Category Archives: Zukertort System

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd3-Rudolf A(HUN)

Here is Anna Rudolf’s rd3 game.

White obtained a Zukertort formation but without having to play a3 and proceeded in typical fashion.

Maze,Sebastien (2546) – Rudolf,Anna (2312)
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Gibraltar (3.30), 24.01.2013

Position 1
White has arranged his pieces aggressively. How should white continue now?

White to Play


Canadian Jr Ch 2012 Rd6 Game

Here is an attacking game by IM Richard Wang from Rd6 of the Canadian Jr Ch.

Zukertort(l) playing Steinitz(r) in the World Ch 1886
Photo Chessbase

Wang,Richard (2454)- Szalay,Karoly(2392)
2012–13 Canadian Junior Chess Championship Toronto (6), 26.12.2012
The Zukertort System claims another victim.

Position 1
The roles are clear in the middlegame reached. White is attacking and black is defending. How should white continue?

White to Play


Position 2
White has broken through on the kingside. How should white continue the attack?

White to Play


Pere Noel Montreal 2012 Rd2

Rd2 GM Sambuev’s win.

Zukertort System at the Canadian Open 2012

Here is a nice game by Len Molden(CAN) featuring the Zukertort System. This game has appeared previously in the Budapest Chess News E-zine and was played in the recent Canadian Open Ch.

Molden,Len (1840) – Trochtchanovitch,Pavel (2042)
Zukertort System[D03]
2012 Canadian Open Chess Championship Victoria Canada (9), 13.07.2012

Position 1

White to Play

London Open 2012

Here us an instructive game from the London Classic Open between GM Hebden and Hungarian junior Szabo,Bence.

Themes examined include

  • Good knight vs. bad bishop
  • Forcing sequences
  • Better pawn structure
  • Experienced verteran vs promising junior


GM Hebden,M (ENG 2547) – Szabo,B (HUN 2365)
Zukertort System [A46]
4th London Classic Open London ENG (7.6), 07.12.2012

Position 1
The middlegame is underway and jockeying for position has begun. Black has just played 15..Be4 and aims for piece control of the central squares.
Q1 How do you assess the position?
Q2 How should white react?

White to Play


Critical Position 2
The technical N-B P+ conversion phase has arrived. How should white continue? This is a matter of understanding vs calculation.

White 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