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Weekly Newsletter

Issue 3
16th of March 2012

Issue 3
16th of March 2012

Editorial Preface
So we are already in the 3rd CEWN! We hope you have enjoyed the first editions and we continue with our promise
to make every next edition better.

Table of Contents
Editorial Preface

4 best games of the past week

Puzzle section


Endgame section


Clash of the Titans


Surprise section / study




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Puzzle section: thanks to valuable feedback, a few modifications were made, so now everything should be more
easily visible and handier.
Starting next week we will play in the European Individual Championship in Plovdiv. Lets hope we will play some
good games and we could also comment something
from the first person perspective, which is of course the
most valuable one.
Arkadij Naiditsch
Balogh Csaba

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4 best games of the past week

(1) Cmilyte,Viktorija Muzychuk,Anna
European Womens Championship GAZIANTEP, 12.03.2012
[Arkadij Naiditsch]
A decisive battle between the former European Champion of 2011, Viktorija Cmilyte and the new bronze medallist Anna Muzychuk. Anna is leading the tournament with
a half a point ahead and only 2 rounds till the end, so it is
clear, it is going to be a sharp game. White needs the full
point. And indeed, in a very complicated position White
is getting her chance to make a full point with a fantastic
tactical blow-but White is missing it and missing also the
chance on the next move still to do better. In the second
half of the game, probably being very happy to survive
such turbulences Black is playing just great!
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 lately the move 4...
dxc4 got very popular here 4...e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4
7.e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5

Diagram # so we are in the main line of the Moscow

variation. White got a wide choice of continuations here
9. Be2 the main move [9.Ne5; 9.h4 are the 2 other main
choices of White]
9... Bg7 a relatively rare line [You can find hundreds of
games been played on the highest level in this position
9... Bb7]
10.Qc2 probably not the best. Seems like White been
a bit surprised by Blacks move 9... Bg7 [a great game
been played after 10.e5!? Nh5 11.a4 Nd7 12.axb5 Nxg3
13.hxg3 c5 14.Ne4 g4

15.dxc5! gxf3 16.Nd6+ Kf8 17. Bxf3 Rb8 18. Rxa7

Maletin,P 2617-Najer,E 2672 Ch-RUS 2010]
10...Nh5 a logical move, but now the break d5 is getting
more effective [maybe 10...Na6!? trying to make use out
of the position of the White Q on c2]
11. Rd1 and of course White is playing for the d5 push!
Now the question is will Black have enough time for consolidation to be prepared for the d5 move, or Blacks position will fall apart like a card house...

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11...Nxg3 again I think it been good time to play 11...

Na6 [11...Na6 12.a3 (12.d5 N xg3 13.hxg3 cxd5 14.exd5
Nb4 15.Qd2 N xd5 and Black is doing good) 12...Nxg3
13.hxg3 Bb7 and Black sort of half a tempo with by including the moves Na6-a3]

good here) 17... Rb8 18. Rfe1 Kf8 (18...00? 19.N xb5!+-)
19.Qc1! and position is not clear at all]

12.hxg3 g4

16...Qxc6 [a very cool computer move is also not saving

Blacks position any more 16...a6

13.Nh2?! this is not the right direction for winning the

game!! [13.Ne5 h5 (13...B xe5 14.dxe5 Qc7 15.B xg4 Qxe5
16.Qd2) 14.b3! with a very complicated position]
13...f5? [why not the simple 13...h5! White N on h2 is dead
now, so White is having one piece less for the future attack which is a very positive news for Black]

16.dxc6 Blacks position is falling apart. White got only one

problem, the knight on h2, but here it is not playing any
role, White got enought pieces to create deadly threats

17.Nxg4!! fxg4 18.Nd5 Qxc6 19.Qe4+ with a deadly attack]

17.00?! White is missing their chance! [17.Nxg4! fxg4

14.exf5 exf5 15.d5! finally we see the move d5! now we

can also feel a big difference between the Black pawn on
f7 and f5. Black king is now feeling himself very naked
15...Qf6?! in a very complicated position Black is making
a mistake [15...Qc7 this move would lead to a crazy position, which is very hard to play with out the metal friend...
16.dxc6 Nxc6! 17.00 (17.N xb5 Qa5+ 18.Nc3 Be6! hard
to imagine, but it seems to be truth. Black is doing very

18.Nxb5!! this is just an amazing combination! A double knight sacrifice on different parts of the board. This

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kind of things we dont see very often 18...00 (18...Qxb5

19.Qg6+ Kf8 20.Rd8+ Ke7 21.Qd6+ Kf7 22.Qc7++-)
19. Rd6 Bf5 20. Rxc6 Bxc2 21. Rxc4 Bf5 22.Nc7 in case
Viktorija would find this, she would truly deserve to be
the winner of the European Championship!]
17...a6! bravo for Black, this move is showing good nerves
and has a hidden idea in itself 18.Nd5 [18.a4! been the
last chance for White to stay in the game 18...00 19.axb5
axb5 20.Nxb5 Bb7 21.Qxc4+ Kh8 22.Qxc6 Nxc6 White
is better, but Black got good drawing chances due to their
bishop pair plus the knight on h2 who is completely out
of game]
18... Ra7! and here we see it. Suddenly the rook from a8
came into the game with a very important effect, protection of the square e7, Black is doing better now
19.b3 c3 20. Rd3 White is getting greedy at the wrong
moment. Whites chances are in the active play... [20. Rfe1
00 21.Nf1 followed by Nfe3 next been still an option to
continue the game in more or less unclear position]

23... Rd7! 24. Re3 Rdc7 25.Qd2 Nd7 White got no

moves... Black knight is comming into game and the end
is near...
26. Bd1 Ne5 27.Ne2 Nc4 28.Qe1 Qd6! Black is playing excellent
29. Rb3 Nb2 30. Rxc7 Rxc7 31.Nf4 Rc1! precise till the
32.Qxe6+ Qxe6 33.Nxe6 Rxd1+ 34.Nf1

20...00 from this moment Black is playing a great game!

21. Rc1 Be6 22.Nxc3 Rc8 White won the pawn back
but position is very bad. Blacks bishop pair is totally dominating the board and it is not easy for White to avoid immediate material losses
23.b4?! [23.Qd2 Rd7 24. Bf1! would still give White some
chances to fight for half a point]
34...Nc4 and it is time for White to resign. White can not
avoid a loss of a knight on f1, next Black move is Nd2
35.Nxg7 Kxg7 36. Rc3 Nd2 37. Rc7+ Kf8 38. Rc6
Nxf1 39. Rxh6 Nxg3+ 01

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(2) Brodsky,M (2558) Jojua,D (2507) [D31]

Cappelle la Grande, 09.03.2012
[Balogh Csaba]
In the following game, we will see an interesting strategical pawn sacrifice in the opening, which might be very
unpleasant for Black in future. The experienced Ukrainen
GM, Mikhail Brodsky, got really nice compensation, lead
in development, powerful centre and a dangerous attack
against the Georgian GMs king.

Spassky: 8.h4!? White continues the plan, started in the

previous move.
8...Nd7 [Accepting the sacrifice would be a mistake, because of 8... Bxh4 9.Qb3 and Qb6 does not work anymore, due to the h4 bishop. Black is forced the weaken
his queenside decisively. 9...b6 10.Nf3 Be7 11.Ne5 with
more, than enough activity for the pawn.]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 Black plays the rock-solid

Queens Gambit, which is recently, definitely the most
popular opening against 1.d4 on the highest level.

9.g5 A beautiful strategical idea, introduced by Morozevich in 2012, instead of the 9.h5 line! At first sight, the text
move seems to be a mistake, since after 9...h6 10.gxh6
Nxh6, White only created weakness on h4, and helped
Black to finish the development. As we will see, White has
a different idea!

4.cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 [5...Nf6 is the other mainline.]


6.e3 Bf5

7.g4 This great move belongs to Botvinnik, who tried it

3 times in the World Championship match against Petrosian, back in 1963. White is planning queenside castling,
when he must organize his play on the kingside, and the
7... Be6 In the aforementioned match, Botvinnik played
8.h3, however in 1970, he came up with a new idea against

10.g6! Shocking move! The idea is the create stronghold

on e5 for a minor piece. Lures the pawn from the f-file,
when the attack in the centre with e4 will be very dangerous. In addition, if Black accepts the sacrifice, he must
defend passively to keep his advantage.
10...fxg6 [Because of the last reason I mentioned before,
Giri decided to not take on g6, rather to finish the development. In my opinion, this is the right approach from

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Black point of view. 10...Ngf6 11.gxf7+ Bxf7 12. Bd3

Nh5 with an unclear position in Morozevich-Giri, Reggio
Emilia 2012.]

17.e4! Using the pin on the h-file. Brodsky does not waste
time on bishop moves, and immediately opens up the
center ahead of the king...

11. Bd3 Nf8 12.Qc2 g5 The most logical move, to get

rid of the doubled pawns. [12... Bxh4 13. Bxg6+ Nxg6
14.Qxg6+ Bf7 15.Qxg7 Bf6 16.Qg2 Ne7 17.Nf3 and
the e5 square yield White a comfortable advantage.; In
an other game between two GMs, Barsov tried different move, but had no success for equalizing. 12... Bf6
13.000 Ne7 14.Nge2 Bf5 15.e4 dxe4 16.Nxe4 Bxe4
17. Bxe4 Peralta-Barsov, Catalunya 2012]

17...Nh6 18. Bf4 g5 [On 18...dxe4 I generally prefer

19. Bxe4 which helps White in further opening of the
center with d5.; The computers suggestion 18...Ng4
strongly met by 19. Rhf1! g5 20.exd5 Bxd5 21.f3! when,
even the machine realizes how bad his position is.]

13.hxg5 Bxg5 14. Bg3 [14. Be5 was an alternative 14...

Bf6 15.000 and the centre starts to march.]
14... Bf6 15.Nge2 It is difficult to say, which development of the g1 knight was more advisable. Both has very
big pluses, without minuses. The text move prepares for
Nf4 and e4. [15.Nf3 with the idea of Ne5 has also guaranteed an edge.]
15...h5 Black wants to save his bishop pair, which he
would have lost after the normal 15...Ne7 [15...Ne7 would
strongly met by 16.Nf4 Bf7 17.Nh5! getting the pair of
bishops 17... Bxh5 18. Rxh5]
16.000 h4

19. Bd2 [19.exd5 led to promising positions as well. 19...

Bxd5 20.Nxd5 cxd5 (20...Qxd5 21.Nc3) 21. Be5]
19...dxe4 20. Bxe4 Just as in the 18th move, I prefer the
bishop take, in order to push d5 in the near future. Black
must make a difficult decision, about where to put his
king. As we will see, both Kf7, or playing for 000, have
their problems.
20...Kf7 The Georgian GM, decides to find shelter for
his king on the kingside, where he has not too many
pawns, but can use his minor pieces for defending. The
next moves are all about d5! White wants to push it, while
Black must prevent is at any cost. [20...Qc7 with the idea
of 000 21.f4! g4 22.f5 Bf7 23. Bf4 and d5 is coming in
the next move; 20...Qd7 21. Rhe1 Kf7 has a nice refutation with diagram (21...000 22.d5!) 22.d5! cxd5 23.Nxd5
Bxd5 24. Bc3!+-]
21. Be3 Rc8 Black pins two pieces in one move, White
has to lose some time to refresh the threat.
22.Kb1 Qd7 23.Qd2! Rg8 24. Bc2! After the queen
left the g5 without her protection, White rightly changes
his mind, and frees the e4 square for the knight, which
will attack the g5 pawn and f6 bishop in the same time.

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[Black prepared a cold-blooded idea against 24.d5 cxd5

25.Nxd5 Nf5! after which, it is not that easy to break
24... Bf5 25.Ne4 Ne6 [25... Bxe4 26. Bxe4 without the
white squared bishop, the d5 move is even more decisive!]

following moves, White uses all the light squares, which

became vulnerable after the bishop is taken.
28...Kf8 29.Qe2! heading to f3 or h5, in addition frees
the way for the d1 rook, when d5 becomes even more
29... Rg6 30.d5 [30.Qf3 was also winning]
30...Neg7 31.Nc5 Qc7 [31... Bxc5 32. Bxc5+ Nd6

26.N 2g3! Parade of the knights!

26... Be7 [26...hxg3 27. Rxh6+-]
27.Nxf5 Nxf5

33.f4! Opening the f-file. Not so nice position for players

who prefers to knights to bishops.]
32.dxc6 bxc6 33.Qc4 and mate is coming soon! A great
game by Mikhail Brodsky. It will be interesting to see,
what the big guys, like Aronian, Kramnik and the others
will find out against the 10.g6! move. In my opinion, they
will search for new ideas in the other mainline with 5...
Nf6. 10

28. Bb3! It is clear, that Black has lost this battle. He can
only wait, how his opponent is going to finish him. In the

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(3) Hou,Yifan (2639)

Stefansson,Hannes (2531) [C26]
Reykjavik Reykjavik, 11.03.2011
[Balogh Csaba]

11.cxd4 Nb6 Logical play by the Icelandic GM. He tries

to create a blockade on c4 with Be6. If he manages to do
so, he would be fine. However, Hou Yifan finds a very nice
idea, which allows her to push c4, before Black could set
up his ideal position.

In our next example, we can enjoy a nice positional game

with a neat finish by the current Women World Champion, Hou Yifan!
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 This is the so-called Mieses variation. Black can decide now the character of the game.
The text move leads to an opened position, while the
Bc5, d6 setup is rather for positional players.
3...d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bd6 7.Nf3
00 8.00 Nd7

12.Qd3! A positional double threat! The main idea, what

Black must parry is Ng5, but after that, White is in time to
play the importantc4move!
12...h6 [12... Be6? 13.Ng5] 13.c4 White achieved a small
advantage from the opening. She has the better pawn
structure, and more space, which gives her the possibility
for more comfortable piece play.

9.d4 So far, Black played the most common moves of

the variation, which is a bit strange to me, since I already
dont see the way, how he could equalize.
9...c6 10. Re1 exd4 [Black could not hold the tension in
the center with 10... Re8 since after 11.dxe5 he is losing

13... Bb4 14. Bd2 By exchanging the dark squared

bishops, White keeps the initiative, but in the same time
eases Blacks defending task. [The principled move was
14. Re2 to keep all the pieces on board, since it is very
hard for Black to coordinate them.]
14... Bxd2 15.Nxd2 Qf6

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17... Rad8 18.a5 Nc8 19.Nb3 [19. Re5 came into consideration]
19...b6 Black would like to exchange some pawns on the
queenside, but he can not get rid of all of them! [19... Rfe8
was better chance]
20. Re5! c5 This was the point of the previous move,
White can not take on c5...
21. Rae1 [21.dxc5? Rd3]
16.a4! We must remember on this move, it is very typical for this pawn structure! White would like to play a5a6, creating weaknesses on the queenside, where she is
clearly better. The b7 and c6 pawns are too much vulnerable, Black can not hope in equality.
16... Bf5 17.Qc3 The human move, keeping the strong
bishop on board. [However an interesting plan was suggested by the computer: 17. Be4 after exact hanging the
strong bishop, the knight arrives to the center with a tempo, and it can quickly create serious problems on the d6
square. 17... Bxe4 18.Nxe4 Qg6 19.a5 Nd7

21...cxd4 22.Nxd4 Bd7 23.c5! bxc5

24.Qxc5 The a7 pawn remained on board, which actually causes all the problems of Blacks positions. He can not
escape to any kind of endgames, since a7 pawn might
be hardly defendable. In addition, the c8 knight is forced
into passivity.
24...g6 [24... Rfe8 25. Rxe8+ Bxe8 26.Nc6 Bxc6
27. Bxc6]
25.h4 Opening the back rank, and trying to weaken the

20.Qa3! very subtle move. Nd6 is going be really annoying for Black.]



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32...Kg8 33.Nf6+ Kf8 34. Rc5 White opens the diagonal for the queen, so she creates hidden threats after different knight jumps.
34...Nf5? Black is aiming for further activation of the
knight by jumping to d4, but it was already necessary for
him to take care of his king, by offering exchange of the
queens. [34...Qd1+ 35.Kh2 Qd4 36.Qxd4 Rxd4 37. Rc7
Rd2 Black could have good chance to save the game.]
26.Ne2! Very nice play by Hou Yifan! She transfers her
knight to f4, where it might be sacrificed on g6 and on
h5 with different kind of mating attacks, and also wants
to jump to d5, when the f6 check could be decisive. [26.
Bc6!? was an alternative]

35.Nh7+ Kg8 36.Nf6+ Kf8

26... Rfe8 [26...Qd6 27.Nf4 Qxc5 28. Rxc5 The exchange

of the queens would only save Black from getting mated,
but the endgame will be still lost for him.]
27.Nf4 Rxe5 28. Rxe5 Qd6 29.Qc3? This a mistake,
which gives Black a chance to survive. [29.Qe3! should
hav e been played, when Black is simple paralyzed. He
has no useful move, while Nd5 is coming.]
29...Ne7! Thanks to the mistake in the last move, Black
can finally activate his knight. Stefansson starts to find
the only moves.
30.Nd5 Be6! [30...Nxd5? 31. Rxd5 Qe7 32.Qd4 the pin
would be deadly for Black.]
31.Nf6+ Kf8 32.Nh7+ Probably, White was in time
trouble, so now and in the next move, she repeats two
times, to approach to the 40th move.

37.Nd5!? [37. Bd5! was even better 37...Ne7 only move,

but still after (37...B xd5 38.R xd5 Qe7 39.N xh5+-) 38. Bxe6
Qxe6 39.Nh7+ Kg8 40.Ng5! Rd1+ (40...Qd6 41.Qc4 Qf6
42.Rc7+-; 40...Qe2 41.Qf6 Rd1+ 42.Kh2) 41.Kh2 Qe1
42.Qxe1 Rxe1 43. Rc7 a6 44. Ra7 the endgame must be
37...Kg8?! This move allows to the World Champion to
finish the game beautifully! [37...Ne7 would have been
the only move, which is practically impossible to find for
a human. The position remains difficult for him anyway.


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38. Rc6! Qb8 [38...Qf8 39.Nf6+ Kh8 40.Nxh5+ (40.

Rc7!?) 40...Nd4 41.Nf4]

(4) Avrukh,Boris (2591)

Navara,David (2700) [D76]

39.Nf6+ Kf8

Reykjavik Open 2012 Reykjavik (4.2), 09.03.2011

[Arkadij Naiditsch]

40. Rxe6 [Pretty finish! In the last move of the time trouble, when people usually commits the most foolish mistakes, Hou Yifan finds a brilliant way to finish the game.
Black resigned immediately, seeing the line 40. Rxe6!!
fxe6 (40...Qb1+ 41.Re1) 41.Nd7+! Rxd7 42.Qh8+ Ke7
43.Qxb8+- An instructive game, about how to handle
this pawn structure. In my opinion, Black is more clever,
if he chooses the closed system against the Mieses variation with 3... Bc5 and d6.] 10

We are facing an interesting game from one of the biggest opens in the world, the Reykjavik Open. The second
seed David Navara is coming out with a slightly worse position out of the opening, due to a very interesting idea
11. Qc2!?, I guess, we will see more often this move in the
future games. Unexpectedly, White is loosing the control
over the game from move 19 and getting quickly in a lost
position by a very nice tactic by Black
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5
6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 00 9.00 Re8 10. Re1 a5
we are still in the opening part. Actually only in the beginning of it!!

11.Qc2!? Avrukh is a very well prepared player and

one more time he is showing it with his interesting idea
11.Qc2!? This move is almost a novelty!! [11.Qe2 is the
main continuation for White 11... Be6 (11...e5 12.dxe5 N xe5


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13.N xe5 B xe5 14.e4 is the another main line) 12.Nd2 Nb4
13. Rd1 c6 14.a3 N4d5 15.Nce4 with a fighting position]
11...e5 a standard reply in this kind of positions 12.Nxe5
Nxe5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.e4 c6 a move with a hidden
trap [14... Be6 15.f4 Bd4+ 16. Be3 Bxe3+ 17. Rxe3 Qd4
18.Qf2 and maybe White is doing little better]
15. Bh6 [now 15.f4?! is not working cause of 15... Bd4+
16. Be3 Bxe3+ 17. Rxe3 Nc4 18. Rd3 Qb6+! the key is
the check on b6 that is now possible after Black played
15...Qe7 Black continues to play against f4, to make it
less effective 16.f4 [16. Rad1 Bg4 17.f3 Be6 18.f4 Qc5+
19.Kh1 Bxc3 (19...Bd4 20.f5! typical break through for
White) 20.bxc3 Nc4 with a very complicated position]
16...Qc5+ 17.Kh1 Bxc3 18.bxc3 [18.Qxc3?! exchange
of Queens is a bad idea for White 18...Qxc3 19.bxc3 Na4!
usually all the endgames are fine for Black]

coming to h5 19... Be6 (19...Bg4 20.h3 Be6 21.Bf6 Qh5

22.Kh2 and White is doing better) 20. Bf6 Qh5 21.Kg1!
Bh3 22. Bh1 and White is in time to avoid the exchange
of the bishops].
19...Qh5! Black is using their sudden chance! A high class
player like Navara, You dont need to ask twice
20. Bg5 Bh3 21.Qf2?! quite a senseless move, White
lost totally control over the position [much more solid has
been 21. Bf6 Bxg2+ 22.Kxg2]
21...h6?! A very important moment in the game! White
got 2 options, to take on h3 first and then to play Bf6,
or to continue with immediate Bf6 [21... Bxg2+! the correct move order for Black! 22.Kxg2 (22.Qxg2 Ne3) 22...
h6! (22...R xe4 23.R xe4 Qxd1 24.Rd4!) 23. Rd4 (23.Bf6
R xe4! see the game) 23...hxg5 24. Rxc4 gxf4 With a clear
advantage for Black]

18...Nc4 [18...Qh5 19. Bg5 Nc4 20. Bh4 and again White
is in time to avoid Bh3 move]

19. Rad1?! a too standard play, White should have been

more careful [right would be 19. Bg5! to avoid Blacks Q

22. Bf6? a blunder [22. Bxh3! would be the right move

22...Qxh3 23. Bf6 Qe6 24.e5 b5 25. Rd4 Position is
quite hard for an evaluation. White is controlling the dfile, what is of course super important and in case White
manages to create any threats on the king side, it could
get really dangerous for Black. On the other hand, Black

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managed to exchange the White squared bishops, which

is very good. The knight on c4 is having a great position.
But what to do next for Black this is hard to say... thats
why the evaluation of the position should be with a small
advantage for White]
22... Bxg2+ 23.Kxg2

23... Rxe4! a very nice tactical trick!

24. Rxe4 Qxd1 25. Rd4 Qh5! probably White blundered
this move. White again can not take the knight on c4
26.Qe1?! [26.f5! the last chance to fight, and probably
a good one!! 26...Qxf5 27.Qxf5 Ne3+ 28.Kf3 Nxf5
29. Rd7 Rb8 30.c4! with good chances for a draw]
26...Qf5 27. Bh4? [27.Qe7 Ne3+! 28.Qxe3 Qxf6
29. Rd7 Whites position is bad, he is a pawn down, but
still Black will have a long way to win this position. White
always got the idea of playing Qe5 after which a rook
endgame is arising, and as we know, in rook endgames
the drawing chances are increasing!]

a better knight against Whites bad bishop, which is taking a horrible position on h4
28.Qe7 Maybe White is in a time trouble... anyway it
would probably not make anymore a big difference
28...Kg7 29.Qe2

29...c5! a nice finishing move [29...g5 30.fxg5 hxg5 31.g4!

Black is still much better, but White didnt loose the bishop]
30. Re4 g5! 31.fxg5 hxg5 32.a4 [now at 32.g4 Qd5 is
simply winning, thats why Black needed to include 29...
32... Rd8 [32...gxh4 would win of course as well]
33. Rf4 gxf4 34. Bxd8 f3+! easy but pretty
35.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 36.Kxf3 bxa4 01

27...b5! now Whites hopes are almost down to 0 to save

the game. Black is not only a healthy pawn up, but having

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Puzzle section

(7) Fridman,D (2653) Huschenbeth,N (2509)

83rd ch-GER 2012 Osterburg GER, 06.03.2012

(5) Barbosa,Ev (2399) Andriasian,Z (2616)

28th Cappelle Open Cappelle la Grande FRA, 03.03.2012



(8) Iordachescu,V (2644) Saidov,B (2389)

(6) Cheparinov,I (2664) Akshayraj,K (2422)
Reykjavik Open Reykjavik ISL, 08.03.2012

6th Agzamov Memorial Tashkent UZB, 09.03.2012




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(9) Socko,B (2636) Naumkin,I (2443)

Moscow Open 2012 Moscow RUS, 31.01.2012

(10) Hoang Thanh Trang (2438) Paehtz,E (2459)

Gazientep Gaziantep TUR, 12.03.2012

(11) Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2662)

Li Shilong (2549)
HD Bank Cup, 06.03.2012

(12) Kozul,Z (2602) Brkic,A (2587)

Zagreb, 10.03.2012


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(13) Papin,V (2575) Thorhallsson,T (2398)

Reykjavik Open, 11.03.2012

(14) Gunnarsson,J (2424) Hess,Ro (2635)

Reykjavik Open, 08.03.2012


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Endgame section

8. Rc6+! Kd5 (8...Kb5 9.Rc8 Rh8+ 10.Kc7 Rh7+ 11.Kb8+) 9. Ra6 Rh8+ 10.Kc7+-] 3. Rb8 Ra1 4.Kb7 Rb1+ 5.Ka6
Ra1+ 6.Kb6 Rb1+ 7.Kc5 10

[Balogh Csaba]
[Balogh Csaba]

This week, we study rook endgames with a- or h-pawns!

In these cases has the defensive side the biggest drawing chances. However, in this example, Blacks king is too
far, and Whites rook has enough time to rescue the king
from the corner. Black king should stay on e7, in order to
make a draw, as we will see in the next diagram. 1. Rc2
Ke7 2. Rc8 This is the winning technique! 2...Kd7 [2...
Kd6 3. Rb8 Ra1 4.Kb7 Rb1+ 5.Kc8 Rc1+ 6.Kd8 Rh1
Blacks trickiest try, but it does not save him. 7. Rb6+ Kc5

In practice, we can very often meet with this endgame.

Blacks king is now close enough to the corner, White has
no winning chance at all. 1. Rh2 [1. Rd3 Rb2; 1. Rc2 Kd7]
1...Kd7 2. Rh8 Kc7 3. Rb8 Ra1 White has managed to
send away the rook from the b-file, but Black king has
just arrived, and the king will remain squeezed into the
corner. 1/2


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This is the so-called Vancura position. By attacking the

pawn from the side, Black does not allow White to activate his rook, and get out from the corner. And when the
white king is trying to approach to the pawn, he could
not hide himself against the side checks. 1.Kd5 [1.a7 Ra6
2.Kd5 Ra1 If the pawn is pushed to a7, then Black can
hold the draw with vertical checks, if his king is on g7 or
h7! 3.Kc6 Rc1+ 4.Kb6 Rb1+ 5.Kc7 Rc1+ 6.Kd6= (With
rook on b8 and pawn on b7, the outcome is the same)]
1... Rf5+ 2.Kc4 Rf6 3.Kb5 Rf5+ 4.Kc6 Rf6+ 5.Kb7
Rf7+ If White does not push his pawn until a7, and so,
keeps a square on a7 for his king against vertical checks,
Black holds the draw, by giving horizontal checks. 1/2

White pawn has reached the 7th rank, but there is no

time for vertical checks, because of the bad position of
Blacks king. 1... Rg7+ [1... Rd1+ 2.Kc6 Rc1+ 3.Kd5 Rd1+
4.Ke4 Re1+ 5.Kd3 Rd1+ 6.Ke2 Ra1 7. Rh8++-] 2.Kc6
Kg5!! Black hides his king behind his own rook from the
treating check! [2...Kh7? 3. Rh8++-] 3.Kb6 Rg6+ 4.Kb5
Rg7 1/2


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Clash of the Titans

7. Bxe4 Black could not be too happy with his opening.

He gave up his bishop pair, and weakened his queenside
pawn structure might be a problem in the future.

(19) Tal,Mihail Gurgenidze,Bukhuti [B15]

7...Nf6 8. Bd3!? Amazing! I think, almost everybody

would have retreated the bishop on f3, and develope
with Ne2, to make pressure against the weakened c6
pawn, and having a better position. However, Tal was always thinking about giving mate. He played Bd3, offering the same gift on d4, and he expects his opponent
to castle short side, when his d3 bishop will eye dangerously on the h7 square. [8. Bf3]

URS-ch36 Alma-Ata, 1968

[Balogh Csaba]
The next game, I would like to present, is played by the
magician of Riga! Yes, yes, the 8th World Champion,
Mikhail Tal! His amazing fantasy for combinations, has
put him to the top of the chess world. He won the title
against Botvinnik in 1960, when he was only 24 years old!
Unfortunately for him, Botvinnik took a revenge on him in
the next year, and he was not able to win back his crown,
but anyway we will never forget his fantastic victories,
from which I would like to show you one. His victim was
Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Grandmaster from Georgia.

8...e6 [In my opinion, the sacrifice should have been accepted for the 2nd time. 8...Qxd4 9.Nf3 Qd8 10.00 e6
11. Re1 Be7 12.a4 b4 13.Ne5 when, White definitely gets
strong compensation, but at least, Black could have said,
that he was a pawn up!]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 b5 A rare move in the Caro-kan

defense, which the Georgian grandmaster has tried several times.

9.Nf3 Be7 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.00 00 12. Re1 Re8

13.Ne5! After both players have developed their pieces to
their logical places, it is time to have some action! Tal scares
his opponent with the possibility of the sacrifice on f7.

4.a3! White reacts precisely, after stopping his opponents idea to push b4, the c5 square becomes a weakness in Blacks camp.

13...Nxe5 14.dxe5 Nd5 15.Qg4! Of course, the pieces

are going into the attack. Where also could have they
gone, if Tal is leading them?! :-)

4...dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bf5 6. Bd3!? Typical Tal! He does not

care about losing a pawn in the opening, if he gets 2 tempi for that. Gurgenidze respected his opponent, and did
not accept the gift.


6... Bxe4 [6...Qxd4 7.Nf3 Qd5 8.Qe2 White gets very

strong initiative for the pawn, Blacks pieces are completely undeveloped.]

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16.h4!! What?! A blunder from the World Champion? Of

course not! It is an intuitive pawn sacrifice, just as the d4
pawn in the opening phrase. This time, the Georgian decides to take it, otherwise h5, and the king is under mating attack.
16... Bxh4 17.g3 Be7

21. Rxh7!! Tal does not want to waste time on doubling

the rooks on the h-file. He is crushing immediately.

18.Kg2!! And here we get the point of the sacrafice! The

magician just wanted to get rid of his h-pawn, in order to
use the h-file for mating with the rook.

21...Qxe5 [If Black takes the rook 21...Kxh7 22. Rh1+

Kg8 23.Qh4 Bg7 24. Bf6! Qh8! threats with mate 24...
Nxf6 25.exf6 now Qh7 threats with forced mate 25...Kf8
26.Qh8+! Bxh8 27. Rxh8# would have been another nice

18...g6 Black must try to close the diagonal of the d3

19. Rh1 Bf8 Gurgenidze tries to bring defenders around
his king, but he is just too late.
20. Bg5! Developing with tempo, and opens the 1st rank
for the a1 rook, to join into the attack.

22. Rxf7!! When the Magician starts to sacrifice, then it

is really hard to stop him! This time, Black has no other
choice, must take the rook. [22. Rah1 Bg7 would not be
so easy.]

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Surprise section / study

(20) Benko,P
[Chess Evolution]
1. +23. Bxg6+! Of course! What else!
23...Kg8 If the bishop is taken now or in the next move,
Black loses his queen. [23...Kxg6 24. Bf4+ Kf6 25.Qh4+!
Kf7 26. Bxe5+-]
24. Bxe8 Bg7 [24... Rxe8 25. Bf6++-]
25. Bd7 [25. Bxc6+-]
25...Nc7 26. Bxc6 Black has managed to not be mated,
but he ended up with 2 pawns down and lost position.
The rest is matter of technique.
26... Rf8 27. Rd1 Qc5 28. Bf3 Qxc2 29. Rd7 Rf7
30. Rd8+ Rf8 31. Bf6! Even is completely winning position, Tal is playing for the spectators!
31...Qh7 32. Be4 Qh6 33. Bg5 Qh8 The queen is pursued into the corner.
34. Rd7 and Black resigned. Typical victory by Tal! When
he had a good day, he won all his games in this style. And
he had quite often a good day, luckily for chess fans! :-)


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(21) Arabidze,M (2337) Romanko,M (2416)
Gazientep, 05.03.2012

16.Nxf7!! [16.Qa6 Nxf4 17.gxf4 Be7 18. Rxd4 Bb5!

19. Rxd8 Bxa6 20. Rxf8+ Kxf8] 16... Rxb7 [16... Rxf7
17. Bxc7 Nxc7 18.bxc5+-; 16...Nxf4 17.Nxd8 Rxb7
18.Nxb7+-] 17.Nxd8 Rxd8 18.bxc5+(23) Koepke,C (2404) Pinter,J (2546)
Austrian league, St. Veit, 04.03.2012

45. Bf6+! 10[45. Bf6+ Kxf6 46.Qe5#]

(22) Dzagnidze,N (2559) Mammadova,G (2324)
Gazientep, 02.03.2012

23. Bxg5! Qxg5 24. Bxf7+! Rxf7 25.Qxg5 Bxg5

26. Rxe8++-



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(24) Lalic,B (2468) Vorobiov,E (2580)

Cappelle la Grande, 05.03.2012

55.Nxe5+! Nxe5+ 56.Kf4 Kd5 [56...Nf7 57.Kxf5+-]

57.Kxf5 Kd6 58.h5! [58.Kf6? Ng4+ 59.Kg5 Ne5 60.h5 Ke6=]
58...Nf7 59.Kf6 Nh6 [59...Ne5 60.h6+-] 60.Kg6! Ng4
61.h6 Ke7 62.h7 Ne5+ 63.Kg7 Nf7 64.g4! 10[64.h8Q?
Nxh8 65.Kxh8 Kf6=]

(26) Fauland,A (2452) Bosiocic,M (2580)

Austrian league, St. Veit, 03.03.2012

24.Qf7!! [24.Nf7+ Rxf7 25.Qxf7 Bc6! 26.Ne6 Qg8

27.Qxg8+ Kxg8 28. Rab1 Be5] 24... Rxf7 [24... Bg7
25.Nce6!] 25.Nxf7+ Kg8 26.Nxd8 Bf3 [26... Bxa1
27. Rxa1+-] 27.Nde6 Bxd1 28. Rxd1 Rxa2 29. Rd3 10
(25) Petrosian,T (2643) Arutinian,D (2553)
Cappelle la Grande, 05.03.2012

58...Qf5+? [58...Qe7+!! 59.Kxf4 Qh4+ 60.Ke5 (60.

Ke3?? Qd4#) 60...Qe7+ 61.Kf4= (61.Kd5? Qb7+ 62.Kxc5
Qxf3) ] 59.Kd6 Qf6+ 60.Kd7 Qf5+ 61.Kc6 Nxe2?
[61...Qc8+ 62.Kb5 Nxe2 63.Qxe2 Qd7+ 64.Kxc5 Qf5+
65.Kxb4 Qxb1 66.c5] 62.Qxf5 gxf5 63.Kxc5+-


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(27) Mammadova,G (2324) Repkova,E (2416)

Gazientep, 03.03.2012

Qxc2 [29... Re8!?+] 30.Qxc2 Ne3+ 31.Kf2 Nxc2

32.fxg6 Be5 33.gxf7+ Kxf7+
(29) Siebrecht,S (2463) Dranischnikov (2327)
Osterburg, 03.03.2012

23.Nb3! gxf5 [23... Bxe6 24.Qxc5! Qxc5+ 25.Nxc5

Bxf5 26. Rxe8 Rxe8 27.gxf5+-] 24.Nxc5 Bc6 25. Rxf5+(28) Tazbir,M (2513) Amin,B (2608)
Cappelle la Grande, 05.03.2012

27... Rxe4! 28.f5 [28. Bxe4 Bxe4+ 29.Nhf3 Qxb1+;

28.bxc4 Rxe2+ 29.Nxe2 Bxc2+] 28... Rxe2+ 29.Nxe2

11.e5! dxe5 [11... Bxg2 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Kxg2+-]

12. Bxb7 Ra7 [12...exd4 13. Bxa8 dxc3 14.Qxd8 Rxd8

13.Nc6! Qxd1 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15. Rxd1 [15.Nxd1! Rxb7

16.b3! Rxe7 17. Ba3+-] 15... Rxb7 16.b3! b5 [16... Rxe7

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17. Ba3+-] 17. Be3! bxc4 [17... Re8 18. Bc5] 18.bxc4
Re8 19. Bc5 Rc7 20. Bd6 Rxc4 21. Rac1+(30) Kaspret,G (2292) Diermair,A (2429)

(31) Gurgenidze,D
[Chess Evolution]

Austrian league, St.Veit, 04.03.2012


39.d6!! Rxd6 40. Bc3!! Rxc3 [40... Rxd2 41. Bxd2 Bxd2
42. Bd5+ Ne6 43.Qe8+ Qf8 44. Bxe6+ Kg7 45.Qg6#]
41. Rxd6 Bxd6 [41... Rc1+ 42.Kg2 Rxh1 43. Bd5+ Ne6
44. Bxe6+ Kf8 45. Rd8+ Ke7 46.Qe8#] 42. Bd5+ Ne6
43.Qe8+ 10

1. Rb5+! Ka6 2. Rb6+! Ka5 3. R 3b5+! Ka4 4. Rb4+!

Ka5 5. R6b5+! [5.b3 Rh5!=] 5...Ka6 6.b3! Raa8 7. Rb6+!
Ka7 8. Rb7+! Ka6 9. R4b6+! Ka5 10. Rb5+! Ka6
11.b4! 10