Sunday, October 21, 2012

Exciting game from World Mind Games qualifier

Here is a very exciting game from last night's qualifier featuring the eventual winner and GM Maxim Dlugy. Dlugy is lost for a long time until...well see the ending of the game!

[Event "8. SAMG Qualifier 20.10."]
[Site " #650189"]
[Date "2012.10.20"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Dlugy"]
[Black "Feketecsillag"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A65"]
[WhiteElo "2775"]
[BlackElo "2824"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5

This is a standard pawn sacrifice in this line. Theory says that 7. dxc5 dxc5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bxc5 Nc6 gives black sufficient compensation.

7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Be2 exd5 11. cxd5 a6 12. a4 h5 13. O-O Nh7 14. Re1 Re8 15. a5 b5 16. axb6 Qxb6 17. Qc2 h4 18. Nf1 h3 19. g4 a5 20. b4?? Qxb4 21. Rec1

 21.Rab1 Nxf3+ and white is two pawns down for nothing

21... Ba6 !

Black fights for the important c4 square but how about the black queen?

22. Rab1 Bxe2!!

The point is that 23. Nxe2 Qa3 24. Rb3 Qa4 the black queen escapes,

23. Rxb4  Bd3 24. Qf2 axb4

Black has winning compensation for the queen.

25. Nd1 Nc4 26. Bxc5

The only chance is to get rid of the two passed pawns. White is losing a lot
of material but it is better than letting a pawn queen. And this is blitz after all.

26... dxc5 27. Qxc5 Rac8

27... b3 28. Rxc4 Bxc4 29. Qxc4 b2 30. Nxb2 Bxb2 is winning too but more work is
required due to the passed white d-pawn and the reduced number of minor pieces make it harder for black to organize a king attack.

28. Qxb4 Bd4+ 29. Nf2 Ng5

29... Ne5 30. Rxc8 Nxf3+ 31. Kh1 Rxc8 would be game over.

30. Rd1 Nxf3+ 31. Kh1 Be2 32. d6 Red8

Blacks' position is so strong he can even win with 32... Bxf2 33. d7 Ne1 ! 34. dxe8=Q+ Rxe8 35. Qc3 Bxf1 and mate on g2

33. Ng3 Bxd1 34. Nxd1 Rxd6 35. Qb3 Ncd2 36.
Qa4 Rdc6 37. Ne2 Be5 38. g5 Rb6

In this totally lost position, Dlugy plays one final trick.

39. Nc1!!!! Rxc1? 40. Qe8+ Kg7 41. Qg8+ Kxg8 1/2-1/2




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