TWIC 1255 Sicilian 3.Bb5(+)

The Sicilian Rossolimo is used to avoid the big theory of the Open Sicilian but is itself quite a labyrinth of theory

Selected games

 

Rozentalis-Heinemann

SI Rossolimo 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.Ba4

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd3

The 4.Ba4 approach is quite popular now. The structure after 11..d5 12.e5 gave Black problems. The Bg7 was passive and there was no good plan to get active play

 

After 21..Qc8(Diagram)

Black has a loose kingside and is overall quite passive. The kingside is devoid of defenders while White has a menacing buildup with a crisis brewing on g6 already

What do you recommend for White?

After 21..Qc8

 

Amin-Ginsburg

Sicilian Rossolimo 3..g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd4

White play for a kingside attack and was not shy about it

 

After 13.Rhg1N(Diagram)

White has various idea like Bxg7 then Nh4-f5 etc but it cannot be so easy to whip up a storm

What do you recommend for Black?

After 13.Rhg1

 

Kabanov-Sarana

Sicilian Rossolimo 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4

14th Ugra Governor’s Cup rd4

White lost a pawn early in the game and most of the game was a technical conversion

 

After 41.Nc3(Diagram)

Black has infiltrated and dominates the position

What do you recommend for Black?

After 41.Nc3

 

Amin-Kozul

Sicilian Rossolimo 3.Bb5+ 4.Bxd7 Nxd7

Tournament of Peace 2018 rd9

White got nothing really special from the opening which featured a bind with c4/a4.

 

Position 1

After 16.Qe3(Diagram)

The Nd4 has just been reinforced and White is looking to impose his will with more space and a cramping bind

What do you recommend for Black?

After 16.Qe3

 

Position 2

After 29.Rdd6(Diagram)

Black has an extra pawn and is looking to consolidate

What do you recommend for Black?

After 29.Rdd6

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TWIC 1255 Sicilian Taimanov

Selected games

 

Miron-Lupulescu

Taimanov 6.Bf4 d6

TCh-ROU Superliga 2018 rd2

The queen ending had a couple of interesting points.

Position 1

After 37..f4(Diagram)

White must decide what do do with the attacked queen

What do you recommend?

  • 38.Qa7+ active defence
  • 38.Qd3 passive defence
  • Something else

After 37..f4

Position 2

After 39.Qa7-f2(Diagram) This is a variation. (The game continuation was 39.Qd7? which lost quickly)

Black’s kingside majority is making more progress than the white queenside majority but against any slow play White has b3-b4 and will try to get a queenside passer for counterplay

What do you recommend for Black?

After 39.Qf2

 

Baklan-Vedmediuc

Sicilian Taimanov 6.Qd3 Nf6

TCh-ROU Superliga 2018 rd1

The fast queen lift 6.Qd3 is a popular sideline with the idea of a quick Qg3 for a kingside attack.

 

After 29..Rxe4(Diagram)

White has an extra pawn a strong passed c-pawn and the d-file. However Black is resisting and is pressing both g-pawns

What do you recommend for White?

After 39..Rxe4

Useful How to Info

How to Beat the Guy Who Cannot be Beaten(Magnus)

Premium Pain

Here is two of my tough losses from the recent Premium International Open. Games should also be reviewed but it is not such a fun task to relive the hard losses.

Nemeth,G and Csati,O eventually shared first place.

 

Nemeth,G-Yip,M

Caro-Kann 4..Nd7

rd4

Position 1

After 18.cxd4(Diagram)

White has a nice pawn centre and the f-file while Black is slightly behind in development. There are attacking ideas like e4-e5 with an attack on the b1-h7 diagonal or doubling on the f-file to build up an attack to deal with.

What do you recommend for Black?

After 18.cxd4

Position 2

After 40.Bd3+(Diagram)

The Nh5 is offside and the black queenside pawns are vulnerable to the bishop and also a knight landing on c5. The immediate problem is dealing with the check

What do you recommend for Black?

After 40.Bd3+

 

Position 3

After 41.Ke3(Diagram)

White is threatening simply to march the king to the queenside Kd4-c5-b6 and attack the queenside pawns

What do you recommend for Black?

After 41.Ke3

Position 4

44.Kd4(Diagram)

The immediate invasion idea Kd4-c5 has been prevented but Black must be on guard against attacks on the a-pawn

What do you recommend for Black?

After 44.Kd4

 

Position 5

After 45.Bf5(Diagram)

White is threatening Bc8 attacking and winning the a-pawn

What do you recommend for Black?

After 44.Bf5

 

Yip-Csati,O

Leningrad Dutch 7..c6

Rd1

After 29..cxb5(Diagram)

The situation looks rather bleak for White. Black has a nice passed d-pawn that is well supported by the bishop pair while the Rf2 is not in play and the Qc1 does nothing special. White has just lost a pawn and must make a concrete decision

What to you recommend for White?

After 29..cxb5

 

 

WORLD YOUTH UNDER-16 CHESS OLYMPIAD-2018 Rd5

Round 5

Nice win over Denmark with Juhasz,A(MTK club) getting a win

Bo. 23 DENMARK Rtg 24 HUNGARY Rtg 1 : 3
14.1 IM
Bjerre, Jonas Buhl
2422 FM
Csiki, Endre
2282 ½ – ½
14.2 FM
Olsen, Filip Boe
2335
Borhy, Marcell
2201 ½ – ½
14.3
Kistrup, Nicolai
2092
Juhasz, Agoston
2139 0 – 1
14.4
Jacobsen, Shanne Hedegaard
1261
Gombocz, Zsofia
2041 0 – 1

Rank after Round 5

Rk. SNo FED Team Games   +    =    –   TB1   TB2   TB3   TB4
1 13 BLR BELARUS 5 4 1 0 9 76,0 13,5 29
2 8 USA USA 5 4 1 0 9 68,0 13,0 27
3 3 IND INDIA 5 4 0 1 8 73,5 13,0 29
4 1 UZB UZBEKISTAN 5 4 0 1 8 72,5 15,0 27
5 5 IRI IRAN 5 4 0 1 8 60,5 15,5 21
6 9 UKR UKRAINE 5 4 0 1 8 59,0 14,5 22
7 17 GEO GEORGIA 5 4 0 1 8 55,0 13,0 24
8 25 CHN CHINA 5 3 1 1 7 61,0 13,0 25
9 2 RUS RUSSIA 5 3 1 1 7 48,5 12,5 24
10 7 GRE GREECE 5 3 1 1 7 47,5 11,5 20
11 6 ARM ARMENIA 5 3 0 2 6 49,5 13,0 22
12 4 AZE AZERBAIJAN 5 3 0 2 6 44,5 12,0 23
13 14 ISR ISRAEL 5 3 0 2 6 42,0 13,0 18
14 12 FRA FRANCE 5 3 0 2 6 41,5 11,0 23
15 10 SRB SERBIA 5 3 0 2 6 40,0 11,5 23
16 18 POL POLAND 5 3 0 2 6 37,5 13,0 21
17 21 TUR TURKEY – WHITE 5 3 0 2 6 35,0 11,5 22
18 15 TUR TURKEY – RED 5 2 1 2 5 49,0 11,5 27
19 16 KAZ KAZAKHSTAN 5 2 1 2 5 48,5 11,0 26
20 27 POR PORTUGAL 5 2 1 2 5 43,5 8,5 27
21 20 MDA MOLDOVA 5 2 1 2 5 41,0 10,5 25
22 34 MAS MALAYSIA 5 1 3 1 5 38,5 11,5 21
23 11 GER GERMANY 5 2 1 2 5 37,0 12,0 23
24 31 TUR TURKEY- TURQUOISE 5 2 1 2 5 32,5 10,0 24
25 29 SUI SWITZERLAND 5 2 1 2 5 32,0 8,0 25
26 35 MEX MEXICO 5 2 1 2 5 30,0 10,5 16
27 24 HUN HUNGARY 5 2 1 2 5 28,0 10,5 21
28 26 SLO SLOVENIA – A 5 2 0 3 4 42,5 10,0 25
29 28 SRI SRILANKA 5 2 0 3 4 42,5 6,0 29
30 23 DEN DENMARK 5 2 0 3 4 36,0 9,5 23
31 30 LAT LATVIA 5 1 2 2 4 33,5 10,0 23
32 19 CZE CZECH REPUBLIC 5 2 0 3 4 31,0 10,5 22
33 22 SVK SLOVAKIA 5 2 0 3 4 21,5 10,0 25
34 32 SLO SLOVENIA – B 5 1 2 2 4 20,5 6,5 23
35 39 THA THAILAND 5 2 0 3 4 19,5 8,5 13
36 40 IRL IRELAND 5 1 2 2 4 19,0 8,0 20
37 36 TUR TURKEY-GIRLS 5 0 3 2 3 35,0 9,0 21
38 43 KGZ KYRGYZSTAN 5 1 1 3 3 16,5 7,0 19
39 41 RSA SOUTH AFRICA 5 1 1 3 3 16,0 7,0 21
40 44 KAZ KAZAKHSTAN-KARAGANDA 5 1 1 3 3 14,5 5,5 20
41 33 ISL ICELAND 5 1 1 3 3 14,0 5,5 20
42 45 ALG ALGERIA – B 5 1 0 4 2 14,0 3,5 18
43 37 CAN CANADA 5 0 2 3 2 13,0 5,5 17
44 38 ALG ALGERIA – A 5 1 0 4 2 8,0 6,0 18
45 46 TUR TURKEY-SELCUKLU 5 1 0 4 2 5,5 4,0 14
46 42 ROU ROMANIA 5 0 0 5 0 9,5 4,5 18

TWIC 1255 Queen’s Indian and Nimzo-Indian

Selected games

 

Iljiushenok-Rozum

QI g3 7.Re1 Na6

14th Ugra Governor’s Cup rd8 

White had the interesting idea 8.h4(to secure the g5-outpost)and eventually marched the pawn to h6

After 16..g6(Diagram)

White has softened up the kingside while the Na6 remains offside

What do you recommend for White?

After 16..g6

 

Jussupow-Vaganian

QI 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2

19th Puhajarve Rapid rd9

After 29.Nb2(Diagram)

The d-pawn is cut off and about to be executed

What do you recommend for Black?

After 29.Nb2

 

Parligras-Iordachescu

QI Petrosian 4..Ba6

12th Kings Rapid 2018 rd6

After 22..Rf7(Diagram)

Material is even but Black is playing without his Bh8

What do you recommend for White?

After 22..Rf7

 

Ginsburg-Moiseenko

QI with e3 

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd3

After 22..h6(Diagram)

Black is down a pawn and has a fabulous knight on d5

What do you recommend for White?

After 22..h6

 

TWIC 1255 Caro-Kann Defence

Selected games

Keeping up in the Caro-Kann

 

Ponkratov-Iljiushenok

CK Advance 3.e5 c5

14th Ugra Governor’s Cup rd4

After 14..Rc8(Diagram)

Black has some counterplay on the c-file and the Nf5 is well placed(possibly ..h5 is needed at some point). There is the easy plan of ..b5 with a pawn storm coming

What do you recommend for White?

After 14..Rc8

Naiditsch-Baldauf

CK Two Knights 3..Nf6

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd4

After 15..Qc7(Diagram)

Black has pushed in the centre with ..d4 and the e5-pawn looks just as vulnerable as the d4-pawn. White has the useful bishops and the rooks are well placed

What do you recommend for White?

After 15..Qc7

 

Bromberger-Rasmussen

CK Advance 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd3

After 12.Qb5(Diagram)

The b-pawn has just been attacked. Something chaotic is possibly in the air as the Ra1 is hanging.

What do you recommend for Black?

After 12.Qb5

 

TWIC 1255 Hungarians in Action

The latest issue of TWIC is now available

Selected games

Here is the game of the week

Berczes-Ringoir

Reti Opening

CCCSA Fall GM 2018 rd3

After 19..h6(Diagram)

White has a menacing number of pieces aimed at the kingside but the Ng5 has just been challenged

What do you recommend for White?

After 19..h6

BTCh 6-Board 2018 Rd4

MTK 3.5-UKSE 2.5

I contributed a draw on the black side of a Nimzo-Indian

This completes a hectic week(end) with a tournament and two team matches

Now I need a rest

 

Getting ready

 

Nagy,G-Yip

Nimzo-Indian 4.a3

I started with a promising position but kept missing the correct plan(..c4). The in the ending I made a horrible number of mistakes

 

After 49.Bc7(Diagram)

Black has just won the g3-pawn but now the a5-pawn is attacked and there is also the Nxg4 threat to deal with

What do you recommend for Black?

After 49.Bc7

WORLD YOUTH UNDER-16 CHESS OLYMPIAD-2018 Rd3

Clean sweep this round

Bo. 24 HUNGARY Rtg 46 TURKEY-SELCUKLU Rtg 4 : 0
22.1 FM
Gombocz, Ferenc Jr.
2290
Kayan, Yasar Efe
1515 1 – 0
22.2 FM
Csiki, Endre
2282
Bugdayci, Yuksel
1299 1 – 0
22.3
Juhasz, Agoston
2139
Gedik, Kerem Bilge
1211 1 – 0
22.4
Gombocz, Zsofia
2041
Oflaz, Fatma Zehra
0 1 – 0

Rank after Round 3

Rk. SNo FED Team Games   +   =   –  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4
1 1 UZB UZBEKISTAN 3 3 0 0 6 26,0 10,5 8
2 8 USA USA 3 3 0 0 6 20,0 8,5 8
3 3 IND INDIA 3 3 0 0 6 19,0 9,0 6
13 BLR BELARUS 3 3 0 0 6 19,0 9,0 6
5 2 RUS RUSSIA 3 2 1 0 5 24,0 9,0 9
6 25 CHN CHINA 3 2 1 0 5 22,0 9,0 8
7 16 KAZ KAZAKHSTAN 3 2 1 0 5 13,5 8,0 6
8 15 TUR TURKEY – RED 3 2 0 1 4 19,0 8,0 10
9 27 POR PORTUGAL 3 2 0 1 4 19,0 6,5 10
10 9 UKR UKRAINE 3 2 0 1 4 16,0 7,5 10
11 20 MDA MOLDOVA 3 2 0 1 4 15,0 7,0 10
12 5 IRI IRAN 3 2 0 1 4 14,0 9,5 6
13 18 POL POLAND 3 2 0 1 4 14,0 8,5 8
14 19 CZE CZECH REPUBLIC 3 2 0 1 4 13,0 8,5 6
15 28 SRI SRILANKA 3 2 0 1 4 12,5 5,5 9
16 12 FRA FRANCE 3 2 0 1 4 12,0 7,5 6
17 6 ARM ARMENIA 3 2 0 1 4 11,5 7,5 5
18 4 AZE AZERBAIJAN 3 2 0 1 4 11,0 8,0 6
19 17 GEO GEORGIA 3 2 0 1 4 11,0 7,5 8
20 10 SRB SERBIA 3 2 0 1 4 9,0 7,5 6
21 7 GRE GREECE 3 1 1 1 3 12,5 6,0 7
22 29 SUI SWITZERLAND 3 1 1 1 3 10,0 4,5 10
23 11 GER GERMANY 3 1 1 1 3 9,0 7,0 7
24 44 KAZ KAZAKHSTAN-KARAGANDA 3 1 1 1 3 4,0 5,0 4
25 32 SLO SLOVENIA – B 3 1 1 1 3 4,0 4,5 6
26 26 SLO SLOVENIA – A 3 1 0 2 2 15,0 5,5 10
27 36 TUR TURKEY-GIRLS 3 0 2 1 2 15,0 5,5 9
28 14 ISR ISRAEL 3 1 0 2 2 12,0 6,5 8
29 23 DEN DENMARK 3 1 0 2 2 12,0 6,0 8
30 34 MAS MALAYSIA 3 0 2 1 2 10,5 5,5 6
31 37 CAN CANADA 3 0 2 1 2 10,0 4,5 5
32 21 TUR TURKEY – WHITE 3 1 0 2 2 9,0 6,0 10
33 30 LAT LATVIA 3 0 2 1 2 8,5 4,5 8
34 31 TUR TURKEY- TURQUOISE 3 1 0 2 2 7,0 4,5 10
35 43 KGZ KYRGYZSTAN 3 1 0 2 2 4,0 4,0 8
36 24 HUN HUNGARY 3 1 0 2 2 3,0 5,5 8
37 22 SVK SLOVAKIA 3 1 0 2 2 3,0 4,5 10
38 38 ALG ALGERIA – A 3 1 0 2 2 2,0 4,5 8
39 45 ALG ALGERIA – B 3 1 0 2 2 0,0 2,5 6
40 35 MEX MEXICO 3 0 1 2 1 8,5 4,5 7
41 40 IRL IRELAND 3 0 1 2 1 2,0 3,0 6
42 41 RSA SOUTH AFRICA 3 0 1 2 1 2,0 2,5 8
43 33 ISL ICELAND 3 0 1 2 1 0,0 2,0 7
44 39 THA THAILAND 3 0 0 3 0 5,5 3,0 8
45 42 ROU ROMANIA 3 0 0 3 0 2,0 1,5 8
46 46 TUR TURKEY-SELCUKLU 3 0 0 3 0 2,0 1,0 4