Monthly Archives: August 2019

TWIC 1292 Grunfeld

selected games

It is a constant chore to find ideas to play against the Grunfeld so probably just keeping up is quite a task for Grunfelders as well

White did well this week

 

Here is my favorite game

 

Can-Sindarov

Grunfeld Exchange 7.Qa4+

26th Abu Dhabi Masters rd6

 

Position 1

After 20.Bf1(Diagram)

White has a passer but Black has the knight in an ideal blockade position

What do you recommend for Black?

After 20.Bf1

 

Position 2

After 23..Qf5(Diagram)

Black has made some progress on the queenside while White is not making any progress with his blockaded passer

What do you recommend for White?

After 23..Qf5

 

Position 3

After 28..Qf6(Diagram)

Black remains quite focused on maintaining the blockade and has created a couple of passers himself. The plan is push, push and push some more

What do you recommend for White?

After 28..Qf5

TWIC 1292 Hungarians in Action

The latest issue of TWIC is now available

selected games features the Hell International 2019(NOR) where GM Bence,K(HUN) won with 8/10

 

Turova-Korpa,B

Semi-Tarrasch(D41)

Hell International 2019 rd8.2

After 34.Kh2(Diagram)

White is about to push the d-pawn to increase the range of the Bb3 and generate enough counterplay to compensate for the passive Rg1

What do you recommend for Black?

After 34.Kh2

 

 

 

 

Monster of the Day August 7-2019

I did the hanging pawns part of Chapter 1 this morning

 

Monster Planning Vol 1-Exercise 30

The solution did not answer all my questions and I made a change to the evaluation method/format to help myself a bit more when working with the book positions.

 

Vragoteris-Mourelatos

Queen’s Indian 4.e3

Thessaloniki 2017

After 17..Rfd8(Diagram)

 

After 17..Rfd8

The book offers three plans where you pick the best and get points for your selection. The exercise requirements have been modified here

(A) Make a systematic evaluation:
Consideration of the following should allow you to identify
(1)What is your worst piece?
(2)What are your opponent’s weaknesses?
(3)What is your opponent’s immediate threat? This could be a tactical blow or a strategic idea
.
The following can be considered(write N/A if not applicable)
King safety-
Structure(weaknesses)-
Minor piece matchup-
Lines(files/diagonals/ranks)-
Squares-outposts,weak squares, weak color complexes-
Worst piece-
Enemy ideas/threats-
Development differential-
Other-
***
(B)Do you know any classical games that could give you a hint?
***
(C)Preliminary Plan or Candidate moves-Make an intuitive guess
****
(D)List analyze and evaluate a maximum of three plans and make a recommendation.
Plan A:
Plan B:
Plan C:
(ONLY NOW check the Grivas options and the recommended solution)
*****

My Solution: Exercise 30
Make a systematic evaluation:
Consideration of the following should allow you to identify
(1)What is your worst piece?
(2)What are your opponent’s weaknesses?
(3)What is your opponent’s immediate threat? This could be a tactical blow or a strategic idea
.
The following can be considered(write N/A if not applicable)
King safety-Both kings are safeStructure(weaknesses)-the a3-pawn is a counterplay target and the d4-pawn is under attack

Minor piece matchup-N/A The Bb7 seems passive as the Nc6 blocks the a8-h1 diagonal (as well as the c-file for the Rc8)

Lines(files/diagonals/ranks)-Black can use his rooks to press the hanging pawns but this does not seem like a major factor

Squares-outposts,weak squares, weak color complexes-Black has no structural weaknesses. The Qf4 could be vulnerable is some lines but seems to have enough room as ..Qh6 is always possible

Worst piece-There is congestion on the d-file making rook support of the d-pawn poor due to too many intervening pieces being on the file(Bd3/Nd2)

Enemy ideas/threats-Taking the d-pawn:
– ..Na5 to unmask the Bb7 and press c4. There might be ..Bxf3 ideas at some point.
-Another idea might be ..Nb8-d7 and if needed ..Nf8 to reinforce the kingside.
-..b5 sacrificing a pawn to gain the d5-outpost

Development differential-N/A

Other-The Qf4 is well placed, pressing the d-pawn and the kingside(especially Nf3 should Nc6 move to unmask Bb7). If White tries for a kingside attack, the queen can drop back to ..Qh6 to cover the queenside or sit on top of Kg1 with ..Qg4 for possible counterthreats
***
Do you know any classical games that could give you a hint?
There are many games with d4-d5 as a dynamic break but I cannot cite a precise game with ..Qf4
***
Preliminary Plan or Candidate moves-Make an intuitive guess
18.Qe3 slightly improving the queen to challenge the active Qf4. White should not be afraid of endings after ..Qxe3 as the d4 pawn would be reinforced.
***
List analyze and evaluate a maximum of three plans and make a recommendation.
Plan A: 18.Qe3
Plan B: 18.Nf1 intending Ng3 or Ne3 to unblock the d-file
Plan C: 18.d4-d5 seem unlikely to work as ..Qh6 is possible but is concrete and should be checked
If there is enough time 18.a4 to stop ..b5 ideas can be considered but this idea would be better served with a rook on a1

I recommend Plan A but my analysis overall was not so great

 

Release Your Inner Monster

I started to work with Monster Planning Vol1 a few days ago

and soon hopefully Vol2

 

Chapter one Pawn Concepts

Backward Pawns

Exercise 19 features a well known Botvinnik game

 

Botvinnik-Sorokin

Queens Gambit 

Moscow 1931

After 19..e5(Diagram)

First evaluate the position:

Mine was

“King safety-(I forgot to write something but this did not seem to be an issue)
Structure(weaknesses)-none really
Minor piece matchup-N/A
Lines(files/diagonals/ranks)-The d-file is key but White cannot immediately infiltrate
Squares-outposts,weak squares, weak color complexes-The central outpost d5 is key but is adequately defended. Consider a4-a5 to drive off Nb6 but for now this is not possible
Worst piece-N/A but the Qc5 is Black’s best piece
Enemy ideas/threats-nothing serious, only to complete development with ..Bd7-c6 or ..Bg4xNxf3 to relieve the pressure on e5
Activity-White is fully developed and is more active but for now cannot make immediate progress as there are no obvious weaknesses to attack
Development differential-Black is three tempii behind in development
Other-The Qc5 is quite active and controls key queenside dark squares and prevents the desirable a4-a5 space grab which whould drive back the Nb6 and fix the queenside pawns on light squares. The queen also has the uneconomic burden of defending the e5-pawn.”

I forgot to make a conclusion-White should act quickly otherwise Black will catch up in development and likely trade rooks to relieve the pressure

I prefer a more systematic way of evaluating a position before coming up with a plan. I had a mini-checklist in mind but then I forgot to complete my thoughts

Grivas presents his shorter evaluation in simple paragraph form with no clear checklist

After 19..e5

 

Second recommend a plan.

Grivas lets you choose from Plan A,B and C but before peeking, come up with your own plan and justification. The Monster method gives you 50 points for the best plan and less for the others

The solution suggests itself in about 2 seconds as the game is well known and repeated in many books, however, when I checked the game there were some details which I had not considered previously or when I thought of the plan

The Grivas Method covers the Botvinnik-Sorokin game on page 47. Oddly enough, The Grivas Method does not discuss pawn structure much except for Backward Pawns(p13)

 

 

TWIC 1291 Hungarians in Action

The latest issue of TWIC is now available

selected games

 

Puranik-Erdos,V

Two Knights Defence

52nd Biel Master Open Rd9

After 19..Qc7(Diagram)

Black has advanced his kingside pawns with clear aggressive intentions. The knights are hovering over Kg1

What do you recommend for White?

After 19..Qc7

Combo Time!-WGM Papp,P(HUN)

Here is a nice combination

Papp-Ankert

Bundesliga 2017 Rd11

After 21..h5(Diagram)

White has a nice attacking position but the Bb3 is passive and the Be5 is blocking the e-file

What do you recommend for White?

 

After 21..h5

 

WGM Papp,Petra(HUN)

 

WGM Papp,Petra is available for coaching. You can reach her on FB

Budapest Open 2019 Start List

Lots of chess around the corner in Budapest

Open

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  n w-we K rtg+/-
1 1
Kormos Adam HUN 2227 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
2 2
WIM Varga Klara HUN 2146 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
3 3
Berkun Denizcan TUR 2118 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
4 4
AIM Daroczi Donat HUN 2071 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
5 5
Kovacs Istvan HUN 2071 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
6 6
FM Koczo Kristof HUN 2069 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
7 7
IM Eperjesi Laszlo Dr. HUN 2058 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
8 8
Forgacs Attila Jr. HUN 2054 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
9 9
Botlik Bela HUN 2051 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
10 10
Cino Giuseppe Adalberto ITA 2023 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
11 11
Musso Andrea ITA 2022 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
12 12
Heyl Thomas GER 1972 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
13 13
Zoldy Robert HUN 1965 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
14 14
Tricoli Marco ITA 1961 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
15 15
Mylonas Konstantinos GRE 1958 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
16 16
Yip Michael CAN 1945 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
17 17
Csajbok Levente Tamas HUN 1940 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
18 18
Bernula Istvan HUN 1899 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
19 19
Szabo A. Martin HUN 1866 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
20 20
Gyenes Mate HUN 1861 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
21 21
Monduk Ferenc HUN 1857 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
22 22
Karacsonyi Kata HUN 1854 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
23 23
Sulyok Eszter HUN 1854 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
24 24
Gagliardotto Paolo ITA 1850 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
25 25
AIM Szalay-Ocsak Bank HUN 1812 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
26 26
Foldes Marton Gabor HUN 1803 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
27 27
Bartok David Dominik HUN 1800 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
28 28
Lorito Francesco ITA 1791 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
29 29
Berenyi Lajos HUN 1767 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
30 30
Crisa Daniele ITA 1765 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
31 31
Szabo Marton Nandor HUN 1690 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0
32 32
Urban Peter Dr. HUN 1644 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 20 0,0
33 33
Matyassy Lazar HUN 1608 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 0,00 40 0,0

 

U1700-Starting rank

No. Name FideID FED Rtg
1
Miosi Francesco 2835075 ITA 1649
2
Revesz Ferenc 745995 HUN 1648
3
Karacsonyi Bank 795488 HUN 1590
4
Geczi-Zajzon Kristof 779369 HUN 1571
5
Bakytbekov Tilek 13809598 KGZ 1544
6
Karacsonyi Luca 781894 HUN 1529
7
La Barbera Manfredi 2867740 ITA 1526
8
Peterfia Ferenc 787833 HUN 1519
9
ACM Megyeri Martin 799637 HUN 1483
10
Ciccia Giuseppemattia 2887881 ITA 1462
11
Monduk Laszlo 775509 HUN 1425
12
Erdos Tamas 17004802 HUN 1369
13
La Barbera Marcello 2867139 ITA 1302
14
Szabo Tamas 17003652 HUN 1259
15
Stipta Roza Rebeka 17000580 HUN 1199
16
Mankenov Ali 13741454 KAZ 1034
17
Mankenov Aidar 13749455 KAZ 0
18
Romano Giovanni 28504992 ITA 0

 

GM-Starting rank list of players

No. Name FideID FED Rtg
1
GM Aczel Gergely 727709 HUN 2538
2
GM Horvath Adam 708003 HUN 2517
3
IM Kozak Adam 753246 HUN 2495
4
IM Csonka Balazs 742910 HUN 2472
5
IM Horvath Dominik 1642561 AUT 2425
6
FM Secheres Adrian-Simion 1217445 ROU 2394
7
IM Akshat Khamparia 5016541 IND 2393
8
GM Farago Ivan 700134 HUN 2350
9
FM Audi Ameya 25034430 IND 2341
10
Polyik Peter 758817 HUN 2328

 

IM Start List

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2  n w-we K rtg+/-
1 1
FM Persanyi Barnabas HUN 2399 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 10 0,0
2 2
FM Maerevoet Sim BEL 2321 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 20 0,0
3 3
WIM Luong Phuong Hanh VIE 2313 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 20 0,0
4 4
IM Martic Zlatko CRO 2284 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 10 0,0
5 5
WIM Havanecz Bianka HUN 2281 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 20 0,0
6 6
IM Nemeth Zoltan HUN 2275 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 10 0,0
7 7
FM Hamblok Roel BEL 2261 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 20 0,0
8 8
FM Urhegyi Marton HUN 2256 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 20 0,0
9 9
IM Farago Sandor HUN 2211 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 10 0,0
10 10
WIM Juhasz Barbara HUN 2157 0,0 0,0 0,00 0 0,00 20 0,0

European Union Youth Championship U14 2019 Rd4

Round 4

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 1 Kan Efim 1892 1 – 0 3 Raats Joppe 1806 4
2 7 Hofstadler Mario 1718 ½ – ½ Tschopp Olivier 1784 5
3 12 Vestfal Jan 1632 2 1 – 0 2 Vucenovic Damian 1846 2
4 3 Rejniak Zuzanna 1808 2 1 – 0 2 Ullrich Karol 1306 22
5 15 Leitner Thomas 1552 2 1 – 0 2 Winkin Jos 1689 8
6 9 Hersel Richard 1684 ½ – ½ 2 Nazarov Vladislav 1494 16
7 10 Voriskova Anna 1675 1 – 0 Gemelli Romain 1768 6
8 13 Bodo Boglarka 1623 1 ½ – ½ Gamsa Clemens 1640 11
9 17 Vanderstappen Louise 1467 1 0 – 1 1 Lesien Tymoteusz 1169 23
10 19 Smirnova Jekaterina 1372 1 1 – 0 1 Lappi Aurora 1118 24
11 25 Mancosu Aliseo 0 1 ½ – ½ 1 Chockalingam Krithik 1368 20
12 21 Religa Marek 1319 ½ 0 – 1 ½ Burdot Louis 1571 14
13 26 Todorov Emil Tod. 0 0 0 – 1 ½ Velasco Kathleen 1428 18

Rank after Round 4

Rk. SNo Name sex FED RtgI Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  Rp K rtg+/-
1 1 Kan Efim BUL 1892 3,5 10,0 5,5 8,50 2045 40 23,2
2 5 Tschopp Olivier SUI 1784 3,0 11,0 6,0 7,75 1861 40 18,8
3 4 Raats Joppe BEL 1806 3,0 9,0 4,5 5,50 1827 40 7,6
4 3 Rejniak Zuzanna w POL 1808 3,0 8,5 4,0 6,50 1725 40 -6,4
5 7 Hofstadler Mario AUT 1718 3,0 8,5 4,0 6,00 1718 40 6,8
6 15 Leitner Thomas AUT 1552 3,0 8,5 4,0 5,50 1970 40 84,8
7 12 Vestfal Jan CZE 1632 3,0 7,5 3,5 4,50 1817 40 30,0
8 10 Voriskova Anna w CZE 1675 2,5 9,0 4,0 4,50 1629 40 3,6
9 16 Nazarov Vladislav EST 1494 2,5 7,5 3,5 3,50 1653 40 34,8
10 22 Ullrich Karol POL 1306 2,0 10,5 5,5 4,75 1721 40 66,0
11 8 Winkin Jos LUX 1689 2,0 8,5 5,0 3,75 1513 40 -31,6
12 11 Gamsa Clemens SUI 1640 2,0 8,5 4,5 3,25 1567 40 -4,4
13 2 Vucenovic Damian CRO 1846 2,0 8,0 4,5 2,00 1476 40 -61,6
14 9 Hersel Richard AUT 1684 2,0 7,5 3,5 3,50 1435 40 -47,2
15 23 Lesien Tymoteusz POL 1169 2,0 6,5 3,0 2,50 1535 40 60,4
16 19 Smirnova Jekaterina w EST 1372 2,0 6,0 3,0 2,50 1486 40 18,8
17 20 Chockalingam Krithik SUI 1368 1,5 8,5 4,0 2,75 1457 40 10,8
18 6 Gemelli Romain SUI 1768 1,5 8,0 4,5 1,50 1393 40 -70,0
19 14 Burdot Louis LUX 1571 1,5 8,0 4,0 1,50 1429 40 -28,4
20 25 Mancosu Aliseo IRL 0 1,5 8,0 3,5 2,25 1482
21 13 Bodo Boglarka w HUN 1623 1,5 7,5 4,5 1,00 1498 40 -36,4
22 18 Velasco Kathleen w NED 1428 1,5 6,5 3,5 1,00 1351 40 -17,2
23 17 Vanderstappen Louise w BEL 1467 1,0 8,0 5,0 0,00 1309 40 -50,0
24 24 Lappi Aurora w FIN 1118 1,0 6,5 4,0 0,00 1284 40 -14,4
25 21 Religa Marek SWE 1319 0,5 7,0 3,5 1,00 1397 40 2,0
26 26 Todorov Emil Tod. BUL 0 0,0 5,0 2,5 0,00 609

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Sicilian Taimanov 7.Qf3

The Sicilian Taimanov(Pavlidis,Quality Chess 2019)

A very nice book in the never ending series of must have books from Quality Chess

 

Time to get busy

 

Chapter 22 7.Qf3 Queen Lift/Transfer Line

7.Qf3 ch22 after 18..Nf4(Diagram)

White has three main choices

I took a quick look at the end positions. All I can safely conclude is that this a too much for a normal person to check, keep up with and remember. I will stick with the Caro-Kann for now, unless someone advises me otherwise.

After 18..Nf4

 

After 37..Kb7(Diagram)

This is the end position of one of the three main lines

Black is a pawn up but the b-pawn will fall soon.

After 37..Kb7