Thursday, 24 December 2009

Blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

The Presentation Night and Dinner was very well-attended and Tom Powers told me it was a big increase over last year. So much so that a bit of management was required by Tom to ensure everyone had a seat (tables were added). It seemed everyone had a good time including the children.

I was a bit late for the Presentation and was outside talking when Dylan came to me and said my name was called. I was pleasantly surprised by the trophy, President's Award no less, it seems for services rendered for this blog etc. I was of course a bit chuffed. And hopefully will not the one and only chess trophy I get !?

This blog will be updated with date of AGM when I know it. But I will be away on hols and then to the Australian Championships beginning on 2nd January at Norths Chess Club at Norths Leagues Club. Drop in for a visit if you are not playing as there will be daily commentary by GM Ian Rogers. See here for schedule and details. Who will become the Australian Champion? My bet is on GM Zhao ZongYuan.

Thanks everyone and it has been my pleasure to keep the blog for an don behalf of the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club. Thanks to Les, Bill, Tom and Denis for a fantastic year and looking forward to another in 2010. (I think the club will resume sometime in middle of January.)

To all who read this, Blessed Christmas (if you celebrate) and Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Presentation and Annual Dinner

Message from the President, Les Mikolajczyk (
Fellow chess players,

You are invited to our presentation night and our Christmas dinner, the cost for the dinner will be;

For members
Children’s menu $5
Christmas set menu $15

For non members
Children’s menu $10
Christmas set menu $30

The price includes – soft drinks, standard beers & house wines
The menus are attached.

Our presentation night will be held on the 16th December in our chess room starting at 7.30 followed by the Christmas dinner in the Hawks Nest Restaurant.

Non member numbers will be restricted to the following;
1 non member child per member child
2 parents per member child
1 partner per member

If you would like to attend the Christmas dinner you must let me know ASAP but no later than the 9th December. Payments can be made to Tom starting next Wednesday.
Please contact Les if you require the menu.

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2009_Round 5 Results and Final Standings

The last competition for the year has finished and Lou Damaschino has emerged the winner with 4.5/5 with Vince Chiara and Alan Marton joint second with 4/5. Congrats.

No Name Rating Round 5 Points
1 ROB WATSON 1801 7:w: ½
2 SHANE BURGESS 1531 11:w:1
3 LES MIKOLAJCZYK 1462 17:w:1F 3,0
4 MATO MLINARIC 1433 8:w:0 3,0
5 KARL KIRILLOV 1418 15:b:1 1,0
6 VINCENT CHIARA 1411 9: b:1 4,0
7 LOU DAMASCHINO 1386 1:b: ½
8 ALAN MARTON 1380 4:b: 1 4,0
9 JAMES HICKEY 1357 6:w:0 3,0
10 TOM POWERS 1316 ½:bye 3,0
11 EGON CARDENAS 1246 2:b:0 2,0
12 DYLAN SIOW-LEE 1245 18:b:1 3,0
13 GREIG EDWARDS 1241 22:w:1F 2,0
14 UNO MERE 1241 20:b:1
15 BERNARD REICH 1149 5:w:0 0
16 MANUEL VALENZUELA 1144 21:w:0 2
17 MARK ASPIN 1133 3:b:0 2,0
18 HAROON HOWARI 1108 12:w:0 2
19 DOUGLAS EYRES 1032 23:b:1 3,0
20 WILLIAM GONG 918 14:w:0 ½
21 JASPER HONG 897 16:b:1 3,0
22 CALVIN WANG 724 13:b:0F 1,0
23 NOAH GONG 706 19:w:0 2,0
24 HIN ZEE Unrated bye: ½

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2009_Round 4 Results

No Name Rating Round 4 Points
1 ROB WATSON 1801 11:b:1 3,0
2 SHANE BURGESS 1531 6:b:0
3 LES MIKOLAJCZYK 1462 22:w:1F 2,0
4 MATO MLINARIC 1433 7:b:0 3,0
5 KARL KIRILLOV 1418 23:w:0 0
6 VINCENT CHIARA 1411 2: w:1 3,0
7 LOU DAMASCHINO 1386 4:w:1 4,0
8 ALAN MARTON 1380 21:w:1 3,0
9 JAMES HICKEY 1357 17:b:1 3,0
10 TOM POWERS 1316 12:b:1
11 EGON CARDENAS 1246 1:w:0 2,0
12 DYLAN SIOW-LEE 1245 10:w:0 2,0
13 GREIG EDWARDS 1241 18:b:0 1,0
14 UNO MERE 1241 bye: ½ 2,0
15 BERNARD REICH 1149 19:b:0 0
16 MANUEL VALENZUELA 1144 24:w:1 2
17 MARK ASPIN 1133 9:w:0 2,0
18 HAROON HOWARI 1108 13:w:1 2
19 DOUGLAS EYRES 1032 15:w:1 2,0
20 WILLIAM GONG 918 bye: ½ ½
21 JASPER HONG 897 8:b:0 2,0
22 CALVIN WANG 724 3:b:0F 1,0
23 NOAH GONG 706 5:b:1 2,0
24 HIN ZEE Unrated 16:b:0 1,0

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2009_Round 3 Results

No Name Rating Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Points
1 ROB WATSON 1801 14:w:1 9:b:0 13:w:1 2,0
2 SHANE BURGESS 1531 bye:½ 10:b:1 17:w:1
3 LES MIKOLAJCZYK 1462 15:b:1 11:w:0 14:b:0 1,0
4 MATO MLINARIC 1433 16:w:1 12:b:1 9:w:1 3,0
5 KARL KIRILLOV 1418 17:b:0 19:w:0 21:b:0 0
6 VINCENT CHIARA 1411 bye: ½ 21:w: ½ 22:b:1 2,0
7 LOU DAMASCHINO 1386 18:w:1 13:b:1 11:w:1 3,0
8 ALAN MARTON 1380 19:b:1 17:w:0 23:b:1 2,0
9 JAMES HICKEY 1357 20:w:1 1:w:1 4:b:0 2,0
10 TOM POWERS 1316 21:b:½ 2:w:0 15:b:1
11 EGON CARDENAS 1246 22:w:1 3:b:1 7:b:0 2,0
12 DYLAN SIOW-LEE 1245 23:b:1 4:w:0 24:b:1 2,0
13 GREIG EDWARDS 1241 24:w:1 7:w:0 1:b:0 1,0
14 UNO MERE 1241 1:b:0 20:w:1 3:w:1 2,0
15 BERNARD REICH 1149 3:w:0 22:b:0 10:w:0 0
16 MANUEL VALENZUELA 1144 4:b:0 23:w:0 19:b:1 1
17 MARK ASPIN 1133 5:w:1 8:b:1 2:b:0 2,0
18 HAROON HOWARI 1108 7:b:0 24:w:0F 20:b:1 1
19 DOUGLAS EYRES 1032 8:w:0 5:b:1 16:w:0 1,0
20 WILLIAM GONG 918 9:b:0 14:b:0 18:w:0 0
21 JASPER HONG 897 10:w: ½ 6:w: ½ 5:w:1 2,0
22 CALVIN WANG 724 11:b:0 15:w:1 6:w:0 1,0
23 NOAH GONG 706 12:w:0 16:b:1 8:w:0 1,0
24 HIN ZEE Unrated 13:b:0 18:b:1F 12:w:0 1,0

Monday, 9 November 2009

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2009

These are the results to date after Round 2.
No Name Rating Round 1 Round 2 Points
1 ROB WATSON 1801 14:w:1 9:b:0 1,0
2 SHANE BURGESS 1531 bye:½ 10:b:1
3 LES MIKOLAJCZYK 1462 15:b:1 11:w:0 1,0
4 MATO MLINARIC 1433 16:w:1 12:b:1 2,0
5 KARL KIRILLOV 1418 17:b:0 19:w:0 0
6 VINCENT CHIARA 1411 bye: ½ 21:w: ½ 1,0
7 LOU DAMASCHINO 1386 18:w:1 13:b:1 2,0
8 ALAN MARTON 1380 19:b:1 17:w:0 1,0
9 JAMES HICKEY 1357 20:w:1 1:w:1 2,0
10 TOM POWERS 1316 21:b:½ 2:w:0 ½
11 EGON CARDENAS 1246 22:w:1 3:b:1 2,0
12 DYLAN SIOW-LEE 1245 23:b:1 4:w:0 1,0
13 GREIG EDWARDS 1241 24:w:1 7:w:0 1,0
14 UNO MERE 1241 1:b:0 20:w:1 1,0
15 BERNARD REICH 1149 3:w:0 22:b:0 0
16 MANUEL VALENZUELA 1144 4:b:0 23:w:0 0
17 MARK ASPIN 1133 5:w:1 8:b:1 2,0
18 HAROON HOWARI 1108 7:b:0 24:w:0F 0
19 DOUGLAS EYRES 1032 8:w:0 5:b:1 1,0
20 WILLIAM GONG 918 9:b:0 14:b:0 0
21 JASPER HONG 897 10:w: ½ 6:w: ½ 1,0
22 CALVIN WANG 724 11:b:0 15:w:1 1,0
23 NOAH GONG 706 12:w:0 16:b:1 1,0
24 HIN ZEE Unrated 13:b:0 18:b:1F 1,0

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Chess Challenge: Play Against Garry Kasparov

How would like to play against Garry Kasparov in a simulatneous exhibition match and be the last to stand fighting? Well such an event happened recently and has been videoed. here is Chessbase's write on the event:

On October 13th 2009 Your Next Move organized a chess event in Antwerp, Belgium, for business executives, politicians and children. It was held for the third time, and for the third time it centered aound Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion (1985-2000). Kasparov played a simultaneous exhibition against 26 opponents – business executives nominated by the different companies partnering with and sponsoring the exclusive business event. The organisers invited chess clubs and primary school to take part in a pre-tournament held in various locations on October 4th. In the weekend prior to the chess event a further selection is made during a simultaneous game against English GM Nigel Short. The winners got seats in the simultaneous exhibition of Garry Kasparov, along with the business personalities.

The event was filmed by EXQI TV in Belgium – in extraordinary quality.

The index for the entire video footage with commentary by GM Nigel Short is here. If you have the time the videos are quite intersting.

But after watching the highlights, I would like to focus on the last game to finish, played by Chris Lanckriet (BNP Paribas Fortis IS Development Officer). Here is the position after White's move Bxd1 going into a same-coloured bishops and pawns endgame.

GM Nigel Short said, "objectively it is a draw". How do you play to draw against Kasparov? Try it yourself by copying the position onto a Chess player or use a chess board. Then listen to GM Short's commentary to find out how it should have been done. Begin with the video Part 17 at around 1:45 mark.

here is the game:

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Queen to Play ......

There is a new film on chess to be released soon entitled, Queen to Play. It is a French film with English subtitles. From the trailer, it looks interesting and surely can only be good for the image of chess.

Monday, 26 October 2009

2009 Ryde-Eastwood Classic

The 2009 Ryde-Eastwood Classic will be a 7 round Swiss. The time control is 60 mins plus 10 sec. increment for each move from move 1 (60'+10" Fischer).

The Competition will start at 7.45 pm. However, any member may mutually agree with his/her opponent to begin their game earlier on the night.

If any member would like to play let Les MIKOLAJCZYK know before Wednesday. If any member does not wish to play, please let Les MIKOLAJCZYK know as well.

An interesting Closed Ruy Lopez ...... (and testing new game viewer)

I came across this game from Dennis Monokroussos' blog, The Chess Mind, where he lightly annotated some games from the current European team Championship. This game caught my eye as I have been reading a bit on the Ruy Lopez. With apologies (and thanks) to Dennis Monokroussos, here is the game in playable format with annotations:

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Endgame Theory_Winning with 2 Knights

It has often been said that you cannot win an endgame with a Knight against a lone King or even two Knights (unless your opponent obliges). But you can win if your opponent has an additional pawn. Here is how it is done:

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

How to Play the KID ......

This game occured in the recent FIDE Grand Prix in Jermuk Rd 11. GM Kevin Spraggett opines: "The game is interesting because it demonstrates how to play the King's Indian Defence from both sides. The ideas are worth remembering, as this game is state of the art opening theory! ...... the highlight of the game comes with a spectacular and unexpected Rook sacrifice."

Annotations by GM Spraggett:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5
Who among us has not tried the Kings Indian Defence atleast once in their life?
7. O-O Nc6 One of the most important openings in modern chess. I have played both sides dozens of times!
8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 An important moment. Black intends to advance ...f5, and so he must move his Knight to either d7 or e8. From d7 the Knight controls the c5 square, and for this reason most theoreticians prefer this move. Retreating the Knight to e8 allows White more options to gain the initiative: 9... Ne8 10. Be3 (10. Nd3 f5 11. f4!? also has a following) 10... f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 h5 13. c5 g5 14. a4 and the Knight on e1 can be used for defence on the King side.
10. f3 f5 11. g4!? The Benko Attack
This system achieved notice when it was successfully introduced by Benko at the 1958 Interzonal tournament in Portoroz. White aims to stabilize the King's side before proceeding with his thematic pawn advance on the Queen's side. Many texts call this line the ''Benko Attack'' , in honour of Pal Benko's courageous concept.
The entire concept goes against the classical principles of the game where Lasker, Tarrasch and Steinitz taught that one should not voluntarily weaken the pawn structure on the side of the board where your opponent intends to attack. Typical of modern chess, Benko's idea requires a high degree of tactical skill and a fine sense of danger. One false step and the game can turn on you!
It rests to be proven whether Benko's idea has a future, however. Although most GMs are sceptical of it, and other lines enjoy more popularity, the line has never been refuted. I have a feeling that Benko's idea still has a lot of poison in it....
Bearing in mind what I wrote on the previous note (about the draw backs of ...Ne8), here with the Black Knight on d7 White would have to spend a tempo more to advance c5: 11. Be3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. Nd3 Nf6 14. c5 and now it is known that ... Rf7 leads to extremely complex play where the word today is that Black has good chances.

11... Kh8!? Considered the most flexible, but not the only move seen in praxis
This King move allows for either the Knight or Rook to go to g8 (useful in later variations)
A: 11... f4 is solid, but has not done well after 12. h4! a5 (12... g5 13. h5! completely blocking the King side) 13. Ng2 Nc5 14. Bd2 Kh8 15. Be1 Bd7 16. Bf2 and now that the King side is under control, White is ready to advance on the Queen side, as in Benko Pal C - Eliskases Erich G , Buenos Aires 1960
B: too passive is the immediate 11... fxg4 as after 12. fxg4 Rxf1 13. Kxf1 Nf6 14. Nd3 c5 15. Be3 Bd7 16. Kg1 Kh8 17. Kh1 Qc7 18. g5 Nfg8 none of the Black minor pieces has any real mobility. as in Portisch Lajos 2630 - Attard Wilfred 2200 , Madrid 1960 Izt
C: 11... Nf6 12. Nd3 Kh8 (12... c6 13. Be3) 13. h4 Nfg8 14. g5 c6 15. Kg2 fxe4 16. fxe4 and White is on top. Again the Black minor pieces are without play. The only way to do something involves being ready to sacrifice a piece for a few checks. as in Gipslis Aivars 2580 - Gufeld Eduard 25204 , Leningrad 1963 Ch URS

12. Nd3!? A question of taste? Also logical is the immediate 12. Be3. Sometimes the Knight can go to g2.
Curiously, Cheparinov himself, with the White pieces (!), had previously successfully tried 12. h4 Ng8 13. g5 (13. Ng2!?) 13... f4 14. Kg2 h6 15. Rh1 Rf7 16. Nd3 Bf8 17. Qg1 Kg7 18. Kf1 Be7 19. Bd2 hxg5 20. hxg5 Bxg5 21. Nb5 Bh6 22. c5 with excellent compensation for the pawn, and a clear initiative all over the board! Cheparinov,I - Stellwagen Daniel , Amsterdam 2005

12... f4!? Committal, and probably not so bad! Theory has not really worked things out here.
Black closes the King side pawns and intends to advance his g and h pawns soon enough.
I would prefer the immediate 12... c5! trying to contain White's Queen side play 13. Kg2 (13. dxc6 bxc6 14. b4 a5!? is complex and not worse for Black) 13... Ng8 14. Be3 Bh6 15. Bf2 Bg5 with an interesting game and chances for both sides.
A critical alternative, but apparently not easy to handle for Black, is 12... Nf6 13. Be3 c6 14. h3 holding up the King side, and now not so promising is 14... b5 as after 15. Nb4! complications favour White, as in Pinter Jozsef - Sznapik Aleksander , Prague 1985 Zt . Black has to look for improvements here.
Finally, one last alternative to consider is 12... Ng8 13. Kh1 f4 (13... Ndf6 14. Rg1) 14. Rg1 g5 15. Bd2 h5 16. h3 Rf6 17. Rc1 Rh6 18. Kg2 Bf8 19. Be1 ( better than 19. b4 Ne7 20. c5 Ng6 21. cxd6 Bxd6 22. Nb5 Nf6 23. Nf2 Bd7 24. a4 1/2-1/2, Cheparinov I, - Fedorov A , Khanty Mansyisk 2005 Cup World FIDE ) 19... Ne7 20. Bf2 Ng6 21. Rh1 Be7 22. Nb5 and white has some chances.
Back to the game:

13. Rf2!? Apparently a new move in this position.
13. Bd2 is known, with normal play. Eljanov's idea is to bolster his King side , aided by his Rook on the second rank. Now the f1 square will be free for the Bishop to draw back if necessary, and White also has h3 (a last resort) if necessary to defend g4.
Though the move was very successful in this game (even more than you might think (!)--it turned out to be a hero) , the final verdict can only be made after many more examples.

13... Bf6 A typical manoeuvre: the King Bishop will move to h4 before continuing with a pawn advance.
Also worth considering is 13... g5 and 14… h5. The drawback would be that the Black Bishop would be less active (a debatable point), but Black would be able to play ...Kg7 and ...Rh8 with a different type of counterplay.

14. Rg2 Bh4 15. b4
White startes his Queen side advance.

15... h5 !? This looks the most precise moment to strike on the King side.
Black must play very sharply in order to counter White's ambitions. Cheparinov is a player with a well deserved reputation for skillfully exploiting his chances in double edged positions.
Procrastinating allows White many interesting tactical tries, for instance the slower 15... Ng8 16. c5 h5 17. gxh5 g5 (17... gxh5 18. Bb2 (18. Kh1)) 18. Bb2 Ndf6 allows the promising sacrifical line 19. Nb5 Bh3 (19... a6 20. cxd6 cxd6 21. Nxd6 Qxd6 22. Nxe5) 20. Nxe5 dxe5 21. Bxe5 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Rf7 23. Qb3 , and though White is an entire Rook down, his two bishops and dominating centre make it difficult for Black to breath.

16. g5 ! Sharp play
Ofcourse not the passive 16.h3 as Black can continue ...Bg3 and Qh4, when I am not sure what White can do! And also not good is 16. gxh5 as Black can continue directly with16... g5 followed by 17… Nf6 with threats.
Ofcourse, Eljanov did not forget about the pawn on g5! It is common in this line that White sacrifice this pawn for time: White hopes to exploit the initiative and growing threats. In essence, with all the pieces on the board the loss (temporary) of one little pawn is not going to discourage a strong grandmaster.

16... Ng8
As pointed out elsewhere, in Benko's variation it is not uncommon that Black's minor pieces do not have convenient squares to move to, so here Black resorts to some behind-the-line shuffling.

17. Kh1 Rf7 The Rook makes room for the Knight.
A typical manoeuvre. After wards Black will take the g-pawn without worrying about his own pawn on g6.

18. c5 Nf8 Slowly Black is unwinding his pieces. White needs to get some play now, as otherwise Black will soon gobble up the g-pawn for nothing.

19. Nb5!? White needs to make progress and harrass Black
An exploratory move that seeks to provoke weaknesses on the Queen side pawn structure. Should Black leave the Knight on b5 then he will have to worry about things happening on c7 or d6 or a7.

19... Bh3 Logical, and a threat. Finally.
Transposing into the game would be 19... a6 20. Na3; but do not try 19... Bxg5?! as after 20. cxd6 cxd6 21. Nxd6! everything falls apart!

20. Rg1 a6 21. Na3 The Knight will come into play via c4, with great effect! From c4 the Knight touches many of Black's sensitive squares: b6, d6, e5.
There is nothing new under the sun! All of the ideas that White is incorporating in his plan have been seen hundreds of times in the past in similar positions. But what is pleasing about this game is how White is able to execute his plan with such effectiveness.

21... Bxg5 If Black does not take this pawn then none of his previous play makes any sense!
The position is very messy and complicated. White has sacrificed a pawn, but his compensation is not bad at all: after he plays natural moves like Nc4, Bb2 his pieces will exercise considerable pressure on Black's position. A sacrifice will always be looming on e5. The pressure along the g-line is a long term annoyance for the defender, also, and lends to the practical difficulties in playing the Black position.
On the otherhand, Black does not play this opening unless he is looking to win, and is willing to accept challenges and risks. Should he beat back the White initiative, then he will be a pawn up.

22. Nc4 Bf6 An important moment in the game

23. Bf1!? This is probably not the best move. I think White should try 23. Bb2! immediately, as after ... g5?! 24. cxd6 cxd6 25. Rxg5 wins anyway. The text move gives Black a chance to breathe

23... Bc8?! Black reciprocates. This unnecessary retreating move will cost Black.
Black had to try 23... Bxf1! 24. Qxf1 b5! with a complicated game.
For instance, after 25. Na5 Qd7 26. a4 Ne7 27. Bb2 Kh7 Black is still in the game, and soon might try ...g5 trying to disturb White over on the King side.

24. Bb2 g5?! The losing moment
This natural looking move costs Black the game. Ofcourse, he can be forgiven for overlooking White's brilliant next move! Or did he overlook it? At this level of play it is very unlikely that a strong GM like Cheparinov would have not considered the move; more likely he underestimated White's attack and did not spend sufficient time on the reply to realize the gravity of the situation.
Absolutely necessary, though still struggling, was 24... b5! 25. cxb6 (25. Na5 Ne7 26. Rc1 g5) 25... cxb6 26. Qd2 Kh7 (26... g5 27. Rxg5) 27. a4 (27. Qf2 b5 28. Nb6 Bh4) 27... g5 28. Qf2 Rb8 29. b5 a5 30. Ba3! and while White is clearly on top, Black is not without some hope as he still has some shots left. As it is, in the game it is all over and Black loses without any real counterplay.

25. cxd6 cxd6 26. Rxg5!! The moment for the spectators to shower the board with gold coins!
One of the prettiest moves of the whole tournament. Unfortunately for Black, the tactics are quite simple and airtight: Black is in touble.

26... Bxg5 27. Ncxe5 !
Taking with the other knight changes nothing.

27... dxe5 28. Nxe5
Cheparinov must have overlooked something elementary here. White is Rook and a Knight down, but he has an irresistible attack. Black must return material. Playing 28...Kh7 allows White to take on f7 and g5 and then play Qd4 with direct mating threats.

28... Kg7 There is nothing better! Black must give the Queen.
If instead 28... Rg7 then 29. Nf7 is curtains immediately. (maybe he overlooked this idea!?) Because of Cheparinov's weak 24th move (...g5), his game falls apart quickly. And at the highest level, barring a miracle, there are no second chances!

29. Nc6 Qf6 30. Bxf6 Bxf6 31. e5! (31.Nd4 was a strong alternative)
With forceful moves Eljanov is able to take complete control of the game, initiative and all.

31... bxc6 32. exf6 The simplification is in White's favour.

32... Nxf6?! [ More resistant, but equally useless, would be 32... Rxf6 33. dxc6 Rxc6 34. Qd5 Ne7 35. Qe5 Kf7 36. Qxf4 Bf5 and atleast the Black pieces breath.

33. dxc6 It should now be clear that the game can not be saved.

33... Be6 34. Rc1 Raa7
Black has a Rook and two Knights for the Queen (not counting pawns), which normally would be enough to put up a fight. But in the present game Black will not have time to coordinate his pieces and launch a counter attack because of White's dominance on the Queen side.

35. a4!?
This is Eljanov's trump. He will get unstoppable connected passed pawns on the Queen side.

35... Rae7 36. b5
Good enough was 36. Bxa6 Bh3 37. b5 It is now becoming clear that Black simply has no chance to get any counterplay: the connected passers on the Queen side are unstoppable.

36... axb5 37. axb5 N8d7 !?
If instead 37... Ng6 then simply 38. b6 Nh4 39. b7. Black is willing to return a piece to try to get rid of the connected passed pawns. In essence, Black has no way to put up a defence.

38. Bc4 White can win as he pleases, and he decides to do it with a minimum of mess
Good enough to win was 38. cxd7 Rxd7 39. Qa4 Bd5 40. Qxf4; Eljanov apparently felt it was not necessary to take the Knight!

38... Bxc4 39. Rxc4 Ne5 40. Rxf4 [40. Rc5 was also strong] 40... Re6 41. Qg1 Kh8 42. Qc1!
The passed pawns will eventually decide the game. In the meantime, Eljanov mops up.

42... Nxc6 43. bxc6 Rc7 Cheparinov plays out of momentum. Resigning was best.

44. Rc4 [44. Rf5 is also good] 44... Kg7 45. f4!
This pawn will help in the attack against the Black King. Since Cheparinov insists on playing on in such a lost position, Eljanov must have really enjoyed this phase of the game! It is not often that a strong GM gets a chance to such the marrow out of his opponent...

45...Kf7 46. f5 Rd6 47. h3 Ng8 48. Rc2 Ne7 49. Qg5! Rcxc6 50. Qxh5 ch Kf8 51. Qh8 Kf7 Now White has simply to bring in his Rook inorder to bring the game to a close

52. Rg2! Nxf5 53. Qh7 [1:0] Black resigns. A really nice win by Eljanov.

Topalov-Kramnik Grudge (rapid) game

As part of the the Zuerich Chess Club 200th Anniversay Jubilee, there was a Rapid tournament with a number of ex-World Chess Champions, Viswanathan Anand, Werner Hug, Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Khalifman, Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov. Kramnik won the tournament edging out Anand although both were undefeated. In Rd 4, there was the inevitable clash between Kramnik and Topalov. Kramink won. here is the game.

What is interesting is the use of well-known Lucena endgame manoeuvre even when there is an extra pawn on board. The manoeuvre begins on move 56...Rd5.

Here are IM Malcolm Pein's annotations:
V Topalov (2813) - V Kramnik (2759)

Champions Rapid Zurich (4)


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c6 6.Ne5 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qxd4 8.Bxb4 Qxe5 9.Nd2 b5 10.Bc3 Qc7 11.a4 Bb7 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Ne4 Ke7 14.Qd2 Nd7 15.axb5 cxb5 16.Qb4+ Nc5!! 17.Ra5
(Winning a piece is bad for White. If 17.Qxc5+ Qxc5 18.Nxc5 Bxg2 or 17.Nxc5 a5 18.Qa3 b4 19.Qe3 Bxg2; or 17.Nxc5 a5 18.Rxa5 Qxa5 19.Qxa5 Rxa5 20.Bxb7 b4 21.Ne4 Ra1+ 22.Kd2 Rxh1 or in this line 21.Na6 Ra2 22.0-0 Rxb2)
17...Bxe4 18.Bxe4 Rab8 19.0-0 Kf8!
(Black returns one of his extra pawns to get his king to safety)
20.Rfa1 Kg7 21.Rxa7 Qe5 22.Bf3 Rhf8 23.Re7 Nb3 24.Raa7 Nd4 25.Kg2 Nxe2 26.Rac7 Nd4 27.Rc5 Nc2 28.Rxe5 Nxb4 29.R5xe6 Nd3 30.Bh5 Nxb2
(Black's passed pawns are more potent than White's activity)
31.Rc6 Rbc8 32.Rb6 Rb8 33.Rc6 Nd3 34.f4
(34.Rcc7 Ne5 35.f4 Ng6)
34...Nb4 35.Rcc7 Nd5 36.Rxf7+ Rxf7 37.Rxf7+ Kg8 38.Rd7 Nb6 39.Rc7 b4! 40.Bf7+ Kh8 41.Bxc4 Nxc4 42.Rxc4 b3 43.Rc1 b2 44.Rb1 Kg7 45.g4 Rb3 46.Kf2 Kg6 47.Ke1 h5!
(48.h3 Rxh3 49.gxh5+ Kxh5 50.Rxb2 Rh1+ 51.Kd2 Rh2+ 52.Kc3 Rxb2 53.Kxb2 Kg4)
48...Kxh5 49.Kd2 Rh3 50.Rh1 Kg4 51.Kc2 Kxf4 52.Kxb2 f5 53.Kc2 Ke3 54.Kd1 Kf2 55.Re1 Rd3+ 56.Kc2 Rd5!
(The standard technique to shield the king from checks once the pawn has reached the seventh rank and the king has to emerge)
57.Re8 f4 58.Rh8 f3 59.h4
(One tempo too late)
59...Kg3 60.h5 f2 61.Rg8+ Kf4 0-1

IM Pein goes on to say:
Did Kramnik invent this daring line of defence? No, the credit goes to English GM Michael Stean - now retired from active play.

M Pasman - M Stean
Beersheba (12) 1978

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Nf3 c6 6.Ne5 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qxd4 8.Bxb4 Qxe5 9.Na3 b5 10.f4 Qc7 11.Nxb5 cxb5 12.Bxa8 Bb7 13.Bxb7 Qxb7 14.0-0 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Nc6 16.Bc3 Ng4 17.Qd6 Ne3 18.Rfd1
(18.Rf3 Nf5 19.Qd1 b4 20.Be1 0-0 looks good for Black but the computer points out 18.f5!! Nxf5 19.Rxf5 exf5 20.Rd1 Qb7 21.e4 fxe4 22.Bxg7 e3 23.Kg1 winning and after 18.f5 Nxf1 19.fxe6 fxe6 20.Rxf1 White has a strong attack)
18...Qb7! 0-1
In view of 19.Kg1 Nd4! and mate on g2.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

More Chess Videos_GM Commenatry on NH Chess Tournament 2009

Here is the official blurb about this tournament:
The NH Chess Tournament is a confrontation between a team of five young ‘Rising Stars’ and a team of five ‘Experienced’ grandmasters who can look back on impressive and glorious careers. They play a ‘Scheveningen’ tournament, which means that each player of one team plays against each of the players of the other team. They do so twice, once with the white pieces and once with the black pieces.
The team that collects most points wins the tournament. However, there are additional prizes for individual results, which are specified in the tournament rules below.

The ‘Experience’ team consists of (next to their country their current Elo rating is given):

1 Peter Svidler (Russia, 2726)
2 Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark, 2668)
3 Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia, 2640)
4 Loek van Wely (The Netherlands, 2622)
5 Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Serbia, 2553)

And these are the ‘Rising Stars’:

1 Hikaru Nakamura (United States, 2701)
2 Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2649)
3 Jan Smeets (The Netherlands, 2626)
4 Daniel Stellwagen (The Netherlands, 2619)
5 Hou Yifan (China, 2590)

The players of the ‘Rising Stars’ team could invite a trainer to help them during the tournament. Family members were excluded. The seconds of the ‘Rising Stars’ are (in the same order):

1 Kris Littlejohn (United States, -- )
2 Alexander Chernin (Hungary, 2594)
3 Francisco Vallejo (Spain, 2688)
4 Erwin l’Ami (The Netherlands, 2598)
5 Yu Shoateng (China, 2504)

After some embarrassing scores (in favour of the Rising Stars) in the two previous editions, this year's Experience team is much stronger.

Official tournament website is here and GM commentary via ICC ChessFM on Game of the Day (GOTY) is here or

There are some very good games especially Hikaru Nakamura's wild KID win (with Black) against Alexander Beliavsky in Rd 3. GM John Nunn (himself a noted KID expert) called it a "model KID game". (PS: It has been reported that Nakamura played his games despite a debilitating stomach bug.)

For the cricket lovers, there is also a connection to the recent Ashes series. Peter Svidler (playing for the Experience team) is an avid cricket fan being an anglophile and a well-known supporter of the English cricket team. He is known to follow cricket matches even whilst playing a chess game in a tournament. England's defeat of Australia could only be good for peter Svidler as he proceeded to defeat Hikaru Nakamura in Rd 5.

Other videos are available at links indicated above.

NSWCA InterClub Grade Matches 2009 (Updated)

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club's teams have finished their games in the NSWCA InterClub Grade Matches 2009 and we certainly have cause for celebration.

The best news: Our U1400 team, Ryde Eastwood Checks, comprising of Alan Marton (Captain), Vince Chiara, Greig Edwards, Mark Aspin and William Leong emerged joint first with Rooty Hill. But is was so very close for the Checks. They could have emerged outright winner. In the last round, the Checks playing Manly B only required a score of 3.5/4 to win outright. However, inexplicably, the most dependable performer to date, Vince, lost to Arno Vogelmann. Two consequences: Checks with 26.5/36 shared first with Rooty Hill and Vince lost his unbeaten record (+7 =1 -0). Nonetheless it was a stupendous effort by the boys. Greig Edwards was the other star performer with 8/9 (+8 0= -1). Congrats!

PS: It is official that both Greig and Vince have won an individual prize for their stupendous performance.

The second U1400 team, Ryde Eastwood Mates, comprising of a couple of seasoned campaigners (James Hickey and Tom Powers) and four newbies (weng nian siow (Captain), Dylan Siow-Lee, Egon Cardenas, Jasper Hong) did well to end the competition with 17/36 (just slightly below 50%). The Mates is currently sitting on 6th position but there is an outstanding result between Norths and Parramatta Eels. There is a possibility Norths can overtake the Mates if they score 4/4.

PS: It is official that the Mates came 6th. A great result considering the team's inexperience and youth.

The senior team, the U1800 comprising of David French (Captain), Brenton Yum, Lorenzo Escalante, Denis Hale, Les Mikolajczyk and Chee Hui Tan, unfortunately did not fare as well and ended up as wooden spooners with 12.5/40.

Friday, 31 July 2009

More Chess Videos ...... From the 2009 Scottish Chess Championship

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 6

GM Prasad v GM Markos: Highly instructive game that demonstartes the importance of central control.

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 7

M. Mitchell versus IM A. Greet - How many times can a knight visit the h-file?

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 8

Hebden-Prasad. An incredible fighting game where pawns run rings around a rook only for there to be an astonishing twist at the end - do not miss this game!!

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 9

Wonderful fighting game between Icelandic FM Kjartansson and English GM Hebden.

Friday, 17 July 2009

More Chess Videos ...... From the 2009 Scottish Chess Championship

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 1

Description of Panchanathan-Surtees from the first round

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 2

GM Motwani - J. Grant analysis

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 3

Spectacular game! GM Panchanathan - GM Rowson

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 4

J. Hookham - A. Green, A magnificent game by one of Scotland's juniors in the classical, sacrificial style of the old masters.

Scottish Chess Championships 2009 - Round 5

The Clash of the Scottish Grandmasters: Rowson versus McNab

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Learning from GM-Annotated games from the 2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship

The 2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship is currently happening over in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from July 11th-19th 2009. Top players participating include GM Alexey Shirov, GM Ni Hua, GM Michael Adams, GM Surya Ganguly, GM Victor Mikhalevski, and local GM Mark Bluvshtein. Being a Swiss, the first round saw the usual mis-pairings but which can be beneficial for us woodpushers at club level. As previously noted, it is instructive to see how a lower rated player match wits with a higher rated player. In addition, some the Rd 1 games were annotated by US (formerly Latvian) GM Alexander Shabalov (well-known for the Shabalov Gambit within the Botvinnik Semi-Slav system). I post his annotations together with the game in replayable format. I trust Club members can learn and benefit.

One of the best way to improve is to follow the Kotov Training method: Play through a game to the finish and try to identify the critical moments in the game. Then backtrack to the critical moments and analyse it for a set time period (say 10-2omin max). Compare your analysis with GM analysis. Note that this is Kotov's real contribution to chess improvement. His more well-known "candidate-move" theory has been disputed in recent years and has been subject to many imporvements and modifications. But this Kotov Training method has never been "refuted". Also note that in some games below the GM may not have noted those critical moments.

Shirov,Alexei (2748) - Miller,Brian (1889)
2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship Edmonton (1), 11.07.2009
[Alexander Shabalov]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Qc2 c5. {The recent games of Alexey suggest that Catalan had to be expected. 7...a6 8.a4 (8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Ra7 11.Nc3 Nbd7 12.b4 Bxb4 13.Nxb5 axb5 14.Bxb4 Be4 15.Qb2 Re8 16.Rfc1 Qa8 17.Bc5 Ra4 18.Ne1 1/2 Shirov,A (2741) -Jakovenko,D (2709)/Poikovsky 2008)8...Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bf4 a5 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Ne5 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Nd5 14.Rad1 Nxf4+ 15.gxf4 Bd6 16.e3 Nb4 17.Nf3 c6 18.Rg1 Nd5 19.Ne4 f5 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.Ne5 Rfd8 22.h4 Nf6 23.Kh3 Rac8 24.Qb3 Qe7 25.Rg5 Ne4 26.Rg2 Rc7 27.Rdg1 Qe8 28.Qb6 Rdc8 29.Qxa5 c5 30.dxc5 Nxc5 31.Qxc5 1-0 Shirov,A (2726)-Landa,K (2613)/Muelheim GER 2009.} 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Qxc4 Qb6. {Black's position is not that great to start with,plus this queen's voyage gives white some more tempis to develop his pieces. Obviously one would expect a game like this to finish pretty soon.Amazingly Alexey shows a remarkable restraint and gets satisfied with an extra pawn endgame.Well, everyone has his own recipy to deal with the jetlag.} 10.Nc3 Qb4 11.Qd3 Nc6 12.a3 Qg4 13.b4 Rd8 14.Qc2 Bb6 15.Bf4 Nd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.b5 Nd4 18.Nxd4 Bxd4 19.Rad1 Bf5 20.Qb3 Bb6 21.Bf3 Qg6 22.Rxd5 Be6 23.Rxd8+ Rxd8 24.Qb4 Qf6 25.Bd6! {Professionalism at its best! White could have collected another pawn 25.Bxb7 and weather the storm starting after 25...g5 but he prefers a quiet endgame with the pawn up instead.} 25...Qd4 26.Qxd4 Bxd4 27.Bb4 b6 28.Rc1 Be5 29.Kg2 g6 30.e3 Kg7 31.a4 Bb3 32.a5 bxa5 33.Bxa5 Rb8 34.Be2 Ba4 35.Rc5 Bd6 36.Rd5 Be7 37.e4 Kf8 38.f4 Ke8 39.Kf3 Kf8 40.g4 Ke8 41.f5 f6 42.h4 Ba3 43.g5 gxf5 44.exf5 fxg5 45.hxg5 Bc1 46.Kg4 Bb3 47.Rc5 1-0.

Usselman,Paul (1886) - Ni,Hua (2701)
2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship Edmonton (1), 11.07.2009
[Alexander Shabalov]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.Bg5 Ne4 6.cxd5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 e6 8.h4!? {This move never had a good reputation.} 8...exd5 9.e3 h6!? {Very practical: Black just doesn't want to deal with potential Nxh7 threat . It was unnecessary though 9...0-0 10.Bd3 c5 11.Nxh7 (11.Qf3 cxd4 12.Nxd5 Nc6 13.e4 happened in Santos,C (2325)-Pinho,P/Lisbon 1992 and now black is almost winning 13...h6 14.Nh3 f5-/+) 11...cxd4 12.exd4 Kxh7 13.h5 Kg8 14.hxg6 Qg5 (14...fxg6 15.Bxg6 Bf5-/+) 15.Qe2 Nc6 16.Nxd5 Bg4 17.f3 Rae8 18.gxf7+ Kxf7 19.Be4 Nxd4 20.Qc4 b5 21.Qc7+ Kg8 22.Nc3 Nxf3+ 23.gxf3 Bxf3 24.Rh8+ Kxh8 0-1 Sjodahl,P (2240)-Ernst,T (2460)/Sundsvall 1989.} 10.Nf3 0-0 11.h5 g5 12.Qb3 c6 13.Bd3 Qd6 14.0-0-0 a5 15.Bb1? {You don't get to checkmate 2700 player like that. Instead White should have concentrate on e3-e4 break, with some chances to equalize. However the danger of opening the position against two bishops should not be underestimated. 15.Kb1 Na6 16.a3 (16.e4) 16...b5=/+.} 15...Na6 16.a3 b5 17.Qc2 f5 18.g4? {This multiple pawns sac collapses White's position right away.} 18...b4 19.axb4 Nxb4 20.Qb3 fxg4 21.Ne5 Bxe5 22.dxe5 Qxe5 23.Rd4 Be6 0-1.

Adams,Michael (2699) - Ventura,Jason (1879)
2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship Edmonton (1), 11.07.2009
[Alexander Shabalov]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 Nc6?! {Michael's 6. Bc4 must have come as a surprise for Black.} 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ng4? {This is a bit too much. 8...Nd7 9.e6 fxe6 10.Bxe6 Is not a dream Sicilian position for black either, but it won't lose before move 20.} 9.e6 f5 10.Qf3 Ne5 11.Qxf5 g6 12.Qf4 Bg7 13.Bb3 d5? {Another blunder.d6-d5 had to be prepared with either 13...Qc7 or 13...Rb8.} 14.Nxd5 Qd6 15.Nb6 Rf8 16.Qe4 Bxe6 17.Nxa8 Bf5 18.Qa4 Ng4 19.Bf4 e5 20.Bg3 Ke7 21.h3 1-0.

Kalaydina,Nicka (1879) - Ganguly,Surya (2637)
2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship Edmonton (1), 11.07.2009
[Alexander Shabalov]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 a5?! {Very risky move.} 6.Nc3 Ba6 7.g3?! {Too timid. Black can quickly find himself in critical position after 7.f4! d6 8.Nf3 Qxb6 9.e4 Bxf1 10.Rxf1 for example 10...Qb4 11.a3 Qc4 12.Nd2 Qd4 13.Qe2 c4 14.Nxc4 Qa7 15.e5 1-0 Mikhalevski,V (2608) -Jones,G (2540)/ Queenstown NZL 2009.} 7...d6 8.Bg2 Nbd7 9.Nf3 g6 10.0-0 Bg7 11.Re1 Nxb6 12.e4 Nfd7 13.Bf4 Nc4 14.Qc2 Rb8 15.Rab1 Nde5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5! {The exclamation mark is for the psychological effect. Of course black position remains slightly better (two bishops after all),but greatly reduced material and perspective of playing long game in round one makes Black very nervous. However white took to much time finding this amazing concept and in the end it cost her the game.} 17...Bxe5 18.Nd1 0-0 19.Ne3 Rb4 20.b3 Bg7 21.Bf1 Bxf1 22.Kxf1 Qd7 23.Kg2 f5?! {Superagressive move inspired mostly by the rating difference. [23...a4 =/+]} 24.exf5 gxf5 25.f4! {An excellent reaction. White knight gets to an dominating c4 square and black position suddenly doesn't look so great anymore.} 25...e5 26.Nc4 Kh8 27.fxe5 dxe5 28.Rbd1 e4 29.Qe2? {White lets her time expire. Otherwise Black has a very doubtful compensation after 29.Nxa5+/-.} 29...Bd4 30.Ne3 Rb6 0-1.

Mikhalevski,Victor (2631) - Ritchie,Gordon (1870)
2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship Edmonton (1), 11.07.2009
[Alexander Shabalov]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Bg4. {Ivan Sokolov's specialty.} 6.Ne5 Bf5. {This move allows white to get a standard position with extra tempo f2-f3, which is not necessarily bad if black follows with correct play on move 13. The usual move is 6...Be6 7.Qb3 Ra7 8.Bf4 g6 9.e3 Nh5 10.Bg3 Nxg3 11.hxg3 Nd7 12.Nxd7 Bxd7 13.Na4 Qc7 14.Qb6 Qb8 15.Bd3 Bg7 16.f4 Bg4 17.Qb3 h5 18.Nb6 e6 19.Kd2 f5 20.Qc3 Bf6 21.Kc2 Qc7 1/2 Akopian,V (2713) -Sokolov,I (2673)/Kemer 2007; 6...Bh5 is known giving white strong initiative after 7.Qb3 Ra7 8.e4! e6 9.exd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Nbd7 11.Bf4 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 Be7 13.0-0 0-0 14.Rfe1 Bg6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Re2 Ng4 17.Qb6 Qa8 18.Bc7 Bf6 19.Bd6 Rd8 20.Na4 Nh6 21.Qa5 1/2 Topalov,V (2735)-Sokolov,I (2706)/ Wijk aan Zee 2004 (35).} 7.Qb3 Ra7 8.f3 g6 9.e4 Be6 10.Bg5. {Victor improves on his old game 10.Be3 Bg7 11.Qc2 0-0 12.Be2 Ne8 13.0-0 dxe4 14.fxe4 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Nd7 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.Nd5 cxd5 18.exd5 Qxe5 19.Bf4 Bf5 20.Qd2 Qh8 21.Qe3 Qxb2 22.c6 bxc6 23.Qxa7 Qxe2 24.dxc6 Ndf6 25.c7 Nd6 26.Rfe1 Qc4 27.Bxd6 exd6 28.Rc1 Qf4 29.Rf1 Qe5 30.h3 Bc8 31.Rfd1 Ne4 32.Qd4 Qxd4+ 33.Rxd4 f5 34.Rf1 Rf7 35.Rc1 Kf8 36.Rb4 Ke7 37.Rb8 Kd7 38.Ra8 Nc5 39.Ra7 Kc6 0-1 Mikhalevski,V (2495)-Hodgson,J (2590)/Amsterdam 1995.} 10...Bg7. {Of course, not 10...dxe4 11.Bc4! and White wins.} 11.0-0-0 0-0 12.Qa3 Nbd7 13.Nxd7 Qxd7? {This unfortunate recapture, which allows white to drive black knight away from the key square b6, seals the fate of a7 rook. After the correct 13...Nxd7 White is only slightly better.} 14.e5 Ne8 15.Na4 f6?! {to open the e file for exchanges, while having the rook on a7, is wrong on principle.} 16.exf6 exf6 17.Bf4 Qd8 18.Qb4 Rf7 19.Bd3 Bf8 20.Rhe1 Bf5? {Black throws the game away. His position was not pretty after 20...Ng7 as well, but white still had to win it.} 21.Bxf5 gxf5 22.Qd2 Re7 23.Nb6 Ng7 24.Rxe7 Bxe7 25.Re1 Bf8 26.Qf2 a5 27.Qg3 Ra6. {Missing White's threat, but 27...Be7 28.Nc8 Qxc8 29.Rxe7 Qf8 30.Rd7 followed by 31.Bh6 would not help either.} 28.Bc7 1-0.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Annotated IM games on wins over GMs and others

I came across the blog of IM Yelena Dembo who is a well known chess author and chess trainer. You can read all about her on her blog. In the interests of providing links to online respources for Club members, I have decided to link the blog.

IM Yelena Dembo has kindly provided her best career games (thus far) in two categories: most interesting games and wins over GMs. I think we can all learn from her annotations. She plays 1 e4 as White and 1...c5 and the KID as Black. You can replay the games online or download and play them using your own chess player.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

NSWCA InterClub Grade Matches 2009 and KID exchange [edited]

I was at the Club last evening as captain of the U1400 Ryde Eastwood Mates team playing manly B. We won 3-1.

The U1800 team was also playing and I saw a bit of the opening in the game on Bd 1 where our Brenton Yum was playing black. The game turned into a KID where White decided to liquidate the Queens. I am not sure what was the result as I left before the game finished. I was reading Chessbase and came across this opening survey they published in the Chessbase magazine, "Fighting and winning against a drawish line" by GM Dejan Bojkov. The games look very similar and I thought may be helpful to Club members. Note: In the Brenton Yum's game, I don't think White played h3 before exchanging Queens. So the theory may be slightly different. [Edit (01/07/09): But Gallagher in SO:KID book is very dismissive of this extra move 6 h3 saying "[t]he fact White has played h2-h3 instead of Be2 hardly makes any difference". Note that h3-move is aimed at palying Be3 without having to worry about B's Ng4. It is also aimed at the aggresive advance of g2-g4 (to gain space and dissuade B from playing f7-f5).]

[Edit (01/07/09): I went back to my books and had a further look. In the normal KID Exchange Var, both players have reached the following position in Classical KID (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 e5):

Here, the most popular move, if White wishes to continue with Classical KID is 7 0-0. However, White can opt for the Exchange Var with 7 dxe5 dxe5 8 Qxd8 Rxd8 and we reach a queenless middlegame. White can use this Var to draw with 9 Nd5 Nxd5 10 cxd5 c6 11 Bc4 cxd5 12 Bxd5 Na6 13 Bg5 Re8 14 0-0-0 Nc7 15 Bb3 Be6 =.

In Brenton's game I think his opponent played 9 Bg5 which complicates especially if Black plays 9...c6!? [Khalifman]. W has weakness on d4-sq and has to play: 10 Nxe5 Re8 11 0-0-0 Na6. B has excellent compensation for pawn in the form of active piece play.
Alternatively, B can play: 9...Re8 [Fischer's line and Gallagher's recommendation in SO:KID book]10 Nd5 (10 0-0-0 h6 (10...Na6) 11 Be3 c6 12 Ne1 Be6 13 Nc2 Bf6 14 f3 a6!? 15 Rd2 b5 16 b3 Nbd7 17 Rhd1 Rec8 =/+) 10...Nxd5 11 cxd5 c6! [B doesn't want weak oawn on open file] 12 Bc4 (12 d6?! [leaving isolated pawn in enemy camp]) 12...cxd5 13 Bxd5 Nd7!. Here, Gallagher gives two games and the first is Salgado-Gallagher L Hospitalet 1992 and the second is

Note: 9 Nxe5 is not good after 9...Nxe4! 10 Nxe4 Bxe5 and B has active pieces, d4-sq is a nice outpost, and better game after 11 Bg5 Rd4! (11 0-0 Nc6).]

I reproduce an extract (click on games to replay with further annotations and more games in original article):

"The King's Indian Defence is exceptionally fashionable nowadays. Many more players include it in their repertoires in order to fight for more than a draw with the black pieces. In the recently ended super-tournament in Linares 7 out of 56 games saw the KID and the second player managed to achieve a positive score. Moreover, Black lost none of them. In order to find a safe weapon against this aggressive opening White tries to restrict the possibilities of the second player as early as possible.

"In the positional line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5

"White recently tried to fight for an opening advantage in a simple way, swapping the queens by 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5

"Against this I recommend to you a reciprocal approach - development:
9...Na6 10.Nd5 Rd6 11.Bxf6
(For the rare 11.Nd2 with the idea of gaining the two bishops see the game Urzica,A - Munteanu,A 1-0)

"I had to face this position twice at the Bulgarian Individual Championship in Blagoevgrad that ended at the end of February, and I cannot complain about the results. White's general plan is to advance the pawns on the queen's flank to grab space, and try to break the pawn formation of his opponent there with Bxa6. In doing so, he will also be happy to exchange one of the opponent's bishops. He may also try to seal the queen's flank and paralyse the pieces there.

"White can push forward the pawns in three ways:

"A) The direct approach 12.b4 weakens the long diagonal.

"B) The second approach is connected with long castling - 12.0-0-0 -, and only then the pawn advance.

"C) Finally, we reach the main line 12.Rc1.
The rook runs away from the pin and helps the pawns to advance. Against this Black can try 12…b6, a move that was highly praised by the leading specialist for White in the line, GM Grivas - see the game Arnaudov,G - Bojkov,D ½-½.

"I believe that even stronger is the modest move 12…Bd8.

"The bishop runs away from the exchange and can be very valuable in the coming battle. For the dangers that Black may experience when his queen's flank is broken see Arnaudov,P - Urukalovic,R 1-0. However, Black is doing fine if he manages to keep the pawns intact: Kapnisis,S - Kotronias,V ½-½, Kukov,V - Bojkov,D 0-1.

"Conclusion: Currently Black is doing fine in the exchange line of the KID with 6.h3. The exchange of the queens does not promise much, and it is recommendable for the first player to look for more complex play.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Postponed Games Results

Lua - Su 1-0
Gong, W - Chiara 0-1
Smirnov - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Valenzuela - Siow 0-1
Galwey - Wang 1-0
Hickey - Burgess 1-0
Marton - Escalante 0-1
Gletsos - Aspin 1-0
Christansen -Damaschino 1-0
Cardenas - Kirillov 0.5-0.5
Wang - Gong, N 1-0
Siow-Lee - Burgess 0.5-0.5
Siow - Damaschino 0-1

Irmler - Hong 1-0
Wang - Beveridge 0.5-0.5
Valenzuela - Kirillov 0-1
Hale - Gletsos 0-1
Mlinaric - Hong 1-0
Siow - Damaschino 0-1
Su - Siow 1-0
Howari - Gletsos 0-1
Beveridge - Burgess 0.5-0.5
Wang - Siow-Lee 0-1

For the time being I will use this to report on the results of the postponed games and once all has been played, I will update the main results (round by round) pages.

Friday, 29 May 2009

NSWCA InterClubs Grade Matches

The annual Grade Matches have begun this week and Ryde-Eastwood has three teams participating, one U1800 team (captain: David French) and two U1400 teams, Ryde-Eastwood Checks (captain: Alan Marton) and Ryde-Eastwood Mates (captain: weng siow). The results and progress can be followed at NSWCA website here (U1800) and here (U1400).

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 11 Results

Round 11

Group A

Kitchen - Su 0F -1F
Kirillov - Smirnov 0-1
Damaschino - Cardenas 1-0
Valenzuela - Christensen 0-1
Siow - French postponed
Eyres - Lua 0-1

Group B

Irmler - W. Gong 1-0
Chiara - Mikolajczyk postponed
Aspin - Mlinaric 0.5-0.5
Howari - Hale 0-1
Waters - Kuru 0-1
Hong - Gletsos 0-1

Group C

Marton - Wang 1-0
Beveridge - Hickey 0F-1F
Siow-Lee - Burgess postponed
Edwards - Escalante 0-1
Gong - Yum 0-1

Thursday, 7 May 2009

More Chess Videos and oldest Scot to score IM norm

I was checking the results of the UK teams competition (, and saw the link to this video annotations of a game between a FM (Graham Morrison) and a GM (John Emms). John Emms of course is a famous chess author. Graham Morrison is now also famous as the "the oldest Scot [50 years old] to record a first IM norm by scoring 7/11 in the British National League (4NCL) which finished at the Bank Holiday weekend. Graham represents North West Eagles (he now lives in Lytham St. Annes).":

A bonus especially if you are Scot and missed hearing the scottish accent. The game is a c3 Sicilian and Graham Morrison is playing Black and won.

GM Emms v FM Morrison, 4NCL 2009

The moves:
1 e4 c5 2 c3 d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 e6 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 Na3 Qd8 7 Nc4 Nc6 8 Nce5 cxd4 9 Bb5 Qd5 10 c4 Qe4+ 11 Kf1 Bd7 12 Nxf7! Rg8 13 N7g5 Qf5 14 Bxc6 Bxc6 15 Nxd4 0–0–0 16 Be3 Rxd4! 17 Qxd4 Be7 18 h3 h6 (Graham suggest the computer pick of 18...Rd8 19 Qxa7 Nd7! as a possibly better plan.) 19 Nf3 Bxf3 20 gxf3 Qxf3 21 Rg1 (21 Rh2 may keep an edge.) 21...Qxh3+ 22 Ke2 Qh5+ 23 Kf1 Qh3+ 24 Ke2 Qh5+ 25 Kf1 Qh3+ Draw Agreed.

If you want more, FM Morrison annotates two more games, a win (playing White against GM Neil MacDonald in a Leningrad Dutch) and a loss (playing Black against GM Alexandre Fier in a Sicilian Scheveningen).

Refresher on Chess

I saw this on Chessvibes ( this morning. If you have forgotten how to play chess and how the pieces moves, why, here is a refresher:

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 10 Results

Round 10

Group A

Su - Eyres 1-0
Lua - Siow 1-0
French - Valenzuela 0-1
Christensen - Damaschino postponed
Cardenas - Kirillov postponed
Smirnov - Kitchen 1-0

Group B

W. Gong - Hong 1-0
Gletsos - Waters 1-0
Kuru - Howari 1-0
Hale - Aspin 1-0
Mlinaric - Chiara 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Irmler 0-1

Group C

Wang - N. Gong postponed
Yum - Edwards 1-0
Escalante - Siow-Lee 1-0
Burgess - BYE
Galwey - Beveridge 1-0
Hickey - Marton 0-1

Friday, 1 May 2009

Chess Videos

One of my aims in starting this blog for the Ryde-Eastwodd Chess Club was to try to assist members to improve their chess. Now, I cannot do this by giving tips or advice since I am a pretty dismal player myself. [I only finally won my first game on Wednesday night in the Club Championship Preliminaries!!] However, I do spend a fair bit of time surfing the Internet on chess and other non-chess related stuff. So here is something I have been aware for some time (chess videos on the Internet)and this particular video (only 48 mins long) is worth watching for club chess players new to the Sicilian. It is part of a regular series of chess videos made by a FM from USA, Dennis Monokroussos, who also hosts a programme on Playchess (I don't have a Playchess subscription and so have never watch any of those Playchess videos). Denis also blogs at, a blog worth reading. In any event, here is the link to the video on Sicilians (other than the Najdorf):

Please be quick since the video is free to watch for the first month only. Whilst visiting the site, check out the other videos by Denis as well as by other US players (including a video by one of USA's newest GM, Josh Friedel):

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 9 Results

Round 9

Group A

Smirnov - Su 1-0
Kitchen - Cardenas 0-1
Kirillov - Christensen 0-1
Damaschino - French 0.5-0.5
Valenzuela - Lua 0-1
Siow - Eyres 1-0

Group B

Mikolajczyk - W. Gong 1-0
Irmler - Mlinaric 1-0
Chiara - Hale 1-0
Aspin - Kuru 0-1
Howari - Gletsos postponed
Waters - Hong 0-1

Group C

Hickey - Wang 1-0
Marton - Galwey 0-1
Beveridge - Burgess postponed
Siow-Lee - Yum 0-1
Edwards - N. Gong 1-0

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 8 Results

Round 8

Group A

Su - Siow postponed
Eyrrs - Valenzuela 1-0
Lua - Damaschino 1-0
French - Kirillov 0.5-0.5
Christensen - Kitchen 1-0
Cardenas - Smirnov 0-1

Group B

W. Gong - Waters 0F-1F
Hong - Howari 1-0
Gletsos - Aspin postponed
Kuru - Chiara 1-0
Hale - Irmler 1-0
Mlinaric - Mikolajczyk 0-1

Group C

Wang - Edwards 0-1
N. Gong - Siow-Lee 0F-1F
Escalante - Beveridge 1-0
Burgess - Marton 1-0
Galwey - Hickey 0.5-0.5

Monday, 27 April 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 7 Results

Round 7

Group A

Cardenas - Su 0-1
Smirnov - Christensen postponed
Kitchen - French 0-1
Kirillov - Lua 0-1
Damaschino - Eyres 1-0
Valenzuela - Siow postponed

Group B

Mlinaric w. Gong 1-0
Mikolajczyk -Hale 0.5 - 0.5
Irmler - Kuru 0-1
Chiara - Gletsos 1-0
Aspin - Hong 0-1
Howari -Waters 0.5 - 0.5

Group C

Galwey - Wang postponed
Hickey - Burgess postponed
Marton - Escalante postponed
Beveridge - Yum 0-1
N. Gong Bye
Siow-Lee - Edwards 0-1

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 6 Results

Round 6

Group A

Su -Valenzuela 1-0
Siow - Damaschino postponed
Eyres - Kirillov 0-1
Lua - Kitchen 1-0
French - Smirnov postponed
Christensen - Cardenas 1-0

Group B

W. Gong - Howari 0-1
Waters - Aspin 0-1
Hong - Chiara 0-1
Gletsos - Irmler 1-0
Kuru - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Hale - Mlinaric 1-0

Group C

Wang - Siow-Lee postponed
Edwards - Bye
N. Gong - Beveridge 0-1
Yum - Marton 1-0
Escalante - Hickey 1-0
Burgess - Galwey 1-0

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 5 Results

Round 5

Group A

Christensen - Su 1-0
Cardenas - French 0.5-0.5
Smirnov - Lua 0-1
Kitchen - Eyres 0-1
Kirillov - Siow 1-0
Damaschino - Valenzuela 1-0

Group B

W. Gong - Chiara postponed
Aspin - Irmler 1-0
Howari -Mikolajczyk 0.5-0.5
Waters - Mlinaric 0-1
Hong - Hale 0-1
Gletsos -Kuru 0.5-0.5

Group C

Burgess - Wang 1-0
Galwey - Escalante 0-1
Hickey - Yum 0-1
Marton - N. Gong 0-1
Beveridge - Edwards 0F-1F
Leong - Siow-Lee postponed

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Jowenn Lua at NSW 2009 Australia Day Weekender

In an earlier blog on the NSW 2009 Australia Day Weekender at Norths, I reported on Jowenn Lua's excellent performance (see here at I also mentioned that I saw part of his game with Karel Hursky where there were some very nice tactical shots played. Well, I finally managed to get the game off him and here it is:

It seems, to me, the fireworks began on move 28 Nc6, followed by massive exchanges but Fritz still reckons that Black has slight advantage. Then 33...Rb8 according to Fritz allowed White to turn the game around. Do you agree with Fritz?

Please feel free to comment on the game especially if you think there is any improvement. Otherwise enjoy the scintillating play.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid (2009)

I was watching this video (on Chessvibes ( I thought it was quite an instructive game by Aronian-Leko Rapid game in Round 2 of the 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid (2009). When grandmasters play blindfold and rapid, they are playing under a handicap and I have always thought that their play is more likely to include mistakes, and blunders(!!!), like the games that we play as club players. Therefore, to some extent, the games can be quite instructive. If the games are accompanied by grandmaster commentary, you cannot go much better than that. The games were broadcast on ICC's Chess.FM (and are available there: But they have allowed other blogs to embed the videos and here are a few I watched with my son which I thought were quite good (there are others which are not worth the time).

Aronian-Leko's Rapid game (Queen's Indian ECO E15) is very good example of aggressive attacking game and watch for the tactics at the end. There is also a novelty played by Aronian: watch, listen and learn. Commentary by GM Nick de Firmian.

Here is one where Magnus Carlsen managed to defeat Vishy Anand for the first time with the Black pieces in Round 3 (Blindfold). It is a Sicilian Rossolimo ECO B51 (Bb5 Sicilian). Commentary by GM Joel Benjamin.

Here is a third on the game from Round 4 (Blindfold), Vladimir Kramnik against Wang Yue. It is a Slav Defence (ECO D 17). Again commentary is by GM Joel Benjamin.

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 4 Results

Round 4

Group A

Su - Damaschino 1-0
Valenzuela - Kirillov postponed
Siow - Kitchen 0-1
Eyres - Smirnov 0-1
Lua - Cardenas 1-0
French - Christensen 1-0

Group B

Kuru - W.Gong 1-0
Hale - Gletsos postponed
Mlinaric - Hong Postponed
Mikolajczyk - Waters 1-0
Irmler - Howari 1-0
Chiara - Aspin 0-1

Group C

Wang - Leong postponed
Siow-Lee - Beveridge 1-0
Edwards - Marton 0-1
N.Gong - Hickey 0-1
Yum - Galwey 1-0
Escalante - Burges 0.5-0.5

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 3 Results

Round 3

Group A

French - Su 1-0
Christensen - Lua 0-1
Cardenas - Eyres 1-0
Smirnov - Siow 1-0
Kitchen - Valenzuela 1-0
Kirillov - Damaschino 0.5-0.5

Group B

W.Gong - Aspin 1-0
Howari - Chiara 0-1
Waters - Irmler 0.5-0.5
Hong - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Gletsos - Mlinaric 1-0
Kuru - Hale 1-0

Group C

Escalante - Wang 1-0
Burgess - Yum 0-1
Galwey - N.Gong 1-0
Hickey - Edwards 0-1
Marton - Siow-Lee 0-1
Beveridge - Leong 1-0

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 2 Results

Round 2

Group A

Lua - Su postponed
French - Eyres 1-0
Christensen - Siow 1-0
Cardenas - Valenzuela 1-0
Smirnov - Damaschino 0-1
Kitchen - Kirillov 0-1

Group B

Gale - W.Gong 1-0
Mlinaric - Kuru 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Gletsos postponed
Irmler - Hong postponed
Chiara - Waters 1-0
Aspin - Howari 1F-0F

Group C

Wang - Beveridge postponed
Leong - Martin - postponed
Siow-Lee - Hickey 1-0
Edwards - Galwey 0-1
N.Gong - Burgess 0-1
Yum - Escalante 0-1

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 1 Results

Round 1

Group A

Su - Kirillov 0-1
Damaschino - Kitchen 1-0
Valenzuela - Smirnov 0-1
Siow - Cardenas 0-1
Eyres - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Lua - French postponded

Group B

Gletsos - W. Gong 1-0
Kuru = Hong 1F-0F
Hale - Waters 1-0
Mlinaric - Howari 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Aspin 0-1
Irmler - Chiara 0-1

Group C

Yum - Wang 1-0
Escalante - N.Gong 1-0
Burgess - Edwards 1-0
Galwey - Siow-Lee 1-0
Hickey - Leong 0-1
Marton - Beveridge 1-0

Friday, 27 March 2009

Draw for Ryde Eastwood Championship 2009

I am trying this out. Les has scanned the draw for his group and I scanned the draws for the other two groups. The size of the image is the best I can do. If the draw is too small, click on the draw and it will take you to Picasa Web Albums where you can opt to magnify the picture (using the small magnifying glass icon at top right hand). Let me know if this is useful (via the comments box below). Results are forthcoming from Bill Gletsos and will post them as and when I get them from him.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Monday, 2 March 2009

ACF Ratings March 2009

The ACF Ratings for period ending February 2009 has been released. Please go to if you wish to check your ratings. Click on Active Players on the menu to the left, scroll down to NSWCA and locate your name (in alphabetical order). If you wish to check your rapid rating click on Rapid Ratings on the menu to the left.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Rapid (Feb 2009)

Ryde Eastwood Rapid 2009 - Round 9


Place Name Feder Loc Score

1 Hu, Jason NSW 2228 9
2-3 Smirnov, Vladimir NSW 2392 7
Huynh, Arthur NSW 1945 7
4-6 Smirnov, Anton NSW 1374 6
Christensen, Joshua NSW 1734 6
Hartmann, Thomas NSW 1784 6
7-8 Gletsos, W(Bill)J NSW 1861 5.5
Hale, Dennis NSW 1635 5.5
9-15 Yum, Brenton NSW 1876 5
Siow-Lee, Dylan NSW 1278 5
Burgess, Shane NSW 1511 5
Cardenas, Egon NSW 5
Dracakis, Lee NSW 5
Kirillov, Karl NSW 1483 5
Mlinaric, Mato NSW 1417 5
16-17 Marton, Alan G NSW 1433 4.5
Mikolajczyk, Les NSW 1370 4.5
18-23 Wong, Ted NSW 1690 4
Hong, Jasper NSW 585 4
Kuru, Argo NSW 1558 4
Aspin, Mark NSW 1279 4
Wang, Calvin NSW 1275 4
Eyres, Douglas M NSW 1176 4
24-27 Damaschino, Lou NSW 1505 3.5
Edwards, Greig NSW 1370 3.5
Gong, Noah NSW 422 3.5
Valenzuela, Manuel NSW 1289 3.5
28-32 Chiara, Vince NSW 1360 3
Gong, William NSW 320 3
Tan, Chee NSW 1560 3
Irmler, Feodore NSW 1377 3
Beveridge, David NSW 1438 3
33 Su, Alexander NSW 1238 2.5
34-36 Waters, Mick NSW 1317 1.5
Siow, Weng NSW 1.5
Leong, William NSW 1168 1.5
37-38 Lim, Ping NSW 1
Gluvchinsky, Paul NSW 1550 1

by Swiss Perfect (TM)

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Ryde Rapid 2009

This is for Greig Edwards

[Event "Ryde Eastwood Rapid"]
[Site "Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club"]
[Date "2009.02.18"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Edwards, Greig"]
[Black "siow, wengnian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A41"]
[Annotator "Fritz 8 (180s)"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2009.02.18"]
[TimeControl "25/25"]

{A41: 1 d4 d6: Tartakower System and Modern Defence}
1. d4 g6 2. c4 d6 3. e3 Bg7 4. Nf3 e5 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. Be2 Nd7 7. O-O Ne7 8. Re1 a6 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Rb8 11. b4 b5 12. Qd3 c5 13. bxc5+/- exd4??
(13... dxc5 $142 14. cxb5 axb5 15. Nxb5 O-O +/=)
14. Nd5??
(14. exd4 O-O 15. Bg5 +- (15. cxd6 ?! Nf5 16. Be3 bxc4 17. Qxc4 Nb6 +-))
It seems my only chance to gain a winning advantage was here but I played 14... dxe3??
(14...Ne5 15. Qd1 d3 16. Rb1 dxc5 17. Bb2 Nxf3+ 18. Qxf3 Bxb2 19. Nxe7 Qxe7 20.
15. Rb1??
(15. Nxe7 Ne5 16. Qd5 (16. Qxe3 Qxe7 17. Bg4 O-O+/=) 16... Qxe7 17. cxd6+/-)
Here I had the chance to equalise but I played 15... Nf5??
(15... exf2+ 16. Kxf2 Ne5 17. Rxe5 dxe5=)
16. Nxe3+- O-O 17. Nxf5 Ne5
(17... bxc4 18. Rxb8 Nxb8 19. Qxd6 gxf5 20. Bf4+-)
18. Qd5
(18. Rxe5 {makes it even easier for White} Bxe5 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. cxb5 Rxb5
21. Rxb5 axb5 22. Qxb5 Qc7+-)
18... Nxf3+
(18... gxf5 19. cxd6 Nxc4 20. Bf4+-)
19. Qxf3 Re8
(19... gxf5 20. cxd6 Qa5+-)
20. Rxe8+ Qxe8 21. Nxg7 Qe1+ 22. Kh2 Kxg7
(22... Qe5+ 23. Qf4 Qxf4+ 24. Bxf4 Kxg7 25. cxd6 Rc8+-) (22... Qe5+ 23. Qf4 Qxg7
24. Qxd6 Re8 25. cxb5 axb5+-)
23. Bh6+! Kg8
(23... Kxh6 24. Rxe1)
24. Rxe1
(24. Rxe1 f5 25. Qd5+ Kh8 26. Qd4+ Kg8 27. Qg7#) (24. Rxe1 f5 25. Qd5+ Kh8 26.
Qd4+ Kg8 27. Qg7#)