Category Archives: Grunfeld

GM Hansen,E(CAN) Rd9 UNAM Open 2012 MEX

Hansen,E earned the GM title earlier this year with a double GM norm at the Olympiad and is a rising star in Canadian chess. He qualified for the World Cup in Mar del Plata in a dramatic playoff and is now on the way to the Panama Open II.

GM Hansen,E(CAN) on the right at Mar del Plata 2012
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Here is the Rd9 clutch win by GM Hansen,Eric which put him up to 7/9.

Otero Acosta,D (2443) – Hansen,Eric (2539)
Grunfeld Exchange[D85]
2nd UNAM Open Section I 2012 Mexico City MEX (9.6), 25.11.2012
White played enterprising chess and gambited his e-pawn early for compensation. Eventually black consolidated.

Critical Position
White has just played 34.fg. Things look bleak for white. How should black close out the game?

Black to Play

Hungarian Ch 2012-11(In Progress)

Here is a game from the Hungarian Ch between the established player Berkes,F(2693) and fast-rising star Erdos,V(2640) .

Berkes,F
Berkes,F Bio Echesspedia
Hungarian Grandmaster (2002). World U20 vice champion 2005. Hungarian Champion in 2004, 2007 and 2010. World U18 Champion in 2002. Hungarian U12 and U14 Champion. He won or shared first at Szekszard open 2002, Oberwart 2003, Zalaegerszeg 2004, Subasic Memorial (BIH) 2006. Also he came second in Parks Marx Memorial (HUN) 2004 and 2011 and at Lake Sevan (ARM) in 2009. Berkes is a regular member of the national team since 2000 and he was awarded the bronze for the third best performance at the fifth board at the 2008 Olympiad.
Berkes,F (2693) – Erdos,V (2640)

Grunfeld g3[D78]
62nd ch-HUN 2012 Heviz HUN (1.2), 22.11.2012
The opening seemed harmless with the queen coming off early in the game. The game features a fabulous RR-RR;R-R ending showcasing the method of converting an extra pawn.

Critical Position
White has an extra pawn but black has active rooks as compensation. How should white proceed?

White to Play

Critical Position
Now the R-R phase is well underway. The e-pawn is under attack. How should white react?
-A passive rook retreat Rc4. Follow with bringing the king to the kingside to support a kingside pawn advance.
-Re5 and offer a winning pawn ending
-e5 crippling the kingside pawns
-Activate the rook with Ra5
-Something else

White to Play

Amator Cup Rd5(More)

Here is another game from Rd5.  The winner was the dangerous veteran Zilahi,Gabor who I will face in Rd7. Zilahi is tied for 2nd with me now with 4/6.

Zilahi,G(r)
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Here is an example of his aggressive positional style.

Zilahi,G (1999) – Nagy,L (1958)
Grunfeld g3[D78]
Amator Cup (5), 20.11.2012
Black tried for active kingside play but white forced the queens off leaving black with nothing to show for the loosening kingside advances.

Critical Position
Black is suffering in the ending. What is the most precise path for white?

White to Play

Kozak,A(HUN 2036) WYCC 2012 Preview

Here is some background on Kozak,Adam, one of many promising young Hungarian juniors on the rise. Kozak has been getting valuable experience from many sources.

Kozak, Adam
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FSFMA May 2012
Kozak did well in the summer at First Saturday.

                                               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
1 Koczo,K           2126 +115 * 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1           7.5/10
2 Juracsik,J           2134 +63 1 * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1          7.0/10
3 Farkas,R           2112 +47 0 1 * 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1           6.5/10 28.00
4 Kis,B1                2051 +115 1 ½ 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1          6.5/10 27.50
5 Kozak,Adam      2001 +132 0 0 1 1 * 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½        6.0/10
6 Darazs,Z           2136 -86 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½      5.0/10
7 Borda,L           2115 -97 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ 0 1           4.5/10
8 Jamalia,N           1932 +103 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 ½      4.5/10
9 Bodrogi,L           2012 -57 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1           3.5/10
10 Nazarenus,O      2073 -207 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * 1           2.5/10
11 Havaskori,L      1944 -176 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 *           1.5/10  

Here is a game showcasing Kozak’s strong endgame skills and deep preparation.

Kozak,Adam (2001) – Darazs,Z (2136)
Grunfeld Exchange 7.Be3[D85]
FSFMA May 2012 Budapest HUN (8), 12.05.2012
Black tried an interesting defensive novelty but followed it up in accurated to wind up in a passive postion.
All of white’s pieces are more active than their counterparts and the queenside majority comes to nothing in this model ending.

Black to play