GM Mikhail Golubev annotates games


Svidler, Peter (2746) - Jakovenko, Dmitry (2711)
Aerosvit-2008 (Foros), 06/13/2008

Round 6 [C89]


A long theoretical variation of the Marshall Attack with 16.Qd3, 17.Nd2 - this is the old main line. After 25...Be2 26.Qf5 Bg4 a draw was agreed in Marcos Nozar-Magallon Minguez, LADAC 1999, because 27.Rxe6? fxe6! loses a piece for White. But Jakovenko played 25...Re2 instead. Anyway, the draw was agreed shortly after that.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Re6 18.a4 Qh5 19.axb5 axb5 20.Nf1 Bf5 21.Qd2 Rfe8 22.Bc2 Bh3 23.Qd1 Bg4 24.Qd3 Qh3 25.Bd2 Re2 26.Rxe2 Bxe2 27.Re1 Bxd3 28.Rxe8+ Bf8 29.Bxd3 Qd7 30.Re1


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Shirov, Alexei (2740) - Karjakin, Sergey (2732)
Aerosvit-2008 (Foros), 06/13/2008

Round 6 [D43]


In the sharp Moscow Gambit Shirov repeated a knight sacrifice, which was introduced in the game Topalov-Kramnik, Wijk aan Zee 2008. 16...h5!? is a novelty (Kramnik played 16...Raf8). Instead of 17.Bxh5 hardly good was 17.Bxe6 Kxe6 18.Qc2 Ne7 or 17.Qd2 Bh6 (or even 17...Rag8!? 18.Qxg5+ Bf6). Shirov's 18.Qg4 Bh6 19.h4! seems to be a good idea: White preserves compensation for the piece. After 20...Bxg5 Black is ready to return the piece in order to organises a counterattack. But instead of 17.Bh4 Shirov plays 17.Ne4, preparing a possible queen sacrifice after 17...Ne3 18.Qxg5+. After 24...Rh8!? 25.Bxg5+ Kc7 Shirov could have played 26.Rf7 Rxh5 27.Nf6 Rxg5 28.Nxd7 with a possible draw after 28...Rf5! 29.Rg7 Rg5. Instead, Alexey opted for 27.Bg4. Strangely enough, the position after 29.Nd6! Rg8! is most likely drawish. Instead of the most natural 20.Raf1, as Shirov, played, there also was 30.Rd1 where 30...Rxg5!? leads to a forced draw after 31.Rf8+ Kc7 32.Ne8+. After 31...Kc7 both 32.R1f7+ and 32.Ne8+ seem to lead to equality, the first one being a bit more precise. And Shirov played 32.R1f7+!. An exciting draw!

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.e5 Nd5 14.Ne4 Qb6 15.Nd6+ Ke7 16.Bg4 h5 17.Bxh5 Raf8 18.Qg4 Bh6 19.h4 Rhg8 20.hxg5 Bxg5 21.Ne4 Ne3 22.Qxg5+ Rxg5 23.Bh4 Kd8 24.fxe3 Rh8 25.Bxg5+ Kc7 26.Bg4 c5 27.dxc5 Nxc5 28.Rf7+ Kb8 29.Nd6 Rg8 30.Raf1 Rxg5 31.Rf8+ Kc7 32.R1f7+ Nd7 33.Rxd7+ Kxd7 34.Rf7+ Kd8 35.Rf8+ Kd7 36.Rf7+


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Carlsen, Magnus (2765) - Alekseev, Evgeny (2711)
Aerosvit-2008 (Foros), 06/13/2008

Round 6 [E18]


calm line of the Queen's Indian Defence. 14.b4 is an unexpected pawn sacrifice, which is also a novelty. It is not clear what Carlsen has in mind. Instead of 16.Nd4 White could have sacrificed an exchange: 16.Rxb7 Nxb7 17.Ne5 with some uncertain compensation. In the game Carlsen also had some compensation for the pawn after 18.Qb1!, and accepted opponent's draw agreement after 18....a5. As Carlsen explained after the game, when playing 14.b4?! he just missed a move 15...Nc5!.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Bd2 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.O-O O-O 10.Rc1 Nd7 11.Bf4 Nxc3 12.Rxc3 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.b4 cxb4 15.Rc7 Nc5 16.Nd4 Rc8 17.Rxc8 Qxc8 18.Qb1 a5


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Ivanchuk, Vassily (2740) - Volokitin, Andrei (2684)
Aerosvit-2008 (Foros), 06/13/2008

Round 6 [D37]


The Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4. A move 11.Be2 is a novelty. After 15.Qc2 White obtained a typical minimal advantage. Black's only problem is his isolani pawn in the centre. Volokitin managed to nautralise White's pressure and the darw was agreed in the already equal position.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 Nbd7 7.a3 c6 8.h3 b6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Be2 Bb7 12.Qa4 c5 13.O-O a6 14.dxc5 Nxc5 15.Qc2 Bf6 16.Rac1 Rc8 17.Qb1 Qe7 18.Rfd1 g6 19.Bf1 Nb3 20.Rxc8 Rxc8 21.Qa2 Nc1 22.Qb1 Nb3


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Van Wely, Loek (2676) - Onischuk, Alexander (2664)
Aerosvit-2008 (Foros), 06/13/2008

Round 6 [D37]


One more Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4 in this round. Instead of Volokitin's 6...Nbd7 Onsichuk makes another popular move, 6...c5. A novelty was 14.Bg3. The endgame, which soon arose, is marginally better for White. It seems that Van Wely gradually improved his position: Black's position after 25.Bxb7 g5 does not look safe, because the white bishop is clearly stronger than the black knight. Anyway, Onsichuk managed to hold.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.a3 Nc6 11.Bd3 Bb6 12.O-O Qf6 13.b4 h6 14.Bg3 Bg4 15.h3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qxf3 17.gxf3 Rfe8 18.Kg2 Rad8 19.Rfe1 d4 20.exd4 Bxd4 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Rd1 Bb2 23.b5 Ne5 24.Be4 Bxa3 25.Bxb7 g5 26.f4 Ng6 27.fxg5 hxg5 28.Kf1 Kg7 29.Bc6 Re7 30.Rd5 Kf6 31.Bd7 Nf4 32.Rd1 Kg6 33.h4 Nh5 34.hxg5


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Eljanov, Pavel (2687) - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (2684)
Aerosvit-2008 (Foros), 06/13/2008

Round 6 [E00]


The Catalan Opening with 3...Bb4+. 10.0-0 was a new move. A double-edged play started, but opponents agreed for a draw rather prematurely after 17 moves.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5 5.Bxb4 cxb4 6.Bg2 O-O 7.e4 d6 8.Ne2 e5 9.Nd2 Nc6 10.O-O Qb6 11.Nb3 a5 12.Rc1 a4 13.c5 Qd8 14.Nd2 dxc5 15.d5 Na5 16.Rxc5 Qb6 17.Rc1 Bd7


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