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Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava vs Dmitry Andreikin
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), Tashkent UZB, rd 9, Oct-31
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Atack. Alburt Defense (D00)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: White's opening couldn't have been much Baadur.
Oct-31-14  Shams: Groan. It's not the only thing.
Oct-31-14  Jim Bartle: I'm blowing the whistle!
Oct-31-14  SirRuthless: Good win by an honest player. Go Dmitry!
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  HeMateMe: well, white voluntarily took the ugly pawn position and got creamed.
Oct-31-14  Pulo y Gata: Great win by Andreikin showing how great a natural talent he is, leading the pack now.
Oct-31-14  Jamboree: In the final position, after 40. Rxf7 Nxd4, how easy or difficult is it for black to win with the 2Ns v P?

Remember that the two Ns alone versus a P is a very difficult-to-find mate over the board, so black needs to avoid trading rooks at all costs.

Obviously, with two Ns and R there will be all sorts of mating nets, but black must watch out for tricks where white will try to trade rooks.

But how does black make progress?

His knights are already in a great position dominating the entire central region of the board, but he's gonna need to bring his king into the fray if he wants to mate.

What is the winning strategy?

Looks like he can walk his king up to e4 or e5 with no risk. But it's not so easy to see the exact sequence for a mating net.


Nov-01-14  chessastronomy: Backyard Fight For the Top

Jobava sidelines GM theory on move two =, giving up white´s initiative, and he may have succeeded if he had played 10. g5 , instead he helped Andreikin develop and coordinate his pieces with 10. g:h-=. But at least the position was drawish, two moves later he slipped and miscalculated and was already inferior. Sergei played simple exchanges leading to a winning endgame so Baadur resigned. Jobava still has chances to win tournament despite this upset.

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  Sokrates: Good point <Jamboree>. As an amateur I would have played on for a while just to see how black would be able to set up a precise winning plan. I don't think it's all too easy.
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  PawnSac: greetings!

< 5.g4!? >
Apparently a novelty. Leave it to Baadur to leave book early in favor of a walk on the wild side. As can be seen in the resulting game, his greatest strength can also be his greatest weakness.

< 6.Nf3 >
Bxd6 Qxd6 h4 h5 g5 Ne7 Ne2 Nbc6 Nf4 O-O-O Nxg6 with a fairly equal game.

< 7.Bd3 >
a little too quick to trade the LSBs. h4 was still a good chance for an equal game.

< 10.gxh5? >
g5 to keep the H file closed and the pawn formation somewhat intact. Black would have only a slight edge. Now white has double isolated pawns and a handful of weak squares.

< 12.Ne5 >
Stockfish 6 64bit at 34 ply gives 12.Rg5 Rh3 13.Rg3 Rh8 14.f5 Ne7 15.fxe6 Qxe6+ 16.Qe3 Qxe3+ 17.fxe with -0.59 eval for white.

< 12. ..c6 >
0-0-0 was possible here, but black makes a very practical move intended to remove white's counter-play (keeping the Q out of b5). After all, most of white's positional defects are permanent, and are not going away any time soon.

< 13.Na4? >
Ne2 is the more sensible try. Baadur may have thought Ne2 too passive, but reaching for speculative tactics against very solid Dmitry is a worse alternative. White's eval has dropped to -1.99 (@ 38 ply) in just 2 moves.

< 13. ..Qxf4 >
Whoops! White realizes his intended Nxd7 does not work as he hoped because of ..Rxh2! and now if..
14.Qe2 Ke8xd7 Na4-c5+ Kd7-e7 Nc5-d3 Qf4xd4 Rg1-g4 Qd4-f6 O-O-O Ng8-h6 Rg4-a4 Nh6-f5 Kc1-b1 Ke7-f8 Rd1-g1 Qf6-e7 Nd3-e5 Qe7-d6 Ra4-g4 c6-c5 Rg1-e1 Rh2-h6 Rg4-g5 c5-c4 Rg5-h5 c4-c3 Rh5xh6 Nf5xh6 Qe2-b5 b7-b6 b2xc3 Ra8-c8 Qb5-b4 Qd6xb4+ c3xb4 Nh6-f5 Kb1-b2 Kf8-e7 a2-a4 Ke7-f6 c2-c3 g7-g6 Ne5-d3 g6-g5 34/51 -2.57

14.Qd2 Qf4xd2+ Ke1xd2 Ke8xd7 Na4-c5+ Kd7-e7 Kd2-e2 g7-g6 Rg1-h1 Rh2xh1 Ra1xh1 Ng8-f6 Nc5-d3 Ra8-c8 Ke2-e3 b7-b6 Nd3-e5 c6-c5 d4xc5 Rc8xc5 c2-c3 Rc5-c8 f2-f4 Nf6-d7 Ke3-d3 Nd7xe5+ f4xe5 g6-g5 a2-a3 g5-g4 Kd3-e3 Rc8-g8 Ke3-f2 Rg8-g5 Rh1-e1 Rg5-h5 Kf2-g3 Rh5-h3+ Kg3xg4 Rh3-h2 Re1-b1 Rh2-e2 Rb1-h1 Re2xb2 37/54 -1.93

14.Qe3 Qf4xe3+ f2xe3 Ke8xd7 Na4-c5+ Kd7-e7 O-O-O b7-b6 Nc5-d3 Ng8-h6 Nd3-e5 Nh6-f5 Ne5xc6+ Ke7-d6 Nc6-e5 f7-f6 Ne5-g4 Rh2-h3 Kc1-d2 Ra8-h8 Kd2-e2 Rh8-h4 Rg1-g2 Nf5-g3+ Ke2-f3 Ng3-e4+ Kf3-e2 g7-g5 Rd1-g1 f6-f5 Ng4-e5 g5-g4 Ne5-g6 Rh4-h6 Ng6-e5 Rh6-h7 c2-c3 Rh3-h2 Ke2-d3 Rh7-h3 Ne5-g6 Rh3-g3 Ng6-f4 Rg3xg2 Rg1xg2 Rh2-h1 Kd3-e2 Rh1-a1 a2-a3 Ra1-h1 Nf4-g6 g4-g3 34/62 -2.25


< 14.Nf3 > is not much better

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  keypusher: <Sokrates: Good point <Jamboree>. As an amateur I would have played on for a while just to see how black would be able to set up a precise winning plan. I don't think it's all too easy.>

Agree. I showed the position after 40.Rxf7 Nxd4 to SF11. The evaluation started at about -4 and then started shooting upwards. After five minutes SF announced mate in 23, which it eventually worked down to 20. Just before it found the mate the eval was about -150, which I don't think I've ever seen.

I played through a mate-in-21 line -- SF won the pawn more or less immediately, then forced White to give up the exchange here:

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Took about a dozen moves to force White to give up his rook. Note that SF didn't really use the king.

But in the mate in 20 line, it did: 41. Rf8 Kc7 42. f3 Rc2+ 43. Kg3 Kd6 44. Ra8 Nf5+ 45. Kh3 Rf2 46. Ra6+ Ke5 47. Ra4 Nde3 48. f4+ Kd5 49. Ra5+ Ke4 50. Re5+ Kd3 51. Rxf5 Nxf5 52. Kg4 Ke4 53. Kg5 Rxf4 54. Kf6 Kd5 55. Kg5 Ke5 56. Kh5 Ne7 57. Kg5 Ra4 58. Kh6 Kf6 59. Kh5 Ng6 60. Kh6 Rh4#

After 49....Ke4:

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50.Re5+! Kd3! Black can take the pawn and escape the kamikaze rook after 51.Re4+ Kg5 52.Rg4+ Kf6 53.Rg6+ Ke5 54.Re6+ Kd4, but this is quicker: 51.Re8 Rxf4 52.Kh2 Ke2 53.Ra8 Nf1+ 54.Kh3 Rh4+ 55.Kg2 Rg4+ 56.Kh1 N5g3+ 57.Kg2 Ne4+ 58.Kh3 Nf2#.

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White's "best" at move 51 is again giving up the exchange.

Anything that takes SF five minutes to solve is worth trying at the amateur level. I don't think I'd have the nerve if I was a grandmaster playing a grandmaster.

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  fredthebear: 3.Bf4!? is not the Veresov.

The Veresov is 3.Bg5, which can lead to a very different game. It's a hybrid D00 Barry Attack IMHO, which typically features a kingside pawn storm. See GM Mark Hebden's games. Some might say it's a D02 London System 'Jobava-Prič Attack' which features the 3.Bf4 line.

You will also find this White Nc3-Bf4 approach transposing under D00: Queen's pawn, Mason variation (a.k.a. Sarratt Attack, or 'Baadur Attack') which is 2.Bf4. FYI: There's a 60 minute DVD at ChessBase called Henrik Danielsen: "Pressing straight away - The London System with 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4". I have not watched it.

There's plenty of specialist theory taken from master games for a price at Chess Publishing:

* * * *

Or, play 2.c4 and start memorizing 20-25 moves against EACH of the Exchange Slav, Slow Slav, Stonewall set-up, Chebanenko Slav, Geller Gambit, Botvinnik Variation, Main Line Slav Defenses etc. etc. etc. to maintain equality. When you're finished with that, start in on the Semi-Slav Moscow/Anti-Moscow, Smyslov's line, Meran/Anti-Meran, etc. etc. etc. Surely you were not counting on Black playing the QGA Vienna or the QGD Cambridge Springs all the time?

& _ & _ & _ & _

dsarkar kibitzed the remaining notes below to another game on another site in Dec 23, 2009:

It is possible to win with any opening while playing against players who blindly follow the book and do not know the basic principles underlying the opening moves.

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 is a perfectly playable line - only it lacks the advantages that 2.c4 gives. Black faces fewer problems to attain equality.

[The following are taken from Game Explorer]

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 (broadly classified Veresov Attack)

2...Nf6 (mainlline; also possible are 2...f5 Dutch System, <2...Bf5 Alburt Defense,> 2...c5 Irish Gambit, 2...Bg4 Anti-Veresov line)

3.Bg5 (Richter-Veresov Attack) Nbd7 4.Nf3 g6/h6 etc

3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 (Blackmar-Diemar Gambit) (4.Bg5 Bf5)

3.Bf4 Bf5 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 Bg6

3.Nf3 g6/e6/Bf5/c6/c5

3.f3 (Veresov Opening, Richter Attack) Bf5/c5

The above are all fully playable lines.

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