Fpawn Games
[Event "People's Tournament"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.07.27"] [Round "5"] [White "Gorovets, Andrey"] [Black "Aigner, Michael"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E12"] [WhiteElo "2585"] [BlackElo "2226"] [Annotator "Aigner"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [SourceDate "2014.07.28"] {A native of Belarus, IM Gorovets taught four weeks of chess camps for Bay Area Chess. He is a member of the chess team at Texas Tech University. His recent tournament results include a draw with Gata Kamsky at World Open.} 1. c4 c6 2. e4 d5 {Eschewing my favorite Dutch Defense, I found myself out of book on move 2!} 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 {Not having played Caro Kann in five years, I struggled to recall the nuances of the Panov-Botvinnik Attack.} 6. Nf3 Be7 {Another popular move is Bb4.} 7. Bg5 {Deviating from the main lines, although that hardly made a difference to me.} (7. cxd5 {Considered best by theory.} Nxd5 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 {Black can continue with Bf6, Nf6, Nb4, Nxc3 or Qb6.}) 7... Nbd7 {My database finds this innocent looking move surprisingly rare in Master level play.} (7... Nc6 {People prefer to develop the Knight to c6.} 8. c5 O-O 9. Bb5 Ne4 10. Bxe7 Nxe7) 8. Rc1 O-O 9. Bd3 $6 {More to the point is 9. c5, leaving Black with difficulties developing. The text simply loses a tempo.} dxc4 10. Bxc4 b6 11. O-O (11. d5 $2 {Drops a Pawn without compensation.} Nxd5 12. Bxe7 (12. Nxd5 Bxg5 13. Nxg5 Qxg5 14. Ne3 Nf6) 12... Qxe7 13. Nxd5 exd5+ 14. Be2 Re8) 11... Bb7 {Fighting for the critical d5 square in front of the IQP.} 12. Qe2 Nd5 {Black must continue with concrete moves to maintain a balanced position.} (12... Rc8 {Seems reasonable at first glance, but lets White seize the initiative.} 13. Ba6 Bxa6 14. Qxa6) 13. Bxd5 (13. Nxd5 Bxg5 14. Nxg5 Qxg5 15. Ne3 Rad8 {With equality.}) 13... Bxd5 14. Nxd5 $6 (14. Bxe7 {This move order allows White to claim a small pull.} Bxf3 15. Qxf3 Qxe7 16. d5 Nf6 17. Rfe1 e5 18. Qe2 e4 19. Qc4 Rac8 20. Qd4 Qc5) 14... Bxg5 15. Nxg5 Qxg5 16. Nc7 Rad8 $1 {Black turns the tables by targeting the IQP.} 17. Nb5 Nf6 18. Nxa7 Rxd4 19. Nc6 Rd2 {After four straight moves with the Knight, Black penetrates the 7th rank.} 20. Qa6 $6 (20. f4 {It is a bad sign when the top computer move simply drops a Pawn. Alas, White has better drawing chances without the Queens.} Qxf4 21. Rxf4 Rxe2 22. Ne7+ {This zwischenzug allows White to contest the d5 square.} Kh8 23. Rf2) 20... Nd5 $1 { The Black Knight dominates the entire board. It protects b6 and e7, while threatening the White King through Ne3 and Nf4. What can White do?} (20... Rxb2 $4 {Pawn grabbing leads to disaster. What a sneaky double attack!} 21. Qa3 $1 Qb5 22. Ne7+ Kh8 23. Ng6+ $1 {Boom!} hxg6 24. Qxf8+ Kh7 25. Rc8 g5 26. Qxf7 { And Black would resign in shame.}) 21. h4 {Multiple threats by Black's Rook and Knight force White to sacrifice a Pawn just to gain enough tempo to mount a defense.} (21. g3 Rxb2 22. Qa3 {This trick comes in handy again.}) (21. Qb5 { Tactics time!} Rxf2 $1 22. Rxf2 (22. Kxf2 Qe3#) 22... Qxc1+ 23. Rf1 Qe3+ 24. Kh1 h6) 21... Qxh4 22. g3 Qh3 $5 {Objectively best is Qf6, hitting the b2 and f2 Pawns. However, the triple threats of Ne3, Nf4 and even Nf6 (going to g4) proved too tempting to pass up.} 23. Qa3 $1 {The only hope.} (23. Qb5 $4 { Fails immediately.} Ne3 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Qc6 Rd5 26. fxe3 Qxg3+ 27. Kh1 Rh5#) ( 23. Rfe1 $2 Nf4 24. Qf1 Qg4 25. Rc4 Ne2+ 26. Rxe2 Qxe2 27. Qxe2 Rxe2 28. Rb4 Ra8 29. a3 h5 30. Rxb6 Ra4 {The endgame down an exchange is no fun for White.}) 23... g6 (23... Nf6 $4 {This blunder would again allow White to swindle the game.} 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Ng6+ hxg6 26. Qxf8+ Kh7 27. Rc8 Kh6 28. Qxf7) 24. Rcd1 Qh6 25. Ne5 Rxd1 26. Rxd1 Rc8 27. Nd7 Qg5 (27... Rc2 $4 {Careful! The back rank remains quite vulnerable.} 28. Qa8+ Rc8 29. Qxc8+ Kg7 30. Qf8#) 28. Qa6 Rd8 29. Qb5 Qe7 {Booting the pesky equine.} 30. Ne5 Qc7 31. Qe2 Rc8 32. Kg2 Qc2 33. Rd2 Qf5 {Black declines a draw offer.} 34. Nc4 Qg5 35. Rd4 h5 36. Qf3 Qf5 $6 {Still fearing a swindle, Black was too eager to trade Queens. However, Black's winning chances shrink too.} 37. Qxf5 gxf5 38. a4 {Played before Black can push b6-b5.} Kg7 39. b3 Kf6 40. Rh4 Rh8 41. Rd4 Rb8 (41... Rg8 {The immediate Rg8 is more accurate. Mixing up dual plans loses tempo.} 42. Kf3 Rg4 43. Rd2 h4) 42. Nb2 Rg8 43. b4 (43. Rh4 {Does not help White here.} Rg4 44. Kh3 (44. Rxh5 $4 Nf4+) 44... Kg5 45. f4+ Kh6 46. Nc4 Rg8 {With advantage.}) 43... Rg4 44. Rxg4 hxg4 {In order to save this endgame, White must eliminate as many Black Pawns as possible, starting with the b-pawn.} 45. a5 Nxb4 $2 (45... Ke7 $1 {The Black King must first chase White's rolling Queenside Pawns.} 46. axb6 (46. Kf1 Kd6 47. Nd3 (47. Nc4+ Kc7 48. Ke2 f6 49. Kd2 Kc6 50. axb6 Nxb4 51. Ke3 Nd5+ 52. Kd4 Nxb6) 47... Kc7 48. Ke2 f6 49. Kd2 e5 50. Nb2 Kc6 51. Nc4 f4 52. gxf4 exf4 53. a6 b5 54. a7 Nc7 55. Na3 Kb7 56. Nc2 Ne6 57. Ne1 Kxa7 58. Kd3 f5 59. Ng2 Kb6 60. Nh4 Ng7 61. Kd4 f3 62. Ke3 Kc6 63. Kf4 Kd5 {White loses because he cannot touch the f5-pawn.}) (46. a6 Nc7 47. a7 Kd6 48. Nc4+ Kc6 49. Ne5+ Kb7 50. Nxf7 Kxa7 51. f3 gxf3+ 52. Kxf3 Ka6 53. Nd6 Nd5 54. b5+ Ka5 55. g4 fxg4+ 56. Kxg4 Kb4 57. Kf3 Kc5 58. Nb7+ Kd4 59. Nd8 Nc7 60. Nc6+ Kd5 61. Ne7+ Kc5 62. Ke4 Nxb5 {Mate in 32 (Namilov tables) .}) 46... Nxb6 47. Nd3 Kd6 48. f3 Nd5 49. Kf2 gxf3 50. Kxf3 e5 51. Ke2 e4 52. Nc5 Nxb4 53. Nb7+ Ke5 54. Nd8 f6 55. Nf7+ Kd5 56. Nh6 Nc6 57. Ke3 Ke5 58. Nf7+ Ke6 59. Nh6 Ne7 60. g4 Nd5+ 61. Kd4 e3 62. gxf5+ Kd6 63. Kd3 Ke5 64. Ke2 Kd4 65. Ng4 Ke4 66. Nh2 Nf4+ 67. Ke1 Kxf5 {Mate in 17 (Namilov tables).}) 46. axb6 {Now the position is dead drawn.} Ke7 47. b7 Na6 48. Nc4 f6 49. f3 Kd7 50. Ne3 gxf3+ 51. Kxf3 Kc7 52. Nxf5 { Elegant!} Kxb7 53. Nd6+ Kc6 54. Ne8 f5 55. Ng7 Kd6 56. Nxf5+ {And again!} exf5 57. g4 fxg4+ 58. Kxg4 1/2-1/2 [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Best Play"] [Black "To Move"] [Result "*"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5rk1/5ppp/1pN1p3/1Q1n2q1/8/8/PP1r1PPP/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "0"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] * [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Win"] [Black "To Move"] [Result "*"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5rk1/5ppp/1pN1p3/1Q1n4/8/6Pq/PP1r1P2/2R2RK1 b - - 0 23"] [PlyCount "0"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] * [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "To Move"] [Black "Win"] [Result "*"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "6k1/3N1p1p/1p2p1pq/3n4/8/Q5P1/PPr2P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 28"] [PlyCount "0"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] * [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "To Move"] [Black "Win"] [Result "*"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5rk1/5ppp/QpN1pn2/6q1/8/8/Pr3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "0"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] *