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EICC 2013 Rd8-GM Berkes(HUN)

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The 62nd Hungarian Ch(Hungarian language).

TWIC 966
GM Berkes gains the bishop pair and an extra P and converts with no problems.

Berkes,F (2688) – Svetushkin,D (2588)

Nimzo-Indian 4.e3 0–0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 b6 7.0–0 Bb7 8.Na4 [E47]
14th Euro Indiv 2013 Legnica POL (8.26), 13.05.2013

Position 1
White has a clear extra pawn and the bishop pair. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


17th Neckar Open Deizisau Rd3-GM Rapport,R(HUN)

TWIC 960
GM Rapport won the 17th Neckar Open on tiebreaks. Here is a nice win from round 3 in a Nge2 Nimzo-indian where Rapport had great coordination with the NN pair working with the queen.

Rapport,R (2646) – Fedorovsky,M (2392)
Nimzo-Indian 5.Nge2[E46]
17th Neckar Open Deizisau GER (3.4), 29.03.2013

Position 1
Material is even but white is pressing hard in a QNN-QNN position. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play


Kobanya Open 2012-12 Rd4

I started the tournament in a hole with a first round loss and scored only 2.5/3 today. Kiss, Peter is having a good tournament. I think he has 3.5/4 now. Several juniors are having good tournaments. I’ll post the full standings when the become available.

64 players are taking part with the usual enthusiasm. This tournament I’m not having much sucess against the usual wall of juniors that usually participate.

The tournament hall
Round 3
Photos by Mr Bolgar(Thank you!)

In round 2 I had this position and found the nice mate.

White to play


Here is my round 4 game, which was my best effort of the day.

Yip,M (2075) – Csermely,Z (1642)
Nimzo-Indian 4.e3 d5[E52]

Kobanya Open (4), 15.12.2012

Position 1
Black has prodded the nice pawn front with 28..b5. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


Position 2
The attack is winding down. The kingside has been openned up with a pawn sacrifice but black suffers from playing without his queenside pieces.
What do you propose for white?(more than one answer is possible).

White to Play


Budapest TCh 2012 Rd 5 RAC I

RAC 6.5-Penzugyor SE III 5.5
This was the last game to finish and our team pulled out a victory. FM Mark Lyell played his first game for our team but I was a bit too busy to notice what was happening in the other games.

Overall Results
I. osztály, Lilienthal csoport

Tabáni Spartacus – Újpesti KSE 7:5
Barcza GSC I – Sárkány DSE II 5:7
HASE – Fabulon 6:6
RAC I – Pénzügyőr SE III 6,5:5,5
BEAC III – Vasas SC II 8:4

II. osztály, Bilek csoport
Pestszentlőrinc – Törekvés 7:5
Siketek SC – Rákosliget 9,5:2,5
Barcza GSC II – Sárkány DSE III 6,5:5,5
MLTC III – Csepeli TK 8,5:3,5
Sirály I – A. Láng MKKE 5,5:6,5

A Sirály I csapata idénybeli 3. kontumálásáért 2 büntetőpontot kap.

III. osztály, Szén csoport
Kőbánya SC II – Sirály II 11,5:0,5
ATTE-ARIS – Pestszentimre 6:6
Barcza GSC III – Sárkány DSE IV 9:3
RAC II – SENSE II 8,5:2,5
BEAC V – HÜSI SC III 11,5:0,5
MLTC IV szabad

This was my game from this morning. There was plenty of exitement as I was in clear danger at one point but this was not apparent to me during the game. Both players made mistakes and in the end I trimphed in a sharp RR-RB ending where my work on endings justified itself in a very circular way.

Yip,M (2085) – Donischite,L (2022)
Nimzo-Indian 4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2[E44]
BTCh Div I, 09.12.2012

I continue to play 4.e3 as a new addition to my repertoire and still show not more than a rudimentary grasp of the ideas.

Position 1
White has just offered an ending. What should black do?
-Retreat the queen
-Trade queens
-Something else

Black to Play


Position 2
After 45..Rxg3, play is sharp and black has some counterplay. How should white continue?
-46.Rd7 wins a tempo and the h-pawn
-46.Rd6 attacks the b-pawn
-46.Rc4 to win the c-pawn
-46.Rd3 offering to trade rooks and then win the R-B ending
-Somthing else

White to Play

Position 3
Black is attacking the b-pawn. What do you propose for white?
-54.Rd7(The rooks are about to mate)
-54-Rb8+(let the passed pawn win)
-Something else
White to Play

Tashkent FIDE GP 2012

Leko scored 5.5/11 for a solid result.

‘… the Italian(Caruana-right) was never close to a win against Peter Leko(l).

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Rank Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2775 RUS 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
2 GM Wang Hao 2737 CHN ½ ½ * 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
3 GM Morozevich Alexander 2748 RUS * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 ITA 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764 AZE ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6
6 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696 UZB ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6
7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2741 UKR 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
8 GM Svidler Peter 2747 RUS ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½
9 GM Leko Peter 2732 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1
10 GM Gelfand Boris 2751 ISR ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0
11 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 CUB 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 4
12 GM Kamsky Gata 2762 USA 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 *

Here is Leko’s only win.

Kamsky,G (2762) – Leko,P (2732)
Nimzo-Indian 8…Nbd7 9.Bd2[E55]
FIDE GP Tashkent Tashkent UZB (8.4), 30.11.2012
White played the harmless 9.Bd2 and got nothing in the opening.

Position 1
Now later, black has just recaptured with 22…Nxd5 and an endgame has begun. How do you assess the position?
-Dead even. The IQP is not a factor due the white’s active pieces
-Slightly better for black due to the IQP
-Unclear, it’s too soon to tell as the Nc6 gives white a chance to make murky play.


Position 2
26.a3 has just been played. The RRB-RRN ending looks complex but really it is not. Black has the better structure and more  useful minor piece. How should black proceed?
-Build slowly with …f6/..e5
-Play the little hidden tactical blow
-Somthing else

Black to Play


Verifying Schandorff-Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences

Schandorff proposes 4.e3 against the Nimzo-Indian with 5.Nge2 in Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences(Qualith Chess 2012).

His key games are,

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Game Line Tournament Year
1 4…Nc6 Botvnnik Taimanov Moscow(4) 1952
2 4…c5 Botvnnik Smyslov Moscow(5) 1952
3 4…0-0 Botvnnik Keres Hague/Moscow 1948
4 4…b6 Aronian Istratescu Antalya 2004
5 4…b6 Ugge Hall Corr 2003
6 4…c5 Popov,S Savic Mataruska Banja 2007
7 4…c5 Najer Mitenkov Moscow 1996
8 4…c5 Sasvari Kunzelmann Corr 2005
9 4…0-0 Iljushin Murzin Togliatti 2001
10 4…0-0 Ivanisevic Gyimesi Bihac 2010
11 4…0-0 Ponomariov Kramnik Wijk aan Zee 2003
12 4…0-0 Astroem Yarshenko Corr 1997

I verified game 4 where Schandorff proposes the aggressive 8.Qf3/9.g4 plan. White imposed a sharp game in the 2004 Aronian stem game. I found some independant improements and present these findings.

My first outing with 4.e3 did not go so well so now additional work must be done to upgrade my knowledge level. This analysis is part of  the hoped for ‘cure’.

Aronian,Levon (2645) – Istratescu,Andrei (2587) [E45]
EU-ch 5th Antalya (11), 27.05.2004[Yip]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Ba6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 d5 8.Qf3 A very direct approach that exploits the absence of Bb7.[Yip] 8…0–0 9.g4!? (diagram) 

Bayonet type attacks are common the Open Sicilian but not so much in the Nimzo-Indian.

Position 1
White has the bishop pair deep in the ending. How should white make progress?
White to play

Amator Cup Rd1 2012-11

The Amator Cup got underway today at the Hungarian Federation Site Playing Hall. There were some quick draws(I mean really quick) and some tough fights. My game was the last to finish but could have been the first as my opponent was a bit generous but refusing to kill me off.

The top group is

  1. Katona,J 1922(HUN)
  2. Bodrogi,M 2076(HUN)
  3. Zilahi,G 1999(HUN)
  4. Nagy,L 1958(HUN)
  5. Yip.M 2085(CAN)
  6. Bodgrogi,L 2038(HUN)
  7. Szili,A 1935(HUN)
  8. Szlabey,G 2000(HUN)
  9. Czibulka,Z 2053(HUN)
  10. Molnar,L 1993(HUN)

Here’s my game. I should warn everyone-I played like crap!!


Yip,M (2085) – Bodrogi,L (2035)
Nimzo-Indian 4..b6 5.Nge2[E45]
Amator Cup (1), 15.11.2012
I worked on a new Anti-Nimzo line last month but there is always a risk when a new additiion gets the first field test(s). Late in the opening I had to find a good move but came up with a lemon that should have lost. Luckily my opponent continually missed killing lines and let me wriggle away with a draw.


Critical Position 1
Black has just played 14..Qb4 probing the queenside starting with the hanging b-pawn. White has to be clever now and do better than me. After some thought I chose about the worst move possible. Hopefully you can do better. The key theme is what happens if ..Qxb3 is allowed, can white trap the queen?


White to Play


Critical Position 2
My position at one point was assessed by Houdini2.0 at -20.92 but I managed to get this after some luck and mutual time trouble. Now white has to find a defensive idea to hold the position.


White to Play


Huebner on the Huebner 4.e3 c5 Nimzo-Indian(E41)

The featured instructive game features GM Huebner and shows black’s defensive maneuvering potential.

The position under consideration arises from and is known as the Huebner Variation(4…c5)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.e4 e5 9.d5 Ne7

‘At his strongest in the mid-seventies to early eighties, Hübner participated in many of the elite tournaments of the day, such as Tilburg 1978 and Montreal 1979 (The Tournament of Stars), playing alongside Anatoly Karpov, Mikhail Tal, and Jan Timman. There were tournament victories at Houston 1974, Munich 1979 (shared with Ulf Andersson and Boris Spassky), Rio de Janeiro Interzonal 1979 (shared with Lajos Portisch and Tigran Petrosian),[2] and Linares 1985 (shared with Ljubomir Ljubojević). He remained active on the international circuit into the 2000s, but has never been a full-time chess professional due to his academic career.

He served as a second to Nigel Short in his efforts to win the World Chess Championship match against Garry Kasparov in 1993. In 2000 he won, with the German team, a silver medal in the 34th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. His International Master (IM) title was awarded in 1969 and his Grandmaster (GM) title in 1971.’-Wikipeida

Najdorf,Miguel (2560) – Huebner,Robert (2590) [E41]
Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee (7), 01.1971

Critical Position 1
White has just played 18.Ne3. How do you assess the position? White has more space, the semi-open b-file but who is better? is the position a delicate equality?
What is black’s plan? Is it consistent with the assessment?

What move do you propose for black?

Black to play

Critical Position 2
The strategic race is well underway. What is the next step for black? Is it a hidden combination? Or perhaps something mundane like opening the h-file? Maybe the e-file possibilities catch your attention? Is it something to do with the …e4 break?

Black to play

Trends in the 4.e3-9…b6 Nimzo-Indian(E54)

The rock solid 9…b6 Karpov Variation is a tough nut to crack. The main position arises after

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0–0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0–0 cxd4 8.exd4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Re1

Sokolov,I examines this position deeply in The Stratgic Nimzo-Indian(NIC 2012). Let us examine a key recent game. to see the impact on published analysis.

Potkin,V (2684) – Harikrishna,P (2665) [E54]
74th Tata Steel GMB Wijk aan Zee NED (7), 21.01.2012
Sokolov considered 18..e5 but black played 18…Qd6 which resulted at least an equal game.

Critical Position 1 The position is tense. The long diagonal has been blocked with f3. The Nh5 looks offside and perhaps deserves a bigger role. Is the time for quiet play or concrete play? Perhaps there is a combination based on the inconvenient lineup of Re8 vs Qe2 on the e-file. What should black do?

Black to play

Vintage Portisch 4.e3-11.Ba2 Nimzo-Indian(E59)

This is the line under consideration.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 d5 7.0–0 0–0 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Ba2

This old game is still of some relevance in 2012 but the 14.Ne1 idea should not be considered dangerous for black.

Portisch,Lajos (2630) – Sosonko,Gennadi (2575) [E59]
Tilburg (4), 1978

Critical Position 1
White is passively placed after the Ne1/f3 idea. What is the plan for black? How do you play?

Black to play

Critical Position 2
Ne5 and Rd2 are under attack. How do you react?

Black to play