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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Eljanov, Pavel - Smeets, Jan

Pin It (2) Eljanov,Pavel (2761) - Smeets,Jan (2669) [D94]
Bundesliga 1011 Germany (13.1), 20.03.2011

1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 It is an unusual move order. 3...Nf6

4.Nc3 g6!? 5.d4 Bg7 6.Be2 0–0 7.0–0 7...Bg4!?
The modern way of playing this variation which was further developed on highest level by Werder Bremen teammate Vugar Gashimov. 8.h3 Played after long meditation. [After 8.cxd5 Vugar drew against the World Champion quite convincingly: 8...cxd5 9.Qb3 b6 10.h3 Bc8 11.Bd2 Nc6 12.Ne5 Bb7 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Rfc1 Qd7 15.a4 Rfc8 16.a5 bxa5 17.Rxa5 e6 18.Rca1 Bf8 19.Qa2 Rcb8 20.Nd1 Ne4 21.Be1 Rb7 22.Ba6 Rb6 23.Bd3 Rb7 24.Ba6 Rb6 25.Bd3 Rb7 1/2 Anand,V (2800)-Gashimov,V (2719)/Nanjing 2010/CBM 139/[Moradiabadi]] 8...Bxf3 9.Bxf3 dxc4 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.Rd1!? Only this move was new to Jan. After it he spent about one hour on his response. [For example after 11.Qxc4 Black should be okay despite the fact that White won in the last Grandmaster game: 11...e5 12.Rd1 Qe7 13.Qb3 Rab8 14.Bd2 Rfd8 Andriasian,Z (2585)-Petrosian,T (2604), Yerevan ARM 2011, 1:0/41, The Week in Chess 847] 11...Qa5? And as so often very long thinking is followed by a mistake. [Most logical and principled was 11...Nb6 and White has full compensation for the pawn but I'm not sure that it's enough for more than equality: 12.e4 (12.a4 a5 13.e4 Nfd7 (13...Qc7) 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bh4 (15.Be3) 15...Qe8 16.Bg4 e6 17.d5? exd5 18.exd5 f5 19.dxc6 bxc6 20.Bf3 Qxe2 21.Bxe2 Rae8 22.Bf1 Nc5 23.Rd6 Rc8 24.f3 Be5, Radziewicz,I (2428) - Varga,Z (2497), Budapest 2007, CDM) 12...Qc7 13.e5 Nfd5 14.Ne4 f6!?„] 12.Qxc4 e5 13.b4! Probably Jan overlooked this idea. After it Black's position is quite unpleasant. 13...Qc7 14.b5 Nb6 15.Qb3 exd4 16.exd4 Rac8 17.Bg5! Most consistent way. [After 17.Ba3 White should also be better: 17...Rfe8 18.Rac1 Qf4 19.Bc5 Nfd7 although here Black stands more or less solid.] 17...Qd6 18.Bh4 Nbd5 19.Bg3 Qd8 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.Rac1 Nxc3 "?!",

[It's hard to suggest something useful for Black. After 21...Qa5 22.Na4 Rfe8 23.Nc5 White is also much better.; II 21...Qb6!? 22.Qc4 (22.Qa3 Rfe8 23.Rb1 Qd8 24.Nxd5 Nxd5) 22...Qa5 23.Nxd5 Nxd5² ] 22.Rxc3 Nd5 23.Rc5 "±",23...Ne7?! [More stubborn was 23...Qb6 24.Bxd5 (24.Qc2!?) 24...cxd5 25.Qxd5 when White is a sound pawn up but Black may have some drawing chances: 25...Rfd8 26.Bd6! CDM (26.Rxc8 Rxc8 27.Qe4) 26...Rb8 (26...Qb2 27.Qc4) 27.Rc6 Qb5 28.Qxb5 Rxb5 29.Be7 Rdb8 30.Bc5±] 24.Bg4! Ra8 25.Qb7 h5 26.Bc7 [But not 26.Bd7? Qb6 27.Bxc6 Bxd4! 28.Qxb6 axb6 29.Bxa8 Bxc5 with a draw] 26...Qe8 27.Bf3 Nf5 28.Bxc6 [28.Qxc6!? Rc8 29.d5 Qxc6 (29...Be5 30.d6) 30.Rxc6 Nd4 31.Rc5 Nxf3+ 32.gxf3 …d6+-, CDM] 28...Qe2 [28...Qe7 29.Bh2 Rad8 30.Qxe7 Nxe7 31.d5+- CDM] 29.Bf3? Unnecessary complication. play 29.Qb1! and I don't ; e.g. 29...Rac8 (29...Bxd4 30.Rxf5) 30.Bd7 Nxd4 31.Bxc8 Rxc8 32.Re1 Qa6 33.Bd6+-] 29...Qxa2 30.Rxf5 '!'. 30...gxf5 31.d5

[31.Bd6 31...a5 32.Bxf8 Rxf8] 31...a5 32.d6 When I played 29.¥f3 I thought that it should be winning easily. But here I was surprised that I didn't see how to win by force. Fortunately Jan was in time trouble and lost at once. 32...Be5? [After the straightforward 32...a4 33.d7 a3 the best I have are some endgames with a pawn up but with very good drawing chances for Black, e.g. 34.Qc6! (34.Qxa8 Rxa8 35.Bxa8 Bf6 36.d8Q+ Bxd8 37.Rxd8+ Kh7 38.Be5 Qb1+ 39.Kh2 Qe1=; 34.d8Q Raxd8 35.Bxd8 Qb2! 36.Qxb2 Bxb2 37.Be7 a2=) 34...Qb3! (34...Qb2!? 35.Qd6 a2 36.Bxa8 Rxa8 37.d8Q+ Rxd8 38.Qxd8+ Kh7 39.Qg5 a1Q 40.Qxh5+ Kg8 41.Rxa1 Qxa1+ 42.Kh2±) 35.d8Q Raxd8 36.Bxd8 Qe6 (This computer line is for humans almost impossible to find over the board.) 37.Qa4 a2 38.Bh4 Kh7 and now there is nothing better than 39.Bd5 (39.Bxh5 Rb8) 39...Qxd5 40.Rxd5 a1Q+ 41.Qxa1 Bxa1 42.Rxf5 Kg6² which is not completely drawn but very close to] 33.Qb5 Qe6 34.Bxa8 Rxa8 35.Re1 and Black resigned[35.Re1 , e.g. 35...Bh2+ 36.Kf1 Qc8 37.g3+- CDM] 1–0