LIFE Master AJ: GM Oleg M. Romanishin (2560) -
GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2475)
URS-ch FL54; Irkutsk, (USSR) / 1986.
[A.J. Goldsby I]
A nice miniature, this contest provides our POTD
for Friday; July 29th, 2011.
1.e4 e6; 2.d4 d5; 3.e5,
The Advance variation ... of the French Defence.
[ More common is the Tarrasch, (3.Nd2); or 3.Nc3 Bb4; 4.e5 c5;
5.a3 Bxc3+; 6.bxc3 Ne7; which leads to the main lines of the Winawer. (See Opening Explorer.) ]
3...c5; 4.c3 Nc6; 5.Nf3 Bd7;
This is one of Black's favored choices today; also played in the top choice of 5...Qb6.
[ For the continuation of: 5...Qb6; 6.Be2 cxd4; 7.cxd4 Nh6; (play)
[ See MCO-15, page # 203; beginning with column # 01; and all applicable notes. ]
The main line (from MCO) seems to stem from the following contest:
Nunn - Schmittdiel; Dortmund, GER / 1991.
(Nunn vs Schmittdiel, 1991) ]
This leads to many lines (in the center of the board) getting opened early in the game, the tried and true system here is 6...Qb6.
[ According to the "Power-Book" ... Black would do better to play:
>/= 6...Nge7; 7.0-0, ² (" ") when White only has a small advantage in this position.
GM J. Timman (2650) - GM M. Gurevich (2643);
[C02] / Bundesliga 99-00 / GER; (R# 4.4) / 1999.
(White won, 1-0 in 36 moves.)
(I did not find the above quoted game in the CG database.) ]
7.0-0 fxe5; 8.Nxe5 Nxe5; 9.dxe5 Qc7; 10.c4,
White sacrifices a button for a little play here.
[ Playable was: 10.Re1, ]
Play (now) assumes a sharp and somewhat forcing nature ...
10...Qxe5; 11.Bh5+ g6; 12.Bf3 0-0-0; 13.Re1 Qd6!?;
This central square looks OK for the Black Queen, although >/= 13...Qf5; also looked like a good candidate move for Black.
There is very little experience in these lines for Black, there are only a handful of games in the CB (on-line) database - from this particular position.
For Black to open more files and diagonals (in this situation) does not seem like a good idea to me.
(Fritz - and a few other engines - prefer the play of 14...d5-d4; here for Black.)
15.Qe2 Nf6!?; 16.Qxc4 Be7;
Even though Black is a Pawn up in this position, many of the strong chess engines see a large edge ( ) here for White.
17.Bf4! Qd4?; (Maybe - '??')
Black blunders ... although it was easy to miss White's next move.
(Many of our readers did!)
We now have reached the position for today's daily chess puzzle.
A nice effort by Romanishin, although a young Ivanchuk certainly did not play (anywhere near) the best lines in this game.