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Rene Gralla vs Julian Groetzbach
District League A, Hamburg, Schachelschweine 2 vs HSK 16 (2009), Hamburg, Germany, rd 4, Mar-06
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  Nightsurfer: The White commander-in-chief applies the new MAIN LINE as the matrix Nc3-g3-Bg2-d3-Be3-Qd2-Bh6-h4 has been dubbed by GARY LANE. White has been inspired by MICHAEL ADAMS and his win against WARD, please compare Adams vs C Ward, 2001

The powerful onslaught works pretty well against an unsuspecting Black player - even if Black choses 5. ... Nf6 (instead of Ne7) and even if White resorts to the somewhat dubious 6.f3 ... (in order to defend Be3 against Ng4).

Not enough with that: White stumbles and foolishly throws away some material in the process. But since the notorious matrix Nc3-g3-Bg2-d3-Be3-Qd2-Bh6-h4 is that strong, White succeeds in storming Black castle - against young hopeful JULIAN GROTZBACH who is one of the rising stars in the prestigíous Hamburger Schachklub HSK!

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  Nightsurfer: JULIAN GROETZBACH has achieved a very nice performance during German Youth Championship in 2010, to name one example: , and there are many experts who predict that JULIAN GROETZBACH will soon become as strong as JAN GUSTAFSSON who is the current big star who has been a product of the SCHOOL of the prestigious HAMBURGER SCHACHKLUB von 1830, please check out his page Jan Gustafsson here at!
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  Nightsurfer: White has chosen to thwart possible Ng4 - against 7.Be3 ... - with 6.f3 ... instead of 6.h3 ... , for White wants to let storm his H-Unit against Black castle instead of passively defending against Ng4; the latter job shall be done by Pawn f3. The move 6.f3 ... may look as if that very move may lose a precious tempo - but the move can work since Black may tend to overlook the hidden potential of White super attack formation. One more example: J N Butzkies vs F von Warburg, 2004 - five years before Black falling into the trap of the NEW MAIN LINE of the CLOSED SICILIAN at Hamburg 2009.
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  Nightsurfer: In this game here <R Gralla vs J Groetzbach, Hamburg 2009> the standard attack has got started with 6.f3!?!? ... . And, true, that move has got its pro's and con's, namely as a way, first aspect, to counter 5. ... Nf6 (because of White's intent to play Be3+Qd2+Bh6 plus later on h4+5 pp.), and, second aspect, to be the ouverture to the matrix of the very masterplan <Be3+Qd2+Bh6 plus later on h4+h5 pp.>.

That neo-classic masterplan <Be3+Qd2+Bh6 plus later on h4+h5 pp.> has worked very well against young hopeful Julian Groetzbach - the strange blunder of White after 15. ... Rb8! notwithstanding - , a kind of replay of the winning strategy that White has executed 40 years before this game here <R Gralla vs J Groetzbach, Hamburg 2009> , namely during the encounter A Malachi vs A Bjornsson, 1969 , the latter game being a battle in the scenario of the <Modern Defense: Standard Defense>, though.

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  Nightsurfer: White has been inspired by Gary W Lane and his book <"The Ultimate Closed Sicilian"> - you will find a review here: - with regard to trying to launch a kind of <"standard attack"> as it has been called by Gary W Lane, namely the plan <Be3+Qd2+Bh6 plus later on h4+h5 pp.> - that has worked out indeed even after some goofs by White.
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  OBIT: Let's not oversell this, chap. Two games with f3 played by high school kids does not make this the new main line.

As for the game between Gralla and Groetzbach, I think Black is clearly better after 12...Ng4. Black's queenside attack already appears to be moving faster than White's kingside attack, and now White loses more time to deal with the threat against his bishop. I see three moves for White to consider:

(a) 13. f5, when 13...Nxh6 14. Qxh6 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Qxc3 looks great for Black. Obviously his attack is further along, and he is a pawn up.

(b) 13. Bg5 looks like more wasted time. After 13...Bxc3 14. bxc3 Be6 Black again is well ahead with his attack.

(c) 13. e5 is probably the best try for White, creating a counterattacking threat and shutting out the Black dark-squared bishop for the moment. However, Black appears to be doing well after 13...Bd7 14. Bg5 dxe5 15. h3 b4 16. Nd5 Nf6. Once again, his attack looks stronger.

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  Nightsurfer: Thank you for the clarification, dear <Obit>! I will study your moves!

Please allow me to add just one thing: The label <"new main line"> is not my invention, that label has been created by Gary W Lane in his book <"The Ultimate Closed Sicilian">.

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  Nightsurfer: White has underestimated the speed of the Black attack after <15. ... Rb8!> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - , therefore it is White asking for a date with <THE GRIM REAPER HIMSELF> when White stubbornly sticks to his own attacking plan with <16.h5? ...> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - . It is only after <16....Rb6!> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - , when White suddenly understands that he is more or less helpless against the threat <17. ... Ra6>, that is to say, White is forced to play <17.Ne2 ...> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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...- , so that White's right-wing Knight will jump to the point c1 in order to defend the point a2 ... by accepting the fact that Black will simply win a Rook by giving up only a Knight after the moves <17.... Bg4 18.hxg6 fxg6! 19.Nc1 Bxd1 20.Qxd1 ...> - please see the diagram as follows:

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The climax of this game will be dicussed in the follow-up posting.

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  Nightsurfer: (Follow-up discussion of the climax of the game after the foregoing White move <20.Qxd1 ...>)

Now the only chance of the leader of the White army could eventually be a quick attack against Black King - by trying to exploit the fact that both Black Queen and one Black Rook are far away from the new battleground - , just have a look at the follow-up moves <20.... Nf7 21.Qg4 ...>, please check out the diagram as follows:

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And now it is Black's turn to underestimate the hidden danger of the White attack, therefore after <21.... Nxh6 22.Rxh6 Rf8 23.Qe6+ Rf7?> - please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - , White gets back into the game with <24.Rxh7! ...> - please see the diagram as follows:

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And now Black King has got into a volatile situation, please see the following moves <24.... Kxh7 25.Qxf7+ Bg7 26.Be4 ...>, please check out the diagram as follows:

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Black Pawn on g6 is doomed, and it is difficult to see how Black King can survive that. Therefore Black accepts his fate with <26.... Ra6 27.Bxg6+ Kh6!> - if <27.... Kh8>, then <28.Qe8+ Bf8 29.Qxf8#> - and <28.g4! ...>, please see the diagram as follows:

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There is no defense against the threat <29.g5#> - if <28....Bf6>, then <29.Qh7#> - , therefore the final moves are: <28.... b3 29.g5#>, please see the diagram as follows:

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A funny final position.

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