August 28th, 2010

Mikhail Golubev

From Chess Today, Issue 3581 (28 August 2010)

Khomyakov,Vladimir (2345) - Golubev,Mikhail (2490) [E84]
Ostrava Open Ostrava CZE (4), 08.09.1992

Mikhail Golubev (]
This game was annotated in my book "Understanding the King's Indian" (2006). The reason to show it now, rather briefly (as I did earlier this year on the ICC, and recalled when I watched Alex Baburin's interview), is to share doubts regarding the interesting deviation on the 17th move.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Bg5 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.h4 h5 10.Bh6 e5!? 11.d5
This is not a popular line but, incidentally, several days later the solid 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.d5 was played in Spassky-Fischer, St Stefan/Belgrade 1992 (Game 8).
11...Bxh6 12.Qxh6 Nd4 13.0-0-0 c5 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Rxd4 Rxb2 17.Kxb2
After 17.e5!? Bf5! Black is, most likely, OK in the complications. Quite important is 17.c5 Rb8 (or 17...Rb7 Bjerke-Westerinen, Gausdal 1987 18.Rxd6) 18.Rxd6 Qa5 19.Kc2 Be6 (19...Qa3 20.Qc1!) 20.Rxe6 Qa3 (20...fxe6? 21.Bc4!) 21.Rd6 Rb2+ 22.Kd3 Qxc5. With a position that puzzles me now. In the book I assessed it in White's favour, but, possibly, Black can go for it? After 23.Rd4 (The alternative is 23.Qf4 Ne8) the move 23...Qa7!?, preparing ...Nd7 can make sense. At least, it is a clear attacking plan (the absence of which worried me in 2006 more than the engine's predictable +- assessment). And if 24.e5 (here, an alternative is 24.Qc1 Rfb8) then 24...Nd5!? ...As often happens, engines are underestimating the long-term dangers for the white king. But to prove Black's chances, stronger engines than I use may be needed.
17...Qb6+ 18.Nb5?!
Safer is 18.Kc2 Qxd4 19.Qd2.
With excellent compensation for the exchange.
After 19.Rxd6 bxc4+ 20.Ka1, 20...Qb4! is dangerous for White.
19...bxc4+ 20.Ka1 d5
Black has consolidated and is threatening, by the way, ...c5.
Or 21.exd5 cxd5 22.Be2 (Debnar-Berek, Slovakia 2008) 22...Re8!? and Black is better.
21...Be6 22.Rd2 Nd7 23.Be2
Black's attack appears to be faster after 23.g4 Ra8!? 24.gxh5 Nc5 25.Rb2 Nb3+ 26.Kb1 d4 27.Qc2 c3 28.Rxb3 Bxb3 29.Qxb3 Qa7.
23...Ra8 24.Rb1 Qa7 25.exd5 cxd5 26.Bd1 Nc5 27.Qd4 Bf5! 28.Rb5 Bc2!-+
A memorable move for me, surely.
Otherwise: 29.Bxc2 Qxa2#; 29.Rxc2 Nb3+.
29...Nb3+ 30.Rxb3 cxb3 31.Bxc2 Qxa2+ 32.Qxa2 Rxa2+ 33.Kb1 bxc2+
White resigned because of 33...bxc2+ 34.Kc1 Ra1+! 35.Kxc2 Ra2+, etc.

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