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- "Problem of the Day"
GM Milos Pavlovic (2494) - GM
Magnus Carlsen (2625)
The game for the POTD.
Friday; June 24th, 2011.
2.Nf3 Nc6; 3.Bb5 a6; 4.Ba4 Nf6; 5.0-0 b5; 6.Bb3 Bc5;
The Arch-Angel, I have seen this a few times as White.
r1bqk2r/2pp1ppp/p1n2n2/1pb1p3/4P3/1B3N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 7
I have won a few times, but mostly
against players 2000 or below. In 2001, I got a draw (as White) against
FM Steven Muhammed;
[Today, Steve is an IM.]
[ One popular reference gives the following continuation:
6...Bb7; 7.Re1 Bc5; 8.c3 d6; 9.d4 Bb6; 10.Be3 0-0;
11.Nbd2 h6; 12.h3, "+/=" 12...Rb8;
and while White may have a small edge here, Black's
position is very playable.
An interesting contest would be:
Dmitrij Jakovenko (2627) - Evgeny Tomashevsky (2555);
[C78] / 58th RUS-ch [semi-finals] (R#3) / Kazan, RUS; 05,09,2005.
(White won, 1-0 in 61 moves. REPLAY this game, on the CG site.)
[ (Initial source was MCO here.) See MCO-15, page # 66; column # 25,
and all (applicable) notes. ] ]
8.d4 Bb6; 9.a4, (Q-side play.)
A reasonable try, White does this in many variants of this system, the main thing is (of course!) the timing of this particular pawn thrust.
[ Another line is: 9.Re1 0-0; "="
Andrei Istratescu (2602) - Julian Sofronie (2436) [C78] /
1st Niort Open (R#7), 2004. (A short draw, 19 moves.) ]
(Maybe - '!?')
This seems a little different, most games that I have looked at, Black puts the QB (LSB) on b7, when the second player has two pieces striking at the WK.
r2qk2r/2p2ppp/pbnp1n2/1p2p3/P2PP1b1/1BP2N2/1P3PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 10
However - I must stress while this move, (9...Bg4); may not be a "main line," it is far from being unplayable ... in fact, Black does quite good with this B-pin here!
White goes for simplifications, but this seems to mostly help Black - at least the way that the game turned out.
[ Probably better was: >/= 10.Bg5, "+/="
when several engines that I tested show
an edge here for White. ]
11.Rxa8 Qxa8; 12.h3 Bh5; 13.Qd3!?,
Perhaps an attempt to stir things up (by White).
[ Maybe better for White was:
13.d5 Na5; "~" with roughly an equal game. ]
Now complications flare up ...
13...exd4; 14.Bg5 Bxf3;
So far, play has been without any significant errors.
q3k2r/2p2ppp/1bnp1n2/1p4B1/3pP3/1BPQ1b1P/1P3PP1/1N3RK1 w k - 0 15
White has entered into early and
vague complications ...
This turns out poorly for White, simply taking with the WQ looked to be much better than this.
[ White should have played: >/= 15.Qxf3 Ne5;
when it looks equal, maybe a fuzz better for Black. ]
(In the following line, 16.Bxg7,
is unacceptable; look at the simple move 16...Bxf1; for Black.)
15...Bxg2!; 16.Kxg2 gxf6; 17.Qxb5 Ke7; "+/=" (Maybe "/+")
The dust has settled, Black has a clear advantage here.
q6r/2p1kp1p/1bnp1p2/1Q6/3pP3/1BP4P/1P3PK1/1N3R2 w - - 0 18
Both Kings are a little uncomfortable, although I would have to say that White's King is worse off than Black's.
A nice combination, this is far from being "an easy win" here, Black had to do a lot of good, concrete calculations to be sure that this sacrifice would work.
7r/2p1kp1p/1b1p1p2/1Q2n3/3pqP2/1BP4P/1P5K/1N3R2 w - - 0 20
The opening is barely over, and now Black invests a piece, in order to get after the White King.
[ Or Black could have tried: RR19...Ng6!; 20.Qe2 Qc6; "/+" with a clear edge. ]
(Maybe even - '?')
This turns out to be another error for White. Better was Nd2, although analysis will show that White probably could not save his game.
[ The box suggests a line which is extremely complicated, e.g.:
>/= 20.Nd2 Qe3; 21.fxe5 Rg8; 22.exd6+ Kf8; 23.Ne4 Qxe4;
24.Rf2 Qe3; 25.Qf1 Qe5+; 26.Kh1 dxc3; 27.d7 Ke7;
28.Re2 Be3; 29.d8Q+ Kxd8; "-/+" and Black will win from here. ]
The next few moves look to
be forced for both sides.
20...Rg8!; 21.exf6+ Kf8; 22.Rf2 d3; 23.Qh5 Rg6!; 24.Qf3, hmmm (Forced!?)
The box wants to toss a whole Rook here, most humans would resign before playing that.
5k2/2p2p1p/1b1p1Pr1/8/4q3/1BPp1Q1P/1P3R1K/1N6 b - - 0 24
We now have reached our position for the Problem of the Day.
[ IF White wanted to play on, he had to play: >/= 24.Qd5T, - Fritz 12
(Black wins easily by trading the Queens - than munching the Rook on f2.) ]
A (younger) Carlsen now finishes
off his opponent - in fine style.
There isn't much that is good here for White ...
[ Or (White could have played):
25.Qf4 Qe1; 26.Rg2 Bg1+; 27.Kh1 Be3+; "-/+"
and Black wins the WQ. ]
This is forced.
[ </= 26.Kh2? Qg1#. ]
Again, White has no choice.
[ </= 27.Rxg1? Qxg1#. ]
28.Qf4 Rxf1; "-/+"
The game is now over, although White waits until he is down even more material - before he resigns.
5k2/2p2p1p/1b1p1P2/4q3/5Q2/1BPp3P/1P5K/1N3r2 w - - 0 29
30.Nd2 Rf2+; 31.Kg3 Rxd2; 32.Bxf7 Kxf7; 33.b4 Rf2; White Resigns.
An excellent game by Magnus Carlsen, who played sharp chess and won a fine effort against a near 2500 opponent.
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