Ivanisevic I. - Kempinski R.

Kalithea 2009


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6

The Moscow Variation, a very solid choice. White generally has to cede the two Bishops,but in return gets a temporary advantage in development

6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qb3

One move among many

7... Nd7 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Qd8?!

I seem to remember that 9... Qf4 was preferred here by the theoretical manuals. Maybe the judgement has changed over the years, but to me 9...Qd8 looks less than impressive.

10. Bd3 Qa5+ 11. Nc3 Bd6 12. O-O O-O 13. Rfe1!

Plenty of other moves have been tried:

13. Rad1 Rd8 14. Bb1 b6 15. Qc2 Nf8 16. Ne4 Ba6 17. Nxd6 Rxd6 18. Rd3 Qh5 19. Re1 f6 20. b4 c5 21. dxc5 Rxd3 22. Qxd3 bxc5 23. b5 Bb7 24. a4 Rc8 25. a5 Rc7 26. Qb3 Bxf3 27. Qxf3 Qxf3 Mchedlishvili,M (2436)-Gelashvili,T (2514)/Tbilisi 2000 28. gxf3 Rd7 (28... f5!?) 29. Be4 f5 30. Bc6 Rd6

13. c5 Bb8 14. Qc4 Re8 15. Rfe1 Qc7 16. b4 b5 17. Qb3 Nf6 18. g3 a5 19. a3 Qd7 20. Rad1 Re7 21. Ne5 Qe8 22. Bb1 axb4 23. axb4 Nd5 24. Nxc6 Qxc6 25. Nxd5 Minev,N-Neikirkh,O/Bulgaria 1954

13. Rae1 e5 14. dxe5 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. Bb1 Qc7 17. h3 Bd7 18. Ne4 Rad8 19. Ng3 Bc8 20. Nf5 Bxf5 21. Bxf5 Rd2 22. Qe3 Bf4 23. Qxa7 g6 24. Bb1 Rxb2 25. Qa3 1/ 2-1/2 Euwe,M-Szabo,L/Budapest 1949

13... e5 14. c5!

There is nothing fancy about what White is doing. He is ahead in development and must proceed energetically or Black will catch up. It really is quite simple to understand.

14... Bb8

14... Bc7

Eyeing f7.

15. Bc4 b6

I have no doubt that Kempinski didnt take on d4 due to: 15... exd4 16. Bxf7+! Rxf7 (16... Kh8 17. Nh4 Qc7 18. Ng6+ Kh7 19. f4! Rxf7 20. Qxf7) (However,after 16... Kh7 it seems more difficult to break through: 17. Ne4 Nxc5 18. Nxc5 Qxc5 19. Rad1 Qf5 20. Bc4 White only has a small edge here.) 17. Re7

16. Rad1 Bc7

Makes 14. .Bb8 look like a mistake.

17. Ne4 exd4 18. Bxf7+!

It had to come. Black hasn't been using any of his Queenside pieces.

18... Kh8

18... Rxf7 19. Neg5 hxg5 20. Nxg5

19. Nh4 Ne5 20. Ng5! g6

20... hxg5 21. Rxe5 Bxe5 22. Ng6+ Kh7 23. Nxf8+ Kh6 24. Qd3 leads to mate

21. Rxe5 Bxe5 22. Nxg6+ Kg7 23. Nxe5 hxg5 24. Qd3

You may like Black's opening system initiated with 5...h6, you may not. This is very much a question of taste. Patience and accuracy seem to be the main qualities needed to get the best from the two Bishops.

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Hillarp Persson T. (2461) - Andersson M. (2328)

SWE-chT 0203/Sweden (2) 2002


More fun from the Queens Gambit now as White scores another smashing win.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 O-O 6. e3 h6

In this case ..h7-h6 has two useful functions: 1) It protecs against a possible later back-rank mate. 2) It prevents any embarrassment from a battery of White's Queen and Bishop on the b1-h7 diagonal. As this move is played so commonly I hesitate to criticize it, but there are possible drawbacks which Hillarp-Persson zeroes in on here.

7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. Qd2 c6 9. O-O-O Nd7 10. h4 Nb6

10... b5 11. cxb5 c5 12. g4 cxd4 13. exd4 Be7 14. Bd3 a6 15. Bc2 Re8 16. Ne5 Nf8 17. g5 h5 18. Qe2 Bd6 19. g6 f5 20. Nf7 Bf4+ 21. Kb1 Qf6 22. Qxh5 Qxg6 23. Qf3 Qxf7 24. Qxf4 axb5 25. Nxb5 Kaufmann,W (2255)-Schneider,M (2055)/Switzerland 1994 25... Ba6 26. Bd3 Reb8

10... g6 11. g4 Bg7 12. g5 h5 is the normal defensive procedure 13. e4 Nb6 14. Qe3 Nxc4 15. Bxc4 dxc4 16. e5 Qa5 17. Kb1 b6 18. Nd2 Qa6 19. Nde4 c5 20. dxc5 Bb7 Van der Sterren,P (2470)-Donner,J (2460)/ Marbella 1982

10... h5!? 11. Ng5 g6 12. f4 Kg7 13. Bd3 Rh8 14. g4 hxg4 15. Qg2 b6 16. Qxg4 Bxg5 17. hxg5 Ba6 18. Rxh8 Qxh8 19. cxd5 Bxd3 20. Rxd3 cxd5 21. Qg2 Qh4 22. Nd1 Rc8+ 23. Rc3 Rxc3+ 24. Nxc3 Qe1+ 25. Nd1= Knorpp, R-Fochtler,E (2260)/Schwaebisch Gmuend 1995

11. g4!

White is going to use the h6 pawn to help him to lever open the Black King.

11... g6 12. g5 hxg5 13. hxg5 Bg7

13... Bxg5 14. Nxg5 Qxg5 15. f4 Qf6 16. c5 Nd7 17. e4 Qg7 18. f5 sees White continuing to smash open the Black King position.

14. e4 Qc7

14... Nxc4 15. Bxc4 dxc4 16. Qf4 f6 17. Qh2 Kf7 18. Qg3 is obviously dangerous to Black,although in view of what happens, perhaps he should have gone for it!

15. Ne5 Bxe5 16. dxe5 Qxe5 17. f4 Qg7 18. e5 Bd7 19. c5 Nc8 20. Ne4! dxe4 21. Qxd7 a5 22. Rh3 Ra7 23. Qd8!

Devastating.

23... b6 24. cxb6 Rb7 25. Qf6

A move in front of the castled King, any move, must be carefully considered. That's what it boils down to and especially here when White had such freedom of movement. Two from the Queens Gambit then and not very much joy for Black.

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