Havel,Krizan - Kok,Kavalek [D04]
Prague , 1990
[GM Lubomir Kavalek/The Huffington Post]

1.d4 d5 2.e3 White is playing the French defense with the white pieces.

2...Nf6 3.Nf3 Bg4
A natural development, pinning the knight.

Away with the pin!

4...Bxf3 5.gxf3
In general, pawns should capture towards the center. In doubling them, president Havel follows some great chess masters. The world champion William Steintz recommended this move after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.gxf3!?, with the idea to attack the center after 5...dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 with 7.f4. Mikhail Tal came up with a similar idea in the Caro-Kann: 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.gxf3 when he won the world championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960. [We expected 5.Qxf3 ]

5...Nc6 6.Nc3
[Developing a piece, but 6.f4 stops the central advance e7-e5.]

[6...e5 is more aggressive.]

7.Qe2 Bb4 8.Bd2
The president smiled after this move, pointing out that he is ready to castle long.

8...0-0 9.0-0-0
During the castling, Vaclav Havel began to place his king to the square b1, something the great Italian romantics would do in the 16th century.

This sharp advance in the center is a hidden trap, luring white into a wrong combination.

10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.f4!
[White discovers the trap and avoids it. After 11.Nxd5? Qxd5 12.Bxb4 Qxa2 13.Bxf8 Qa1+ 14.Kd2 Qxb2 15.Be7 Nd5 black is a rook down, but his knights secure him a marvelous counterplay. White has to watch out. For example white gets mated after 16.Ke1? Qc3+ 17.Rd2 Qa1+ 18.Qd1 (18.Rd1 Qa5+ 19.Rd2 Nc3 wins) 18...Nc3!! 19.Qxa1 Nxf3# ]

11...Ned7 12.Rg1
A rook belongs on an open file.

12...c6 13.a3 Ba5
The bishop can't come back to protect the king and white begins the attack.

Excited by good attacking prospects, Havel moved his pawn as far as the square e5. Krizan pushed it back to e4.

[After 14...Bxc3 15.Bxc3 dxe4 Havel was ready to perform a wonderful combination: 16.Rxg7+!! Kxg7 17.Qg4+ Kh8 18.Rxd7 mating soon.]

[White could have opened the diagonal c1-h6 for his bishop with 15.f5 ]

[Black could have equalized comfortably with 15...Bxd2+!? 16.Nxd2 (16.Rxd2 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Re8 18.Qf3 Re1+ 19.Rd1 Rxd1+ 20.Qxd1 Nf6 ) 16...Qc7= ]

16.Bxa5 Qxa5 17.Qxe4 Nf6 18.Qe7
A double attack: both the knight on f6 and the pawn on b7 are hanging. At this moment both players were completely engulfed in the fight, played quickly and their councelors could only helplessly stare on the board.

"I have to protect this pawn," Bessel said and played quickly before I could change his mind. [18...Qf5 was a playable defense.]

[White was winning immediately with 19.Qxf6+- Krizan saw it, but Havel's hand was too fast.]

19...Qf5 20.Rd4
[Threatening 20.Rg5, but 20.Qe5 was objectively better.]

[Black could have counterattacked with 20...Rbe8! 21.Qxb7 Ne4 ]

"It's hopeless," said Bessel and thinking he must lose the knight offered Havel his resignation. [However, after 21.Rg5 black can minimize his losses with 21...Rbe8! 22.Rxf5 Rxe7 23.Rxc5 white is a pawn up, but black can still fight. ] 1-0