(1) Bacrot,Etienne (2720) - Wang,Yue (2732) [C42]
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament Nanjing/China (9), 29.10.2010
[Romain Edouard]



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 Nxc3
[8...Bf5!? is another fashionable possibility. There follows 9.Qe1 or 9.Re1.]

9.bxc3 Bg4
[9...0-0 10.h3! is just better for White: Black's white-squared bishop is lacking potential and White has some free play on the kingside.]

10.Re1 0-0 11.Bf4 Bh5!?
[11...Bd6 12.Bxd6 Bxf3 (12...cxd6!? 13.Re3! and Black has constant problems, facing both Qe2/Re1 ideas and Rb1-Rb5 ideas. Still, I believe this should also be critical.) 13.Qxf3 (13.Bxc7 Bxd1 14.Bxd8 Bxc2= ) 13...Qxd6 14.Re3! and the last important game in this line was the following: 14...Rae8 15.Rae1 Rxe3 16.Rxe3 g6 17.h4 Nb8 18.h5 Nd7 19.g4 Nf6 20.h6 Kh8 21.Re5 c6 22.c4 Ng8 23.Qe3 dxc4 24.Bxc4 g5 25.Rxg5 Nxh6 26.Qe4 f6 27.Rh5 f5 28.gxf5 Nxf5 29.Be6 Qxd4 30.Rxh7+ 1-0 Leko,P (2751)-Kasimdzhanov,R (2695)/Nalchik RUS 2009]

12.Rb1 Rb8
Better not to weaken anything.

13.Qe2 Bd6 14.Qe3 Qd7!
[14...Bxf4 15.Qxf4 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qd6 This position is similar to the game Leko-Kasimdzhanov mentioned above. Actually, even exactly the same, except with the Rb1 and ...Rb8 moves included! 17.Re3 g6 18.h4 Kg7 19.h5 Rfe8 20.Rbe1 Rxe3 21.Qxe3 a6 22.a4 Qa3 23.Be2 Qd6 24.Bf3 Rd8 25.h6+ Kf8 26.c4 Qf6 27.Qa3+ Qd6 28.Qe3 Qf6 29.Qa3+ Qd6 30.Qc3 Qb4 31.Qxb4+ 1/2-1/2 Sasikiran,K (2677)-Wang,Y (2698)/Vishakapatnam IND 2008]

15.Ng5N
An interesting try, but apparently a draw by force. Sometimes (often?) the opponent knows or finds the best defense, but what can you do? [15.Ne5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Bg6 17.Bxg6 hxg6 18.Rbd1 Qe6 19.Bg5 Rbe8 20.Qd2 Nxe5 21.Bf4 Qf5 22.Bxe5 Rxe5 23.Rxe5 Qxe5 24.Qxd5 Qxc3 25.Qxb7 Qxc2 26.Qb3 Qxb3 27.axb3 Rb8 28.Rd3 Kf8 29.Rc3 Rb7 30.Re3 Rb6 31.Kf1 Re6 32.Rc3 c6 33.Rc4 Ke8 34.Rd4 Re5 35.h4 Ke7 36.g3 Ke6 37.Kg2 Rb5 38.Rd3 a5 39.g4 Rd5 40.Rf3 Rd4 41.Kg3 c5 42.Re3+ Kd7 43.f3 Rb4 44.f4 Kc6 45.h5 gxh5 46.gxh5 Rb7 47.Kg4 Kd5 48.Kf5 Kd4 49.Rg3 f6 50.Kg6 a4 51.bxa4 c4 52.f5 c3 53.Rg1 c2 54.Rc1 Kc3 55.h6 gxh6 56.Kxf6 Kd2 57.Rh1 c1Q 58.Rxc1 Kxc1 59.a5 Ra7 60.Kg6 Rxa5 61.f6 Ra6 0-1 Smeets,J (2651)-Gelfand,B (2750)/FRA 2010]

15...h6 16.Nh3 Bg4!? 17.Qg3 Bxh3 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.Qxh3
[19.gxh3 Rbe8 is just OK for Black.]

19...Qxh3 20.gxh3 Rfd8 21.Rb5 Kf8 22.Reb1
[22.Rxd5 Rbc8 probably makes almost no difference.]

22...b6 23.Rxd5 Rbc8 24.c4 Ke7 25.Re1+ Kf8 26.Rb1 Ke7 27.Re1+ Kf8
White is up a pawn, but we need only glance at the right side of the board (plus doubled c-pawns) to understand that Black enjoys full compensation. 1/2-1/2