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Korbach GM 2012

Here’s a tough endgame win by Czebe,A against Gutman,L from the Korbach GM tournament in Germany.

Gutman,Lev
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Bio Lev Gutman Wikipedia
‘Lev Gutman (born 26 September 1945, Riga) is a Latvian, Israeli, and German chess grandmaster.

Latvian Championships
At the beginning of his career, Gutman tied for 11–12th at Riga 1967 (LAT-ch; Jānis Klovāns won), which was the first of many appearances in the Latvian championship; he tied for 5–7th place in 1969, tied for 4–5th in 1971, won in 1972, tied for 7–8th in 1973, took 3rd in 1974, took 4th in 1975, took 2nd in 1976, tied for 2nd–3rd in 1977, tied for 7–9th in 1978, tied for 4–5th in 1979.

Major Tournament Sucesses

  • 1972 he won, equal with Alvis Vitolinsh and Šmits, the Riga Chess Championship.
  • 1974, he tied for 6–7th in Pärnu.
  • 1975, he tied for 6–8th in Riga.
  • 1976, he tied for 7–9th in Riga.
  • 1977, he tied for 6–7th in Homel.
  • 1978, he tied for 4–7th in Vladivostok.
  • 1978, he won in Haapsalu.
 Gutman emigrated from the Soviet Union to Israel in 1980, later moving to Germany.A former second to Viktor Korchnoi, he is known as an expert on opening theory.
Olympiads
He played for Israel in two Chess Olympiads.
In 1982, at third board in the 25th Chess Olympiad in Lucerne (+4 –4 =2);

In 1984, at third board in the 26th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki (+4 –3 =3).
(more)…’

Gutman had the initial chances but did not capitalize which allowed Czebe to slowly take over. Eventually the game was decided in a RR-RR ending.

Gutman,L (2498) – Czebe,A (2481)
QP g3 vs King’s Indian[A04]
1st Korbach GM Korbach GER (10.1), 15.12.2012

Position 1
The position looks sedate and more or less equal. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

16..Bd5

Position 2
Black seems to be making progress in the RR-RR ending but now the doubled c-pawns are under attack after 37.Ra4. If black is not careful there may be some serious counterplay on the c-file to deal with. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

37.Ra4

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1st Korbach GM 2012

GM Czebe,A won this GM tournament by a clear point with 8/11. Czebe,A travels the world far and wide. Earlier this year he won the Melaka Open in Malaysia.

GM Czebe,A with trophy winning the Melaka Open in 2012
Photo-by Kruttika Nadig and Najib Abdul Wahab  chessbase Melaka Open 2012

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts
1 Czebe,A 2481 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8.0/11
2 Svane,R 2371 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7.0/11
3 Meijers,V 2478 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7.0/11
4 Zwahr,P 2303 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.5/11
5 Pap,M 2521 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.5/11
6 Andersen,Mad 2464 0 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 6.0/11
7 Izso,D 2331 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.5/11
8 Gutman,L 2498 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 1 ½ 1 5.5/11
9 Poetsch,H 2458 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 ½ 0 5.0/11
10 Lampert,J 2288 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 3.0/11
11 Kearns,C 2103 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3.0/11
12 Vuckovic,Alek 2334 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * 3.0/11

Here is a nice endgame featuring strong thematic play.

Vuckovic,Alek (2334) – Czebe,A (2481)

Philidor Ending[B07]
1st Korbach GM Korbach GER (9.6), 14.12.2012

Position 1
The ending is roughly equal. What should black do now? This is about planning and understanding, not tactics.

  • -Advance on the kingside with …g5
  • -Continue development with …Be6
  • -Play for the d4 outpost with …Ne6
  • -Something else

Black to Play

14…a5

Position 2
Black has some pressure on the d-file and a strong bishop but what’s next?

  • -Create a second front on the kingside
  • -Open up lines on the queenside with 30…c4!
  • -Get the king more involved on the queenside with 30…R8d7 then …Kd8-c7-b6 etc
  • -Something else 

Black to Play

30.Kc2