Game of the week (From the Mega database) Annotated by: Baskaran Adhiban 2630 FIDE
Gibraltar Masters 13th Caleta
(February 5, 2015)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c6 A solid system which has been favoured by many top players. 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nbd2
A surprise but the position was not unfamiliar to me. 0-0 7.0-0 a5!? A natural plan to gain some space on the queenside. 8.b3 a4 9.Ba3!? The bishop looks more active here. [ 9.Bb2 I thought this was the more natural continuation but the text move is also interesting. ] 9...Ne4 10.e3 Bf5 11.Qc1 Re8!? I wasn't sure whether the knight belonged on d7 or a6 so as of now I decided to postpone the decision. [ 11...Nd7 12.Nh4 Nxd2 13.Qxd2 ( 13.Nxf5 doesn't work due to Nxf1 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15.Qxf1 axb3 16.axb3 Rxa3 ) 13...Be6 14.cxd5! Bxd5 15.Bxd5 cxd5 16.Qb4⩲ and White wins a pawn. ] 12.Nh4 Nxd2 13.Qxd2 Be6 14.Rfc1 Na6 I liked this plan more! 15.Bb2 Nc7 16.Qb4!? An funny move putting pressure on the queenside. Qd7 Ignoring the threat. [ 16...Ra7 17.Qb6 looked bit unpleasant. ] 17.Nf3 h6!?
A useful waiting move, It was a cat and mouse game - both of us seemed to be lacking any decent plan. 18.h4?! An unnecessary weakening and it will create problems for White. [ 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 axb3 20.axb3 Rxa1 ( 20...Na6 ) 21.Rxa1 Na6 22.Qc3 dxc4 23.bxc4 Rd8 Although comp prefers White, I feel only Black can try for a win here. ] 18...Na6 I didn't see any other way to improve the position. 19.Qd2 Red8 I started to like my position here. [ 19...axb3 20.axb3 dxc4 21.bxc4 Nc5 22.Qd1! and White prevents all the knight invasions and has a strong centre. ] 20.Bc3 Nc7 The time had come to prepare the doubling of the rooks on the a-file. 21.Ba5 Ra6 22.Bf1 b6 [ 22...Rda8 23.Bxc7 ] [ 22...axb3!? A) 23.cxd5 Bxd5 24.Bxa6 Nxa6 White has to defend against too many threats. ( 24...Bxf3 25.Bf1 ); B) 23.axb3 Rda8 was my original intention but runs into... 24.cxd5 ( 24.Qe1! is safer with an equal game. ) 24...Bxd5 25.Bxa6 Nxa6 26.Qd1 (I stopped my analysis here) but now I see that Qh3! was crashing and I only found this plan later on. ] 23.Bc3 [ 23.cxd5 is bad in view of Bxd5 24.Bxa6 Nxa6 and White loses a piece. ] 23...Rda8! By now I had found the key to the exchange sacrifice (i.e. the ♕h3 idea). 24.Qb2 [ 24.cxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxa6 Nxa6 26.Qd1 Qh3!∓ ] 24...R6a7 I decided to retreat the rook so as not to leave the rook hanging. [ Also possible was 24...Bh3!? 25.Be2 R6a7 ] 25.Ne1 Bf5!
Step by step, I was improving my position while White's position was only getting worse. 2 26.Nf3 [ One sample line 26.Nd3 Be4 27.Ne5 Bxe5 28.dxe5 axb3 29.axb3 Rxa1 30.Rxa1 Rxa1 31.Qxa1 Qg4∓ ] 26...Be4 27.Qe2 [ 27.Nd2 a3 was an amusing line. ] 27...axb3 I decided to reduce the material since the resulting position looked very pleasant for me. 28.axb3 Rxa1 29.Rxa1 Rxa1 30.Bxa1 dxc4! 31.bxc4 c5 I have managed to find the most pawn favourable system where I can exert the maximum pressure on White's pawn structure. 32.Nd2 [ 32.Bc3 Bxf3 33.Qxf3 cxd4 just wins a pawn. ] 32...Bc2! 33.Nf3?! An oversight. [ 33.Bc3 I was trying to find something here, when he made the text move. Qa4!⩱ with similar ideas to the game, Black prevents ♘f3 and prepares ... ♘e6 or ...b5 depending on where the white queen goes. ( 33...cxd4 34.Bxd4 Bxd4 35.exd4 Qxd4 36.Qxe7= )] 33...Qa4! 34.Bc3? [ 34.dxc5 Bxa1 35.cxb6 Na6 36.Nd4 Comp at first thought this was equal but given some time... Be4 37.Qg4 Bb7 38.Bg2 h5! Forcing White to lose control of c8. ( 38...e5? 39.Bxb7 exd4 40.Bd5± ) 39.Qh3 and only now e5! 40.Bxb7 exd4∓ ] 34...Bd1
A nice finale! I tied for the 3rd spot and eventually finished 8th on tiebreak. 0-1
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