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Two wins with one queen sacrifice
By IM Merijn van Delft & IM Robert Ris

162

| February 8

n

2012

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In this issue of CVO we cover the final part of the strong Gibraltar tournament, which produced some real entertainment. We also take a look at the Moscow Open and the German Bundesliga.

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Hou Yifan was in great shape in Gibraltar and beat Le Quang Liem in a Classical Scheveningen. Inarkiev-Kovchan saw Black's Najdorf ¢ checkmated in the middle of the board. Kurnosov-Vorobiov and NegiLe Quang Liem provide study material on the 6.¥g5 ¤bd7 Najdorf. Kulaots-Polgar was a very entertaining Grivas Sicilian game which eventually ended in a draw. Adams seemed to have an edge against Mamedyarov's Philidor. Ragger beat Seingrimsson from an interesting QGD/Catalan hybrid line (see below). Mamedyarov took 104 moves to prove the superiority of his pawn structure against Akobian's Tarrasch Defence. Lysyj successfully showed a new approach to the classical Petrosian Variation of the Queen's Indian and beat Iordachescu (see below). Negi had no problems holding Svidler to a draw on the black side of a Grünfeld. Interestingly, Aronian plays board 2 in the Bundesliga – in the PGN file you'll find his encounters against Shirov (Semi-Slav) and Howell (Modern Defence!). So far we've hardly paid any attention to the Torre Attack (1.d4/2.¤f3/3.¥g5) in CVO, but our Game of the Week, Jussupow-Shirov, is going to make up for that. In the diagram position Black went for 5...d5.

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As we show below, two strong grandmasters were beaten this week with the same queen sacrifice in the Improved Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Najdorf. Are the complications becoming too much to handle for Black in a practical game? Or can Black repair everything relatively easily? In any case, there's at least one more interesting way for Black to play in the 6.¥g5 Najdorf (see below).

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. 33.¥h7+ ¢f7 25.£c4 £d5 16.£xa7 c6 29.£b3 ¦xc4 21.) 12. Torre Attack 1.¦ad1 and White keeps a nasty initiative.£b4 ¦d4 0–1 2 of 4 .¦ad1 and White wins.dxe5 ¤d5 17.¤xf6+ £xf6 13..¥xg6 ¥e6 15.¢c7 30.¦a4 ¥e5 32.£xc5+ 22.¤xe6 ¥xe6 18.¢xg2 After 34.¥xf5 gxf5 19.¦d1 and White easily converted his material advantage in Hug-Cvitan.¥xg2+! 34.¥c2 gxh4 15.¦xe6 b5 18.¥xe6 £e8 20. although the position remains complicated.hxg5? 13..¦fe1 ¥f5 17. 21...¥g5 The Torre Attack is rarely seen at the highest level these days.¥xe4 favors White.. Play is often steered into quiet waters.£xc4 £xd7 22.¤xe5 ¤xe4 13.¦e6. 15. 14.¦xg4+ ¢f8 23. of course. eventually taking over the initiative.£b7 £d5 23.£h3 ¦g7 24..¤xf7 ¢xf7 18.£a8+ In case of 29. Moreover.¤g5 £f8 18.A (2569) .¥g6+ ¢e7! 26.¦axe4 £xf5 White's position also collapses.f3 is pretty bad for Black.¥xf6 12..£b3 ¢f8 21.¥xf6 ¤xf6 14..¥xf6 15..£a3 ¢d7 27.¤f3 g6 3.¢c8 28.. because of 12.¤xf6+ The critical test.¤xe4 h6 12..¥g7 4.e4 9.¤xf6+ ¤xf6 15.¢g1 though it's clear that Black has the better of things.£xb5 ¤xe6 19. After either 15.dxe5 hxg5 16.£xe6+ ¢f8 19.¦xg4? can be answered with 21. 15..01.£c3 c6 17.¦ae1 ¥d7 18.¤bd2 0–0 5..¦fe1 hxg5 14.¦e8! no immediate strike is apparent.e3 ¤bd7 7.¤exg5 ¤f8 14.dxc5 ¦xf7 16.dxc5 ¦xf7 17.. gameoftheweek Jussupow.£xb7 seems pretty hopeless for Black.¦d8 22.¥xf7 £xf7 22.¥h4 (13.¥xf7+ £xf7 21.dxe4 10..f5 ¥d7 20.2012 A48.£xc7 and four pawns were sufficient compensation for the minor piece in Hansen...¤xg5 ¤e5 16.¤xc5 ¦xf7 16. 29. 13.¦b4 ¥e5 Black's queenside is perfectly defended. Switzerland 2010.¥g3 gives White a pleasant strategic edge and is the reason why Shirov refrained from playing 12...¥c6 21...¥c4 ¦xe5 19.£b3 ¤fd5 21. 10.¦e1? Jussupow . Marianske Lazne 2011.. 3.. 20..£b3 12.£xf5 35..¤xh4 ¤f8 and White didn't have sufficient compensation in Ipek-Popovic.¤c5 XIIIIIIIIY 9-+ktr-wq-+0 9+p+-+-tr-0 9-+p+-+L+0 9wQ-zPlvlP+-0 9R+-+-+-+0 9+-+-+-+P0 9PzP-+-+P+0 9+-+-tR-+K0 xiiiiiiiiy Allowing Shirov to finish the game off in beautiful style. 9..¥xf6 £xd4 16.c3 d5 Another option..¦a8 when after 28. Worse is 13. Queenstown 2012. but in the midst of the complications Shirov showed himself to be in a class of his own.openings what’s hot and what’s not? 162 | February 8 n 2012 The real Torre Attack In the following game Jussupow made a real attack out of the Torre Attack.Shirov. is 5.hxg5 Correctly eliminating the most dangerous attacker...¤xf7 ¦xf7 16.¥xf6 ¤xf6 (11. 31.¥xg6 £f8 18..) 13.c6+ bxc6 Black's ¢ is pretty safe on d7. because of 15.¥xe4 g5 14....¦g4 ¦xg6 36. Black is probably doing fine.. 27. The alternative is 12.¥xg5 (14.¦d1 27..¦e1 and the pin along the e-file is annoying for Black.¦e7? is met by 16.) 14. More tenacious was 33.hxg5 15.£xd3 ¤xd3 18.... although in the present game the opposite happens.¥d3 ¦e8 8.¤xe5? 14.¥g6+–) 16.¦ae1 c6! Black is doing absolutely fine.£xf7+ ¢h8 17.0–0 e5 9. White's most challenging continuation would have been 21..g5 14.¦ad1 ¥f5 18.dxe5 £xd1 15. since the endgame arising from 13.¦fxd1 ¦xe5 16. Porto Carras 2011..) 17.exd4 9. Nea Makri 1990..¦e6 13..¦f4 Also worth considering is 20.¤exg5 ¤f8 15.. 6.£h3 though after 23.f4 and White went on to win.d6.¤xe5 ¦xe5 doesn't offer White any chance of an advantage.h3 ¢c8 33..¥g6! fxg6 17.£a5+ ¢b8 31..Shirov XIIIIIIIIY 9r+-+-wqk+0 9zppzp-+r+-0 9-+l+-vlL+0 9+-zP-+P+-0 9-+-+-tRp+0 9+Q+-+-+-0 9PzP-+-+PzP0 9tR-+-+-mK-0 xiiiiiiiiy XIIIIIIIIY 9r+lwqr+k+0 9zppzpn+pvl-0 9-+-+-snpzp0 9+-+-+-vL-0 9-+-zPN+-+0 9+Q+L+N+-0 9PzP-+-zPPzP0 9tR-+-+RmK-0 xiiiiiiiiy 12.£xa7 can be met by 27.¥xe5 14.¢h1 £d5 and Black is out of danger..¦ac1 with a powerful initiative for White. in view of 11.¥xf7+ £xf7 22.¥c4 ¥e6 17. trading off pieces on f6 gives Black easy play against the isolated d-pawn. Bauer-Smirin.¤e5 £e8 20. ¦b6 15.¤exg5 ¤b6? (15..¦xe4 13..cxd4 dxe4 11.£xd5 ¤xd5 18.....¤e5 A recently played game went 13.¤f8 has to be played.dxe5 ¤xe5 10.¤xd7 ¦e4 20.f4 g4 19..¦xg4 ¥d5 23..£xd3 17. 34. 13.A (2710) Tradewise Festival (Gibraltar).¤xf7 ¤c5! 14...¦d8+ ¢g7 17.) 15.¥xe7 ¤xd3 (16.¤xf6+ ¢h8 (14.¤xe4 h6 is less accurate.d4 ¤f6 2. 15.¥h4? is simply bad.¢g1 ¥e4! 35..£xb7 ¦e8 and in this complex situation White's chances are by no means worse..¦xf7? is bad.b3 ¦d8 with approximate equality in Malaniuk-Wieczorek.S-Zhao Jun.¤xf7 ¦xf7 17.¤xg5 £d5 or 15.¦e7 12.¥c4 £f8 17.¥xf6 16.¢h1 21..¥xf7+ ¥xf7 16.

Generating counterplay on the queenside with the thematic 12.hxg6 hxg6 13.. which was finally crowned with the powerful blow 18. Haarlem 2011 and analysed in CVO 138.¥xf6 ¤xf6 12. XIIIIIIIIY 9r+l+-trk+0 9+-wqnvlpzpp0 9p+-zpp+-+0 9+p+-+PzP-0 9-+-sNP+-+0 9+-sN-+Q+-0 9PzPP+-+-zP0 9+-mKR+L+R0 xiiiiiiiiy Catalan/QGD hybrid XIIIIIIIIY 9-trl+-trk+0 9wq-+nvlpzpp0 9-+-+p+-+0 9zp-zp-zP-+Q0 9Pzpp+NvL-zP0 9+-+-+-zP-0 9-zP-+-zPL+0 9tR-+R+-mK-0 xiiiiiiiiy 1. GM Lysyj caught Iordachescu in his preparation with the astonishing 10. but that doesn't mean that Queen's Indian players can permit themselves not to check the newest ideas in this almost forgotten variation.¤c3 a6 6. 6. One of them is the fascinating 13. Instead of 10... The position after 9..f6 ¦fe8! 17.¦g1 b4 15. 10.£e2 is reminiscent of a well-known variation in the 5.c4 e6 3. Therefore it would make more sense to play 9.¥g2 dxc4 7.f6 but computer analysis seems to indicate that Black is doing well there.fxe6 fxe6 15..h4 c5 The theory of the Queen's Gambit Declined advances weekly at a high tempo.0–0–0 ¤bd7 10. 15..fxe7 ¦e8 18.a3.. there are other less known options within the 6. Attention needs to be paid to 12.. 1.e3 though the opening of the h-file seems to favor White anyway.¤f3 b6 4.¦d1 £a7 12. On both occasions White won with a crushing attack. preventing the ¤ from getting pinned and thus securing influence over the e4-square.¢h1 ¤bd7 16. which we covered in CVO 25.¤xe6 leads to an exchange of queens and is also fine for Black. as Adams once did.b5 has become a noteworthy alternative to deal with the ¥f4/£a4 setup. since White doesn't seems to be able to exploit the unprotected ¦ on a8.0-0 11..¦b8. who defeated Gligoric in great style.¤e4 ¦b8 16.¥h4 £b6 9. In another branch of the Poisoned Pawn variation Hou Yifan successfully took the black side to defeat Shirov.£h5 a5 17.¤xd4 £xd4 11.¤ce2 ¥b7! 16.g3 0–0 6. Why shouldn't you attempt to revive an old line as early on as possible? This is exactly what Austrian GM Ragger did with 5.0–0 ¤c6 8.£d7. castling right into it.g5 ¤d7 13. with the difference that now Black has castled instead of playing .¤xh5? because of 12. Shirov played the almost new 14. After that several other games have shown that Black's task of defending a slightly inferior ending is quite unpleasant. Another powerful point is 14.¦xd7! (see diagram).e3 0–0 12.¤c3 a6 6.d4 cxd4 4.¤c3 ¥e7 5..f4 ¥e7 8..¥xd3 The rumour mill was busy this week: "Have you seen there's already a £ sacrifice against the new poisoned pawn variation with h6?" and "Could this be the refutation of the line?" reached us from different sources.. but doesn't make a very trustworthy impression. Another option is 10. In the practical game Shirov's famous attacking skills proved decisive anyway.. Novelties are often invented around move 20 and easily neutralized afterwards. The main line goes 14.h4!? and five moves later the latter was practically lost. In a practical game it's almost impossible to defend against the army of white pieces.b4 turned out to be premature. as played in Huschenbeth-Van Kampen. but even most professionals seem to update their stuff weekly and not daily.¥e2 0–0 14.¥g5 e6 7.¦xh5!) 12.¤xe6 ¤e5 17.0-0 in the traditional main line.¥g5 realm that are quite interesting.¦b1 £a3 11. In the Moscow Open..¤xf8 ¤xd3 18.¤f3 ¥xe4 19.a3 ¥a6 5.¤g6+ ¢h7 19. playing a hybrid system of the QGD and the Catalan which used to be popular in the seventies.f4 h6 8.h4 b5 11.f5 0–0 Najdorf. first in Berg-Vachier Lagrave in Gibraltar and then three days later in Bobras-Maksimenko in the German Bundesliga.¤f3 d5 2.. The critical course still seems to be 12.£g3 b4 15.fxe7 e5 18. Black's final mistake is 22.fxe6 fxe6 13.¤xd4 ¤f6 5.d4 ¤f6 3.¥g5 e6 7. 14...¦d8..d5 exd5 7. a6 Catalan..£e2 ¤xd4 10. allowing White to develop a dangerous initiative on the kingside.¤xd4 ¤e5 and here Black seems to have enough counterplay. 4.openings what’s hot and what’s not? 162 | February 8 n 2012 thisweek’sharvest Improved Poisoned Pawn XIIIIIIIIY 9r+l+-+-+0 9+p+-vl-zpk0 9p+-zp-snNzp0 9+-+-+-+-0 9-+-+P+-vL0 9wq-sNL+-+-0 9P+P+-+PzP0 9+R+-+R+K0 xiiiiiiiiy 1.e4 c5 2.. Information travels quickly these days.cxd5 d6 8..¥f4 ¥g7 10.f5 ¥e7 12.a3 Petrosian's positional idea of 4.a4 b4 15.c4 e6 4. as we can see from a few games by Ju Wenjun and a couple of correspondence games.f6 exd4 17.¤f3 d6 3.0–0 ¢h8 15.¤ce2 e5! 16..e4 a6 9. 1.¥xe6!.e5 is a better try. In the early eighties the line came into fashion due to the efforts of Kasparov.¥f4 b5 14..b5 immediately... The curious thing is that the diagram position was reached twice (!) this week.h5 Queen's Indian..c3 ¦ab8! with a formidable attack.e4 c5 2.e5 ¤d7 13..¤xd4 ¤f6 5.h5 ¦e8 (not 11.¤f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.¤xd4 Black grabs a second pawn.g3..¥g5 While the main attention is focussed on the (Improved) Poisoned Pawn Variation.£d3 £xb2 10. is rarely seen against the Queen's Indian nowadays.. XIIIIIIIIY 9rsn-wq-trk+0 9zp-+-+pvlp0 9l+-zp-snp+0 9+pzpP+-+P0 9-+-+-vL-+0 9zP-sN-zPN+-0 9-zPQ+-zPP+0 9tR-+-mKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy 3 of 4 .£f3 £c7 9.¤c3 g6 9. With 9.g4 b5 11.d4 ¤f6 2. In over-the-board play Huschenbeth was one of the very first to confront the variation (against Hamitevici in Chotowa 2010) and this week he decided to give it a go himself against none other than Shirov.£xd1 White would still have had to display some technique while converting his material advantage..£b6.£c2 c5 6. whereas after the £ sacrifice 22.

¦b7 ¦c8 31. Robson went on to win: 33.¢xf3 ¦xg6 33.¤e7 ¥e6 28..¤e7+ 1–0 openings ChessVibes Openings is a weekly PDF magazine that covers the latest news on chess openings. 24.¦c7 ¦h7 29.£h5+ ¢g7 40.¥xa5! ¦xa5 18. with even the ¢ taking part. is strictly prohibited without prior written permission.. or in any form whatsoever).a4 f5 21.¤f6+ ¢f8 50.a6 ¢h6 33. Tata Steel A (Wijk aan Zee).openings what’s hot and what’s not? 162 | February 8 n 2012 it’syourmove XIIIIIIIIY o 9rsnlwqk+-tr0 9zppzp-zppvlp0 9-+-+-snp+0 9+-+p+-+-0 9-+PzP-vL-+0 9+-sN-+-+-0 9PzP-+PzPPzP0 9+-tRQmKLsNR0 xiiiiiiiiy lastweek’ssolutions XIIIIIIIIY O9rsn-wqk+-tr0 9zp-+-zppvl-0 9-+p+-+pzp0 9+-+nzP-+-0 9Pzp-zP-+-+0 9+-zp-+-sN-0 9-zP-+LzPPzP0 9+RvLQ+RmK-0 xiiiiiiiiy Robson-Grigoryan.£xg6+ ¢h8 39.¦ac1 ¢f8 24. as well as posting on the web.b4 25... Giri overlooked the following tactical operation..¦xg6 ¦xf3+ 32.¤f4+ ¢g7 44.¦h1 ¦g7 42.b4 £c8 25. 2012 21.¥xb5 It seems like there isn’t much going on yet.¤d5 ¥d8 30.g4 ¦f4 29.¤b4 also favors White.¥xh6! This piece sacrifice is in the spirit of the position and has to be played. via print.£d2 ¥f6 22..¤xc6 ¦a8 18..¢h6 ¥e8 49. Any copying or distribution (reproduction.f3 bxa3 30. no matter what its exact objective value. 3 4 of 4 .£g5 ¥d5 38.a5 ¢g7 32.£xh4+ ¢g7 37.g6 a2 46..¤e7 ¤b6 35.£f2 ¦f7 36.cxd6 £e8 27.bxa3 28.gxh6 22.¢g5 ¥d7 47. © 2009-2012 ChessVibes.¦a6 19. electronic format.¦a1 ¦a7 45..¤h5+ ¢g8 48.¦a1 ¦a7 37.d5 ¥f7 23. Which openings are hot in top level chess? Which are not? Editors IM Merijn van Delft & IM Robert Ris keep you updated once a week! Why not subscribe for € 28 a year (that’s less than € 0. More info can be found at ChessVibes.¤g5 ¦f5 26. 2012 With his last move 16.g4! is also good for White. Moscow Open D (Moscow). Evidently..¦xg6+. 19.¦a1 a3 40..¥e6 20.¤h7! White’s domination continues even in the endgame.g7+ 1–0 XIIIIIIIIY 9r+-+k+-tr0 9+-wqnzp-vl-0 9-+p+-zpp+0 9zppzP-sNl+-0 9-+-zPpzP-zp0 9+-+-zP-+P0 9PzP-vLL+P+0 9tR-+-wQRmK-0 xiiiiiiiiy XIIIIIIIIY 9r+l+-trk+0 9+-+-+-zp-0 9-+-+p+nzp0 9zpp+pzP-+-0 9-+pzP-+-+0 9zP-zP-vLN+-0 9-+PmK-zPP+0 9tR-+-+-+R0 xiiiiiiiiy Caruana-Giri.¦h7+ ¢g8 27. 19.¤h5 ¦b7 43.. 24.¦h6 ¦g7 31. whereas Black’s forces are helpless..¤f6+ ¢f7 35. This type of sacrifice is well-known in the Chebanenko Slav and gives White the free hand to operate on the queenside. 28. 21.¢e3! White calmly improves his position.. Copyright exists on all original material published by ChessVibes.¦g7 34.¦xa3 a4 38.f6 Black aims to clarify the situation in the centre.a7 £f8 34.¦h8?? 24.¤xf5+ ¢g8 41. but as soon as White’s pawns start rolling Black ends up in serious trouble.¦xh6 ¢g7 23.¢g4 ¥c8 41. 17.¦ah1 ¦f7 23..com/openings.d6 exd6 26.¢f4 ¢g6 36.¦xa2 ¦xa2 51.g5 ¥d7 39.¦7h5 ¦a7 27..60 per issue!).

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