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Monday, November 7, 2011

Annotated Game

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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3
Qc7 6. f4 a6 7. Nb3

{This is hardly the most dangerous way to meet the
Taimanov variation. If white plays 5 Bd3 against 4...a6 Black wil often play .
..Bc5 with the idea Nb3 Be7! and the white goes to b3 just to avoid the
exchange on d4, giving Black free rein. Besides returning to these discussed
lines with ...Be7 at some point, she can also delay this in favour of other
reasonable moves.}

b5 8. Bd3 d6 9. Be3 Nf6 10. Qf3 Bb7 11. O-O h5 {(Diag A)

All Black's previous moves have been natural. This pawn advance might seem odd
to those not familiar with this modern treatment of the sicilian defence,
which is as much of a defence as an AK-47 'Defence' Rifle. The unprovoked ...
h5-move was first played in some positions in the Taimanov to start with, and
had by 2005 spread to lines of the Najdorf, Dragon and other Sicilian systems.
there are many ideas associated with this often it is played to prevent the
advance g2-g4, though here it is played more aggressively, with ideas of ...
Ng4 and at times also ...h5-h4-h3, putting pressure on the white king's
position. Ulibin's next move is very natural, though new. Previously White
had played 12 h3, preventing the knight coming to g4 for good, but not without
disadvantages. As white cannot hope for an opening advantage after his
slightly unnatural play, Black is already dreaming of winning the game and
exercising some breathing room with the advanturous. ...h5}

12. Kh1 {0} Be7 13.a4

{This was played by Sax from Hungary without the moves Kh1 and ...Be7
included. It was not very good then either, though Sx's opponent reacted
strangely with ...b4 and then ...e5. Cramling's reaction is more natural and
puts pressure on the white position, though it might be too early to talk aout
and actual advantage}

b4 14. Nd1 {( Dig B)

This looks strange, so we should
ask ourselves, why would White want to put his knight here? It runs out that
Ne2 does not work, because of another feature of the h-pawn's advance, tht the
white knight cannot protect e4 from g3 as it would be hunted down as soon as
it arrived there.}


{It is very natural to open the long white diagonal.
With the bishop on d3, White is set up to attack h7, but Black is also set up
to attack the g2-square.}

15. Nf2 dxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Qxe4

{But this is very bad mistake. Ulibin must have thought that the threat to the g7-pawn
would save him, but instead it turnsout to be entering the dragon's lair.}

Na5 18. Qd4 Nxb3 19. cxb3

{We have come to the crunch point of the game. The
position might look equal at first glance, both players having borught out the
queen and bishops, but without active rook play at the moment. Black can win a
tempo, but the pawn on g7 is hanging, making it an unattractive option.} 1-0