mikhail_golubev (mikhail_golubev) wrote,

From Chess Today, Issue 4074

Esen, Baris (2417) - Golubev, Mikhail (2499) E83
Aeroflot A2 Moscow RUS (7), 14.02.2006
Mikhail Golubev (www.chesstoday.net)
This is a game of mine, which I analysed a bit in recent months.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Re8
8...Rb8 is known to be the main move, but lately I started to have doubts. Another alternative is 8...Bd7!?.
A rare move, which solves White's certain problem with development, but is hardly the most critical. Basically, White's bishop is very useful on the f1–a6 diagonal.
In the my next game I deviated with 9...Rb8 10.Rc1 e5 11.d5 Na5 12.Na4!? c5 13.b4 b5 14.cxb5 axb5 15.Nb2 cxb4 16.Qxb4{unclear} Bd7 17.Nc3 (17.Qxd6!?) 17...Nc4 18.Bxc4 bxc4 19.Qa3 Bh3 20.Kf2?! Gasanov-Golubev, Kharkov 2006, and here 20...Ra8! 21.Nba4 Nh5!?{with initiative} would have been promising for Black.
10.Bg2 {N} e5
Quite possible is 10...Rb8 planning ...b5. But not 10...Na5?! 11.b3 and if 11...b5 12.e5!.
11.d5 Na5 12.Qd3!?
The standard 12.b3 allows 12...b5 and then the play may continue 13.0–0! bxc4 14.Na4! c5!? (14...Nb7 15.Rfc1!) 15.dxc6 Nxc6 16.Nb6! Rb8 17.Nxc4 Be6! 18.Nxd6 Re7 - here it is not quite clear whether Black has enough for a pawn.
Objectively, more critical is 12...c5! 13.dxc6 and now maybe 13...Nxc6!?, offering the pawn. (After 13...bxc6 Black will have to retreat the knight to b7, which is rarely a decent square.)
13.cxb5 axb5 14.Nxb5 Qb8 +/= 15.a4
An important alternative was 15.Nec3!? Nb3 which can also be assessed as slightly better for White.
15...c6 16.dxc6 Bxc6 17.Qxd6
I do not see the equality for Black in complications after 17.Nec3! Rd8!? (if 17...d5 18.exd5 Rd8 19.Bg5!? Qb6 20.b4!) 18.b4 d5 (after 18...Nb3 19.Rb1 d5 20.Rxb3 d4 21.0–0 dxe3 22.Qxe3 Bxb5 23.axb5 Bf8 Black is struggling for a draw) 19.bxa5 d4 20.Bd2 (or maybe 20.0–0!? dxe3 21.Qxe3) 20...dxc3 21.Qxc3 Bxb5 22.axb5 (rather than 22.Rb1 Qd6 23.axb5 Rac8 24.Qe3 Rc2 25.Bb4 Bh6!) 22...Qxb5 23.Bf1 Qd7 24.Be3 Rac8 25.Qb3!. Note that 17.0–0 d5!{with compensation} suits Black.
There were other options such as 17...Qb7!?, preserving queens.
18.Nxd6 Red8
After 18...Reb8!? Black is fighting for equality; the text is more ambitious.
White still could make Black to fight for a draw/equality: 19.b4! +/= with the following possible variations: 19...Nb3 (if 19...Rxd6 20.bxa5 Rxa5 21.Nc3! Rd3 22.Bd2 Rc5 23.Ra3 +/=) 20.Ra3 (sharper is 20.Rb1!? Bxa4 21.Nc4) 20...Bxa4! (20...Nd4?! 21.Bxd4 exd4 22.b5! +/-) 21.Nc3 Rxd6 22.Rxa4 Rxa4 23.Nxa4 Ra6 24.Nc3 Bf8 25.b5 Ra3! 26.Kf2 Nd4 27.Rc1 Rb3 and probably Black should hold this.
19...Nc4! {with compensation}
Now Black can realistically hope to play for a win.
20.Kf2 Nxe3
Also curious would have been 20...Bxe4!?.
21.Kxe3 Bf8!
An important move.
22.Nec3! Bh6+!
Forcing White to weaken his position.
If 23.Kf2?! Rd2+.
23...exf4+ 24.gxf4 Ng4+ 25.Ke2!
Not 25.Kf3? Rd3+!.
25...Bxf4 26.Kf3?
In this crucial position White had to play 26.Nd5! Bxd5 27.exd5 {unclear} with a complex situation.
26...Be5! 27.Kxg4 Rd3!
It was not a good idea for White to win the knight. Now he is losing.|
28.Raf1 f6!? 29.Bf3
White is mated in the following nice sample variations: 29.Rd1 h5+ 30.Kh4 Bd7 31.Rxd3 Bg4!! and ...g5#; 29.Rf3 h5+ 30.Kh4 g5+ 31.Kxh5 Rxf3 32.Bxf3 Be8+ 33.Kh6 Ra7!! 34.Nxa7 Bd6 and ...Bf8#.
29...Bd7+! 30.Kh4 h5 31.Rhg1 g5+!? 32.Rxg5+ {only move}
32.Kxh5? Kf7 and the mate is inevitable.
32...fxg5+ 33.Kxg5?!
More stubborn was 33.Kxh5 but White's position is definitely lost also there. Black's forces are too active.
33...Kh7 34.Nd5 Rg8+ 35.Kh4 Rxd5
And White resigned. The reason was 35...Rxd5 36.exd5 Bf6+ 37.Kxh5 Be8#.
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