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Rapid & Blitz

Rishi Sardana

Carlsen and Grischuk
take the titles

Interview after
World Youth success

15 in 15

Moments which
defined 2015

Bi s h op St u d ies

The Petrof f - Part 2

Pawn End i ngs

I M Ju n t a I ked a

IM Max Illi ngworth

F M Chr i s Walli s

November 8 saw the unveiling of a sculpture called
Resignation, which has been placed next to Greenwich Baths in Sydney with a plaque as a tribute to John
Purdy. John swam daily at the baths, which had been
run by his mother Anne Purdy (Cecil Purdy’s wife) and
her mother before her. Greenwich was also the home
of Sydney chess after World War II, with Anne and Cecil
Purdy running a chess club there.
The sculpture, believed to be the first ever for a chessplayer in Australia and the largest piece of public art in
that part of Sydney, was created by John’s son Michael
and was exhibited at Sculpture By the Sea in Bondi
before being moved to its permanent home next to
Greenwich Baths.
Top photo: The plaque
Bottom photo: From left: Michael Purdy, Lane Cove
Mayor Deborah Hutchens, Colin Purdy (another of
John’s sons) and Felicity Purdy, John’s widow.

Crazy Rooks
Russia won gold in both the at Open and Women’s
sections at the European Teams Chess Championship
in Reykjavik, but a position from the final round in the
match Italy - Croatia caught our eye.
The idea of checking an opponent’s king with a rook to
force a draw in a position which would otherwise be
stalemate is well-known, but Axel Rombaldoni took it a
step further and used the idea to win his game against
Zdenko Kozul and the match for Italy.

57. Rh8!!
Kg6 58.


Izzat Edges Illingworth at
Hjorth Open
Kanan Izzat won the 2015 Hjorth Open played over the
Melbourne Cup long weekend at Melbourne Chess Club.
Izzat scored 8.5/9, edging out last year’s winner Max
Illingworth by half a point. The decisive games occurred
on the 3rd day, where Izzat beat Illingworth in the afternoon after earlier playing a short draw against James
Morris, who finished third.

Chess Boxing
A very interesting new mix sport that is just as the name
suggests. Being picked up by a few of the local Melbourne players. I believe there will also be a report on
the Project in early December to keep an eye on. You
can see some of the photos on their facebook page.

Moulthun Ly
Fedja Zulfic

Junta Ikeda



Ian Rogers covers the highlights from this event.


15 IN 15

Ian Rogers recaps the 15 most memorable moments in the games
which capped off a dramatic year in chess.

Main Contributors
Ian Rogers
Max Illingworth
Junta Ikeda
Chris Wallis
Guy West



Junta Ikeda takes a look at everything bishops in these entertaining



Justin and Rishi look at their important key games from these events.

Cover: Cathy Rogers



We spoke to Rishi after his recent success at the World Youths.

Cathy Rogers


Rishi Sardana

Learn about one of the most common chess tactics, sure to win you


some more games!

Justin Tan



Max Illingworth looks at a popular antidote to 1.e4 for Black - the
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Petroff Defence. The second part to his series.



Chris Wallis looks at some examples of complicated rook endings with
many pawns



See how you went with the skewer problems and studies!



Andrew Brown takes a look at the relative value of pieces in the first
part of his psychology column.

Which. leads on to fortune.Report by Ian Rogers Photos by Cathy Rogers There is a tide in the affairs of men. Shakespeare – Julius Caesar 4  50 MOVES MAGAZINE . Omitted. all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. taken at the flood.

Berlin seemed like an ideal place to host both tournaments. It’s just a pity that the chess fans who made the trek to Berlin could not see them. though not enough to enable easy viewing of the games. 36 rounds over five days is no walk in the park. out-rating online audience for an elite event such as the games. AGON. so the crowd had to guess who they were watching (when they could get close enough to the ropes to see anything). Wijk aan Zee by a factor of five. However warning signs started flashing when the tournament’s organising body. declined offers of help from the local chess community. However last year FIDE brought the two events together in Dubai.BERLIN WORLD RAPID & BLITZ U ntil 2014. with brilliancies. but with considerable financial rewards – 30. Worse. hot favourite. vowing fields which often excluded some of not to return. many left disappointed. even one in the front row. and some elderly spectators were seen heading home when unable to find a seat. having won both events in Dubai and with his traditional fast chess rival Hikaru Nakamura away at Millionaire Chess in Las Vegas. games.000 Euros first in each event – almost 150 Grandmasters turned up at Berlin’s Bolle Meierei to try their luck. the best blitz players in favour of big The main complaint was an inability to watch any names in classical chess. Spectator numbers dropped after the first day. The 2015 Championships had internet audiences Needless to say. with and. the World Blitz Championship On the first day of the competition more than 1. In the playing hall no matches below the four top boards had name tags. When watching a tournament on the internet is far superior to seeing the games live – and paying for the privilege. made the event a Swiss system with equitable rating-based access for players around the world and suddenly the World Rapid and Blitz Championship had become one of the most popular events on the chess calendar. regrettably. a city with 100 chess clubs and a strong chess administrative structure. this was clearly too difficult and expensive for the organisers. both tournaments were outstanding. If spectators decided that battling the crowds in the playing hall was too much. the commentary room had only 50 chairs.000 spectators paid 9 Euros to watch the first day had been held sporadically. only to discover that German GM Jan Gustafsson was giving his internet commentary only in English. making it almost impossible for a spectator. they could move to the commentary area. as usual. it is clear that the organisers have their priorities warped. for example refusing the offer to hold a Lasker exhibition alongside the tournament. blunders and plenty of drama. DECEMBER 2015  5 . World Rapid Championships were even rarer and more random. From a chess point of view. World Champion Magnus Carlsen was. Often a game would finish and the result could only be guessed at. there were no screens displaying comparable to the classical World Championship. with the title correspondingly devalued. The tournament hall was laid out poorly so that only a small percentage of the games would be visible and the top four boards were placed on a stage. to see what was happening. From the players’ point of view.

Above: The playing hall of the World Blitz and Rapid Below: Anand had an event he would rather forget .

Carlsen. then the game would soon be over.Qa2..Rxe6 Bc5 42.Ke1 Qg3+ 39.gxh3 Qxh3+ 38. 38.hxg6 Bxd4 39. And I usually had more time.Qc7 Qg6 Remarkably...Rxe6 Rxe6 41. Magnus 2850 Wagner. the h-pawn cannot be stopped.h6+ or 38. Dubov’s fine exchange sacrifice has left Black dominating the board.Qa5? Bxh3!! 37. and had Black found 33.Rxe6 work but Carlsen finds a far simpler and stronger plan. Instead Vallejo gives Carlsen a tactical shot.e5 Qg2+ 43. After 35.Rf7+..Qf2!.b4! Bf8 44.. “I didn’t blunder much and I usually took the opportunities when they were there..Kxc2 Rxe7 0-1 Only in one game was Carlsen in dire straits. Daniil 2661 Berlin World Rapid Carlsen..Nxd5 Ra4 43. against the young Russian Daniil Dubov. in 2015 without losing a game. Dennis 2575 Berlin World Rapid Vallejo’s control of the a-file balances Carlsen’s nebulous chances on the kingside and after a cautious move such as 36..Ne5!!.Kb2 Qh5 45. winning his second World Rapid title. preparing to answer 36.Rf6! There is no defence against 45. it would be unlikely that Carlsen could win.Nf4? 34.Bb7! Black’s rook stays on the board and White remains under pressure. and he takes it at the first opportunity.Bc2 h2 42. Magnus 2850 Berlin World Rapid Carlsen’s recipe was simple.Qe7!? Qxc2+! 47. Instead Dubov preferred 33. Magnus 2850 Dubov.f5 with 37.Kd2 h3! 40.Kxg6 loses to 40. 40.Qg6+! Qxg6 39. Most players would try to make 38. OCTOBER 2015  7 . nonetheless finishing a point clear of the chasing pack. Carlsen scored 4/5 on each of the first two days and could even afford some short draws on the final day.Rbc1 Qe4 35. 1-0 Vallejo Pons. F 2684 Carlsen.Qxd6+ Kg8 46.Kc1 h1=Q+ 44..Kh1 Qe3?! Now Black gets into trouble.Nxd5 36.” 41.BERLIN 2015 WORLD RAPID CHAMPIONSHIPS Carlsen proved once again just how strong he is at the 20 minute plus 10 seconds increment time limit..

Rfe1 Qg5 16. 10.Qa3!? Qb6 Nepomniachtchi.g3 Qxh3 22. though after 39..d4 cxd4 5.Rc8! Rxc8 38.Qh7! was a reasonable winning try. Boris 2567 Berlin World Rapid 21.Ne4! but then 20.5...Ne7 17. 36. White has a huge initiative and can meet 14.Kh2 e5! it seems that the Black king can escape.c3 Bg7 4. Nepomniachtchi (Rus). the player who ran Carlsen so close in the 2014 World Blitz Championship.. threatening 15.Rad1 Ne7 18.Nxd5!! exd5 16.. e.Rc7+ Playing safe. Radjabov (Aze).O-O e6 11.Qxf3 Rc8 23. =2.Rc8+ Kf7 41.Rad1!.Rfe1 with a winning attack. 1.5/15. 39.Nc3! Qxd4 13.Rc7+ Kg8 42.Kg8 40.Qxb7! Rxc5 20. Ian 2705 18. Rxc5! 19.Rc8+ 1/2-1/2 Ian Nepomniachtchi..Qxc5 O-O because of 20..Qd7+ Kf8 22.Bxc6+ Rxc6 17. with the following 13th round game being his most spectacular This line has a good reputation for Black..Qd7+ 1-0 8  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 12..h3 Bxf3 9.cxd4 d5 6.Nf3 g6 3.e5 Bg4 7. Dominguez (Cub) 10.Bb5+ Nc6 8..Bxg2+ 40.Qxe7 is also hopeless..Qc7 with 15.dxe4 allows 21.. with the d4 pawn a possible long term weakness..Bf4! Qd7 18. took out the silver medal.. Savchenko may have rejected 18. 16.Ne4! Qh4 The point behind Nepomniachtchi’s play is that 20..a6! 15.Rxd5! 1..b6! leaves Black on top. Carlsen (Nor) 11.Nxc5 Nf5 22.. 14.Bc5!? World Rapid Championships Leading final scores: This is a little too creative.Be3 Qxe5 14.Rxc8+ Kf7 39. After 14.Qb4! 39.g. . 19.a5? This runs into a brilliant refutation.Bd4.BERLIN 2015 and the game is over.. looking for activity at any cost and creates a new version of the Milner-Barry Gambit... An upset loss at the end of the second day to Sergey Zhigalko cost Nepomniachtchi any chance for gold but he came back strongly on the third day.Qd8# Savchenko.e4 c5 2. However Nepomniachtchi finds an unusual plan.O-O 23.Qh4! f6 37.

.Rg1 Qf5 44.Rb1!! wins? 37. Teimour 2738 35.Nc7 h5 40. Sergey 2762 Berlin World Blitz Radjabov.. 34. but Karjakin misses chance after chance to finish the game in spectacular style 31. punched his hand and cried out “Faen!”..Qb2 Qf6 42...BERLIN 2015 WORLD BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS The blitz event saw two days where fortunes swung dramatically.Rh6!! with the point that 36. 38. Carlsen.. both racing to 9/10 before Carlsen lost his final game.. On the first day Carlsen and VachierLagrave battled for the lead. 32. he showed some of the worst behaviour seen by a top player in recent times.Rg1 Ra6 47.Rc1 Ra7 45.Rxg2 hxg2+ 38. The next day Carlsen not only selfdestructed. After resigning Carlsen spun on his heels.Qc2 OCTOBER 2015  9 ...Kg7 31.Rxb4 Finally Karjakin sees a decoy idea but at this moment he had a far more beautiful way to finish the game.Qc2 Re6 33. Magnus 2850 Karjakin.Ra1!! still wins. Kh7 41.Kxg2 Bf3+ and mate next move. The rest of the game is a bit of an anti-climax. 35. Magnus 2850 Berlin World Blitz 36.. More pen abuse followed..Rc1 Qf3 43.. following his victories in 2006 and 2012. After 21 rounds Alexander Grischuk had won his third World Blitz title. allowing Vachier-Lagrave to edge half a point ahead at the end of the day.Ra1!! again.Ne8+ Kg6 39.Na6 Rb6 35. but it was Carlsen’s meltdown on the second day that attracted the most attention.Ra1!! is a winning decoy idea.Ne8 Qf3 46.Nxd5 walks into 36... Carlsen.Qg2+!! 37.Nc7 A loss to Teimour Radjabov in round 13 finished with mild pen abuse but it was a key game two rounds later against eventual winner Grischuk which caused Carlsen to explode.. a strong Norwegian swear word.Qb2 Ra5 Carlsen is already in desperate trouble.cxd5 cxd5 32. but Karjakin eventually falls over the finish line to defeat the World Champion.b4 Rb8 0-1 33.Qa2 Ra4 Did anyone need a reminder that 36..

Qxc5 bxc5 32.Bb4+ 1-0 While Carlsen was imploding. 23..Gelfand in a difficult spot against Grischuk 22..Qe3 Rcd8 26.Qxc5 bxc5 32.Qg8+ Nf8 40.Qxe8+! Rxe8 26.Qc5 because after 31..f4 was necessary.Ne2+! 33.Rxe6 it turns out White has nothing better than a draw after 28...Qe6 was much safer.Bxf8 Qe2 41.Rxd2 Qc5 31.Qxh7+ Ke8 35.f3 Nc5 27. 25.Rd1 Nf4?! 28..... 29.Kf2 Nd4 though even here White has serious winning chances... winning.Kh1 Qxc4 37. Carlsen had to try 30.dxe5 Qc6 24..Qxg6+ Ke7 36.Rxd1 30.Bxe5 24.Rxd2 30.Qh6! f6 29.Red2 was even stronger. Vachier-Lagrave firmly established himself and with five rounds to go his lead had extended to one and a half points over the field and two over Carlsen who seemed to have all but given up. .Qd6? 23.f6 is well met by 24.e7 Black can at least force a rook ending with 32.Qxh7+ Kf8 10  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 28.. though after the braver 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.c5! ) 24.Qxf6 Rf8 33.Ree1 29.Qb3 Radjabov misses the chance for 23....e7! Black is tied in knots.Qh8+ Kf7 34.Qc3! f6 32..Be5 Rf7 38..Rxd1 Nxe6? Now White’s attack along the long diagonal proves decisive. with the point that after 29.Bd6+ Ke8 39. 31.Nf7+. 29.Rxf7 Kxf7 32.Rxe4! fxe4 ( 23.Bxf6 Rxf6 30.e6! Nd3 A tough decision...Re7 Rf7 31.

Qxf6+ Kxf6 50.b6 Rb2 48.. making it clear that he regarded his title hopes as effectively over... performed a strange dance of frustration and swore..Qxe6 but Carlsen has missed Grischuk’s winning response.Qe1!! ) 39.Re8+?! Kh7 42.Qe3 Qd6 47.Kg2 Nf4+ 40.BERLIN 2015 Carlsen.g5+ Kf5 53.Kh4 Kf5 In this position Carlsen resigned.Bg2 Nxe8 43.Rxe6 fxe6 43. Ne2+?! ( 38. or more simply last move. Instead play continued 38.....Qe5?? Here. 42. Carlsen could have secured a draw via 42.Kh3 Kg7 46..f4 Rxb6 51.Qc3+ Qf6 49. 0-1 Left: A game which left Carlsen displaying some unusually bad behaviour DECEMBER 2015  11 ..Bd5 Rd6 52.Qxe8 Qc7+ 45.Bxf7 Kxf4 54. Magnus 2850 Grischuk.Ng7! 43.Qg1! was immediately 0-1 44.Kg3! Ne6 41.Qe1!! which would likely have won in short order. Alexander 2774 Berlin World Blitz Grischuk had been pushing hard but here missed the spectacular 38.

with two television stations and While Carlsen and Vachier-Lagrave were misfiring. 28. 0-1 The Norwegian media had come to Berlin in force. and they were stunned. saying “I realise that it looks stupid to storm out like a moron.Qd2?? allowing 38. Grischuk and Kramnik zoomed past.Be2 In truth Carlsen’s mini-tantrums harmed only his image.Bxf4 exf4 30. Carlsen allowing himself to be mated by Vassily Ivanchuk. Vassily 2726 Berlin World Blitz 1-0 However Vachier-Lagrave suddenly lost two consecutive games to leave four players tied for first with two rounds to play and Carlsen sitting just 12  50 MOVES MAGAZINE Carlsen later expressed regret for his behaviour..Nf4! with the point that after 29.Qc5+! two newspapers sending teams to cover the Championships... Missing the surprising defence 28. since his games were over when the incidents occurred and neighbouring games seemed unaffected. Vachier-Lagrave has set up the seemingly unstoppable threat of 29. However a new disappointment followed for the World Champion...Qxf1 would leave the game quite unclear but which instead provoked the horrible blunder 38.Bxh5 and Movsesian decides he can do nothing better than grab material. ... M 2758 Movsesian.Qxc3? 29. The main conclusion to be drawn was that Carlsen is becoming increasingly frustrated with his inability to return to his form of 2014 which took him to record ratings in all forms of the game.Bxh5 Black can kill the g5 pawn and kill the attack via 30. who scored a comfortable win against Gelfand.BERLIN 2015 Vachier-Lagrave. Kramnik could not beat Ivanchuk in the final round which meant that Grischuk..” Since April Carlsen has had three mediocre results from four tournaments and seems unable to dig himself out of a hole once he loses a game.Kf2 Nf4 31.Rf1 after which 38.. but I could not keep a cool head. Carlsen. Qd4 Carlsen would have no defence. Ivanchuk’s attack is the stronger of the two and after 37. Magnus 2850 Ivanchuk. though his attempt to throw his pen at the table was half-hearted.Bxf4 Bxe4 32.. Carlsen was clearly disgusted with himself again.. was World Blitz Champion for the third time.Bxh5! Qxa1+ 30.Qg1+ which Ivanchuk played with a flourish. However Ivanchuk preferred 37. S 2658 Berlin World Blitz behind them..

Bc6 runs into 24.Rfe8 30.bxc5 bxc5 25.. Evgeny 2758 Grischuk..c5!? dxc5 24.hxg3 Ne5 and Grischuk converted his extra piece 37 moves later.. 29.Another game which didn’t go Carlsen’s way Tomashevsky.Ra7 Grischuk would have to start defending with 23. and after 23..Qxg6+ Nxg6 32...Rb8 because 23.Rd1 Qg6 28. 0-1 23.Kh1 Heading in the wrong direction.Bxb6.Re1 Qd6 26.Bxc4 fxg3 33.f4! 31.Qb1 White has enough for the pawn. After 29. And now the losing move.Raa1? DECEMBER 2015  13 .Qc2 c4 27. However Tomashevsky decided to play for more. Alexander 2774 Berlin World Blitz Tomashevsky has a small edge with his bishop pair...Bg3 Re7 29... 30.

. 42. except.Qe5# 1-0 .. Bartosz 2599 Berlin World Blitz Berlin World Blitz Berlin World Blitz Everything is a draw. L 2732 Anand.. Daniil 2661 Perunovic. Viswanathan 2803 Dubov.Left: Nepomniachtchi plays a great positional game against Radjabov Kramnik.Rxe7?? Nf3! 0-1 14  50 MOVES MAGAZINE Another example in the series ‘Ways not to win queen endings’ .. Milos 2622 Socko. Vladimir 2777 Dominguez Perez. 64..Kd5?? 65..

Vachier-Lagrave(Fra). WORLD RAPID AND BLITZ QUIZ Solutions are on page 51 and provided in the PGN file 14.Qe7 is passive but Black’s position holds together..Bxe6! fxe6 16. I didn’t speak to anyone between the games. White to move and win OCTOBER 2015  15 . Black to move and win Grischuk explained his success as follows.Qxe6+ Qe7 17.Ng5 Qf6 21. Kramnik(Rus) 15.. Black to move and win 3. =4. White to move and win 2. “I played [poorly on the first day] but today something changed in me. I think.Qc5? 14.Rdd8 22. had two tournaments to forget in Berlin. 15.Qb4+ Kg8 20.. once the fastest player in the world. World Rapid Championships Leading Final Scores: 1. remained concentrated and I played really well..Rxf8+ was not bad either! 1-0 1. This was a rare bright moment. White to move and win 4. Ivanchuk(Ukr).Qc4! Qf7 18. somehow I was really concentrated.” “Can’t win them all (apparently)” was Carlsen’s modest tweet that evening.BERLIN 2015 Anand.Rfe1+ Kf8 19. 5.5/21. Nepomniachtchi(Rus) 14. =2. Black to move and win 6.5. Grischuk(Rus) 15.Re8+ Nf8 22.

Above: The award ceremony for the Rapid and Blitz Below: Press conference before the closing .



.5) Chinese GM Li Chao had a tremendous year.Re7+ Kg8 57..Rd8! would have decided the game in his favour.Qf3? with 18. 17..bxa8=Q Nc6 14.Na4 Qb5! 14. 11.Qxa7 Qxe2 White has kept his extra rook.. 0-1 Cappelle Open 2015 (5...Rh8+ Kg6 55....Rf1 h3 Only later did Ly discover that 51. 15. In the game White played 51.Nxb8 53.Nxc5 is better for White.Ne5 51.g. e. He won a series of European opens and moved into the world’s top 15. g3 53.Bxc6 Bxc6 16.. Here.g3! 52.Re7+ Kf6 59. 10. Moulthun 2462 Ni Hua 2690 Australian Open 2015 (10) 2 Li Chao b 2728 Gabrielian.Nxd7 Bf3! forces mate.Rd6!! Nb8 52....Rxb8 Bf3 54..f3? would walk into mate after 17.Re8+ Kg7 58.cxb7! Qb6! 13..5/11 but his victory could have been a much closer-run matter had Moulthun Ly taken his chances in the penultimate round.Kg1 Rxf6 55.Ng4! 17.Qb6! Allowing White’s d pawn to run riot but Gabrielian doesn’t care.b8=Q 52. but his light squares are so weak that Li must return material immediately. on the way to winning the huge Cappelle la Grande Open in France.Re8 Ra6 56.1 Ly.Ne5+! when White escapes mate and wins.dxc6+ Qxb3 12. 52.Qc7 15.Qe4 18.Qb3+ OCTOBER 2015  19 .f3 Qxa4 19. from his Armenian opponent Artur Gabrielian.Qb3+. Ni had been winning but had allowed matters to get totally out of control and Black’s position hangs by a thread. Artur 2551 Ni Hua won the 2015 Australian Open with a wonderful 10.Qb6 Intending to meet 17.Rf7+ Kg5 60. 52. despite being black-banned by the Chinese Chess Federation.Rxb8 Rf2+! Black was winning and the game concluded 54.. Li Chao had to survive one of the most remarkable opening ideas of the year. 17.Qxf8+ Kxf8 16.

Khismatullin later admitted that he also took some convincing that he could give a rook away with check and not look stupid later! 44.Qxf6 Qe2 51. 21.h5 1-0 Khismatullin. tying for second place.Rb1 Bc6 50.19.Kg2 Kf7 34.Ra6 Kf8 58..Rd1 Ke6 37. D. 2015 The most amazing move of the year came in the European Championships and was played by the young Russian Denis Khismatullin on his way to a career highlight.Nf4 Bd4+ 23...bxc5 Bxc5 36.Rb1 Bd7 40.Kh2 Rxc6 46.axb3 Rb8 44.Ra6 h5 44.Ra2 Ke6 54.Rxb7 Bxb7 27.Rd1 Bd4 31. but Black’s king remains in its net and a few more accurate moves finish off Black.b4 Bc2 32.Qf8+ Kh5 52.Bd8 Bc5 48.Ra6 Kd5 52.Kh4 Bc6 43.Rd2 Ba4 33...Rxg6 h4 61.the computer-like 44.fxe4 Bxe4+ 29.f4+ Kh6 50.Rb7 Ke6 46.Qxf7! 3 Jerusalem EUR Ch.Kg1!! The excitement is over and because of White’s weak pawns Black should hold easily.. However Li somehow ground out a win after another 42 moves.Qxb3 20.Ra1 Bb4 51.Rb6 Bd7 45. 49. 2727 “You have to be kidding me!” as John McEnroe would say.gxh4 Bb5 62.f5! gxf5 56.Re1+ Kf7 39.Rb7 Ba3 49.Qf6+ Kh5 55.Ra7 Be8 47.Ra1 e4 28.Rb6 Kd5 42.Rd5! turns out to hang on.Kg5 Be8 53.Qg6 1-0 20  50 MOVES MAGAZINE . albeit barely.Qg7! h6 53.Kf1 Bxb2 30.Qxf5+ Kh4 57.Bh6 Rb7 26.Ne4! 19.. 45.Kh7 Kf7 57. 48.Kg2 Nxf4+ 24.Qe7+ Kh6 47..Bxf4 e5 25..Qe5+ Kh4 54. 2653 Eljanov.Qf8+ Kg5 48.Bg5 Bd6 38.Rb7 Ke6 41.Qxc5 would be too risky after 19.Bf4 Kf7 60.Kh6 Bc5 55. P..Re6 Bc3 59.Kh3 Bb5 35.Bg5 Bd4 56.Ra7 Nd5 22.Rf6 Returning the rook is the only way to avoid immediate mate.Qxd1+ In a way Khismatullin’s suspicions that he shouldn’t be winning by force were justified .

.f6? only to be hit by the stunning reply 26. who has to fly home from Sochi. 35. 35. 36. 35.Qe2 should hold. Humpy 2581 Sochi Women’s WC KO 2015 Muzychuk. although 36.. Mariya 2526 Koneru. The game concluded 26.whereas now resignation is also forced.Rf1 or 35.Kxe1 Qc1+ 40..Bd8 Rxe1+ 37. Almost any move of the e1 rook would win 35.. The Indian had completely outplayed Maria Muzychuk and is only a few moves away from qualifying for the Women’s World Championship semi-finals.Qf7! 1-0 A position which will haunt Humpy Koneru for years to come...Red1 . 35.Qc1?? Chess is a cruel game.Qxe1 Qc5+ 38.Rd1 would be safe enough. Prior to the quarter-finals... Mariya 2526 Sochi Women’s WC KO 2015 Muzychuk was only in a position to take the match from Koneru because of another great swindle earlier in the match.Qxd5+ Kh8 29. Koneru had won every game and in the diagrammed position was aiming for her seventh straight win. but it is Koneru. 0-1 DECEMBER 2015  21 .Ke3 Qe1+ Muzychuk went on to win the final against Natalia Pogonina and take the FIDE Women’s World Championship title. but Koneru incautiously played 25. not Muzychuk.Rb1 should all force resignation in a few moves.Rf8 27. However Muzychuk has whipped up some counterplay on the kingside for her lost pawn and Koneru must be careful..Bd5+ Bxd5 28.Nd3!! .Qd2!! when it tuns out that Black has no defence.4 5 Muzychuk.Kf1 Nxe1 39. Humpy 2581 Koneru.Ke2 Ba6+ 41..

G. TL. 2566 Dubai Open 2015 (6.Nc5! The most dramatic of the cheating cases which blighted 2015. 1-0 Black can only move his pawns and when those moves run out. Kanan Petrosian.Zhou.Bxd5! exd5 23. 22. he will lose a whole rook.. A body search found nothing but then the arbiter checked the cubicle into which Nigalidze had been disappearing. Weiqi 6 7 Izzat. The Georgian was thrown out of the tournament and new anti-cheating measures were implemented at major events such as the World Cup. Twice Georgian Champion Gaoiz Nigalidze was having another great tournament at the powerful Dubai Open but his opponent was suspicious that he was visiting the toilet after almost every move.. 2671 Doeberl Cup 2015 Nigalidze. with multiple pieces on the board. He found a well hidden smartphone logged in to Nigalidze’s name.Rxc7! Rxc7 24. 1-0 22  50 MOVES MAGAZINE .9) The zuzgwang of the year.

So, Wesley 2788


Anand, Viswanathan 2791
Carlsen, Magnus 2863
Shamkir Gashimov 2015 (1)

Akobian, V 2622
St Louis US Champs 2015 (9.4)

The position which showed that Magnus Carlsen is human and provided a small indication that all was not
well in 2015 with the World Champion.
An innocuous-looking opening position it seems, but
one which split the chess world into those who believed
arbiters were not God, and arbiters. In this position,
from the ninth round of the US Championship and with
Wesley So within striking range of the leader, former
Doeberl Cup winner Varuzhan Akobian played a winning
move - he approached the arbiter Tony Rich and pointed out that So had been writing message to himself on a
sheet of paper underneath his scoresheet.
Since So had already been warned twice for writing
notes Rich forfeited So and sent the internet humming
with debates about player stupidity and arbiter overeach. Consensus in Saint Louis was that Rich made the
right call and that Akobian did his fellow professionals a
favour by calling out a bad habit of So’s.

19...Qd7?? A terrible oversight, when 19...Qxd3
20.Re3 Qc4 leaves Black in no danger. Carlsen saw the
error immediately after he moved and had a painful 11
minute wait before Anand played... 20.Nd5! f6!
The only chance, because 20...Bxe1 - or any normal
move with the bishop - loses to 21.Nf6+! gxf6 22.Qxf6
21.Nxb4 fxe5 22.Qd5+ Qxd5 23.Nxd5 Bxd3
24.Rxe5 Rfe8 25.Rxe8+ Rxe8


DECEMBER 2015  23


35.Qc4 Nb7 36.Qxb4 Nd8 37.Qc4

26.Nb4! would have won with minimal complications.
In the event Carlsen scrambled a draw and went on to
win the tournament by half a point from Anand
as can be seen below. However this was Carlsen’s only
classical tournament win for the next seven months.

Following the game, her main rival in the tournament,
Natalia Zhukova, created and spruiked a petition which
suggested that Sandu had developed a new form of
‘intelligent cheating’ and demanded that her games be
broadcast on delay. Though there was no evidence at
all of cheating - Zhukova declined to ask for Sandu to be
searched because she was (supposedly) too clever to be
caught like that - apart from Sandu’s 6/7 score, the tactic
had its effect and an upset Sandu lost all her remaining
games, handing the European Women’s title to

26...Rc8 27.a3 a5 28.h4 Bg6 29.Rd1 b4 30.axb4 axb4
31.g4 b3 32.h5 Bf7 33.Kg2 Kf8 34.Kg3 Ra8 35.Rd2
h6 36.Nf5 Be6 37.Nd4 Bf7 38.f3 Rc8 39.Kf4 Rc1
40.Nf5 Kg8 41.Rd8+ Kh7 42.Rd7 Kg8 43.Rd8+
Kh7 44.Rd7 Kg8 45.Nd6 Be6 46.Re7 Bd5 47.Kf5
Rc6 48.Ke5 Bxf3 49.Nf5 g5 50.Rg7+ Kh8 51.Rg6
Kh7! 52.Rg7+ Kh8 53.Rg6 Kh7


1/2 - 1/2


Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Dortmund GM

Sandu, Mi 2300
Stefanova, A. 2512
EUR Womens Champs 2015

The combination which launched a witch hunt and
showed that in 2015 fear of cheating was morphing into
Sandu played 28.Qb3+! Kh8 29.c4!, trapping the
queen, and soon won after 29...Qxa5 30.Rxa5 Rxa5
31.Be3 Rb8 32.c5 Rxc5 33.Bxc5 Nxc5 34.Qf7 Rg8

Fabiano Caruana’s victory at the Dortmund supertournament - his first tournament after tranferring
allegiance to the US - came after a very slow start and
included the following brilliant final round victory. It
seems as if White’s threat of 28.Nd4 will be enough to
hold the balance but Caruana channels one of the greatest (and most debated) pawn promotion combinations,
Ortueta-Sanz, to win in spectacular fashion...
27...a5! 28.Nd4 axb4!! 29.Nxc6 b3 30.Rxc7 Nd6!!
The fantastic point behind Caruana’s play - the b pawn
cannot be stopped.

Carlsen, Magnus 2876
Topalov, Veselin 2798
Stavanger Nor way Chess

The king march of the year, from the traditional tournament in Biel Switzerland.
20.Kf2 Bh4+ 21.Kf3 e4+ 22.Kf4 g5+ 23.Kf5 Rhe8
24.Rhd1 Re5+ 25.Kf6 Rg8 26.bxc4 Rg6+ 27.Kxf7
Re7+ 28.Kf8 Rf6+ 29.Kg8 Rg6+ 30.Kh8!

The position which ruined Magnus Carlsen’s year.
Carlsen has a forced win but stared at the position for
70 seconds, waiting for his bonus 15 minutes of the final
time control to kick in. As is now well known, the World
Champion discovered that there was no final time control at move 60 and suffered a time forfeit which cost
him this game and caused an almighty hangover from
which he took months to recover.


Navara, David 2724
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733
Biel GM 2015

The triumph of Navara’s ‘steel king’. Amazingly White’s
king cannot be mated and the Czech Grandmaster went
on to winafter 30...Rf6 31.Rf1 Bf2 32.Rxf2 Rxf2
33.Rf1 Rxg2 34.Rf8+ Kc7 35.Nd5+ Kd6 36.Nxe7
Kxc5 37.Rf5+ Kxc4 38.Nxc6 bxc6 39.Rxg5 Rg3
40.h4 h6 41.Rg6 Rxe3 42.Kg7 Rg3 43.Kxh6 e3
44.Kg5 Kd5 45.Kf4 Rh3 46.h5 c5 47.Rg5+ Kd4
The only sad postcript of this game is that later analysis
showed that 24...Bd3!!! would eventually lead to the
demise of the brave White king. Damned computers ruining another great piece of chess art!
DECEMBER 2015  25

14 25.. L.Be4+!! Kxe4 26.Rxf7!! Kxf7 23.exd5+ Kxd5 31.. Kh5 32.Qd1+ Kh4 33..Be3+ Ke4 Wei Yi 2724 Bruzon Batista.Kf5 30.Kxg2 Qa8+ 33. 2669 Hainan Danzhou GM 29.Black’s king can run but it can’t hide. 21.from 16-year-old Chinese star Wei Yi.Nd5! Nxd5 22. 32.Rf1+ Kg4 The combination of the year .many said it was the combination of the century . one prefaced by a move repetition..Qh7+ Ke6 24. was very much Wei’s own work.Bd2+ Kd4 28.Bf2+ Kh3 26  50 MOVES MAGAZINE .but finding the path to victory. Perhaps the first sacrifice was prepared at home .Qe2+ Kh4 35.Qd3! The last of the mysterious queen moves. 29.Rf3! when another rook sacrifice ends the struggle. with its multiple quiet moves.Qb3!! This is getting ridiculous .this position had been seen once before ..Qf7! Bf6 27..Bxg2+ It would have been more fitting to allow the finish 31.Kg1 Bg5 34. 31.

Qxb8+ Svidler resigned.Svidler had played well and had a winning position as well as 40 seconds to his opponent’s 4 (plus 3 second increments)..would win without difficulty but Svidler played the ridiculous blunder 42..9) 15 DECEMBER 2015  27 . this position will be hard for Peter Svidler to forget.Qe8 or 42.. In the first of the blitz tiebreakers . Sergey 2762 Svilder.From an epic playoff in October for the World Cup title. Peter 2727 Baku World Cup KO (7.. after 4 classical games had been tied 2-2 and four rapid tiebreakers were also split 2-2..Re8 .42. By now the players were in Game 9 of their match.000 prizemoney differential at stake . Any normal move . 36. and lost the next game to miss the chance to be the second player to win the World Cup twice..Kg8?? 43.with a $32.Be1! Making sure that the wrong person doesn’t checkmate! 1-0 1-0 Karjakin.

but we also see how potent they can be on their own. knight. the other four sees the two bishops battling against different armies. They are usually valued higher than knights. on their faithful colour of square. generally speaking. for their range in covering the whole battlefield at once. All of the studies are prize-winners in tourneys (with four claiming 1st Prize). rook. 28  50 MOVES MAGAZINE . or opposite-coloured bishop endgames. the two bishops together are the focus. #1 by Zakhodyakin sees bishop vs. we seem to hear about this piece most often in the context of the double bishops and their strength in the middlegame or endgame. in these studies. bishop vs. In practical play these days. so you can expect a delightful combination of beauty and creativity. and in #2 by Sumbatjan.Bishop Studies By IM Junta Ikeda The theme for the studies in this issue is bishops – the stipulation is White to play and win in all six studies. in the endgame.

T .1st Prize 64. L . Petrov.Special Honourable Mention 3. G . Kubbel. Chigorin Memorial Tourney.1st Prize M.1st Prize Shakhmaty.V & Ryabinin. I. K . 1931 2. 1991 6. 1958 DECEMBER 2015  29 . 1924 5.Bishop Studies Solutions page 64 1. 1987 4. D . Zakhodyakin. Gorgiev. Sumbatjan. Kirillov.1st Prize Tidskrift fˆr Schack. 1968 Shakmaty v SSSR.N 2nd Prize Uralskye Skazy.


the Hotel Legomandra. beyond expectations with stand-out perfor- there were no areas available for spectators. After lunch on day one. for 5 days! (His friend Gary Lin had moved to tennis. erbated the disadvantages. The signage was not clear & Lubomir again proved his worth.) at the main venue. to the parents and being a great conversationalist as well. playing hall freezing. so parents and coaches had to be outside the playing hall wondering how their child was To reach Halkidiki was a 2 hour bus journey from faring with no information. It must be noted that the entire region closes Max Chew Lee decided the conditions at the down outside the tourist season. coach and accompany- for photos before taking the bus to Porto ing persons got on really well and were all very performances or any speeches of significance .and then at 14:55 parents were asked DECEMBER 2015  31 . with none of the day tours. so two weeks Australian hotel weren’t to his liking so he at a satellite hotel with nothing to do made for a defected to the Japanese team at Porto Carras very long stay. The older children Team coach Lubomir Ftacnik again did a fan- – U/18 to U/14 were in the Olympic Hall while tastic job with his charges: Justin Tan. etc. The opening ceremony was almost non-existent . U/10s and U/12s. They also did not Thessaloniki Airport to Australia’s designated let the parents wait in the foyer of the venue hotel – not the chess venue at Porto Carras but with security chasing parents away. As a team Australia performed As in other recent World Youth Championships. as the sun set. Max and the U/8s had a separate playing hall from the Alanna Chew Lee.World Youths The 2015 World Youth Chess Championships to leave the hall and the games started at 3 pm. golf. bowling. that were laid on for those Japan in January and changed federations. The tournaments were split into three playing areas. Shuttles were the organisers to not provide somewhere for only available during specified times and exac- the parents to shelter from the cold. starting at the end of October. Namibia and Lebanon. were held in Halkidiki. It was chaos as usual for a World Youth supporting of each other. (Unfortunately!!) Players and parents not staying at the Porto Our late registration and a record entry led to Carras resort had to hang around the venue the Australian team being allocated accom- until at least 5pm before the return shuttles modation at a hotel 10km from the venue. In addition. everyone assembled The team. together with other countries with a relatively parents and coaches were stuck outside the small number of players such as South Africa. began running. Championships. competitors. James Kay and Atlas Baillieu. It was just ridiculous of Sri Lanka. mances from Justin Tan & Rishi Sardana. Greece. not only with there was lots of scrabbling looking for board his coaching but in his ability to communicate numbers.

. and only 2 or 3 of the competitors choose to use the team coach. Obviously the size of the event and timing/cost issues) or not applying for either event to the numbers have caused accommodation and logis- be fair on their children tics issues. 15:00-18:00 Compete 18:00 Shuttle back to hotel (If a game finished quickly players would have to wait around for parents to show up. 14:15 Shuttle to Porto Carras 14:30-15:00 Arrive at venue and wait for round to start . bedtime Next year the World Youth Championships are being • Forcing parents with children in both Youth and split into two. say 5 competitors. Youth (U/18 to U/14) and Cadets (U/12 Cadets to choose between the events (due to leave/ to U/8) events. .. but each team is half the size. but I suspect that there may be unintended consequences including: • Foregoing the added benefit of the younger and older players interacting with each other. if slowly.A Typical day for them might be. the cost of a coach becomes prohibitive.another disadvantage. The older • If Australia sends a team to each event. 32  50 MOVES MAGAZINE players were role models to the younger players and could provide additional help and support... parents froze waiting for their kids.. as those staying at the resort could leave their rooms minutes before the round started.30 Dinner 20:30 Relaxation.) 18:30-19:30 Review and analysis of game with Ftacnik 19:30-20. 8:00-10:00 Breakfast 10:00-11:30 Preparation with Lubomir Ftacnik (individual and group work) 12:00-13:00 Lunch 13:00-14:00 Relaxation & revision of preparation..

the five Indian winners were from classes except just before major events. 2013 World Championship match in Chennai – and his wife WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy. Tan(Vic). Other groups have their =93. 1200-1600. 2.WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AND RESULTS By Ian Rogers.Absolute beginners.5. All five are very Until now the star student of Chess Gurukul has been hard-working and extremely talented. I work with the =2. Yuffa(RUS) 8.” Aravindh Chithambaram who became a Grandmaster at 15 but did not play in Greece because he is concentrat- Ramesh was unaware of the Norges Toppidrettsgymnas ing on stronger tournaments. Alekseenko(RUS).2000 and Open U/18 (11 rounds. three silver and three bronze. a contraction from the Chennai and work with me in Chess Gurukul. (A gurukul is a traditional “All five gold medal winners are from our academy in Indian educational establishment. However Ramesh and Ramaswamy’s Chennai’s guru Ramesh explains how Chess Gurukul Chess Gurukul is probably unique in that it takes in abso- operates. =4. Chess Gurukul is run by GM RB Ramesh – whom many However they must still attend special classes and sit may remember from his role as a commentator as the examinations. Justin Tan and Rishi Sardana Rarely has a country dominated the World Youth own class timings with their coaches. 4. Girls winner] and Praggnanandhaa [U/10 Open winner] don’t go to school on a daily basis but study from home. 1. Below 1200. DECEMBER 2015  33 . “We have coaches for the first 3 groups whose aim will be to push the kids to above 1600 level. “During the day time I usually work one on one with the No other country won more than one gold medal and really talented ones. Ce. as well as young players who have already shown some talent and. lute beginners. turns some of them “At Chess Gurukul we have divided the students into into World Youth Champions. without a single gold between them.5. 3. Vaishali [U/14 a single chess school in Anand’s home city of Chennai. where Simen Agdestein has been teaching chess is a not dissimilar fashion. Marek(CZE) 8… “I teach 3 days a week for 3 hours each in the evenings after school hours (5 to 8pm). 5. 1600-2000. “Most of the kids go to regular schools and attend Even more remarkably. five groups based on FIDE ratings: 1. China and the USA went home group camps for 4 to 6 hours in a day. Sardana(AUS). Mosadeghpour(IRI) 9. Rakshitta sanskrit terms guru (Master) and kula (extended family) [U/10 Girls winner] is from Bangalore but recently moved to Chennai to train with Chess Gurukul. fourth and fifth groups myself. 116 players) above. apparently.Koh(NSW) 4. winning five gold medals. Before major events we have small chess powerhouses Russia. Championships as convincingly as India did in Greece.

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and have been living there ever since. finishing with a medal didn’t seem too realistic but things worked out surprisingly well! I was actually born in Australia and did my first few years of schooling over there until Grade 3. where you live now. We spoke to Rishi after his phenomenal result. Interview by fedja zulfic and Moulthun ly R ishi. Moreover I had been having a pretty inconsistent year with my rating going back and forth between early 2400’s and 2380’s. Then I migrated to India with my parents due to some work commitments of theirs. My expectations were not particularly high at the start of the tournament. So keeping all this in mind.INTERVIEW Rishi Sardana IM Rishi Sardana produced one of the best efforts ever by an Australian at the World Youth. after all . Needless to say that I’m very happy with the way the tournament went and I consider this to be one of my best. most stable performances in recent times. Yes. Moreover there were some DECEMBER 2015  35 . that’s actually where I picked up chess. congratulations on a brilliant performance in Porto Carras! Can you tell us about how your tournament went and how that compared with your expectations coming in? We’ve been aware of you since you played in the Doeberl Cup and Sydney International Open in 2013. but you’ve probably slipped under the radar of most in the Australian chess community. Unsurprisingly. my country of birth. it’s true that I haven’t exactly been a prominent presence in Australian chess but I definitely intend to change that in the future! Why did you choose to start playing for Australia? Well It just seemed like the right thing to do since Australia is . and your connection to Australia? Thank you so much! First of all I’d like to express my immense gratitude towards the AusJCL for selecting me to represent Australia in this prestigious event. placing =4th and finishing just ahead of his compatriot Justin Tan on tiebreak by virtue of winning their individual encounter. Can you tell us a bit about yourself. as for the past few months I had been concentrating on schoolwork and wasn’t able to give much time to chess.

36  50 MOVES MAGAZINE . I would definitely not rule out moving back to Australia as it’s a beautiful place to live and frankly the Aussie chess scene doesn’t Left: Both Justin (2nd from left) and Rishi (far right) finished 4th and 5th giving Australia one of their best ever tournament results. there are no organised programmes in place as such. As far as other ambitions are concerned. What are your chess (and other) ambitions? Would you consider moving back to Australia given the relatively weak chess scene in the country? My aim is to simply enhance my strength and the results will follow. and the programs in place that are creating so many top players? Growing up in the vicinity of so many talented and ambitious players had a really big influence on me. in the short run I’d like to pursue an honours degree in Economics at my first choice university. Can you tell us about your experience growing up as part of such a talented generation. and as you can imagine the heat of the competition and the quality of play over there provides a whole new level of inspiration. By now it’s a well-established fact that India is a conveyer belt for Medal Winners and title holders. Getting the GM title as soon as possible would be great. It was actually a combination of several reasons but mainly the former that prompted me to change.unfavourable government policies towards Nonresident Indians which barred me from certain tournaments . but India is scattered with coaches of different rating barriers. causing an unnecessary hindrance. As far as coaching is concerned. so the incredible abundance of training facilities is naturally bound to produce results. ‘ My aim is to simply enhance my strength and the rest will follow’ India absolutely dominated the medal tally at the World Youth this year.

Thanks for talking to us and good luck for your next tournaments! DECEMBER 2015  37 . but I can always travel for that and even locally there are plenty of interesting events and lots of scope to improve.Rishi on the left playing in the Sant Marti Open Photo: Pau Pascual Duran for ChessBase seem bad at all. Attain the FIDE Senior Trainer title (which is even more exclusive than the Grandmaster title). Granted the number of GM tournaments is not as much as Asia or Europe. I’l probably be applying next year provided University doesn’t get in the way. Do you feel discriminated against or do you think that this is fair enough? I don’t consider it to be a major issue and I fully respect the policies of the federation provided they’re applied consistently and transparently. so I think it’s fair to say that this is one of my goals for the future. Have you thought about applying again next year? Will this be a future goal for you? Definitely! It would be an absolute privilege for me to be given an opportunity to represent Australia in such a prestigious event. You applied to be part of the team for the 2014 Australian Olympiad team but weren’t selected. and try my best to score a few valuable points. The AJCL has a policy to always give preference to Australian resident juniors when allocating free accommodation at events like the World Youth. and it would be nice to write a very highquality book at some stage.

b4 is possible and probably best.h3 my most crucial victories in the entire of me not to check it in detail as it proved to be my undoing (almost!).Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Tan. decided to stick to what i knew best- Postny in a survey for ChessBase the Najdorf. games and pondering for a while.Nxd5 12.Bg5 a similiar situation. it was really difficult 11. Justin 2445 Sardana. so naturally both R c8 12...Bxf6 gxf6! easy... 11. of the first phase of the game. Postny doesn’t even mention this Little did we know that we would logical move.N c3 Now from what I had seen of Justin.N f3 d6 3. (not to mention even managing to lose one!) and Justin going through 10...Nec3 Rb8!? An idea I had seen 12. 15...g3 b5 9..a6 6. But after skimming through his just before leaving for the round.. with me messing hole in the Black dark squares. So deciding what to play was not so 12. as the Knight is they say! protected by the rook as well. Rishi 2385 Game Annotated by IM Rishi Sardana World Youth U-18 2015 1.B g2 B e7 13.Nde2 h5 8.N xe7 Q xe7 of us were eager to start getting some 14.B g5 Funnily enough.. both me and my exceptionlly talented 10.Nb1 f5!? 14. to surprise him in the opening and but I felt a little uneasy about the he has an impeccable knowledge ensuing positions. White. 1.B b7 is the main move 11. well fought of preventing .c5 2. the Caro-Kann.. 12..each other! The game Just mainstream theory 11. Before this game.a3 is all he considers.Nd5 Qd8 etc.B g5! compatriot had been having a rather This clever intermizzo creates a huge shaky tournament. I This idea was given in brief by Evgeny and Black looks very uncomfortable.. I thought about several things.f6 up winning advantages and conceding 13.N xd4 11. It was rather careless 38  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 13.N xd5 11. with the idea was a fascinating one. 10.exf5 Nf6∞ Blacks king .Nd5 Nbd7 imaginable -.Nxf6 13. tournament.N xd5 N b6 12. get the most unfortunate pairing e5 7. e4-e5.Be3 += draws. Magazine.Nxd5 albeit with plenty of mistakes.b4 11.d4 cxd4 4... but it’s the last mistake that matters as N b6 Now White doesnt have the resource B c1-g5. the Taimanov.e4 This game was probably one of 5..Bc4 followed by Qf3 and 0-0-0.Bb7?! N f6 5..h4 It looks much easier to play good results...

) and it may be enough to hold the balance.Bg2 Be7 13. 18. with black to move! Now clearly he 18. 18. it doesn’t work here either. 20.Qd8 The fact that this unfortunate reinforcements to control the crowd...Kb1 or Qe2 first.Qd8 21. White’s advantage has more or less disappeared.Swing the queen to the queenside with Qa5-b4 coupled with a knight sortee to a4 via b6 or even c5.Qxh5! +/.Rfc8 18. avoiding any monkey business by Black.exd5 Setting a devilishly tricky trap.g4 Rxc2 Round about here I was starting to switch from survival mode to something a little more ambitious than that.e3? 20.Nb6 19. like that...Qe5 in the Black gets this sort of position with air. While White can avoid all this with the rook on a8 instead of b8. and now he has to be super careful to hold the balance.N c4 and . the strategy is simple-.Kb1.Q e2 N b6 is an idea that I had considered during the game.e4 Forcing him to castle queenside so that i can pile up on his king. Its clear that I’m going to invite all my pieces to 15.. and would prefer to bring it directly to c8.O-O? the party on the queenside and White should naturally bring in some 15...Qxe4 with wouldnt play .R he1 R bc8 20.Qh4! +.WORLD YOUTH U-18 is a little too airy for my liking. 20.. I realised that since I’ve not much to lose.K b1 This looks dodgy.( 19... in the opening.Rc4 he has some dynamic factors like the bishop pair that work in his favour 18. but 18.Q h4?! I thought this possible due to the waste of tempo move was a little careless from a in the opening..e3 21.Rhe1 Nc4 20..... White faces the practically difficult task of dealing with these threats.Rc4 19. doing.Nxe7 Qxe7 Usually moves like .N d5 B xd5 15..Rxe3 Qd8 22.Whoops! Didnt see that that the whole idea has been refuted coming! After getting pushed around and I’ve lost a crucial tempo.Rd4! 20. Black’s plan is simple-. which is only 17. After trying to come up with more peaceful solutions to the problem in vain. now was probably a good time to have a long think and take things into perspective.O-O? Qe5= 14.Re2!? Simple but effective.Qe2 +/. retreat is a necessity in this position so stuffing the queen in this murky just illustrates how badly Black is corner seems paradoxical.. with 12..O-O-O 17.R c4 19. practical standpoint. DECEMBER 2015  39 ..... but 18.....Rb8 in a situation a huge advantage. 21. the calm 18.Hack Hack Hack!! 16.. 17. Instead..Qf4 Bringing her majesty back to save the day. So it’s quite apparent 16.

33..Ka1 Rc1+ 26.Ka1 Qxd5! 35.R ee1 is whites only option. 24.Nd2+ 25.Bxd8 of course fails to the neat 24...Bg3 Re8 36. 25.Q a8+ R d8! 47.Ne5 -+ Luckily this time I didn’t mess up 26. but actually the idea is through.Q g3 Q a5 White is to keep the pawn structure 24. Instead mistake.f4!? A very clever and successful! attempt to 39.Qb7! -+ maintains Black’s grip on the position. Not a bad move.Qf5 R dd8 37.Q d3 R d6 32.Qc7 25.R d3 Q d7 38.. courtesy the restlessness caused by time trouble.Qg6 40.Qg3 f6 27...WORLD YOUTH U-18 25.Rc1?? Rxc1+ 26.Q xd8+ K h7 .. loosening the g4 pawn and White should hold things together giving me a fresh target.. but once again I suspect suggestion may seem kind of hard to eventually Black should find a way understand.R xd5 fxe3 37. Unfortunately this isn’t possible with the rook on a3. threatening immediate mate on c1 and winning some heavy material.. The key for with the concrete 23.Qc5 25.Rxd2 40  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 25.Ra3! Qb6 25.R d1 e2 38. Practically anything wins here but the correct follow-up .Rd1 R d8 31.g5 Rd4 44.. 32.Rxc1 Rxc1# 25. is important.d6 Rd7 41... simple.Bxc1 b4-+ and .Q f3 Q f7 39.Rxe5 dxe5 28..Kc2 fxg5 45..Qxd5+ R xd5 36.b3 Rc8? Making my winning task much more difficult seems to be my area of specialisation! Now the d5 46..h4? This was probably a crucial 23. Just textbook prohylaxis! 25.hxg5 Kg8 Setting a little trap of my own after falling into pretty much all of my opponents traps! :D complicate things by Justin...Rb3 This computer compact.Re1 Rc2 -+ 34.Qb3 Qf7 29.Rc1# 24. 34.exf4 Played after a second’s thought.Bxf4 Rd7 35... although Black is clearly dominating. 32..Qe3 is a possibility 23..d6 39. so White simply relocates it.Be3 R2c4 30. although of course Black should objectively still win..e4 -+ 33.Qf3 Re4 43.Qd5+ Kh7 42.Rde1?? pawn is a real source of annoyance.Be4?? Loses on the spot.Rxe4 24. which I failed to spot.Q c7! -+ This trivial move wins on the spot.Nxe4? Double Blunder!! 23.To play Rc1 and exchange the beast on c2.

49.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.R c8 with 7.N a4 1-0 Caruana.f3 b5 10..Bxc4 Qxc4 was necessary though these days.b3 +/- 62.Qe8 Qd2+ 50.B d3 11.Nb3 59. I played counterplay.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.e5 Nd5 20..Kb2 Kf5 60.F (2791) Svidler. 0-1 Tan.Na4 += And so Black has the last laugh in this 16.Nc3 Qc7 6.Qc8 17.Qxf6 gxf6 57..Be3 a6 12.b4 16.K c1 R d5 7...N3e4 +- the tournament where he bulldozed through the rest of the field to come =4th with me. Justin 2445 Swotkowski.Rhe1 += Previously my opponent has played 12.P (2753) / Stavanger NOR 16.. 11.Nxb5 a4 18.Kb1 Qd1+ 51. both 16.. 14.Ka1 Qf6+ 56.a5? 15.Q f 2 N c 4? 13. it would be considered a concession..Kb2 Qd2+ 52..B xe7 K xe7 18. Kudos to Justin for being such a fighter .Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 3. J 2328 [Annotations by Justin Tan] World Youth U-18 2015 17.Qd2 Against van Kampen.Ne5 = exclusively 6.Nd2 +/.Kxa6 b4 65.Nf6 13 .N xc6 dxc6 12.Na4 Qb5 18....Kc3 Ke4 61.g4 ! +- b4 12.Qf3 Qg6+ 55.N c5 b4 in the game and for the remainder of 19.Qf3!? coordinated.Bxf4 Kxf4 64..Nd4 9.Bxe7 Kxe7 19...e4 c5 2. I’ve also played 7.B d3 += is generally a favourable pawn structure for white.Qe2 Rd2 54.Kb1 Qxg5 53....48.Rhe1? 1..Nf6 8.Kb2 Qxd3 -+ The rest should be easy and I’m Games Annotated by IM Justin Tan pleased to say that I managed to hold back my special talent for messing up winning positions for the remainder of the game.e5 Nd5 16...K b1 h5 ( 10. 7.Ne5 11...Nde2 += 15.d4 cxd4 4.Kb6 Ke5 15.O-O-O Be7 The trendy line 14.bxc4 15.Qc6 2014/The Week in Chess 1022 (39) 11.White DECEMBER 2015  41 .a4 17.K b1 K g6 58.Ka5 f4 63.Rd4 16.g3. Black is ver y well 16.Kb4 f5 15.Bb7 12..Bc5! b4 tense and exciting game.

After this.Qd6 Ra8 34.. my game 17.. he was still 2.c3! The move I have dubbed “Smerdon-inspired opening 24.h3 B g7 8. one loss. As I was aware of his not to consolidate’ see Tan-Sardana :P Sardana in a critical game.c4 I ser iousl y considered Bc6 29.d4 Nf6 5. Justin 2445 Alekseenko.N c7 11. 33.Qh8 It was hard to refrain from the following manoeuvre: 28. of our previous encounters (Wch U14 Tan..Qd6 transposing to a normal Benoni structure which woud also be pleasant.Bg7 ! Board 3 (next to us). he produced a most incredible display: winning every game thereafter to 42  50 MOVES MAGAZINE .Rg3 2.d4 cxd4 4. in true a-dope’ technique ( see Ali-Foreman 19. sign that my plan would work. to reach outright second opposite-coloured bishops in the in the standings.e6 fxe6 31. Youth Olympiad U16 Chongqing 2013) In World Championships U14..Qc5?? Rhxd6 -+ N b8 7.Rf3 Qg8 35..a4 27. 1. Kirill 2558 [Annotations by Justin Tan] World Youth U-18 2015 Caldas Novas 2011.e4 c5 2..Nf3 White should not be too hasty! 3.d6!? Kirill attempts to make the middlegame and holes everywhere.Nd4 Qa6 21.. Hence.f4 Ra6 25.Bd6 Rh6 2.Q c5 10.N xd4 N f6 agreed drawn..Nf3 preparation”.fxe6 g5 32. 27. I had finish on 8/9 and become world the extra pawn will show.f3 featured in both Kirill to offer a draw here.Nf5 Qe6 style.d5 3.Rd3 In remaining games to obtain a podium plan was to play something seemingly time to vacate the d4-square for the standing.N c3 N c6 6. conceded just half a point out 1974! ) 22. Thus.O-O-O Bd7 9.Bc5+ Kd8 With of 6 games.f5 Qe8 26. I assumed that I absolutely had to win the he was out to kill me.exd5 Qxd5 4.e7+ Ke8 33.Re1 Na6 10.e5 Nd5 18. in the running for first place. To see ‘how lost to fellow compatriot Rishi champion. my opponent (whom I’ve in boxing. after very dull and watch him go crazy:D knight. this is known as the ‘rope- played twice before) had.N f3 d6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Q d2 a6 Board 1 make a draw. This prompted 8.O-O O-O 9.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3 g6 6.Nf6 3.. was already 1-0 2. On the other hand..Kf8 20.Bf8 Rh7 30.Bd3 Nc6 5. position as lively as possible. This meant tremendous fighting spirit. I was unhappy to see him extend his hand here because I wanted to play 10. an early Black ’s position is not really salvageable. I managed to beat Kirill.. and then we witnessed 5.Nxd5 exd5 19.WORLD YOUTH U-18 needs to consolidate but eventually Three rounds before this round.B g5 e6 7.N a3 e6 At this point.Nxe7 Kxe7 23.d5 27..

.Bf3 += the asymmetric pawn structure and open position will favour the two bishops.exd5 12.B g5 was the computer’s first standing right by the board ready to choice but isn’t convincing to me: 15. I Qd7 16.Be3 Nf6 17.dxe6 After the draw offer.. ) 15.Rfe8 found by Stockfish.Facebook 12.Bxe6 13. DECEMBER 2015  43 .exd5 16.N xe6 15. There are many ways for White to claim his advantage.... 15.c4 += is preferred slightly by the computer..Be2 Qd7 17.N xe6 fxe6 ( 14.Nxe6 Qxe6 18. 16.Nf3 16...Bc2 Qe7 15.exd5 Q xd5 16.Qd2 Qc6 saw no reason to accept the draw...Bf4 +/16. 12. sign off the scoresheets.h4! +/. Though this would be somewhat strange in conjunction with my last couple of moves. a small crowd emerged and the arbiter was 15. Nxe6 will always be pleasant.f4 Bh6 15..really halts Black ’s counterplay.Ng5 Nd7? 13.A few of the juniors after their game Photo: From Justin Tan .. 14.B c4 += is very comfortable for White.f5 Qd7 19.d5 14. However.

Rxh7 Qd2 35.N f6 17... 22.. I prefer 24..Q xc1 B d7 ( 33.Qc6 Nf6 31. 31.) 17.Re7 +..Qe5 Qf8 33.Ne6 Bg3 28. Black’s other pieces Kh8 Rg5! are also rather immobile...Kh2 16.Q h5 +.fxe6 Qe7 24.Black is 21.... of probably necessary..Rf6 19.Rd7 Ne6 37. +.Nd4 Rxb2 34..B xb3? The position was dire 36.Nh5 34.R f6 20.Nc5 both captures (Bc5 or Qc4) positional advantages... here are fine but for simplicity’s sake.Qxf5 19.Bg6 hxg6 27.Nfd4 24.Bxc5 Rxc5 26..Q c7 Rf8 33.Kg3 +1-0 .) 38.Kh2 +.Red1 Nxf4 27.Bg5 25. 25.Ng5 Bxg5 20.B e3 20.Rxe6 Bxf4 25.f5 Bxc1 23.WORLD YOUTH U-18 16.Nf5 +- the human continuation..Nd4 is similar to the game.Black is getting squished..Qb8 35.Qxh4 ( 36.Qxg4+ Kh8 Bxf4 27.Q xb3+ Q f 7 20. Qb8 isn’t possible 35.Nb5 Nc5 25.Nxc4 Qg5 18.Rf1 Rf6 the most forceful is 18. I overlooked. ( 36.) The ugly 16. 19.Ne5 Qd1+ 39.Raxc1 Rg8 26.Ne4 32.Rxe7 +.exf5 gxf5 18.Qe7 Q xe7 37..gxf3 Qd2+ 41....N b5! N xb5 19.f5 desperation 38.Qg4 44  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 35.Nxc4 Nd3 26.Rxe5 +- course.g4! fxg4 22. anyway.axb5 N b6 and now..) 37..Rxe1 dxc5 30. Qxc4 25..Ne5 Nxe5 23..Qxh4 21.N g5 18.Black’s position is critical. or strongly underestimated 19..Q xc4 ( 24.N h4! We can learn a lot from Rab8 modern day computers! Stockfish uses tactics to accommodate for 23..Rxf5 Qxe5+ 36.f6 +/.Kh2 31..Rd1 since now.Bxf4 Bxf4 28.Ng5 36. ) 24.f5 B xc1 18.the e6-pawn renders the Black I didn’t see White’s threat of Rg7+ queen useless..Q xb7 R fc8 21.Qe7 Qc1+ ) 36....B b3 Of course.Q c6 N e8 22.Rxe5 =+ being constricted on all sides of the board.. 33.Re7 +.Rxf6 39.Q a6 c4 23..e5 +.fxg5 Rg6 Bxg5 21... 33.Qg6 37..B xf4 Q xf4 23.Qd7 ( 20..Ne6 Qh6 35.Nd4 Nxd4 39.Rb6 34.N d6 Qd5 32.Rxf6 Nf3+ 40.fxg5 Rf7 22.h4! is a typical computer move.Nc4 d5 22.Nxc5 Bxe1 29.Rd4 +- 21.Bf4 +.Rd6 Qh6 38.B xc5 Rxc5 20.Qxc5 24.


We usually want to skewer the more valuable piece in the middle. you’ll need to use a skewer to win material. rook (5 points) and queen (9 points). Happy solving! . In most cases attacking a more valuable piece in front. he can play the queen skewer Qh4+ after which Black will have to surrender the rook on d8.a bishop is worth 3 points.ROOKIES CORNER The Skewer Solutions page 63 The skewer is a common chess tactic which can be performed by the bishop. in order to capture the piece behind it. Some are quite tricky and involve the use of other tactics also. In the following example with white to move. rook or queen. You should always keep an eye out for lining up pieces in such a way as it is useful to tactical possibilities. Remember . There are situatons whereby you will also need to force the alignment of pieces. The puzzles are arranged to be in levels of mixed difficulty. To solve the puzzles on the next page. sometimes through forceful moves or sacrafices.

White to move OCTOBER 2015  47 . Black to move 6. White to move 2. White to move 8. Black to move 9. Black to move 3. Black to move 4. Black to move 7. Black to move 5.1.

N a6 12.c5 break..dxe5!? was briefly popular about 6-10 years ago.fxe5 += is much easier for White to play as Black can’t get in his desired 5.N a6 = intending to the old main line 3.Kramnik.N bd4 N xd4 8...Nc3 and White has a draw at worst.Qxe5 48  50 MOVES MAGAZINE .. non- 7.N xe7+ Q xe7 13. ) Nxe4 5.. N (2475) - 14.Bd3 O-O 10.O-O += and White obtains a strong Be6 was played by Gelfand on several central initiative. J (2496) ICCF email 2009 17.Nb3 ( 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Be3 N c7 13.a6 11...Be2 theoretical positions..Bc4 N xf2 6.N c3 8.1 (62) Navara..Bc5 looks like a fun line..N f3 Rd8 18. with a particular focus on the trendy Nimzowitsch Attack Be7 9..N xd4 .. 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.O-O N c5! getting out of 3. unfortunately it ’s not 7.B g5! Qd7 7. while Black has to find several accurate moves before he can claim equality. all you really need to know is 5.B e3 c6 This is fine for objectively as good because of Black. but I like Black’s Petroff I will cover White’s alternatives position after 11.Qd2 Qe8 16.Nbd4 Ba6 15.Nxe4 4. occasions. however.e4 e5 2..1/2 (16) Gavrilakis. the way of c4 11.Qd4 Rfd8 15.Nxe5 d6 4..f4 a5 15.Nc3..Qxc5 Nxh1 9. but it’s White who has all the fun after 5. Black is fine after 5.exf6 Rxf6 14.f5!? ∞ is an interesting alternative Black.V (2788) Prague 2008 4.Nxe5 will be seen in the next 13..N e2 b6 5.R ae1 fxe5 game.N bd2 is quite an interesting Modern Attack with dxe5 alternative and can be recommended to those who prefer original.Bxf7+ K xf7 7.Bd3 ..N xd5 N dxe5 12.N d4 B d7 upon 5.c3 c5 Hatzl.N c6 9.Nd4 O-O 10.B e7 6..B xe4 d5 6.c3 c5 11..dxe5 d5 4.O-O Bf5 = 11.B d3 e4 the following game: 8.Qf3 for the more creative types.d4 This variation has the rather ironic name of the ‘Modern Attack’ Black had total positional domination 4.h3 f6 13.Nc5 1.N c6?! is an interesting idea of Murey.O-O 8.Qd5+ K g6 8.Q d2 f6 14..D (2672) .Qxd3 c6 9.d5 (as it has not been so trendy of late) in 0 .N b3 N e6 7.Nf3 Nc6 12.Nc5-e4.Bb5! Nd7 5.d4. before Black came 10. for example 11..f4 f5! is well known to be fine for 5.Neutralising 1. but he didn’t manage to equalise after 10.Nc3 Nxd3 8.... is probably better.. 16.Rfd1 N e6 =+ and 3..Nf3 Nf6 In this second part of my article on the 7.Nf3 6.e4 with the Petroff Part 2 By IM Max Illingworth 4... 1/2 .

S (2696) Fridman.Bxd6 Qxd6 15. If 17.f3 B e6 10.D (2602) Germany 2013.Rd3 Rfe8 21.B g5 Qc7 is also fine.O-O Bd6 8..S (2717)-Gelfand.Bxd5 Nxd5 20.b6 with equality.B c5 B xc5 17.N xd5 B xd5 19. 11.Qh6 Qe7 12.c5 Qc7 = followed by .c4 Rfe8 16.Bf4 Rae8 14.Nc3 Nxe4 13.R fe1 c6 = when Black’s position has no 8.g6!? The more common 11.Bxc4 Qxd1 11. but if you’re not a history buff you may want to reduce your workload with 8.Nf6 9. The position reminds this line offers the best chances for me somewhat of Karjakin’s win over White to ‘get a game’. but Black has a reasonable deviation in 8.. 11.b3 += and weaknesses.c4 Qa5! is a neat rejoinder.e4 e5 2.g. which resembles a very good Elephant Gambit for Black and has been played by Gelfand. I’d keep the queens on and preserve the play in the position.Qf3 c6 13.Bxd7 7..O-O!? 9.Bd3 d5 5. but I want to offer something more original and just as good.Re1 or 11.Bc5! he is fine.N c3 B e6 16.g3 = ½-½ (21) Movsesian.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Q e4 Rxb5 17.Q xe3 B e6 13.c6. 6. DECEMBER 2015  49 .b4 Ne6 13.bxc3 O-O 10.fxe4 dxe4 11.f6! is what I would do to try and interfere with this plan..Q h5 g6!? 10..d4 Nxe4 4. 11. e..Nxd7 = is an important improvement indicated by Nedev.O-O or 9.B xe4 Q xd4 12.. 8.Nc3 Nxe5 7. so he shouldn’t be any the misplaced b5-rook gave White worse..Qh5 f5 is something of a dead end for White. 9..Bxd6 cxd6 = 11.Qe3 Bg7 12.. I used to thinkWhite could effectively force a draw here with 6.O-O 10.Ba2 N c7 15.c4 can lead to a long and old theoretical line starting with 8.a3 Nb6 14.c6 12..Nxe4 Qc4! = which despite its awfully risky appearance proves fine for Black.. however as long as he knows to play 8. 9. a persistent initiative in ½-½ (36) Karjakin. e.dxe5 Nxc3 8.Qh5!? I think Jermuk 2009.Qf3!? I think this is White’s Modern Attack Main Line best try.Bg5 Qe8 12. 9.c4 dxc4 10..Rxd1 Nbd7 12. intending Qg3 and typical kingside attacking ideas from there. 12.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 is a somewhat tricky line as the doubled c-pawns help to hold back Black’s queenside pawns.Bf4 Re8! 1.g. 10.Qh5 g6 11.O-O O-O 13...cxd5 f5.Qe2 .Qf3 Qf7 13..bxc5 N bd5 18.. 10.Nf3 Nf6 3.R d5 16..B (2755) 6.Q h6 B f8 If it were up to me though. Onischuk at this year’s World Cup..Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qh5+ Ke7 8..Bf4 Qc7 14.Be3! B xe3 12.f4 Re8= and White is unable to advance his majority due to the pressure on e5.

Bf5 c6 15.d4 can’t effectively attack the doubled f-pawns. ) 3..h3 Ngxe5 -/+ and as often happens in makes White give up the dark-squared bishop under worse circumstances.Bxb5 Qxd5 -/+ 8.e5 this advance is no longer on the awkward position of White’s so pestilent when the d-pawn queen. unless White mixes it up with 15..Nxe5 d6 4.B g5 g6 18...Be2 Qf7 14.O-O!? 9.h3 Qh4 12.B e3! Q xb2 13.A (2502) ICCF .d5! 7. relying 6..B c3 me.Nc3 Qf6! 11. 5.B c7 = and .Rae8 12.Rc1 b5 and Black regains his pawn with an equal game.p 2 After 10.e4 e5 2.A (2749) Rhodes 2013 8.. 0-1 (39) slightly better for White because of Spitz.Qh6 Ne6 13.Qh5 Nf7 = which has proved fine for Black in various engine games.Qxe5+ consolidated his position.N d2 Q b6 14.R ae1 gambit openings..Bxb7 Bxf2+ 12.Novak.exd5 B d6 7.Qf3 Ng5 12..Kd1 Rxa8 15.c4 with initiative would favour White..Rc5!? ...Q e2 N g4 ( 10..Rxd7 K xd7 21.Qh5 g6 is an interesting pawn sacrifice..V the bishop pair.Nb4! he equalises the 2011 position.Bd4 O-O-O 15.B e7 1/2-1/2 K xf7 is totally unsound and Black (38) Guseinov.c5! 6.Nf4 only B xc5 9. After 11.J (2513) ICCF email and with 15. but it holds up to closer scrutiny: Bf5 19. 5.B c4+ d5! 6.B h4 K g7 20.g4 Bg6 = of ½-½ (45) Efimenko.exd5 b5 8.Bxa8 Bc4+ 14.Bxe5 modest material advantage. 11..G (2614) .Copar.B xd8 The Cochrane Gambit with 4.Be3 or 11..O-O Rf8 8.d4 K g8 -/+ and Black has 9.d5 at a good moment to reclaim the Black is fine in this endgame as White initiative: 5.Bxg5 ( was decoyed away 7.P (2498) .Kuzubov..N c3 R ae8 14.d5! 7.Y only needs to know that we play (2667) Dubai 2015 20.Nxf7? gxf5 19.Qxd5 Bc6 10..N g4 8.Qf3 Nf6 13. the most 50  50 MOVES MAGAZINE material to claim a huge initiative Normally this endgame would be against White’s exposed king.. ) 12.. but it’s not the only option.Nf3 16.Rae1 Nxd5 14..B xd5+ Be6! 11.. 14..B c4 12.Qf6 This main line leads to quite forcing play..c6 11.Be3 Qe5 11.Nf6 9. but Black can just ignore the sacrifice and maintain the balance with 15.Nxd5 Nf6 13.Giri.Nc3 Qxd4 10.h3! Q b6 (2661) . but it is Black to move (2543) .Nf3 Nf6 3..B c4 N xc2 17.dxc5 Once again we meet 6.a6!? = 8.Bxd7 Nxd7 1.Qh3 Ng5 12... Black returned the Q f4 = and Black had sufficient compensation in the st yle of the Marshall Gambit in a few correspondence games. keeping a Bxe5 12..R e2 f6 18..Nxe4 fxe4 13. as demonstrated in the 16.Q f5 Q d8 17.Z 10.Re1+ Kf8 feels a bit risky to 12.Q xg5 13.neutralisin g e 4 with the petro f f .c3 Qf6 and .Re7 Rd7 20.Q xd5+ Q xd5 10..Ke2 Nd7 13.Nxe5 Sidelines 11..N c3 h5! This is a new move from a recent game and changes the assessment of the whole line. recent being ½-½ (19) Novikovas.Bc4+ with 6.

Kf2 Re4! 45.Be3 Re8 13.A (2749) ...Qe4!! 0-1 5.Topalov.Qh7+!! Kxh7 29.A (2798) Skopje 2015 World Rapid and Blitz Quiz Solutions 1.S (2603) ...d4 Bg7 8.Giri. 23..a3 Re8 13.. 28..Re1 Nc6 12.Nc3 Nc6 = 10.N b5 K d8 11..Rxf8+ Kxf8 31. using the ‘extra information’ accordingly.Rxe1 h6 19.d5 !? instead of the usual 11...Ne3 Be6 !? 5. 43.O-O d5!?10.Nd4 Also fine for Black is 10. in that White effectively gains a couple of extra tempi in a quiet position.Q e7 6.Bg6+ Kg8 30.Bc2 Nc6 10...Rxh5! 1-0 5. +/= was symbolically better for White because of his extra space in 1-0 (69) Ganguly...d4 d5 transposes to a harmless line of the Exchange French.Be7 9.Bd3 Rxe1+ 18.Qe8+ 1-0 .d4 B f8 15.d4 Be6 11.N c4 is tried by some creative maverick every now and then..Re1+! 44.Nxe4 5.Ne4 2. although after 11.d3 N f6 6. but Black is fine after 4.. White to move and win 37.OO-O Na6 has long been known to be equal.Rxe2 Na6 14.H (2713) Pattaya 2015 9. 25. ) 7.Bd2 3..O-O Be7 7..Qc3 Rf4+! 46.B g5 B xe2 12.c3 c5 9.Nc3 will be seen in the subsequent games....V (2711) Dortmund 2001 5.Be3 Bd7 14.Nxc3 6.B g5 N e4 16.Q e2 This is the most interesting of the sidelines.N xe4 5.bxc3 g6 7.B g5 Qxe2+ 8.Re8# 1-0 4.c4 Re8 12..d4 was covered in Part I.Bd3 O-O 9.P (2737) .N xe4 Rxe4 17.Wang.Nc3 Nxc3 7.N c3 ( 7.Rhe1 I think it is quite interesting to try 11. but Black equalises quite easily with 5.Nbd2 Bf8 14.Rfe1 Rhe8 = 5.dxc3 Bf5 = is also fine for Black. 8. 5.OPENINGS email 2011 4.Bd3 was briefly popular in the late 90s. as I wrote in an old game annotation in 2009.Nf6 6.c4 Nc6 6.h3 O-O 8.Nc7.Ne3 c6 = 4.Nc3 or 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.Re1 h6 12..O-O O-O 10.B g4 11..d3 N f6 7.Re1 a6 13. 28.Qe5! exf5 38..Qxc4!! 0-1 In general it makes sense to play asymmetrically when your opponent is up more than one tempo. 5.Qxe2+ 8.O-O Bg7 10. Nd5 = 0-1 (40) Morozevich.Kg3 Qe1+ 0-1 6.Bxe2 g6!? and Black’s position was solid as a rock in ½-½ (50) Harikrishna.Nc3 c6 10. 5.R ae1 Kd7 13.Bxe2 Be7 9..h3 a6 11. This should appeal to those that like to press without any risk.

.Bxc5 dxc5 11...Bf4 c5 11.d4 B e7 is 6.c6 ( 9.Bg5 O-O 9. as 8.O-O 8.e4 e5 2.A 7.O-O 8.Nc3 8.Re8 9....B f4 could be met in a number of ways.O-O Nd7 9. a .c6.d5 and .O-O b6 10.f6 kicks White’s pieces unpleasant 8.M extra move was Nc3 which arguably misplaces the knight after Black plays . (2745) .Re1 back.Qg6+ with a draw by perpetual check! 9..Oesterman.c6..Qd7 and .Bxe4 Bxe4 15. difficulties in ½-½ (94) Shirov.N f6!? 6. but it is well met by 52  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 1.P (2400) ... but that Nc6!? 7.Bf4 ..Re1 Nbd7 This is the modern main line.Bd3 This is a move you might see (2722) Germany 2012 at the club level.Ne4!? 11..Re1 Nc6 13.Ne5 Re8 12..Rae1 Nd7 15.Wang.N xc3 The main move...Be3 Be6 with the intention of ..Rxe5 because it gives White very free development and straightforward B e6 14..h3 Be6 14.Qd2 h6 10.Nf3 Nxe4 5..... a normal Exchange French.B d2 b5= and Black has no problems.Bxe4 g5 13.Be7.Bf4 will be seen in the next game.R5e3 Qf6= and Black faced no middlegame plans.Rxe4 Nimzowitch Attack Intro Nf6 16. 1.B c4 0-1 (65) Vachier Lagrave.Nxe4 dxe4 12. with equal chances.a3 += ) 10..Bxb7 Bxb7 16.Giri.Bd3 solid position without needing to keep d5!? White is a full tempo ahead of up with theory might investigate 6.Nf3 Nf6 3...p 2 13...N g5 B f5 9.Q d5 Q d7 10.A (2696) 7. Bb7 11.Be3 Nc5 10.Re2 Nd5 17.O-O 9.dxc3 Be7 Those looking to reach a very hard for White to breach: 7.Heberla. primarily 11...M (2715) .Bg4 plan can be .. though White has slightly easier play after 12. but the most incredible would have to be 10..0-0-0 and delaying .Nxe5 d6 4.dxc5 Bxc5 is a more enterprising way to handle the position..Bf4 a6 12.Be5 f6 14.Y (2723) Beijing 2013 More common is 7. but even the passive 5.Nc3 7th Move Alternatives .h6 10. 7.Nf3 N xe4 5..c3 Nxe4 14. as he has a strong knight and no weaknesses in his position.Nxe5 d6 4.G (2558) Finland 2001 5..Qd3 fxe5 15.Nc6/.O-O-O Be7= followed by this move.B (2556) Rabat 2015 5.. .Be3 being the subject of the last two games.neutralisin g e 4 with the petro f f .Re1 Bd6 12.e4 e5 2.Nd8 11.h3 without 10.Ne4 Nbd7 1/2-1/2 (43) Vachier Lagrave..Qe2 Qf6= 1/2-1/2 (42) Lehtinen.Nf3 Nf6 3.dxc3 B e7 7.... with 7.Qf3 Nxe5 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.N c3 N xc3 6.

Be3 10.E (2586) Abu Dhabi 2015.Be3 Bg5 13..B d2 B b4 17.Kb1! c6 10. however Black should have opted for 14..Qxe3 Rxe3 was completely equal and agreed drawn in ½-½ (17) Polgar..cxb5 Qc5 20.Ng4 15.h4 c6 12.h4 Bxe3 14.Ba4 Bf6 White has no way to make use of the pin..G (2551) Plovdiv 2012 18. but actually the statistics indicate castling on the same side as giving Black a greater percentage of wins..Qxe3 Nxd4 15..Y (2697) .Nf3 Qe6 17.Rxh1 += and with such a strong passed c-pawn.Papp.Ne5. 10. 9.V (2756) Hoogeveen 2009 10.. and my main recommendation. meaning White effectively loses a tempo. c4 and Bd5.Bd3 Be6 13..OPENINGS This is the old main line.b3 Rad8 in ½-½ (37) Kryvoruchko..bxc6 B d5 21. when at first it was assumed that Black should stop Bb5 with 10. but then it was demonstrated that after 10..Ne6.K (2647) Germany 2015 12.Qe1 Bc8 16. Normally you’d expect opposite-side castling to lead to more decisive games.B f6 13. 11.B c4 Qe3+ 17.f3 Ne6 12.Qd2 b6!? 8.Bxf5 Qe8 = when White doesn’t get enough time to further his attack.Qd2 B e6 9.. His plan will feature Be4.Nxe5 dxe5 12... 7.Be2 Re8 14. however it’s now considered a little better for White based on some Karjakin games.O-O-O DECEMBER 2015  53 . only White can press in this endgame.Qd7 13.O-O.B d3 Bxf5 18.O-O Castling queenside with 7.g4 b5 16... but he failed to dent Black’s position after 12.N c6 8.E (2645) .h5 Bf8 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.V (2788) Moscow 2008 17.. which we’ll consider in depth in the next game. 8...Qxg5 b5 15.fxe3 B xh1 23.. 10.K b1 is the other main option.Rhg1 b5 16.Qxd4 Qe7 16. Nc5 The point of this manoeuvre is that White will need to play Bf4-e3 at some point due to the idea of .J (2687) Ivanchuk.Nf5!? Previously Kryvoruchko tried 12..Bg5 Bxg5 14. 7.g4 += gives White a faster attack on the king.B xb4 Q xb4 1/2-1/2 (37) Safarli. and Black was fine after 13.Bb5 c6 14.Nd4 Re8 11.Q e3 Q xe3 22.f4 White’s attack proved quite strong in 1-0 (24) Kryvoruchko.N c6 This is the trendier option.Bxe6 Qxe6 17.Romanov. 7.Bf4 c5 16..V (2781) . 7...O-O-O! 11.Qf4 1/2-1/2 (28) Ivanchuk.O-O-O Qd7 10.Y (2710) Landa.N d4 B d7 13.c4 Rfe8 15. 10.Bg5 .B b3 f6 16.Bb5 a6 12.Be2 f6 15.Nd4 Ne5 12.B g5 h6 14.R e8 11..h4 Nd7 11.B c4 B e6 12..a6...Nd7 9.Rde8 = 8.B xe6 N xe 6 K ramnik and G el fand demonstrated in several games that Black is completely safe against a potential kingside attack here.Qe4 g6 19.Qe2 Qa5 14..O-O-O B b7 This fianchetto was first played over-the-board by Wang Hao.. but it has fallen almost completely out of fashion as it became established that White doesn’t have to fear variations with .B e3 Now Black has the choice bet ween castling queenside or kingside here.B e6 11..O-O-O Ne5 is an old main line.Kramnik.Qd2 Nd7 9.

This is perhaps the key position today for the entire Petroff.a5-a4 to loosen up White’s king.. keeping all the options open..B f6 12.Bf2 Re7 54  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 11.. I would prefer 13.N xg5 hxg5 20.Bf1 White’s kingside attack has reached B c6 22. N e7 14.N g5 B xg5 11.h3 is most simply met by 11..Q f4 h6 14.Q xf6 gxf6= and White was unable to exploit Black’s Nimzowitsch Attack Main Line doubled pawns in ½-½ (31) Leko.A (2533) Poland 2013 defends..O-O-O Qd7 O-O-O is completely fine for Black his pawns on dark squares constrict White’s unopposed bishop and White cannot break through.Rg1 c6 15.O-O-O now that Bb5 is no longer on the cards.Q d4 R e5 = something of a dead end.f3 Qf7 15.B b5 O-O 13.e4 e5 2.Rhd1 Bd7 21. 12. keeping the option of castling on either flank.h4 Qd7 14..B xg5 f6 12.N c3 N xc3 6. although it 14. if 18. but in all cases Black is relying on the solidity of his pawn structure. White took back with the bishop but didn’t obtain any edge.Bd3 gives White a small edge based on his bishop pair.h4 ( 11.h4 h6 before playing a waiting move..Qd5 or 14. 10.Kb1 b6! = position. but after 13. ) 11.Qc6 15.Nf3 N xe4 5.. Black meets flexibility with flexibility...d5 12. White has a few different options.Nd4 Bxd4 Here in two Leko-Wang Yue games. So it’s hard to see how White makes use of his very small initiative.Bb5 Ne5 20.cxd4!?...Q f4 b6 18.N d4 a6 14.P (2714) . 10.Rhg1 a4 17.neutralisin g e 4 with the petro f f .Bf6 This is firmly established as the main move.Kb1 Bf6 transposes to the main line..Kb1 Qb5 16.a4 N g6 23. but Black managed to equalise and with .g5 1/2-1/2 (46) Areshchenko.C (2748) Szeged 2015 10.Li.Nxe5 d6 4. 10.R a5 coming.B e3 1.b3!? 11.Nf3 Nf6 3.K b1 The most flexible move.Qf5 a5 16..b3!? was tried in two recent games by Peter Leko against Li Chao.g4 a5 16.B xf6 Q xf6 15. White’s kingside play had no chance to materialise in ½-½ (42) Volokitin.h5 a4 17.B e3 N c6 8. .. 11.b3 Rhe8 14.a6! 11.B g5 Q e7 13..Rxg5 Re5 and Black Maksimenko.B xg5 a3 21.Bf6 11..h5 h6 and 19.dxc3 B e7 7.Re1 Nd5 Black eliminates White’s bishop pair and can later castle kingside and play .a3 doesn’t make a big difference to the Qc4 18.Q d2 B e6 9.h4 h5 17.p 2 13. A good illustrative example is 13. White can also insert 10.A (2678)-Gashimov.A (2709) - N xg5 19.R d2 K b8 15. Another waiting move..Nxe6 fxe6 15...V (2664) Heraklio 2007 with 10.b3 Bxg5 22.

fxe5 Re8 19.b3 d5! 15.B xd4 B xd4 17.B xd4 h5 19.R idea of putting a piece on g5 (so that (2756) . for it allows gave him stable pressure in 1-0 (46) Rxe5 20.O-O-O?! 11.b3 Bxd4 16. although I don’t think Black after the preventative 14.B g2 K b8 14.h4 In general it makes sense to Koch to equalise: 14.Q xd7+ R xd7 += White’s superior piece activity weak for the extra material to count.Nabaty.N xg5 O-O-O 13. though Rde8 16. but Giri demonstrated 11.B b5 Rhe8 14. 10.. Black isn’t afraid of doubled bishop’s pawns 16.B xe5 dxe5 16. Black could have kept games..Qxd4 O-O 15.Rxh6 gxh6 and White has Vuckovic)..Qg5 f6 18.f4 c5~ Bf6 16.h6 12.Bd5 Qd7 17.Qxd4 12..Nd4! would be good it can be neutralised by 11. while Porto Rio 2015.Qf4 h6!? 14.... 17.f4 Bxd4 17.Kb8 15.Bf3 White’s pawn structure is much too 15..Rhf8 when should be worried after 14.Q e3!? 14.F (2678) ICCF 12.OPENINGS with kingside castling earlier. where island.Bxd5 and in ½-½ 12.B xf6 Q xf6 15...f5 15..B g2 Rhe8 as we saw favourite 11.Nxd4 12.Rg1 B xg2 Dolgov.g3 might look like a very 14.. 11.b3 for White as after 11..Nd4! Nxd4 13.Q g5 Q xg5 18.Qxd4 Qf7 18.B xf6 gxf6! = with 17. 11.N xe6 Rxe6 is the same kind of position.B g5 Q e7 13.Y (2639) - correspondence game Konstantinou- Erenburg..gxh6 equalit y (as already noted by Rxh6 20. ) recapture which gives Black dynamic 13.Bg5 B xg5 12.O-O-O allowing White’s DECEMBER 2015  55 .Giri.N xd4 13..G (2546) .Qxe6 14.f5.g4 O-O-O very safe for Black as we know from 13.cxd4 Qa5 comfortably..hxg5 h5 19.N d4 N xd4 13.Bxd4 O-O N xd4 16.Q xd4 f5 18.B g2 and = was an entirely equal ending in email 2008 now Black only needs to know the ½-½ (40) Quesada Perez.B xf7 B c6 21.N d4 ( 12.a6 is also not as good.h6 This is the thematic response..N xe6 ( 13..Piccoli...B xd4 B e5 14..Qa4 15..B xd4 B xd4 with ..Rxd7 Bxd7 18..gxf5 Bxf5 19.h3!? with the idea of g4/Bg2 was used successfully by Caruana and needs to be taken seriously. however 10.Rg1 small pull for White due to having the bishop.g4 O-O-O 14.Qh4 h6 = and there was no way through Black’s fortress in ½-½ (50) Ponomariov.A (2737) Elancourt 2013 he can recapture with hxg5)..f3! and White has some pressure (58) Antal.N d4 analogous positions.I (2492) . a symbolic plus with one less pawn other plans have been tried: 11..K b8 15. but Black can defend fairly the bishop on b5 will have to reroute It’s important to remember this gxf6 itself in any case.S (2615) Arlington 2013 11.h4 h6 12.Q xf6 gxf6 = is The latest game went 12.Rde1 grab space in a static position.a6 13.Be2 the position as is with 19.N d4 N xd4 18. 14.Bc4 White wins a pawn..T (2597) This has been tried in some engine on the kingside if he gets in g4..Re2 Qd8 17.. options down the half-open g-file and 12.. already how to hold such positions: but it’s also feasible to play Erenburg’s 14.

Rde1 Qf6 18..Bd3 Qa5 1/2-1/2 (44) Ni.Rxe1 d4 is also fine for Black.g4 Qb5! This endgame was very solid for Black ( 17.X (2681) China 2015 18.c4 += followed soon by g5 16.A (2588) Wijk aan Zee 2010 .neutralisin g e 4 with the petro f f .f6 18..gxh6 Qxd4 1/2-1/2 (47) Ponomariov.b3 Rxe1 23. ) gxf6 = Ding.Bu.g5 ( 18.Be4 d5 21. ( 15.Qc4 19.Giri.R (2751) .Wang.p 2 22.R de1 B d7 leaves White unable to make anything of his slight initiative.Q d2 f6 19.Be2 Rae8 16.Qe7! Without this prophylactic move White would achieve g4 and obtain some attacking chances.Bf3 b6 17..Qxf6 despite the doubled pawns in ½-½ (30) gives White some pressure.Bd3 Rfe8 17.R he1 B f7 20... 18.L (2755) .H (2657) .cxd4 gxh6 21.Bc6 R d8 22. 15.. as noted by Vuckovic.H (2733) Bucharest 2013 20.

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h4 K f3 is. the allure of solving such a difficult puzzle (‘where others have failed’) can be This week we present three examples a powerful motivator.. Endgame Lessons with FM Chris Wallis This position was singled out by Vlad Game 1 Smirnov on chesschat . This comes surprisingly close to mended to go to White’s move 50 of this game .Kg5 51. and the kings. a simple race develops between 29 of Boleslavsky ..Kh4 52.g6! 52.played in the recent 50..Kc3 Ke4 (forced) 51.. it is recom- the column! 51.Kh4 52..g5 is more accurate.. it tends to be particularly difficult to analyse such intricate positions when they are taken from another player’s game.g4+ A necessary interlude . though it AUGUST 2015  58 . and yet after 54.the two kings are equally overwhelmed! drive it back to f5 and then take the opposition with Kd3. and wins on the queenside. and Black’s move now. Still..e4 dxe4 53.Kf6 55..h4+ looks promising. The subtlety comes later..Kc3 51.majority. Two are analysed in detail winning line before continuing with (though as a challenge. or that it will be decisively split between the d-pawn and the h. 58  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 51.Kxa4 Kc4....for Hjorth Open . winning for Black. then White blockades the kingside with g4+.he mentioned that Anton could not solve Chan. b4! (Diagram) draws .and g. so I recom- of complicated endings with many mend having a go at finding White’s pawns. if anything.. Louis Nguyen..g5+ Ke7 56.hoping either that Black’s king will be too far to stop the pawn. 50.Kb4 Kxh3 52. 56. Useful because if Black’s g-pawn is made to go to g5.White waits for the right moment to spring e3-e4 ..d5 Kg5 54. Of course this doesn’t work: 50.Kxd4 53.Kc5 b4! ) 52.Kb4 Kxe3 52.. luring Black’s king onto e4..Kd2 White is not in time after 51..Taimanov.Kxb5 ( 52. have a long think about what should An ingenious plan here would involve happen.Kd2 is worth mentioning . hoping to working: 51. Leo MCC Hjorth Open 2015 it! Of course.h5..

a5 g3 58.Kxb5?! sible was 60.Kc6! .Q e6 Q c3+ 71.Ke5 g5 57. Kd3 and the game is drawn.K g4 defender.Q c5 this position. Qe6+ 64... Kc6).e5 g4 59.Kc5 Qa5+ 63..Qe5 and gradually White can win.K f5 56. 57.Qe5+ K f3 63. 60..Qd6 Qc4+ 65. the king’s inertia had to be out to be mined... 54.Kc6 and Black’s to the vulnerability of the pawn: 61.. White cannot win resisted! A change in direction would 61. it takes a move to free the pawn afterwards). king cannot immediately reach the Qe1+ 62.K xg4 55. 1/2 ..K b4 K f3 56.e8=Q Qg5+ the only check! It is 62.Qxd1.Kb5 62...d5 Q xa3 69..Kxe3 61.d8=Q g1=Q 61. as he has perpetual due 54.K f3 g4 57.d6 Q d3 70. was poised to capture at a4.K xg4 55. d-pawn forces the draw: 63. 53.Q c3 and this attack on the skewer: 56.Q e5+ g3 59.ENDGAME LESSON PAWN ENDINGS should transpose to the game.. 61.the central d-pawn is winning as Black’s king is not in front of it.e8=Q g1=Q 62.a6 g2 59.K xb5 K xg5 55.Qh5+ Ke3 62..Kb6 Qb3+ 66.d7 g2 60. below under 54.Kxg4 54.Kc7 Qf7+ 66. 62.K xd5 g5 57...K c6 Q c4+ 63. 55.e7 g1=Q 55.K a5 K e4 67.K d6 Qg6+ 65.a7 g1=Q 60.a4 g4 White missed 53 g5.d5 g4 58.Kxa4 is a sample of how this may Qe4+ 62..K xd5 K xe3??..Q e5+ K f3 68. where 54.Kd6 useful f3 square.Q g8+ 62.g5 Back on track...Kc4 e-pawn! It takes the same amount of time to queen (although White’s king 53.Qe4+ K f2 The point is 54.Kc5 Qc2+ Since the d-pawn turns but here.e4 But not the tempting 54. though centre pawns are usually dire for the 53..e6 g3 60...g5! wins more easily: 53.e7 g2 61.Qd4+ ) Qd1 61.e5 g3 promote the 64.a8=Q Qb1+ (Diagram) Also pos- 53. 54. overlooking a 60.Kc6 g5 would play out but this choice of Q+P ending leads identically.K xd5 Kf 3 56...K xa4? (Diagram) Very natural - 61.. Qd8+ is the famous queen windmill...e4+ K f4 58..Qxd5.d6 fruitless to defend the a-pawn.Q b3+ 63.Kd6 Qg6+ go .K xd5 have led to victory.1/2 OCTOBER 2015  59 .Kb6 Not 62. in the strongest line (given to a win.K c5 Q c2+ 64.e6 g2 59.

Rd7 Nxe5 21. The drawback.c8 and a6.dxc6 dxc6 18.. is that he will have to play with a single passed pawn against White’s connected passers on the kingside .Rxf8 Kxf8 27..Qc2 Nxc3 9.fxe5 Qxd7 22.Q xb2 exd5 16.Bg2 Be7 6. It appears logical first to defend the pawn with . you can always find something new! 1.. retaining the c-pawn whilst activating his bishop. Meanwhile.. Moscow 1960.R ad1 Q e8 13.N c3 N e4 8.Kd6 and then to move the general. The bishop Quite a common variation in the 50s and 60s . d6 was more solid).. unless game.N c6 12.. Mark E Candidates 1953 11. it was seen in the final match game of Tal .). and the ease of creating a passed pawn with the kingside major- 29. of course.. or perhaps wait.B c8+.d5 B xb2 15.Kd6..Qxg7+ Kxg7 25. This evaluation idea of luring White’s king deep into does appear to be correct.fxg7 Qxg7 24.Kf2 Ke7 29..O-O O-O 7.f4 Nf7 20.N e5 Rf6 19.but the situation becomes double- This game is annotated by Bronstein edged. isaak Taimanov.Kf3 (Diagram) Taimanov has to decide where to place his bishop and king.Nf3 b6 4.ENDGAME LESSSON Game 2 Boleslavsky. that book tage.cxd5 c5 17.a5 This is connected with the ity is sufficient to win. the king can go to d6. it may be better to you’ve read it thoroughly cover to play . cover (an advantage of the book’s format is that this is quite unnecessary..b3 Bf6 11. This explains the course of the is such a treasure trove that. and it will certainly be chal- in his book on the 1953 Candidates lenging for White to realise his advan- tournament .Bxe4 h6 Kg4. 28.e4 fxe4 26.d4 Nf6 2.for example.g3 Bb7 5... as analysed below. where Tal secured a quick draw as White to win the title.Q c2 N d8 14. and Bronstein implies that White’s advantage based on the relative activity of his king and bishop. 60  50 MOVES MAGAZINE has a choice of two squares .. the kingside.Botvinnik.Bb2 Black has got himself into difficultieswith dubious play in the opening (11. Objectively.. Black could perhaps wait for this move and then play . and then counterattacking on the queenside.c4 e6 3. but there is a strong counterargument since White is interested in playing .Qxc3 f5 10.exf6 Rf8 23.

it is important to fix a favourable queenside . 41..Kg7 b4 38..Kxh7 c2 42.. 31.h4 Bxa2 36.K f4 ( 31...Kh4 b5! ..B xc6 38.Kh5 Kf6 36.according to the 7-man Lomonosov tablebases.Qg7+ Kd5 46.. but White must be careful and play 31.Qf6+ DECEMBER 2015  61 .Bg4+ Ke7 44.h8=Q 41.Kxh6 Bxg4 is certainly impossible.b4 35.B c8 30.a3 and Black’s defensive formation is susceptible to zugzwang . So certainly we have found nothing to contradict Bronstein’s assessment. White must play a queen ending.Be4 36.Bf3 Ba6 32. White is able to win (#48!).g7 B e6 40. returning the pawn for activity.Kxh6 c4 34..g8=Q c1=Q+ ( 36. 35.bxc4 B xc4 34.K f6 is too passive. so it does appear possible to win.g6 c3 Kd5 44.g4 c3 36.g7 Bh7! (Diagram) An excellent choice now.. 29.g4 B a6 33.B d1 K f6 39.bxc4 Bxc4.B a6 31.Bc6 ) 43.K h5 c5 32. Black’s practical chances improve he gets to defend a Q+Pawn ending. The assessment of the entire ending does seem to hinge on whether White can win here.b5 is insufficient: 34.B b1 should certainly win for White. part of the plan is that White’s king is supposed to plug the h-file!).g4 34.Be8 Ke5 32.Qg5+ with a simple win..K h5 K g7 32.Kg4 Ke5 30.. to sum up. 34.g4 c4 35.ENDGAME LESSSON At first. in spite of himself.Kh5 The tactical point is that 32.h4 c4 38.h5 b5 It seems that Boleslavsky expected 40..b4 Kd4! with equal chances 34.Qd4+ Ke6 43. 29.a4!? 33..h4 Qc2+ 48.g5+ Ke5 37. Black is correct in surrendering the h-pawn to activate the bishop (in fact..c4 35.g5+ Ke5 37.g6 Bxc2 40. White can win the a7 pawn and then has excellent chances to sheperd the 33.Q xa7+ is then critical .. but the usefulness of the king at e5 is questionable: 31. looks good.Qb8+ b1=Q is then critical.bxc4 bxc4 36.) 31..g8=Q c1=Q 43..g4.K xh6 K f6 33.c5 33. 37.Qb7+ Ke5 45. 30. and White’s plan of creating a passed pawn and then winning on the queenside seems unstoppable.Qc5+ Ke8 45.Qf7+ Ke5 47. 30.Bc2 Bf5 White will be able to push the h-pawn through.B h5+ Kd7 46.Kh6+ Kd6 42.B d1 b5 37.K xh6 c4 33. 36..Kf5 37...bxc4 bxc4 39.axb3 35.axb3 c2 42..g6 +34. g-pawn through..B xc6 Be2+ 33..h7 b2 40. 34.g4.h6 b3 39.axb3 Be6 36.. Be2 is more complicated.Kd6 30.g5+ Ke5 40.K h5 c5 32..Bd1 Bg4 38.34.Kg7 Qxa4 49. and though ultimately no harm should be done. 34. as observed by Bronstein. wins more simply.K g4 B c8+ As pointed out by Bronstein.Bd1 is drawn.B f3 (Diagram) Now we have come to another critical moment. 32.Bb3 41..bxa4 A miscalculation.B xc6 K d6.

Qe6+ The proximity of Black’s king now becomes problematic...Kf8! was simplest . and no time for Ascaro immense complexity of the endgame.. Ascaro Wallis.a4 K g6 57.h6 Q b7+ 52. to find it! which was on the board well before any time 49. be drawn.Qe5+ Kg4 53. ness as a defender.1/2 1/2 . their presence makes matters more difficult for Black as 58.K c6 Kg6 59.a3 Kg5 doesn’t help . This game is a good Solution will be released in the next example of Taimanov’s resourceful- issue.. there fatigued towards the finish of this is a spectacularly deep and subtle game .Kc6 etc... since Black’s checks run dry very quickly.b4 60. 57.Kf6 Qd8+ 55.b5! 59.K f7 Qd7+ 56. but here loses to king.K f8 Qa8+ 54. 62  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 1/2 .Qe6+ Kf4 51.Q f7 Q g2+ 53.Qxa3+ is essary to defend the position with restricting the movements of White’s only the h-pawn.h5 Kg5 52... Box Hill Open 2004 51.ENDGAME LESSSON 49..a4! keeps the advantage associ- the queenside pawns absent would ated with the queenside pawns. Christopher queen exchanges are not possible. Bronstein called him ‘the opti57.Kh5 58.Qg6 Qf3 would be nec- 59.Ascaro Pecori . (Elsewhere in his book.Ke7 Game 3 Pecori.Qg4+ 50.Kxe8 Kf6 56. This position occurred in an old game of mine . Black has the possibility of exchanging queens.Qe7 Qd3 57.’) then avoid the advance of the pawn..understandable.h6 Qd7+ 54.Ke8 Qg6+ (Diagram) 49.. though the position remains a win..Qe8+ Qxe8+ 55. given the variation here.Ke4 . 59.Kxb6 Kf7 60.Black cannot mist of the chessboard. although the position with 58.K d7 K xh6 58. Box Hill Open 2004! It’s a shame that It seems that Boleslavsky became this happened in time trouble.h5 wins.Ke8?? The real mistake .Chris Wallis.

SOLUTIONS 1..Ke2 Qxd1+ followed 1.. Rb4! 1. Rxd3+ Kxd3 2..... Rxf1 Rxf1 1. a7 Kd7 2.. Be8! 1.. Re1 check 1. a4 and white queens with 1.Bb5+ Ba4 .Ke8 3.Qh1+ 2..Rh8! Rxa7 3...Bxe4 or 1. e2+ Kxe2 2..Rh7+ 1.Qb1+! 2.Kxe2 Qxh1 by b1=Q+ 1.

..g6 Zugzwang..Kc2 Kb5 4..axb4 a3 17.g6 4.Bb5? Ra7 10.Kf7 Nd5 5.Kf7 Nf5 and the knight escapes.Ke7 Kh8 6. 12.. 64  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 8.Ra4 5...Bcd6 Ka8 5.Kxb1 Kb4 4..Kh7 8....Bcd6+ 6.Kd6 Ne8+ 2.Kd2 6.b8=B! with 2B vs... White 2. 1.Bb6 At last.Bc7+ Ke6 10.Bb3 5.Bd6+ Rb4 1.Kxh3 Ra3 3.Rb1+ slowly loses: 6. move that draws.Bc6+ Ke5 Rb4 9.Bb4 Kb7 14. 6.Bb5 18.Bgd6+ Kb5 8.) 4.Bb4 7..Kc3 Kc6 11.Kg6? Ne6! 7.Bb4 5.Na8 3.Ra5 7.Bc5+ Ke4 Ka8 13..Kc4 Kb7 12.SOLUTIONS Solution 1 Solution 2 Solution 3 With only one pawn up in the minor 1.Ke4! Kh8 9.Bg6 Kg8 5.Kb7 3. but.Ka6 axb4 16.Rb4+ endgame by capturing the pawn hope for a draw . .Kf6 Kh8 7...Bc7! 2...Bb4 1.Bf7+ Kh7 5.Kc6 Kg7 4.Bxh3 The finale of a lovely dance up the board..Bb2# 7.Bb7 10.but here.Kd3 8. on h3.Bc8+ Ke7 12.Ka1 a5! 3..Kh8 leads to the same. one can usually only to be the decider.. but he cannot do so while a can exploit the bad positioning of 3. R.b8=Q? Rb1+ bishop is attacked .. the b-pawn looks White would like to enter a winning piece endgame.he must find a Black’s knight which is dominated 3.Bc4+ Ke3 Re4 3..Kd7? lets the win slip after 3..Kb6 6.Rxe4 4.Bb3? Ra5 6.Ng7 3.Rd4 is another free tempo somehow.Be5! Re4 8.Ra7 11..Bgd6+ Rb4 7.Nc7 4..Ke7 3.Bb3 15..Be5 a2 6.Bb2? Ra4 10. where White does not have to lose a tempo..Ke5! 7..Bbd6+! Rb4 5.Ra8 13.Kg4 Kh8 11. Ng7 4.Bb6 Ra6 9...b8=N? Rxe4 ( 3..Kc5! Nc7 2.. throughout.. 3.a3! Kc6 9...Bxb4+ axb4 2.Bc3 Ra2 2.Ra3 3.Kf4 Kh7 10.Kd1 4.Kb5 4.Bg6! Kg8 5..b7 At first sight.Bb5+? Kd1 3.

Qh7+ 2.Rb4 5..Ra3 5..Qd3+ 9. White.Ba5+ 2. of course. so it A tense battle.Ba5 3..Bb2+ Kb1 8.Ka1 5.Rf4+ 2...Rxe1+ Qxe1 13.Rh3? e1=N+ Zugzwang.Rh1+ Be1 11.Kc2? Qh7+ 2.Bxd3# DECEMBER 2015  65 ....Ke3 Ra4 4.Bxb6 Kd2 4.Ke3 Ra4 3.Bf7+ 4.Rf5 8. also keeping an eye out on Black’s ops to win against Her Majesty. 1.Be4! e5 7.Rxh7 Ba5 4.e1=N+ 5...Rd8! a2! 1.SOLUTIONS Solution 4 Solution 5 Solution 6 Queening cannot be prevented.Bb4 Qxb5 6. 1.f3 1.Bxc2! e1=Q 3.Kb3 e1=Q 1. White must save both bishops.Bd6 Qe2 5.Bb3 Rb4 4.Ba3 motif in studies where the rook is 5..Bf7+ 3..Bf6 2.Bc4 6. passer. 6.Bc3 Nc1+ 12..Bd2 8..Bxd3+ Nxd3 10.Kc2 2.Rd4+! Rxd4 6.Rh1 Be1 11.Bc3 6.Bxc2+ Ka1 4...Rh4? e1=N+ dominated on an open board by the 5...Bxe4+ Nd3 10.Rd4+ Kh5 6.Nd3 9.Be7! a common 4.Bxa2 Rf4+ 3.Kc4 Bf2 13.Qe2 12.Bd6 8..Bf4+ Kb1 3... while is up to the power of the two bish- must go on the offense.Be6+ Kg3 7.Rh1 9....Ka3? Qf8+ 11.e5 2..Bg6+ e4 two bishops..Bg6! 11.Bf8+ Ka2 2.Bf7+? Ka1 3.Rf4 7.Bf6 8.Kb3 f1=Q 7.

With that out of the way. the result of my own studious reasoning processes on these topics. let us begin.The Relative Value of Pieces One of the most important qualities a chess player must have is the ability to accurately evaluate positions. for any conversation concerning the fundamentals of evaluating a position. For this reason we can call any sequence of moves that leads to unstoppable checkmate – or draw – and that does not violate any rules – such as the 50-move rule – our first objective reference point for evaluating a position. (This is provided we know the rules and functions of each piece. barring. (Readers who are uninterested in philosophy and/ or psychology may prefer to skip this first section in favour of the more chess-filled second half. . With every actual position that occurs in a game there are almost always a multitude of others that have been conceived of and appraised in the process of determining the best course of action. in my opinion. I do not wish to suggest that all these ideas are set in stone or cannot be refined or improved on – in fact I welcome close scrutiny and any (constructive) feedback readers may have. there is no need for further discussion. will only help me develop as a writer. loss. or draw certainty cannot for the purpose of true evaluation in chess be called objective. thinker and player. I expect. we can say that. What you will see in these articles is merely my present conception.) Objectivity and Subjectivity The first place to start. In this series we will explore some of the complexities involved with evaluating positions and consider some of the factors that make one chess player’s evaluating ability better than another’s. of course. is at the end result: checkmate. any assessment of a position that does not provide absolute win. Given checkmate is the ultimate goal. strictly speaking. or is obviously unstoppable.Part 1 . and will contribute to our overall understanding of these aspects of chess. This.) When checkmate is on the board. this is what all our efforts should ultimately be directed at. If we progress logically from this first point. cases where the best result one can achieve (in all likelihood) is a draw.

Material balance Presence of direct threats Position of kings/king safety Possession of open lines Pawn structure. 6.63’ or ‘=+ to +=’ or ‘I was worse but my opponent slipped up and handed me the advantage’ but rather whether this factor (say. We no longer pay so much attention to four-move-checkmates and royal forks and we start having to learn how to calculate trade-offs.. For this reason. So that would not mean ‘-0.g. 5. Rather we require the aid of patterns. we do need subjective reference points and intuitive guides if we are not computers or superhumans. and that more pieces is better. And of course we all have our own personal preferences that may shape our judgement and what we look for with or without our knowledge – this is okay too. We need to be able to pick up and remember patterns. the game went from an unstoppable win to an unstoppable loss).g. 2. forced mate) or the conditions (e. weak and strong squares Centre and space Development and piece position When we start playing chess we learn relatively quickly how to checkmate. Reference Points Over the years chess players and theoreticians have developed seven reference points to aid us in evaluating positions. and is largely what constitutes our unique style. Does this mean we should abandon all attempts at objectivity? Absolutely not. perhaps what a lot of players call objectivity is oftentimes actually a sort of objective subjectivity.42 to 0. keep the structural integrity of our pawn structure. guide posts and general principles to help us establish understanding. However. illuminated in a beautiful study composed by Gurgenidze. this is the only way to get my king safe and stay in the game. It is vitally important that we have what I think we have (or seek to have) most of the time in chess. Such factors are what distinguish players’ creative capacities. two queens versus lone king) that render checkmate (or a draw) unstoppable.” and that it is necessary and desirable for us as chess players (and as human beings) to exercise the freedom to develop our own independent understanding. the greater the importance of our choices and the need to make moves that are going to result in positive outcomes. We have to know that it is okay at times to discard general principles and refrain from “standard procedure. 4. giving up the e-file) logicallyverifiably altered the outcome of the game (e. But of course the stronger our opposition.We may be objective about whether this tactic wins an exchange or whether or not this sequence will give us a passed a-pawn but it is only truly objective for chess evaluation purposes insofar as we can know with absolute certainty what the result will be in relation to the outcome of the game. DECEMBER 2015  67 ..g. They are generally accepted as follows:* 1. Here is an example of some of the heights of these levels of abstraction. but not treated as the ultimate truth.. a sort of contextual objectivity – e. as quality of play rises. 7. assessment necessarily becomes increasingly abstract. unequivocally. Our mere human minds are not (to the best of my knowledge) capable of absolute objectivity in chess evaluation beyond being able to identify. what we need to do is understand that all the principles we learn (castle early.. We shall explore this phenomenon via an endgame study further into the article. avoid doubled-pawns) that cannot be logically verified to alter the outcome of the game should be regarded as theoretical.** Not for the faint hearted! (D) Nevertheless. a sequence of moves (e. Still. with more and more minute details coming into play – many of which are understood by strong players subconsciously or unconsciously but can be very difficult to articulate. and how to make a passed pawn and gain important tempi in an endgame. certainly.g. This is what makes mastering chess such a frightfully complex undertaking. 3. and we need to test our theories and assumptions while always maintaining both the desire to expand our understanding and an unbridled concern for objectivity. respected. how to get pieces out fast.

bishops can move diagonally..c4 g6 3.Bxg7 Nxg7 21.gxf7 Kxf7 5.Kc1 Rc2+ 10..Kc1 Rc2+ 6. 2008) **Thanks to Junta Ikeda for introducing me to the work of this marvellous composer.gxf7 Kxf7 17.Ne5+ Kxg7 19. here is a situation where I would imagine most players would not so much think as “know” that it could not objectively be good to allow this perpetuallike sequence or to “needlessly” give up their a-pawn.Kxg2! Rxh2+ 15.Bf3 b6 16.Rf2+ 3.Kd1 Rd2+ 5.Kg3 Ke6 22.hxg7 Rg2+! 2.a3 Ne8 13.g.Be2 e5 7. a long sequence to gain a tempo) whilst overlooking what would ordinarily be simple. Here is an entertaining video of this phenomenon in action. because there is so much we can look for and so much we have to be able to assess and keep in our heads as we develop as players.Nc3 Bg7 4.Qxb5 With Black to move.f7 1-0 Bearing in mind the inherent difficulty in solving such a deep study.Kb1 Rb2+ 9. 68  50 MOVES MAGAZINE Anatoly Karpov ( On account of all of these endless complexities.O-O Nc6 8. 21.Kf1 Rf2+ 13.Kf3 Kd5 23..Bh6 Bg7 20.f6 a3 26. these sorts of mistakes do not just happen to beginners or intermediates but in fact have occurred quite frequently (more than one might expect) in top level chess and world championship matches. https://youtu. even when material and other factors are level. The following game is a good example of how.Rc1 c5 11.Nc5 ) *From Find the Right Plan (Karpov and Matsukevich. which i find very hard to disagree with: “Restricting the mobility of your opponent’s pieces (and in association with this: domination by your own) – is the most important law of chess.g. and so an important possibility does not occur to them.Bg2 Nd4 17.Kg1 Rg2+ 14.Ke1 Re2+ 12.f4 Bf5 18.Kxg2? Rxh2+! 3.Kxh2 Bxf7 16. Game 1 Bruce Harper Robert D Zuk Halloween Open 1971 1. perhaps Black is slightly more active.Qa4 Qe7 24.Nf3 O-O 6. I think this sort of thing actually happens all the time in chess without us realising it. it does not look like there should be too much going on here. *** Of course.Nb1 Kb4 25.Nxd7 b3 6.f5 Kc5 24.e4 d6 5. ***You may be interested in taking part in a little chess experiment I have devised to test out some of these ideas.Nf4 Rae8 23. such as a way to win material – or even to checkmate! Note that. the Karpov) and Anatoly Matsukevich in their book Find the Right Plan present their conception of the most important law in chess.Bd2 Nh5 10.Nb5 Nxb5 25.Ke1 Re2+ 4.Nd3 Qg5 22.1.” Basically.Ka1! Rxa2+ 8.a3 18. .d5 Ne7 9.g3 Nf6 12.Nc4 bxa2 2. but surely it cannot be anything serious.Kf1!! 2. it is piece mobility that gives one side an overwhelming advantage over the other.Kxh2 Bxf7 4. it is somewhat of a paradox that sometimes we can spend all our time and energy focussing on certain nuances and intricacies (e. longrange) and (2) its position and freedom of movement. and how well a piece can be used is determined by (1) its innate qualities (e.Nc4 b2 20. rather than look at each of the aforementioned reference points in detail I would now like to explore what is a relatively overarching theme in evaluating positions and something that I find is very much a central part of chess.Nxd7 b3 ( 17..exf5 Nxf5 15.Ne1 f5 14. 18. and that there are a lot of things that we do not see simply because we do not give ourselves the opportunity to look for them. a piece is only so good as it can be used..Kb1 Rb2+ 7.Ne5+! Kxg7 7.d4 Nf6 2.Na3! Kf6 eg.. perhaps due in part to the presence or knowledge of such intricacies.Kd1 Rd2+ 11..fxe5 Bxe5 19.

It is interesting to note that the material balance stayed the same from move 25 onwards .... and White. though his pieces are running out of squares rather quickly now. 34. 30.. 25. DECEMBER 2015  69 . the next move is forced. the game that comes to mind is the following. Black for his king.Qh2 h5 36.Nh3 Bd3 Now White’s position is getting a little uncomfortable..Bxg2+ 31. and that alone was decisive.Rxg2 Qe4 32..a5 Kg8 0-1 When I think of relative piece values.Rg1 Be4 30.what changed was all to do with piece mobility.Rxf8+ Rxf8 29.b5 Kh8 38. 28. Now he only has a handful of pawn moves left before he will be forced to play Qh3.h4 Rf2 Black and White have both created space for themselves on the kingside.Qd7 37.Kh1 g5 27.White is still hanging on.a4 Kh7 39..Qh3 g4 35.b4 Rf1 It seems White’s worst nightmare has become a reality. His knight is out of play and he has a the troublesome task of deciding what to do with his rook. Well.Ng1 h6 33..Qe3+ 26. and specifically how one piece can be substantially more powerful than it usually is.

Nxa4 Bxa1 And Black went on to win.d5 Nf6 5.Qa4+ Qxa4 17. 6.b3 Bg7 13.Nxf4 Bxe5 15. 14.Ne2 Na6! Allowing 9. 70  50 MOVES MAGAZINE 18.Bf4 Qa5 7.e5 Ne4 8. 9.c4 dxc4 3.fxe4 Nd3+ 11.bxc4 Nxf4 Now Black can comfortably afford to give up his knight as he will now win back more than enough material..Bg2 Ba6 .f3 Nb4!! 10. his point being that White’s development is hopelessly stifled so long as his monstrosity on d3 can hold its outpost. Anand has a remarkable idea in mind.Anand calmly begins to develop.Kd2 g6! Black has given up a piece in order to promote his knight to the rank of octopus.Nc3 b5!? 12.Nd3 a5 20.e4 c5 4.g3 Bg7 21.Nxc5 O-O 19.Game 2 Boris Gelfand Viswanathan Anand Linares 1993 1..Nf2 .d4 d5 2.say via . but instead of trying to win back material .Ne2 b4 16.f3.

I hope the reader will be interested in reading Part 2 of my discussion on evaluation.Bg1 Qh8 11.Nf4+ Kc5 2..Kb8!! Rc3 3.Rc8+ 4.22. expected to be in the February 2016 issue of 50 Moves.Bg6+ Kh6 2.Re3 Bf4 32.Nxa6+ Kd5 5..Kf7 Position 16 (Easy) Position 14 (Moderate) 1..Kf7 9.Nxc7+ Kc5 4.Ke6 Nd8+ 11.Kd4 f6 39.Kb7 Qe7 7.c2 2.b5 a4 3.Ke5 Bf6+ 10.Kd7 Qh8 1-0 You’re White. Choose which piece of yours you would like to put on e6.Ke4 d5+ 9.Nf4+ Kc5 8.Re3 Bf4 36.b8=N# 1-0 1.Ka8 Be4 ) 1.d6 Bxe5+ 40.Kc7! ( 1.Ke7 Qg8 10. Composers have a long history of exploring this theme.Kc4 exf4 28. Enjoy! 1..Kxa7 Qc8 5.Re1 fxg3 29.Ke7 Qh8 10.Rc1 Bh6+ 25. Here are some chess compositions based on this theme to finish with. 1-0 1-0 DECEMBER 2015  71 .Kd7 8.hxg3 Bxg3 31. Your move first.c5 Rac8 23.Nef4 Bxd3 26.Bf2 Qd8 6.Ka8 Qb3 ( 3..Ne6+ Kd5 7.Ne6+ Kd5 3.Re2 Bg3 35.e5 Bf4 30.Bh3 Rc7 34.Re4 g5 37.Kxd3 e5 27..Rxe5 Rxd6+ Position 15 (Moderately Hard) Position 17 (Moderate) 0-1 It is interesting how one piece that would ordinarily be much more powerful than another may occasionally not be – or indeed be greatly inferior – given the right circumstances.a3 Qd8 4.Kc8 Qf8 8.c6 Rfd8 24.Re4 Bh2 33.bxc8=Q# ) 4.Kc5 Re7 38.Qg8 9.Nc7+ Kc5 6.