Robatsch (Modern) DefenseB06

Tankel, Alan (1956)
Toolsie, Alex (1684)

Gold Coast Open
Gold Coast

1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 d6 5. Be3 Ne7 6. Qd2 h5 7. O-O-O

A bit risky to Castle Long this early in the game, but as Black has yet to make solid advances on the Queen side, there is no immediate danger.

7... b6 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. Nge2 Na6

The Knight threatens to menace at b4 but also has the attractive feature of fortifying the c5 thrust!

10. a3 c5 11. d5 e5

The position becomes closed and the game consequently becomes a positional struggle. Taking at d5 was bad as it would have opened the e-file and given White some possibilities and greater central control.

12. f4

A strong move allowing White to maintain the initiative.

12... Qd7 13. Rdf1 f6 14. Rf2 O-O-O

Black is completely solid and safe after Castling Long. White's tricks and dreams for the f-file are going nowhere fast!

15. Rhf1 Rdf8 16. fxe5 dxe5

To take using the f pawn allows Whites rook to come down to the 7th rank where they could become pesky.

17. Bc2 Kb8 18. h3 Qd8

Both sides are starting to play passively. But Qd8 is a great playable waiting move when your opponent is 200 points higher than you and therefore under greater pressure to win.

19. Nb5 Nc8 20. b4

The natural looking d6 is met by Bc6 and an attempt by Black to snatch a free d pawn.

20... Nd6 21. Nxd6 Qxd6 22. b5

Taking at c5 probably offered White greater opportunity to break things open with an advantage.

22... Nc7 23. Bd1 Bc8 24. Kb1 Bd7 25. Nc3 Kb7 26. Qe2 g5

The only tremendously bad move Black plays in this game. This pawn thrust allows possibilities of the White dark squared Bishop eventually being able to sacrifice as long as White maintains his doubled rooks on the F-file.

27. a4 a6

White is stuck now. If he takes at a6 the Knight will recapture with a view to the powerful outpost at b4. But White is determined not to give up.

28. bxa6+ Nxa6 29. Nb5 Bxb5 30. axb5

An inactive Bishop for a well placed Knight. This is what Donald Trump would call a good deal!

30... Nb4 31. Bb3 Ra8

Black clearly has the advantage now, but the closed position is now starting to work in Whites favour.

32. Bxg5 Ra3

Sometimes an attack is best met with a counter-attack, especially when White's King is in the neighbourhood.

33. Kb2 Rha8

This threatens to win a Queen and Bishop for two rooks if Black can get the check in at a2.

34. Kc3 Na2+

This move doesn’t go anywhere, and I knew that when I played it. So why did I then? A little something called increments and free time added to my clock.

35. Kb2 Nb4 36. Qe3

All right, White has uncovered the move to hamper Black's ideas of grandiose victory. Now Black apparently is struggling to make any progress in the position.

36... Nxd5!!

This is the most brilliant move in the history of Queensland Chess!!! Even my opponent said post mortem that this move deserves a double explanation mark. I disagreed, I thought it was worth three.

37. exd5

If White takes using the c-pawn I will push my own c-pawn and White is in difficulty with nothing to show for his additional piece.

37... f5

Black playing e4 becomes unstoppable now and the previously dormant Bishop at g7 suddenly has new life on the long diagonal where White King happens to be.

38. Rxf5 e4+ 39. Bf6

Ordinarily this move would extinguish Black's attack and the game would be there for White to mop up at his convenience. But, White overlooked the double-action power that a Queen possesses.

39... Bxf6+ 40. Rxf6 Qe5+

My opponent reckons at this point that best play for White can still achieve a draw, and he might well be correct in this supposition. Unfortunately for him, during the game he thought he was winning and on the offensive. Now let's watch how I smoke his King out of hiding and into the dungeon.

41. Qc3

My opponent reckons that 41. Kc2 is the move that saves the day with the following variation. 41. Kc2 Ra2+ 42. Bxa2 Rxa2+ 43. Kd1 (the only move avoiding mate) Ra1+ (not Qa1+ which loses for Black) 44. Ke2! And now Black can only check with the rook forcing the draw as Black alternates his King between d1 and e2.

41. Kc2 Ra2+ 42. Bxa2 Rxa2+ 43. Kd1 Ra1+ 44. Ke2 Ra2+ 45. Kd1 Qa1+?? (45... Ra1+=) 46. Qc1 Qd4+ 47. Ke1 Ra1 48. Rf7+ Kc8 49. Rf8+ Kd7 50. R1f7+ Kd6 51. Rd8+ Ke5 52. Re8+ Kd6 53. Re6#

41... Rxb3+

Crash and bash tactics that any legitimate 1600 should see right away.

42. Kxb3 Ra3+

I won’t give this move an exclamation mark as it is self evident.

43. Kxa3 Qxc3+ 44. Ka2 Qxc4+ 45. Ka3 Qxb5 46. Rf7+ Ka6 47. Ra1 Qb4+ 48. Ka2 Qd2+ 49. Kb3+ Kb5

And my opponent blundered a rook and resigned soon afterwards but is completely lost here anyway.



Nataf, IA (2565)
Wang Yue (2536)

Petrosian Mem Internet (1)
ICC INT, 2004

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5!? Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Kh1 a6 13. Na3 b6 14. a5 Bb7 15. axb6 Nxb6 16. c4 Nd7 17. Nc2 a5 18. Ra3 Bg5 19. f4 exf4 20. Bxf4 Bxf4 21. Rxf4 Re8 22. Rg3 g6 23. Nd4 Ne5 24. h4 Bc8 25. h5 Bd7 26. Bd3 Nxd3 27. Qxd3 Re1+ 28. Kh2 Qe7 29. Nf3 Re3 30. Qd4 Re8 31. Ng5! Rxg3 32. Nxf7!! Qe5!!

32... Qxf7 33. Rxf7 Kxf7 34. Kxg3

33. Nxe5 dxe5

A fortunate fork!

34. Qa7 exf4 35. Qxd7 Re2

Now black looks to have good chances of at least a draw, but white finds an ingenious win

36. Qc8+ Kg7 37. Qc7+ Kg8 38. Qb8+ Kg7 39. h6+!! Kxh6 40. Qxf4+ Rg5 41. Qf8+

41. Qf8+! Kh5 42. Qf3+ Rg4 43. Qxe2


Catalan OpeningE00

Christian-Bauer (2622)
Gabr-Sargissian (2611)

ICC tourney 614 (90 30 u) (1)
Internet Chess Club, 2004

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 a6 5. Bg2 dxc4 6. Ne5 Ra7!?

Convoluted rook manoeuvres are trendy lately, but here it comes to grief

7. O-O Bd7 8. Nc3 Bb4 9. Bg5 O-O 10. Nxc4 Bc6 11. Ne4 Be7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. e3 Bxe4 14. Bxe4 b5?? 15. Qh5! g6 16. Qc5

Black resigns



Paragua, Mark (2534)
Goh, Koon-Jong Jason (2419)

Master Open (6.1)
Singapore, 2004

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. g3 b5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. Nge2 e6 6. O-O d6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nd7 9. Re1 Qc7 10. a3 Be7 11. f4 Rc8 12. g4 Nb6 13. g5 Bd8 14. Kh1 Ne7 15. f5 e5 16. Ndxb5 axb5 17. Nxb5 Qc6 18. Nxd6+ Kf8 19. Re3 Rb8 20. Rc3 Qd7 21. f6 gxf6 22. gxf6 Ng6 23. Bh6+ Kg8 24. Bh3 Qa4 25. Nxb7 Bxf6 26. Qd6 Qxe4+ 27. Bg2 1-0

Bishop's OpeningC24

Tiviakov, S (2617)
Ivanchuk, V (2705)

XVII Torre Mem KO (2.3)
Yucatan MEX, 2004

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bg5 d6 6. Nbd2 Be6 7. c3 Nbd7 8. b4 Bb6 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. Nc4 h6 11. Bd2 d5 12. Nxb6 axb6 13. Qe2 c6 14. O-O Qc7 15. Ne1 b5 16. Nc2 dxe4!? 17. dxe4 Nb6 18. Rfd1 Ra4 19. f3 Rfa8 20. a3 Nc4 21. Bc1 Nd7 22. Rb1 Ndb6 23. Rd3 Kh7 24. h3 Rd8 25. Ra1 Rda8 26. Rd1 R4a6 27. Qe1 Rd8 28. Be3 Rxd1 29. Rxd1 Nb2 30. Rb1 N6c4 31. Qe2 Ra8 32. Bf2 Rd8 33. Be1 Rd3 34. Na1 Re3 35. Qc2 Nd3 36. Bf2 Nxa3 37. Qd2 Nc4 38. Qxe3 Nxe3 39. Bxe3 Qc8 40. Nb3 b6 41. Bxb6 Qa6 42. Be3 Qa2 43. Nd2 Qc2 44. Kh2 Qxc3 45. Nf1 Qc2 46. Ra1 Nxb4 47. Rc1 0-1

Ruy LopezC65

Quezada, Y (2513)
Ivanchuk, V (2705)

XVII Torre Mem KO (3.2)
Yucatan MEX, 2004

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. c3 g6 6. O-O Bg7 7. h3 O-O 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Ba4 Qe8 10. Nbd2 Nh5 11. g4 Nf6 12. Nh2 Nd8 13. Bb3 Ne6 14. d4 Qe7 15. Bc2 h5 16. Ndf3 hxg4 17. hxg4 exd4 18. cxd4 d5 19. e5 Ne4 20. Bb3 c6 21. Nd2 c5 22. f4 cxd4 23. Nxe4 dxe3 24. Qxd5 e2 25. Rf2 Bc6 26. Qc4 Nxf4!! 27. Rxf4 Bxe5 28. g5 Bxf4 29. Nf6+ Qxf6!!

29... Qxf6 30. gxf6 Be3#


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