Category Archives: Hungarian TCH 2012-13

Hungarian TCh 2012-13 GM Ruck,R Ending

Here is a game featuring strong endgame technique from a harmless Caro-Kann queenless game.

Hungarian Grandmaster (2001).
Hungarian Champion in 2002.

World vice champion U18 in 1994.
Best results:
  • Zagreb 1997, 1st;
  • European U16 1992 and U18 1994, 2nd-4th;
  • Oberwart Open 2000, 2nd
  • Hotel Irotkko GM 2000, 1st;
  • Kladovo 2001, 1st;
  • Hungarian Championship 2003, 2nd-3rd;
  • Bad Wörishofen 2004, 3rd;
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan Open 2011, 2nd-7th.

A participant in the 2004 and 2006 Olympiads.’


GM Ruck,R

Kovacevic,A (2549) – Ruck,R (2567)
Caro-Kann 6.Nh3[B18]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Mako HUN (4), 18.11.
The game went to queenless play quite early and then black managed to get BN for R with a small combination.

Critical Position
Black must continue the technical phase with purposeful play. White is saddled with an isolated e-pawn but for the moment Ke2 keeps it secure. What should black do?

Black to Play

The Zukertort System-An Anti-Sambuev Defence

Here is an important game from Hungarian Team Ch 2012-13. The opening is the Zukertort System, one of the pet lines of Canadian Champion GM Bator Sambuev.

GM Bator Sambuev at the 2009 PWC Toronto Open Chess Championship

The Opening Sequence
The following white formation should look quite familiar to anyone to has had black against Sambuev.
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 d5 4.Bd3 c5 5.b3 Nc6 6.0–0 Bd6 7.Bb2 0–0 8.Nbd2 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7

White has the simple plan of f4 and then the kinside attack begins with Qf3-h3 for example. So how should black defend? The Balogh game shows a nice defensive method and the key ideas.

Kosic,D (2517) – Balogh,C (2668) [D05]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (1), 16.09.2012

Critical Position 1
Black has initiated a nice defensive method against the Zukertort with ..Ne7 intending …Ng6. What should black play now though?

Black to Play

Critical Position 2
Black has played 13..Nxc5 challenging the key Bd3 attacking piece. But there is a catch-White has 14.Bxh7+. What do you make of the sacrifice? Is it sound or just a big bluff? The evaluation here is critical to black’s defensive method.

White to Play

Critical Position 3
White is really going after the king. Evaluate 20.g4. Does it work or not?

White to Play

Hungarian TCH 2012-13

Here is a strong game from GM Berkes against veteran GM Farago,Ivan from the Hungarian TCh. The game features the strong technical endgame play of Berkes an his slow positional building style.

GM Farago,Ivan at the Arco World Senior Ch
Photo Chessbase

Berkes,F (2685) – Farago,I (2486)
King’s Indian Attack vs Slav Triangle with …Bg4[A07]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Dunaharaszti HUN (4), 18.11.2012
This is an unspectacular game which on the surface contains nothing really remarkable. The game can be broken down into the following stages.

–12.Nxg6 fg creates a structural imbalance and gains the bishop pair for long-term chances

After 12…fg

-A general advance on the queenside
-The ending with 30..Qxb2? gave white all the chances
-Gaining the a-file,  the 7th rank and maintaining a rook on a7(32.Rba2)

After 32.Rba2

-33.Rxa8 eventually won a pawn and began the technical P+ phase conversion phase

The key endgame plan
-The play only on the kingside stage is of key importance. The key to breaking black’s position is to play 74.e5! to cut off the dark bishop from the g7 pawn and then play on the light square to infiltrate the kingside.

White to Play
Black has just played 73..Bb2

-76…gh? 77.Nxh4 is the straw that breaks black’s position. From here on white has the simple plan of pushing pawns and infiltrating on the light squares on which black is effectively fighting a piece down as the bishop lives in the wrong color universe

After 77.Nxh4