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Georg Meier vs Mateusz Bartel
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-13
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Well in this game white builds up pressure against b7 and .... that's about it.
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  Eyal: Nice game by Meier. It looks like Black's troubles really began with 14...Bb6 - instead, he should have played 14...Bd6, when 15.Nc4 can be met by 15...a6 followed by e4 if the rook retreats along the b-file. At the end, 39.g4! completely paralyzes Black - ...f5 would be met by g5, and the white king can walk without disturbance to g6.
Jul-13-12  Akshay999: 16... Be6 would have been better than 16... a6.... even in the next move black could have played Be6...

I fail to understand whats the issue with 31. Nxf7.

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  Eyal: On move 30 Nxf7 could be a problem because of Bc5 and there's no Ng4 to defend f2, but a move later 31.Nxf7 Bc5 32.h6 is clearly winning for White because the pawn already can't be stopped without giving up the rook. Having missed that and wasted some time on moves 31-34, Meier actually allowed Bartel some fighting chances with the game continuation had the latter played 35...Kg8! instead of Ke6? (after which 36.Rg7! cuts off the king).
Jul-14-12  Naniwazu: The move 9...c3 is a nice pawn sacrifice. It creates an extra weakness for White, but in compensation he gets the open b-file which proves to be a strength in this game.
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  whiteshark: Photo before the game started: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting...
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  whiteshark: Meier annotated his game afterwards on the tournament page:

1.d4 Sf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Sf3 dxc4 5.Lg2 c5 <Das kam unerwartet für mich, da mein Gegner diese Variante der Katalanischen Verteidigung noch nie gespielt hat.> 6.0-0 Sc6 7.dxc5 <Ich entschied mich ins Endspiel zu gehen, da er eigentlich ein aggressiver Spieler ist. Eine andere Spielweise zeigte vor zwei Jahren in Dortmund Kramnik gegen Naiditsch, als er 7. Da4 zog und gewann.> 7...Dxd1 8.Txd1 Lxc5 9.Sbd2 c3 10.bxc3 Ld7 <10...0-0 ist normal an dieser Stelle. Damit sammelte ich auf der anderen Seite des Brettes schon Erfahrung.> 11.Tb1 <Ich meine, dass das nebst 12. Se1 in meinen Notizen steht, konnte mich aber während der Partie nicht mehr genau erinnern.> 11...0-0-0 12.Se1 e5 13.Sd3 Lf5 14.Tb5 Lb6 15.Sc4 Lc7 16.Lg5 <Das ist die kritische Stellung. <That's the critical position>> 16...a6 <Ich denke, dass das schlecht ist, weil sich seine Struktur forciert verschlechtert. 16...h6 17.Lxf6 gxf6 hatte ich erwartet und bin mir nicht sicher über die Stellungsbewertung.> 17.Tb2 <Das hat er vielleicht übersehen.> 17...h6 <Hiernach ist es sofort vorbei, allerdings ist die Stellung sehr schwierig für Schwarz. 17...e4 war wohl seine Idee. Das funktioniert aber nicht wegen 18.Se3! exd3 19.Sxf5 dxe2 20.Te1±> 18.Lxf6 gxf6 19.Se3 <Hier dachte ich das erste Mal länger nach, um die präziseste Spielweise zu finden. 19.Tdb1 hätte 19...Txd3! erlaubt.> 19...Lg6 20.Tdb1 <Hier war ich mir sicher, dass die Stellung gewonnen ist. 20.Lh3+ war interessant, aber nach 20...Kb8 21.Sc5 Txd1+ 22.Sxd1 Ka8 23.Txb7 Ld6 24.Tb6 Lxc5 25.Txc6 Td8 sieht es so aus, als ob Schwarz etwas Gegenspiel erhält.> 20...Sa5 21.Lxb7+ Sxb7 22.Txb7 Lxd3 23.exd3 Txd3 24.Ta7 Thd8 25.Txa6 T8d6 26.Txd6 Txd6 27.Sf5 Td2 28.Sxh6 Txa2 29.h4 Ld6 30.h5 Kd7 31.Tb7+ <Genau gespielt, um Lc5 aus dem Spiel zu nehmen.> 31...Ke6 32.Tb6 Ta4 33.Sxf7 Kxf7 34.Txd6 Tc4 35.Td7+ Ke6 36.Tg7 Txc3 37.h6 Tc8 38.h7 Th8 39.g4 1-0


Jul-14-12  Shams: <whiteshark> Would you be so kind as to translate this sentence into English? Thanks much:

<16...h6 17.Lxf6 gxf6 hatte ich erwartet und bin mir nicht sicher über die Stellungsbewertung.>

Jul-14-12  Thanh Phan: It seems he expected 16. .. h6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 and is not sure about the position evaluation.

For reference the K - King, D - Queen, L - Bishop T - Rook, S - Knight

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  whiteshark: <Shams> I have expected <16...h6 Bxf6 gxf6> and I'm not sure about the evaluation of the position.
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  HeMateMe: Geez, white had three passed pawns. There are only so many fingers one can stick in the dyke.

Black seemed ambivalent about having those white rooks tear up the b file.

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