The Great ChessBase Simul Hunt (3)

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10/5/2008 – The third instalment in our series the Great ChessBase Simul Hunt has games played by Ftácnik, Andersson and Polugayevsky against readers in the United States, Sweden and Switzerland. The German master Karsten Müller provides annotations to the games, all of which were played in the early 1990s. Replay and enjoy the games.

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Three more readers' games annotated by Karsten Müller

7) Game submitted by James Blackwood (Tucson, AZ, USA)

Lubomír Ftáčnik – James Blackwood
Spokane, 21 September 1991
Queen’s Gambit Declined

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.dxc5 d4 10.Na4 Bf5 11.Bd2 Ne4 12.Rc1 Re8. 12...Bf6 is the main line. 13.b4 Bf6 14.b5 Ne7

15.Nb2? This regrouping is too slow. 15.Bb4 was called for, as in A. Sznapik-J.Nunn, Mexico City,1977. 15...Nd5 16.Re1. 16.Na4 a6 17.b6 Bd7-/+. 16...Nec3 17.Bxc3 Nxc3 18.Qd2 Rc8 19.c6? 19.Nd3 was better. For example, 19...Nxb5 20.Nf4 Nc3 21.Nh5 Be5 22.Nxe5 Rxe5 23.Bxb7 Rcxc5 24.Bf3. 19...bxc6 20.bxc6 Rxc6 21.Nh4? Missing the following combination, but good advice was already hard to give.

21...Nxe2+ 22.Rxe2 Rxe2 23.Qxe2 Rxc1+ 24.Bf1 Bxh4 25.gxh4 Bh3 0-1. [Click to replay]

8) Game submitted by Tony Hedlund (Luleå, Sweden)

Mr Hedlund reports that the game was played in the local chess club of Andersson’s home town, and that the master scored +30 –0 =3.

Ulf Andersson – Tony Hedlund
Arboga, 17 December 1992
French Defence

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 Bd7 8.a4 Nbc6 9.Bd3 Qc7 10.0-0 0-0?

10...c4 and 10...f6 are the main lines. 11.Bxh7+! The classic Greek Gift sacrifice. 11...Kh8? 11...Kxh7 was more tenacious. For example, 12.Ng5+ Kg6! (12...Kg8? 13.Qh5 Rfc8 14.Qh7+ Kf8 15.Qh8+ Ng8 16.Nh7+ Ke7 17.Bg5+ f6 18.Qxg7++-) 13.h4 (13.Qg4 f6 14.Nxe6+ (14.Ne4+?! Kf7 15.Bh6 Nf5 16.Nd6+ Qxd6 17.exd6 Nxh6) 14...Kf7 15.Qxg7+ Kxe6 16.exf6 Nf5 17.Re1+ Qe5 18.Qxd7+ Kxd7 19.dxe5 Rae8) 13...Qa5 14.h5+ Kh6 15.Qd3 Nf5 16.dxc5 Qa6. 12.Bd3?! 12.Ng5 and it is all over: 12...g6 (12...f6 13.Qh5+-) 13.Qf3 Nf5 14.Bxg6+-. 12...c4

13.Be2? Continuing the attack with 13.Ng5 was stronger, e.g. 13...Ng8 (13...g6 14.Qf3 Kg7 15.Qf6+ Kg8 16.Be2 Qa5 17.Bg4 Qxc3? 18.Ra3+-) 14.Nxf7+ Rxf7 15.Qh5+ Nh6 16.Bxh6 cxd3 17.Qxf7 gxh6 18.Qg6 dxc2 19.Qxh6+ Kg8 20.f4+-. 13...Nf5 14.Re1 f6 15.Bf4 Rf7 16.g4 Nh6? 16...Nfe7 was called for. 17.h3. Andersson automatically protects the attacked g-pawn. He misses a strong zwischenzug 17.Qd2! Qd8 (17...Nxg4 18.exf6 Qd8 19.Ng5+-) 18.Bxh6 gxh6 19.Qxh6+ Kg8 20.exf6 Qxf6 21.Qxf6 Rxf6 22.Kg2+-. 17...Raf8 18.Bg3! Andersson plays it safe. There is no need to go in for complications with 18.Nh4 fxe5 19.Ng6+ Kg8 20.Nxf8? Rxf4. 18...Qd8?! 18...fxe5 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Bxe5 Qd8 gives Black more counter-play. 19.exf6 gxf6 20.Qd2 Rh7 21.Kg2 Qe7 22.Bf1 Qg7 23.a5 Ng8. 23...Nxg4? is refuted by 24.hxg4 Qxg4 25.Nh2+-. 24.Kg1 Re8 25.Bg2 Nh6 26.Re2 Nf7 27.a6 b6 28.Rae1 Ne7?

28...Nfd8 prevents the immediate invasion but, of course, is hardly sufficient to rescue Black in the long run. 29.Rxe6! The first exchange sacrifice opens the gates. 29...Bxe6 30.Rxe6 Kg8 31.Nh4 [31.Qf4!?] 31...Nd8. 31...Ng5 32.Nf5 Qg6 33.Rxe7 Rhxe7 34.Bxd5+ Kh7 35.Nxe7 Rxe7 36.Kg2 Ne4 37.Qe2+-. 32.Re2 Kf8?

32...Qf7 was more tenacious, but White should win in the long run. For instance, 33.Qf4 Ndc6 34.Nf5 Nxf5 35.Rxe8+ Qxe8 36.Qxf5 Kg7 37.Qxd5. 33.Rxe7! The second exchange sacrifice destroys Black's defences. 33...Rxe7 34.Nf5 Qg8 35.Bd6 Ke8 36.Bxe7 Andersson cashes in, and the rest is just a matter of technique: 36...Rxe7 37.Nxe7 Kxe7 38.Qf4. 38.Qe3+ Kf8 39.Qf3 was slightly more precise. 38...Ne6 39.Qf5 Nc7 40.h4 Qe6 41.Qh7+ Kd6 42.Qg7 Qe1+ 43.Bf1 Qe7 44.Qh6 Ne6 45.Bg2 Qf7 46.f4 Nf8 47.f5 Nd7 48.Qf4+ Kc6 49.g5 fxg5 50.hxg5 Nf8 51.Qe5 Qg8 52.Qf6+ Kc7 53.Qe7+ Nd7 54.g6 Kc6 55.g7 1-0. [Click to replay]

Ulf Andersson

9) Game submitted by Hassan Roger Sadeghi (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Lev Polugayevsky – Hassan Roger Sadeghi
Bussigny, 23 April 1993
Catalan Opening

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.Qc2 c6 9.b3 Ne4 10.Nc3 f5

11.Nxe4?! This loses valuable time and gives Black too many options in the centre. 11.Rad1 is the main line, e.g. 11...Nxd2 12.Rxd2 Nf6 13.Ne5 Bd6 14.f4 g5 15.e3 g4 16.c5 Bc7 17.b4 Bd7 18.a4 Qe7 19.Rb1 Rab8 20.Qc1 Rfc8 21.Bf1 Be8 22.Rdb2 b6 23.Ba6 Rd8 24.Rc2 bxc5 25.bxc5 Kf8 26.Rcb2 Rxb2 27.Rxb2 Rb8 28.Rxb8 Bxb8 29.Bc8 Bxe5 30.fxe5 Ne4 31.Nxe4 fxe4 32.Qf1+ Kg7 33.Qf4 h5 34.Kg2 Bg6 35.Qf6+ Qxf6 36.exf6+ Kxf6 37.Bd7 e5 38.Bxc6 exd4 39.exd4 e3 40.Kf1 Be4 41.Ke2 a5 42.Kxe3 Bc2 43.Kf4 Bb3 44.Be8 Bc2 45.Bd7 Bb3 46.Bc6 J. Smejkal-G. Dizdar, Trenčianske Teplice, 1985. 11...fxe4 12.Ne1 e5 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.Bc3 Qb6?! There was no need to sacrifice the e5 pawn. After 14...Bf6 Black stands well. 15.e3?! This is too passive. 15.dxe5 was required. For example, 15...Nb8 16.Qd2 Be6 17.Nc2 Nc6 18.Nd4. 15...Bf6 16.Rd1 exd4 17.Bxd4 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Nf6 19.Qd2 Bf5 20.Nc2 a5 21.h3 Rac8 22.Rd1 Qe6 23.Kh2. 23.g4?! is risky in view of 23...Bxg4 24.hxg4 Nxg4 25.Rxd5 Qh6 26.Nd4 Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Nxf2 28.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 29.Kxf2 Rf8+ 30.Rf5 Qh4+ 31.Kg1 Rxf5 32.Nxf5 Qg5 33.Nd6 Qxe3+. 23...Qf7 24.Qe2

24...Bg4!? The start of an attractive combination. 25.hxg4 Rxc2 26.Qxc2? Polugayevsky underestimates Black's attack. 26.R4d2 was necessary. 26...Nxg4+ 27.Kg1 Qh5

28.Qe2? 28.Rxe4! was the last chance to fight: 28...dxe4 29.Qc4+ Kh8 30.Qe2 Qh2+ 31.Kf1 Nxf2 (31...Qxg3? can now be met by 32.Rd8! Nh2+ 33.Kg1 Nf3+=; 31...Nf6!?) 32.Qxf2 Kg8 33.Qxf8+ Kxf8 34.Kf2 Qh5 35.Rd8+ Ke7 36.Rd4. 28...Qh2+ 29.Kf1 Qxg3 and White resigned owing to 30.R1d2 Nxe3+ 31.Qxe3. 31.Ke1 Nxg2+ 32.Kd1 Qc3 33.Rxd5 Qa1+ 34.Kc2 Rc8+ 35.Qc4 Ne1#. 31...Qxe3-+ 0-1. [Click to replay]

From page 141 of
A Picture History of Chess by Fred Wilson,
inscribed by Lev Polugayevsky (from the Edward Winter Collection).


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