Category Archives: Hungarian TCH 2012-13

TCh-HUN 2012–13 Rd9-GM Papp G(HUN) and GM Ilincic,Z(SRB)

TWIC 964

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2 h5!?(Diagram)

GM Ilincic won a titanic defensive struggle with his pet line 6…h5!? The ..h5 restraining idea is now popular against the English Attack(6.Be3/f3 and g4) but here seems odd and out of place.
6…h5 flies under the radar and is unique to Ilincic.


Here is some background from Youtube on Ilincic.
(Ilincic is on the right.)

Ilincic Giving a Simul

Serbian Grandmaster (1994). 

Champion of Yugoslavia in 1992 (co), 1994 and 2000. National U15 Youth Champion. Won or shared first at Barcelona 1989, Oberwart 1990, Jagodina, Pale and Nis 1993, Belgrade and 1996, Novisad 2002. First Saturday 10/2004 and three more tournaments in Budapest in 2005 and in 2007, Ared Open in 2008, Kecskemet GM 2010, Suboticka GM 2010. 

A member of the Yugoslavian- Serbian team in the Olympiads from 1994 until 2002. Best ELO: 2577 in 1999.

GM Ilincic,Z
Here is the feature game.
Papp,Ga (2571) – Ilincic,Z (2450)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2 h5!?[B92]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Budapest HUN (9), 21.04.2013

Position 1

Black will win the exchange but white has strong light square control and well placed minor pieces. What do you recommend for white now?
Black to Play


TCh-HUN 2012–13 Rd9-GM Berczes,D(HUN)

TWIC 964
GM Berczes pulled of a standard attack using the solid Queen’s Indian.

Amstadt,A (2271) – Berczes,D (2528)
QID 4.e3[E14] By Transposition
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (9), 21.04.2013

Position 1
Black has given up a bishop to tear open the kingside but how should the attack be continued?

Black to Play

Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7-GM Ruck R(HUN)

TWIC 955
GM Ruck played a nice good N vs B middlegame and then ground out a tough R vs. B ending in the Hungarian Team Ch rd7. There were many interesting facets to this game.

Lenic,L (2640) – Ruck,R (2567)
4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 [A28]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (7), 17.02.2013

Position 1
Black has more space and the more active pieces but there is no real target to attack. What do you suggest for black?

  • 27…a6(make a tidying up move first)
  • 27…R8d7(reinforce the 7th rank as preparation for action)
  • 27…Kg8(get the king off the b1-h7 diagonal just in case. There is no need to rush as white has no counterplay)
  • Something else
Black to Play


Position 2
Black has the exchange for a pawn. What should black do now?

Black to Play


Position 3
Black has reached a tough endgame but white’s position has no weaknesses. What should black do now?

  • Shuffle the rook up and down the e-file(following the ‘do not rush’ guideline) 
  • Get the rook to d5 and then activate the king 
  • Something else 

Black to Play


Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7-Szabo K(HUN)

TWIC 955
The French Winawer Poisoned Pawn is a popular line but the attempt to duck massive theory with 11…dc puts black on the wrong end of a sharp line after 12.h4!  Black badly needs a good idea here as white gets big pressure with the simple Rb1/Rg1 formation.

Szabo,Krisz (2541) – Toth,E (2473)
French Winawer 7.Qg4-11..dc [C19]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Paks HUN (7), 17.02.2013

Position 1
Black’s king has been exposed so white is looking for attacking ideas only now.What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7(TWIC 955)-Nagy G

The new Hungarian junior champion played some dynamic attacking chess to beat veteran GM Pinter. The bishop pair and then opposite color bishops played a key role.

Nagy,Ga (2401) – Pinter,J (2547) 
Semi-Slav Marshall Gambit 8.Ne2 Nd7[D31]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (7), 17.02.2013

Position 1

White has the bishop pair but Ng1/Be1 are not particularly active. What do you suggest for white?
  • 27.Bc3(Immediately activating a passive piece and taking control of the weak dark squares, especially e5)
  • 27.Ne2(The knight should go to c3 while Be1-f2 is good for the dark bishop as Rc8 will be tied down)
  • 27.Qg5(The kingside dark squares are vulnerable and begging to be infiltrated)
  • 27.b3(A patient waiting move that secures the queenside. The optimal arrangement will be more apparent when black commits his king)
  • Something else.

White to Play


Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd6

Here is an attacking game from recent(TWIC 952) Hungarian Team Ch rd6 action.

Roganovic,Milo (2518) – Nestorovic,L (2384) 
Najdorf 6.Bg5[B96]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Decs HUN (6), 27.01.2013

Position 1
Black is preparing a queenside counterattack with 19…Rc8. Both sides are now in a race to mate each other’s kings. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd6

Here is a recent(TWIC 952) game from the Hungarian Team Ch.

Black won the bishop pair for a rook and decided the game in a sharp ending.

Nestorovic,N (2430) – Sedlak,N (2538)
French Rubinstein[C11]

TCh-HUN 2012–13 Decs HUN (6), 27.01.2013

Position 1
The bishop pair should dominate the lone rook in the ending. How should black continue?

Black to Play


Here is a recent attacking effort(TWIC 952) from the TCh-HUN.

Horvath,Cs1 (2526) – Konnyu,J (2328)
King’s Indian Averbakh 6…Na6[E73]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Budapest HUN (6), 27.01.2013

Position 1
White is all set up to attack the kingside. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


GM Master Class: GM Nevednichy,V The Knight Pair

Here is an example of knight pair play against BN from the recent Hungarian TCh 2012-13 Rd5.


Nevednichy,V (2554) – Horvath,Zs (2400)
Sicilian 3.Bb5+ [B52]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Paks HUN (5), 02.12.2012

Critical Position 1
The position is slightly better for white at best. The real question is what to do and how to conduct the game. Tactical play is not the focus here. First it is necessary to understand the position and the needs of each side.
What do you propose for white?

  • Play on the queenside-Nc4 is the strongpoint of white’s position and opening lines with a5 makes sense.
  • Play in the center-White has two knights. One is alredy well placed on c4. The other belongs on d5.
  • Something else

 White to Play




Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd5

Here’s an example subtle endgame play from the new Hungarian champion Berkes,F.

White gets nothing appreciable from the opening and offers a queen trade. The ending seems rather harmless but a closer look at the game reveals many subtle points.

Enjoy the game.

Berkes,F (2685) – Kovacevic,A (2549)
Queen’s Indian 7.Bd2 Bf6[E17]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Paks HUN (5), 02.12.2012

Critical Position 1
The queen’s have just been traded off. Now is it safe for black to take the c3 pawn with 22…Bxc3?

Black to Play

Critical Positon 2
White is getting active. The rook is dangerously placed on d7 and Bc3 is attacked. What should black do with the bishop?
-25…Bb4(secures the c-pawn)
-25…Bf6(allows Nxf6 breaking up the kingside and leaves strong bishop vs offside knight)
-Something else
Black to Play
Critical Position 3
White has won a pawn and the technical phase is well underway. What should white do next?
-36.g4 then h4-h5 to fix the kingside pawns on dark squares
-36.h4 then h5 for the same reason
-36.Kf3 bringing in the king for action. The optimal kingside pawn arrangement can be determined later
-Something else
White to Play