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FSIMA May 2013-05-IM Radlovacki,J(SRB)

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TWIC 967
IM Radlovacki(SRB) took clear first with 7/9.

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Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
1 IM Radlovacki Jovan 2423 SRB * 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 7
2 Bouzidi Ahmed 2161 TUN 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 6
3 FM Kantor Gergely 2341 HUN 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 6
4 FM Amdouni Zoubaier 2249 TUN 1 ½ ½ * 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 5
5 IM Krumpacnik Domen 2327 SLO ½ 0 0 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 4.5
6 IM Petran Pal 2317 HUN 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 4
7 Bayramgeldiyev Yusup 2250 TKM 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 4
8 FM Lyell Mark 2227 ENG ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 3.5
9 FM Silapov Azat 2307 TKM 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 * ½ 3
10 Aryan Chopra 2120 IND 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 2


Here is the feature game.


Kantor,G (2341) – Radlovacki,J (2423)
Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 0–0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d6 [E32]
FSIMA May 2013 Budapest HUN (8.1), 11.05.2013


Position 1
White is suffering from a bad pawn structure and having the worse minor piece. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play
30.Qb5

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Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 Trends 2013

From TWIC 949
5.a3 is the best way for white to try for an advantage according to Vigorito in Challenging the Nimzo-Indian(Quality Chess 2007) but white ran into a brick wall in this game. After some enterprising play the Q+P could not outplay the RNN.

Kotanjian,T (2518) – Pashikian,A (2607)
4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 [E37]
73rd ch-ARM 2013 Yerevan ARM (1.1), 12.01.2013

Position 1
It has taken some doing but now the RNN are well coordinated against the queen. How should black continue?

Black to Play

37.Qf4

Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 0–0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Qe8 Trends

From TWIC 951
6…Qe8 ducks main theory. Navara starts a massage but achieves nothing special. Eventually black loses thread of the game and allows some pressure.

Navara,D (2710) – Harika,D (2514)
4.Qc2 0–0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Qe8 [E32]
11th Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG (4.10), 25.01.2013

Position 1
The position looks roughly balanced. What do you suggest for white now?

White to Play

27.Qa3

Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Qc7 Trends 2013

From TWIC 950
The 4…c5 line is now very popular. White achieved nothing against black’s solid formation and needed some cooperation before turning the game around with a kingside attack.

Bocharov,D (2614) – Tunik,G (2437)
4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Qc7 6.Nf3 Bxc5 7.g3 [E38]
Dvorkovich Mem 2013 Taganrog RUS (3.9), 17.01.2013

Position 1
The attack is well underway on the kingside. How should white continue now?

White to Play

36..Rxd7

Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 0–0 5.Nf3 d5 6.cxd5 Qxd5 Trends 2013

From TWIC 951
So obtained a nice pawn center and the bishop pair for a model queenless squeeze.

So,W (2682) – Gundavaa,B (2522)
4.Qc2 0–0 5.Nf3 d5 6.cxd5 Qxd5 7.e3 [E34]
Asian Zone 3.3 Tagaytay City PHI (5.1), 25.01.2013

Position 1
Things are going very well for white after 20…Rac8. The bishop pair is ready for action and the pawn center prevents black’s pieces from being effective. How should white proceed now?

White to Play

20…Rac8

Nimzo-Indian4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 Trends 2013

From TWIC 952
Black’s hedgehog style waiting game quickly induced white to weaken the kingside after which a kingside attack decided the game.

Roselli Mailhe,B (2449) – Bruzon Batista,L (2701)
4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Nf3 Qb6 7.e3 Be7 [E38]
9th Panamerican Team Campinas BRA (5.2), 28.01.2013

Position 1
Black has the kingside under siege but white seems to be holding on for now. How should black continue?

Black to Play

35.Qg3

Rilton Cup 2012-12

Krasenkow,M won with 7.5/9.Wenzel,B(CAN) scored 3/9. He started strongly with 3 draws against 2200+ players but then started to fade.

Here is Wenzel’s rd4 game.

L’Ami,Alina dining in Hong Kong

L’Ami,Alina (2390) – Wenzel,B (2092)

Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 c5[E39]
XLII Rilton Cup Stockholm SWE (4.19), 30.12.2012

Position 1
It’s not so obvious what white should be doing next. Black’s kingside looks vacant and invites an attack. How should white continue?

White to Play

20…d6



Hastings 2012-13 Rd3, Panjwani

Here is IM Panjwani’s rd3 game.

Jones,G (2644) – Panjwani,R (2402)
Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 Nc6 [E33]
88th Hastings Masters Hastings ENG (3.4), 30.12.2012

Position 1
The Bh7 has been stranded. How should white respond?

White to Play

19…g6

Endgame Master Class-GM Andersson

Here is an ordinary endgame from GM Ulf Andersson who grinds out a long ending from a slightly better position. Yet the game was not entirely one-sided as both sides did not follow the optimal path.

The endgame phase can be examined under the following themes

  • Greater piece activity
  • Symmetrical pawn structure
  • RN-RN;R-R
  • Open file occupation
  • 2nd rank occupation

Wiley,To (2296) – Andersson,U (2582) [E39]
38th OKU 2011 Utrecht NED (3.2), 04.06.2011

Position 1
After 27.Nf3 black has the more active pieces. What do you recommend black now?

Black to Play

Position 2
After 31…Rc2 black is pressing with at least a slight advantage. How should white defend?

White to Play

Position 3
The R-R is sharp and requires some precision. How should black continue?

Black to Play

Hambleton,A(CAN 2348) Crushes the Nimzo-Indian

The following game contains the following middlegame themes

  • Weak pawns
  • Weak light squares
  • Play on open files

Hambleton,A (2348) – Priyadharshan,K (2407)
4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian[E32]
Spice Cup Open Saint Louis USA (7), 18.10.2012
Black allowed weak pawns throughout his position and was punished in model fashion. In the diagrammed position black has been tied down on the c-file and has less space. The kingside is also looking vulnerable. How should white continue? What is the plan? Maybe there is a combination?

White to Play