"]
[Site "Goa IND"]
[Date "2006.10.13"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Chris Ross, Eng"]
[Black "Alexander Romanenkov, Rus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D56"]
[WhiteElo "2129"]
[BlackElo "2234"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]

{D56: Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defence}
1. d4 e6
2. c4 d5
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Bg5 Be7
5. e3 O-O
6. Nf3 h6
7. Bh4 c5

{For the one and only time in the tournament, I am hit with a variation we
had not prepared for and one that I wasn't familiar with.
We had expected and only researched into the Tartakower variation of the
QGD. So, here I had to make a big choice. QGD variations are not my
specialitiy as I normally play the Exchange variation of the QG. However,
now I was here, I had to play it.}

8. Rc1

{Although not incoorect, this is not the sharpest line that is available to
white. See below for opening references.}

8... cxd4
9. exd4 Nc6

{And so, we are reaching a IQP game, which I have no experience with and
have only played against. I actually like it as a normal rule for black, so
I was reasonably unhappy to be playing it as white!}

10. a3 dxc4
11. Bxc4 b6
12. O-O Bb7
13. Ba2 Rc8
14. Qd3 Nd5?!

Better for black was 14... Nh5 15. Bb1 g6 16. Bxe7 Nxe7 17. Ne4 where black
is still on the board.}

15. Bg3?!

{Too automatic.
15. Nxd5! exd5 16. Bb1 g6 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 would leave white with a wonderful
position where the bishop on b7 is just a big pawn.
Note that after 15... Bxh4 16. Bb1 g6 17. Nf4! is exceedingly strong for
white as there are sacks coming in on g6 and e6.....}

15... Nxc3
16. Rxc3 Bf6
17. Rd1 Ne7

{The outpost on d5 is becoming stronger for black, but the black king-side
is looking a bit ropy....}

18. Rxc8 Qxc8
19. Bb1 g6
20. Be5 Bg7
21. Bxg7 Kxg7
22. Ne5 Rd8
23. Qd2

{It is important to bring the queen onto a dark square but the throwing down
of the H pawn must be done at some point by white. If lines are not opened
soon, the weak D pawn will soon become too much of a liability.}

23... Nf5
24. Qf4

{Too ambitious. White should chop this knight immediately and throw h4 in to
rid himself of the back-rankers.}

24... f6

{Black exposes his own king but drives the white pieces backwards. The D
pawn is becoming increasingly weak.}

25. Bxf5 exf5
26. Nd3 g5
27. Qe3 Re8
28. Qd2 Qc6
29. f3 f4
30. Rc1 Qd6
31. Nf2 Re7
32. h3 h5
33. Rd1?

{So far, both players have pushed around reaching the time control. However,
here, I simply lacked a game-plan. I had no idea how to progress in this
position. I could not see a way in which I could increase my position and
was almost resorted to sitting back and waiting for black to make a critical
Although the D pawn can become weak, the rook simply does not belong on the
D file but on the C file, wehre it is doing a much better job.}

33... Bd5
34. h4

{An attempt to open up the position and expose the black king. This
naturally fails misrably.}

34... Kh6
35. hxg5+ fxg5
36. Nd3??

{A pittiful blunder. The only move on the board is 36. Rc1 but with seconds
on the clock, I simply lacked ideas, a plan and any imagination.}

36... Bb3
37. Rc1 Qxd4+
38. Kh1 Rd7
39. Rc3

{Perhaps a final trick up white's sleeve was 39. Rc6+ Kh7 40. Qc3 Qxc3 41.
Rxc3 but its still over. 40... Qxd3 is not possible due to 41. Qf6 but black
can avoid that easily enough.}

39... Bc4
40. Rxc4 Qxc4
41. Ne5 Qf1+
42. 0-1

Opening references
8. Bd3 Nc6 9. Rc1 b6 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. O-O Bd6 13. dxc5 bxc5
14. Bb1 Bf4 15. exf4 c4 16. b3 Ne7 17. bxc4 Ba6 18. Re1 Bxc4 19. Ne5 Rc8 20.
Nxc4 Rxc4 21. Rxc4 dxc4 22. Qe2 Nd5
Garriga Nualart,J (2375)-Picanol Alamany,A (2255)/Olot 1994/EXT 97/1-0

8. cxd5 cxd4 9. Qxd4 exd5 10. Be2 Nc6 11. Qd2 Re8 12. O-O g5 13. Bg3 Ne4 14.
Nb4 15. Qb5 a6 16. Qa4 Nxc3 17. bxc3 b5 18. Bxb5 axb5 19. Qxa8 Na6 20. Qc6
21. Qxh6 Bf6 22. h4 Ne4
Restas,P (2270)-Juhasz,S/Heves 2000/EXT 2004/1-0

9... b6 10. cxd5
exd5 11. h3 Nbd7 12. Bd3 Bb7 13. O-O Re8 14. Re1 Ne4 15. Bxe7 Rxe7 16. Re3
17. Rxc3 Rxe3 18. fxe3 Nf6 19. Nd2 Rc8 20. Qc2 Rxc3 21. Qxc3 Qe7 22. Bc2 g6
b4 Kg7 24. a4
Stodolova,K-Cervinka,V/Nachod 1999/EXT 2000/0-1 (33)

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships"]
[Site "Goa IND"]
[Date "2006.10.28"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Tonteri Ari, Ira"]
[Black "Chris Ross, Eng"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B42"]
[WhiteElo "2130"]
[BlackElo "2129"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "2006.10.15"]

{B42: Sicilian: Kan Variation}
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 e6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 a6
5. Bd3 Bc5
6. Nb3 Ba7
7. Qe2 Ne7
8. c4

{So far, all played in the style of Bobby Fischer and the other greats of
the 5. Bd3 line. Black's strategy is simple enough, the occupation of the
dark squares and the illustration of the loosening nature of the Bind
imposed by white.
Naturally, white can restrain from binding with c4, but otherwise, what does
he have to show for his efforts?}

8... d6
9. Nc3 Nbc6
10. Be3 O-O

{In many lines, black can exchange on e3, but this just drives the white
queen to its optimal square. Therefore, black should allow the exchange of
dark-squared bishops and not lose tempo with his own development. The
miss-placing of the queen's rook is a small price to pay for the domination
of the dark squares.}

11. Rc1

{Played almost too automatically. The rook has no clear role on the C file
yet and although it discourages Qc7 ideas for black, the queen is actually
not likely to land there. If black is forced into Rxa7, then b7-b6/b5 is
going to be played and ther ook swing across the 2nd rank, probably to c7.
The black queen is therefore destined for the b8 square and not c7. Is the
rook hence better on d1 to pressure the d6 pawn? More conservative was 11.
Bxa7 Rxa7 12. O-O Ng6 with a slight pull for white.}

11... e5

{An important part of black's strategy.
It looks positionally undesirable to willingly open up the bind and give
white the d5 outpost, but yet, black needs this move to once again punch
holes in the dark squares within the white camp. Black gains space in the
center and gains the d4 and f4 outposts for his knight. The bishop on d3 has
now been reduced to a pawn and when a knight lands on d5, it is to be
exchanged for the bishop on c8, hopefully reaching that good old familiar
good knight V bad bishop ending.
Black can now get frisky on the king-side if he so wishes with f7-f5
thrusts or as in the game, play with his pieces. 11... Bxe3 12. Qxe3 f5 13.
f4 does not seem to be the way for black to play the position.}

12. Bxa7 Rxa7
13. O-O Ng6
14. Nd5 Qg5?!

{Ambitiously played. 14... Be6 is more consistant with black's game-plan.
The queen exploration of the dark squares around the white king is a little
premature. White can easily deflect the queen's ambitions and neutralise
black's attacking intensions.}

15. f3

{More prudent is 15. Qe3 Qxe3 16. fxe3 a5 and although white has a weak pawn
structure, his knight is dominating and he has the open F file.}

15... Be6
16. Qe3 Qh4

{Black avoids the exchange of queens in the hope that he is still able to
whip up some kind of attack on the dark-squares around the white king.
Probably better is 16... Nf4 17. Nxf4 exf4 18. Qb6 when white seems to be
getting the advantage.}

17. Rfd1 Raa8
18. Qb6!

{A good annoying move for black to have to deal with.
White is now preparing the c4-c5 break and the queen-side for black is
looking fairly unsteady.}

18... Rab8
19. Bf1 f5?

{Far too ambitious.
White can hold off black's aggressive intensions easily enough if he stays
cool and calculated.
The major problem with black's position is the loose nature of the bishop on
e6. Black offerss to enter into complications here, which white incorrectly
refuses to enter.}

20. exf5?!

{More testing is the move 20. Nc7! forcing 20... Bc8 (20... Qd8 allows 21.
c5!) and white can steal the a6 pawn. A simple line goes 20. Nc7 Bc8 21.
Nxa6 bxa6 22. Qxc6 fxe4 22. fxe4 and black has play for the pawn. Maybe
Bb7/Bxe4 and if Qf2+ and maybe Rf4/Rh4 or Bb7/Bxe4 and Nh4 could make the g2
pawn really awkward. In any case, black would have compensation for the
sacrificed pawn.}

20... Bxf5
21. Ne3 e4

{Black has to play energetically here, or otherwise, his pawns are just
weak. The opening up of the white king's position is now vital.}

22. Nxf5 Rxf5
23. g3 Qe7
24. fxe4 Rf6

{White has won a pawn, but at a cost. His king's position is now exposed and
the dark-squares are even weaker than before. Black has the wonderful e5
outpost and the open F file to cause problems down. White's defence is not
easy to find.}

25. Bg2 Nge5
26. Rf1?

{An amazing blunder. White naturally wishes to exchange pieces to easy his
problems but he underestimates the looseness of his own position. Essential
for white was 26. c5 when black has to reconsider on how he will prise
things open.}

26... Rxf1+
27. Kxf1?!

{What else can white do? If 27. Bxf1, then the queen and knight are going
dancing around the white king with Nf3+ and Qxe4.
27. Rxf1 just drops the c4 pawn for no reason and black is back up and
running with the advantage. However, that was better than the text move for
now comes....}

27... Nxc4!

{Neatly illustrating how loose the white pieces are.
The white queen on b6 is a dominating piece but is miles away from the
She is now attacked and has no retreat squares, only g1, which is a
miserable square for her. Therefore, white grovels on for a few more moves.}

28. Rxc4 Qf7+
29. Kg1 Qxc4
30. Qe3

{Cheekily accompanied by a draw offer! The alternative was 30. h3 Qc2 31.
Na5 Nxa5 32. Qxa5 Qc5+ 33. Qxc5 dxc5 but it isn't very good for white.}

30... Qc2
31. Qc1 Qxc1+
32. Nxc1 Rc8
33. Bh3 Re8

{White can resign here. The queen-side pawns can not be saved. It is just a
matter of time before the rook penetrates down the C file.}

34. Bg2 Ne5
35. Ne2 Rc8
36. Nc3 b5
37. Bh3 Rc5
38. Be6+ Kf8
39. 0-1

Opening references:
8. Be3 O-O 9. Nc3 d6 10. O-O-O b5 11.
e5 d5 12. Bxa7 Rxa7 13. f4 b4 14. Na4 Bd7 15. Nac5 a5 16. Kb1 a4 17. Nd4 Qb6
18. Nxd7 Nxd7 19. f5 Qxd4 20. fxe6 Qxe5 21. exd7 Qxe2 22. Bxe2 Rxd7
Macieja,B (2633)-Landa,K (2550)/ INT 2004/CBM 100 ext/0-1 (86)

10... Bxe3 11. Qxe3 e5 12. O-O O-O 13. Rfd1 Be6 14. Bf1 Rc8 15. Qd2 Nb8 16.
Qxd6 Qxd6 17. Rxd6 Bxc4 18. Bxc4 Rxc4 19. Rb6 Rc7 20. Na5 Nd7 21. Rd6 Nc8
Rd2 Ncb6 23. Rad1 f6 24. g3 Kf7 25. Rd6
Planinec,A (2510)-Najdorf,M (2530)/Mar del Plata 1971/MCD/1-0 (41)})

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships"]
[Site "Goa IND"]
[Date "2006.10.16"]
[Round "7.16"]
[White "Chris Ross, Eng"]
[Black "Zadeh Leila Zare, Irn"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A22"]
[WhiteElo "2129"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]

{A22: English Opening}
1. c4 Nf6
2. Nc3 d6
3. g3 e5
4. Bg2 c6

{A slight surprise as my opponent is a King's Indian Defence player. We had
planned to play the Botvinik system against her but with the loosening c6
method of playing against the standard English, my plans had to slightly
change. However, I had to wait to see how she was going to challenge my
opening play.}

5. e4 Be7

{Passively played. Again, 5.... g6 and the fienchetto of the king's bishop
is probably best, although the d6 pawn will be left weakened.}

6. Nge2 O-O
7. O-O Be6
8. b3 d5?!

{Black tries to break out through the center. However, she is lacking in
development and the opening up of the long diagonal is just to white's
advantage. Now, the white minor pieces rage through the center.}

9. cxd5

{Solid. Perhaps more accurate is 9. exd5 will the idea of pressuring b7.
However, I wanted to keep things steady.}

9... cxd5
10. d4

{It is essential to open up lines in the center and get the white bishops
motoring. Also, the black queen-side is so lacking in development.}

10... dxe4

{Slightly better for black was 10... Nxe4 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Bxe4 as one set
of knights have been exchanged.}

11. dxe5 Ng4
12. Nd4 Bc8?!

{A miserable retreat. However, white was threatening to simply chop on e6
and leave black with a horrible weak e6 pawn. With the double-finenchettoed
bishops, the open position, black would really struggle to hold the E pawn
and the game.}

13. Nxe4 Nxe5
14. Bb2 Qb6

{Black is struggling now for a plan. She must get developed at all costs.
14... Nbc6 is the only move for consideration in all reality.}

15. Qh5

{The best square for the white queen.
She develops with a threat and also introduces very dangerous king-side
attacking possibilities for white.
With the finenchettoed bishops and the white knights ready to jump into f5
and g5, with the rooks quickly swinging into the center, things are looking
very grim for black.}

15... f5?

{Perhaps it was time for black to begin grovelling. 15... f6 16. h3 Na6 is
strong for white but black is still in the game.
With the text move, white is just going to crash through on the light

16. Ng5 h6

{Black had to give up the bishop pair with 16... Bxg5 17. Qxg5 h6 and white
would have to rearrange his attack but with the added bonus of the bishop

17. Bd5+ Kh8
18. Nde6!

{Winning in all variations.
The knight on e5 can not move due to Qxh6# ideas and the rook can't move off
the back rank due to Qe8 mating ideas.}

18... Bxe6
19. Nxe6 Nbd7

{Black could have resigned here as the loss of the exchange means that white
can back off and simply grind her out.}

20. Nxf8 Rxf8
21. Qe2 Bc5

{Yet another blunder in a hopeless position. Black had given up all hope
here and was simply floundering around for some tactics to enlighten her

22. Bxe5 Nxe5
23. Qxe5 Bd4
24. Qe7 Rd8
25. Qxb7 Qc5
26. Bg2 Bxa1
27. Rxa1 Rd2
28. Qb8+ Kh7
29. Qf4 Qc2
30. Re1 Qxa2
31. Qxf5+ 1-0

Opening reference:
9. exd5 cxd5 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 Bg4 12. Qd2 Bb4 13. a3 Ne4 14. Bxe4 Bxc3
15. Bxh7+ Kxh7 16. Qxc3 dxc4 17. Qxc4 Qd7 18. Be3 Nc6 19. Nxc6 bxc6 20. Qe4+
Kg8 21. Rac1 Rfc8 22. Rc5
Be6 23. Rh5 f6
Wirig,A (2347)-Tibensky,R (2438)/Pula 2003/CBM 094 ext/1-0 (72)

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships"]
[Site "Goa IND"]
[Date "2006.10.30"]
[Round "8.9"]
[White "Chris Ross, Eng"]
[Black "Tadeusz Zoltek, Pol"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D36"]
[WhiteElo "2129"]
[BlackElo "2239"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "2006.10.17"]

{D36: Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation}
1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. cxd5 exd5
5. Bg5 c6
6. e3 Be7
7. Bd3 Nbd7
8. Nge2 O-O
9. Qc2 Re8
10. O-O-O

{The first time I have ever castled queen's in the Exchange variation.
Normally, I play Nf3 lines too with the minority attack. With those lines, I
feel very comfortable. I took on this line on the advice of Chris Beaumont.
During the game, I was never really comfortable playing this and doubt I
will adventure this line again.}

10... Nf8
11. h3 a5
12. g4 b5
13. Ng3 a4
14. Nce2

{After the game, it was decided that white should wait for black to play Qa5
and then b4.
The immediate occupation of the f5 outpost was probably best. 14. Nf5 Bxf5
and white can recapture with either the bishop or the pawn.
See below for opening references.}

14... b4
15. Qd2

{The only way in which to avoid b4-b3 pawn sacks.
The queen is not badly placed on d2, but the power down the light squares
has been reduced somewhat.}

15... Ne4
16. Bxe4 dxe4
17. Bxe7 Qxe7
18. Kb1 Rd8

{Played after some considerable thought.
The position is rather unclear, but black certainly has a bad pawn
structure. If white can consolidate, his advantage should soon tell.
The text move threatens to break out with c6-c5, which white must prevent.
Again, white must be wary of b4-b3 sacks.}

19. Qc1 Ba6
20. Nf5 Qd7
21. Neg3 Bd3+
22. Ka1 g6
23. Rxd3?

I was pretty depressed with my position here and could not think of a good
way in which to play on.
All my analysis went on: 23. Nh6+ Kg7 24. g5 Ne6 25. h4 a3
and there, I thought I would be forced to play b3 and after Nxd4, black is
simply winning.
However, what I failed to appreciate was the fact that I could leave the
pawn on a3, and allow axb2+ and the queen recapture would put massive
pressure down the long diagonal. Then the threat of d4-d5 would be massive
and the black king is exceedingly weak.
The exchange sack achieves nothing at all and is simply a desperate and
pathetic attempt to releave the pressure. As it shortly becomes clear, white
is just lost.}

23... exd3
24. Ne4 Kh8
25. Qc5?

{The final blunder. 25. Nfd6 Ne6 26. f4 was too depressing to contemplate.}

25... gxf5
26. Qe5+ f6
27. Nxf6 Qe6
28. 0-1

Opening references:
14. Kb1 N6d7 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Nce2 Ra6 17. Nf5 Qd8 18. Nd6 Re6 19. Nxc8
Qxc8 20. Bxb5 Ra5 21. Bxa4 Nb6 22. Bb3 Qa8 23. Rc1 Nfd7 24. Nf4 Rd6 25. Nd3
26. Nc5 Qb8 27. Ka1 Nf6 28. g5 Ne8 29. Qc3
Solaesa Navalpotro,L (2188)-Rodriguez Gonzalez,J (2159)/Madrid 2003/CBM 093
ext/1-0 (38)

14. Kb1 Qa5 15. Bxf6 Bxf6
16. Nce2 Bd7 17. Bf5 Rec8 18. Nf4 b4 19. Qd2 Be7 20. h4 Bd6 21. h5 Qd8 22.
Nxd7 23. Nf5 Bf8 24. g5 Qxg5 25. Qd3 Qf6 26. Rdg1 Kh8 27. Rh3 a3 28. Nxg7
Zaichik,G (2500)-Matlak,M (2420)/Polanica Zdroj 1989/EXT 97/0-1 (36)

14... Bd7 15. Rdg1 Rc8 16. Kb1 c5 17. Qd1 cxd4 18. Nxd4 b4 19. Ngf5 a3
20. b3 Rc3 21. Nxe7+ Qxe7 22. Qe2 Ne6 23. Nxe6 Bxe6 24. Rc1 Rec8 25. Rxc3
26. Rc1 Bd7 27. Qe1 Qb4 28. Bf4 Ba4 29. Qd1
Petrosyan,A-Doibani,V/Chalkidiki 2001/EXT 2002/1-0 (41)

[Event "IBCA XI World Individual Championships"]
[Site "Goa IND"]
[Date "2006.10.31"]
[Round "9.10"]
[White "Jorgen Magnusson, SWE."]
[Black "Chris Ross, ENG."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E24"]
[WhiteElo "2315"]
[BlackElo "2129"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "102"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]

{E24: Nimzo-Indian: Sämisch}
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. a3 Bxc3+
5. bxc3 c5
6. f3 d6
7. e4 Nc6
8. Be3

{I'm not that impressed with this move all in all. I think the bishop should
stay at home until it is clear to where he belongs. On c1, the bishop leaves
it options open.
The game-strategy is obvious. Black intends to put all his pawns on dark
squares and ensure that the light coloured bishops are reduced to pawns.
White must lever open the center with f3-f4 thrusts and the c1 bishop must
be used to aid that. Also, ra2 ideas swinging across the 2nd rank have to be
kept in the offing.
White wants to get Bd3 in and Ne2, but the d4 pawn is left hanging. However,
black is naturaly going to challenge the d4 pawn even more and eventually
ask it to advance or to exchange itself. Waiting for the decision is
probably not the best for white and he should commit himself immediately
with 8. d5 and after 8... Na5, 9. Bd3 is possible.
The text-move only envokes black to solidify his pawn structure, put his
pawns on more dark-squares and falicitate the bishop's path to attack the
weakened c4 pawn, which is the focus of black's game.}

8... b6
9. Bd3 e5
10. d5

{If white was intent on holding the tension in the center, then he should
carry on in usch a vein. See below for opening references.}

10... Na5
11. Ne2 Ba6

{Castling here is certainly a plan for black. However, I had more ambitious
intensions here and the immediate pressure on the c4 pawn is rather
uncomfortable for white.}

12. Ng3 Qd7
13. Qe2 h5!?

{The critical position has now arisen.
Black has to carry on in his aggressive manner. The threat of Qa4 and the
rounding up of the C pawn is too strong for white to ignore.
The big question is though to where the white king belongs. Leaving him in
the center seems to be best although that is a hard decision to make.
For black, the king safety is another matter. On the king-side, he would be
vulnerable to attacks after the pawn lever f3-f4. Ideas like Nf5 and Bg5 for
white would be very annoying to deal with.
As the queen-side is blockaded, black can hide his king over there since the
knight on a5 is not going to be dislodged very quickly.
Therefore, black begins immediately to pressure the white king-side. The
launching of the pawns threatens to gain space and drive the white pieces
The white bishop pair is actually of no worth here as both bishops are
pretty rubbish. It will take a long time before any of them can come into
their true strength and will never do so whilst the pawn structure is so

14. a4

{White wishes to stop the threat now of Qa4 but venturing out there with the
black queen and allowing Nf5 ideas is very risky indeed. White probably does
best to castle and make a big decision after that.}

14... g6
15. O-O h4
16. Nh1 Rh5

{It is essential to prevent Bg5 ideas for white which would make life for
black extremely unpleasant.}

17. Nf2 O-O-O
18. Nd1

{White struggles to find a decent and worth-while plan to do. Blak has
control, is running the show and white has too many weaknesses at a4 and c4
to deal with and to hope to strike out in the center. The knight is now
employed to do it's defensive duties on b2, where it will guard a4 and b2,
but its a pretty miserable role for the beast.}

18... Rg8
19. Nb2

{If white attempts to prevent the oncoming pawn march, he may blast his own
king dangerously wide. 19. f4 h3 20. g3 Ng4 looks scary for white.}

19... g5
20. Kf2

{White decides that the king-side is too dangerous for his king to remain
He makes a break for the queen-side and allows his queen's rook to swing
across to aid in the defense.}

20... Rh7
21. Rg1 g4
22. Raf1 Rhg7

{Thre are so many ways in which to capitalise for black here. Computer
analysis reckons 22... g3+! 23. hxg3 Nh5 is simply winning. I see no decent
way for white to meet this, I have to say!}

23. Ke1 Qe7
24. f4?!

{White should continue his flight and not make any attempt to free his
position. He should simply sit and wait and ask black to prove his advantage
and to open him up. 24. Kd1 Kb8 and white can shuffle around on the back
ranks and let black make the pushing.
Pushing the F pawn is just opening up more lines and making more weaknesses
for the black pieces to attack.}

24... Nd7

{Asking the question of the f4 pawn. 24... Nh5 25. fxe5 dxe5 26. g3 seems to
be holding for white, so, black threatens to outpost the black knight on

25. fxe5?

{Playing into black's hands. Naturally, white is anxious to open up the
position for his bishops, but this gives the black knight a wonderful
outpost on e5, from which it is not easy to expel him. With black
threatening to chop on f4 and gain the outpost for himself in any case,
white did best to play 25. f5 and once again, wait for black to open things
up down the G & H files. Naturally, white doesn't want to play f5 and
blockade his light squared bishop any more and make the e4 pawn backward,
but that is the consequence of pushing the F pawn unnecessarily.}

25... Nxe5
26. Kd1 Kc7

{The black king steps out of the way to allow the bishop to remerge back
into the fight. Also, the king keeps an eye on the d6 pawn which could be
loose in the future.}

27. Rf4 Bc8
28. Bc2 Ng6

{At this stage, white got into very serious time trouble, having less than 5
minutes to complete 40 moves.
Black's text-move is a very cheeky one going after a stray pawn, but its
consistant with his play However, things get a bit scary now for a while.}

29. Rff1 Qe5
30. Qd2

{Putting pressure down the c1-h6 diagonal. Black has to steal the pawn
otherwise his play so far would not make any sense. 30. Kc1 Qxh2 31. Rf6 Bd7
doesn't help white.}

30... Qxh2
31. Bh6

{Perhaps unnecessary. White wanted to force the rook onto the h7 square to
ensure that the knight on g6 would be pinned against it when the future sack
e4-e5 is thrown in.
However, the bishop can do the same job from f6, hitting the g7 rook. 31.
Bg5 with the idea of Bf6 is actually awkward for black, but it is still
playable. Say 31... Bd7 32. Bf6 Rh7 33. e5 dxe5 34. d6+ Kb8 and white
doesn't quite have enough for the two pawns. if 34. Be4, then Qg3 and the
black queen will soon return to the fight. Qd5 ideas for white can always be
kicked away with Bc6 and the D pawn isn't marching very far. A tense
position would result and one that white could never have figured out in
such time restrictions.}

31... Rh7
32. Bg5 h3

{Provokative. 32... Bd7 is more solid and cleaner. The advance of the H pawn
can be held back and white doesn't seem to have any decent plan apart from
the e4-e5 sack.}

33. e5?!

{If white doesn't give up the 2nd pawn, then his position will have no
activity in it at all. 33. Bf6 was certainly an alternative but it could be
regarded as slightly too slow.}

33... Qxe5

{Bringing the queen back into the game and not allowing the white D pawn to
march on causing problems. 33... dxe5 34. d6+ Kb8 35. d7 Bxd7 36. Qxd7 hxg2
37. Qd6+ Ka8 38. Be4+ Nb7 39. Rxg2 is lost for black.}

34. Re1

{Releasing the pressure somewhat. 34. Bf6 would ask the question of the
black queen, which would probably hide on h5. The rook on h7 would then need
some shuffling to get back into the game, but the black king-side pawns are
becoming stronger the more white messes around. 34. gxh3 gxh3 35. Kc1 f5 is
just not good enough for white. he needs action and tactics to keep black

34... Qg7
35. gxh3

{White has no choice but to open up more lines. 35. Bf4 f5 36. Bg3 Nh4 37.
Bxh4 Rxh4 hasn't helped white and only allowed the black pawns look more

35... Rxh3

{Black must be extremely careful here. 35... gxh3 36. Bxg6 and white can
win the queen with 36... fxg6 37. Re7+ or 36... Qxg6 37. Bd8+. OK, black
would get a bit of material for the queen, but it is unnecessary when the
recapture of the rook puts pressure on the c3 square and keeps things under

36. Rgf1

{Again, white is looking for action down the open files, but black can
deflect this easily enough. 36. Re3 Rh5 37. Reg3 Qe5 was the other way to
play it, but white hasn't gone very far.}

36... Rf3

{Forcing exchanges. 36... f5 37. Bxf5 Nb3 38. Qe2 Rxc3 39. Qxg4 looked scary
but winning for black.}

37. Rxf3

{The tension is getting to white.
37. Be4 Nb3
(37... Rxc3 is worthless because of 38. Bf6 Qh7 39. Qxc3
[39. Bxc3 f5 40. Bc2 Kb8])
38. Qc2 Rxf1 39. Rxf1 g3 40. Qxb3 Ne5 41. Bd8+ Rxd8 winning for black.}

37... gxf3
38. Qe3

{More testing is 38. Rg1 pressuring the queen down the G file and holding up

38... Ne5
39. Bf4 Re8

{Trying to be ultra-solid as we scrambled to reach the control. 39... Nexc4
seems to be very strong 40. Nxc4 Nxc4 41. Qe7+ Kb8 42. Bd3 and if white ever
chops on d6, the king can hide on a6 and the white king is just too

40. Rg1 Qh8

{The other try is 40... Qf6 41. Bg3 Nexc4 42. Nxc4 Rxe3 43. Bxd6+ Kb7 44.
Nxe3 Qxc3 and its all over.}

41. Re1

{Whipped out by my opponent although we had just reached the time control.
Better was 41. Bxe5 dxe5
(41... Rxe5 42. Qxf3 f5 43. Rh1)
(41... Qxe5 42. Qxf3 Re7 43. Rf1)
42. Qxf3 f5 and black still has work to do to convert his advantage.}

41... Bd7

{Simplier was 41...
Nexc4 42. Qxe8 Nxb2+ 43. Kc1 Qxe8 44. Rxe8 f2 winning.}

42. Qf2 Qh5

{Now the dust had settle and I had calmed down somewhat, cool analysis shows
that I am simply two pawns up, the f3 pawn is a monster and black can win
this in several ways. 42... Nexc4 43. Nxc4 Nxc4 44. Rxe8 Qxc3 45. Bc1 Bxe8
46. Qf1 Qd4+ 47. Ke1 Qe5+ 48. Kd1 Qxd5+ 49. Ke1 Qe5+ 50. Kd1 Qd4+ 51. Ke1
52. Kf2 Qxc2+ 53. Kg3 Bxa4 54. Bf4 winning for black.}

43. Bxe5

{43. Kc1 Bf5
(43... Nexc4 44. Rxe8 Bxe8 45. Nxc4 Nxc4 46. Bd1)
(43... Naxc4 44. Nxc4 Nxc4 45. Rxe8 Bxe8 46. Qf1)
44. Rg1 Bxc2 45. Qxc2 f2 and white can call it a day.}

43... Rxe5

{More active than 43... dxe5 44. Be4}

44. Bd3

{White had just about given up here. 44. Rxe5 dxe5 45. Be4 Bg4 is still good
enough for black to convert.}

44... Qg5

{44... Bf5 seems even better as 45. Rf1 Nb3 brings the knight into the game

45. Bf1 Qf4
46. Qd2

{White hopes that an end-game with queens off may give him some rest-bite.
The exchange of queens would be good, but why bother when black can tie
white up in knots.
46. Kc2 Bf5+ 47. Nd3 Qxc4 48. Rxe5 Qxa4+ 49. Kc1 Qa1+ 50. Kc2 dxe5}

46... Qg3
47. Rxe5 Qxe5
48. Qe1 Qh2
49. Qd2 Qg1
50. Ke1 Bh3
51. Qf2 Qh1

{And black is completely zugzwanged. Moving the knight to d1 allows Nxc4 and
then going to e3 with the knight allows the exchange and then the f1 bishop
falls with check.}

52. 0-1

Opening references:
10. Ne2 O-O 11. d5 Ne7 12. O-O Ne8 13. Ng3 f5 14. f4 fxe4 15.
Nxe4 Nf5 16. Bd2 Nf6 17. Ng5 exf4 18. Rxf4 h6 19. Ne6 Bxe6 20. dxe6 Ne7 21.
d5 22. Qe2 Qd6 23. Raf1 Rad8 24. Rxf6 Rxf6
Sagalchik,G (2515)-Taylor,G (2320)/Montreal 1995/EXT 97/1-0 (34)

11... O-O 12. O-O Ba6 13. Ng3 Bxc4 14. h3 Qd7 15. Bg5 Ne8 16.
Nf5 f6 17. Be3 Kh8 18. f4 g6 19. Nh6 Ng7 20. fxe5 dxe5 21. Ng4 Qe7 22. Bh6
23. Rf2
1/2-1/2 Ingachev,A-Kiselev,V (2277)/Dagomys 2004/EXT 2005

Chris Ross
Saturday 21st October 2006





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