Kosovo Round 7 – the Gjakova Attack!

Время публикации: 21.05.2016 02:40 | Последнее обновление: 21.05.2016 02:44

Commentary by David Navara and Alexei Yarovinsky. Analysis of the key games

After Wednesday’s rest day in Gjakova the excitement level hit new heights on Thursday, with the finishing line, to be reached after just four more games, flickering in the distance. Who will become the champion of Europe? Maybe David Navara, outplaying Baadur Jobava? Or Ernesto Inarkiev, crushing the hopes of erstwhile leader Ivan Saric? Or Real or Atletico Madrid? And who will invent the Gjakova Defence (or Attack)?

Our commentator Alexei Yarovinsky was unable to sleep just thinking about these questions.

David NAVARA - Baadur JOBAVA
European Championship 2016, 7th round

Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Bd7 10...Qa5 is a more popular continuation. 10...h6 is also interesting, after which White should avoid the toothless 11.Bh4?! a6 12.Be2 Nxe4! and Black has solved all of his opening problems (Erenburg - Kacheishvili, USA 2012, 1/2), or 11.Bxf6?! Bxf6 12.Qxd6 Qa5. The most principled response would be 11.h4! hxg5 12.hxg5 Ng4 13.Be2 e5 14.Qg1 exf4 15.Bxg4, and here capturing on either g4 or g5 is possible but in both cases the complications are horrible, although with correct play White should emerge with some advantage.

But the key point here is that this is where David Navara’s home preparation ended! The GM told us this in comments on our site. But what about his opponent? Over not only the previous but also the next ten moves Jobava actually managed to increase the time on his clock, playing his replies almost instantaneously!

11.Bxf6! After some thought the Czech player decided to transpose to an endgame a pawn up. "I guess I’ve seen this variation somewhere before, but I haven’t really studied it," Navara explained.
Previous games have also seen 11.Bc4 Qa5 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Bc6 14.Bd2 Nd7 15.Nd5 Qc5 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Rhe1 Nb6 18.Bf1 Rfd8 19.Qf4 and 19.Qg4. For example: Karjakin - Wang Hao (Stavanger 2013, 1-0).
11...Bxf6 12.Qxd6 White is unlikely to do any better with 12.e5?! - 12...Be7 13.exd6 Bf6 14.Qe3 Bc6 15.Bb5 (15.Ne4 Bxe4 16.Qxe4 Qb6 17.c3 Rac8 18.g4 Rfd8 19.g5?? Bxc3! is no better) 15...Bxc3 16.Bxc6 Bxb2+ 17.Kxb2 bxc6 18.Ka1 Qf6+ 19.c3 Rab8, with chances for both players.
12...Bc6 13.Qxd8 Rfxd8 14.Bb5 Bxc3 15.Bxc6 Bxb2+ 16.Kxb2 bxc6 17.Rxd8+ Rxd8 18.Kc3 Kf8 19.Rb1 Ke7 20.e5 Navara spent 20 minutes on this move. It was also worth considering the immediate 20.a4!? Here a pawn sac by Black with 20...e5? loses after 21.fxe5! Ke6 22.a5 Rd7 23.a6 Kxe5 24.Rb7 Kd6 25.e5+ Ke7 26.Kc4 Kd8 27.Kc5 Rxb7 28.axb7 Kc7 29.b8Q+ Kxb8 30.Kxc6 etc. On the other handing continuing with 20...Kd6  21.Rb7 Rd7 22.e5+ would lead to a position almost the same as that in the actual game.

Here Baadur stopped to think for the first time, but not for long, and after three minutes played
20...h5. This might look like a waste of a tempo, but several hours of analysis by the author of this article suggests that Baadur went for the lesser evil with this move. Black for now needs to play a waiting game and to adapt his plans to White’s strategy. His focus should be on building a fortress rather than active counterplay.
As White has given up the d5 square, Black should seriously consider activating his rook: 20...Rd5!? Black’s ideas here are to play g5 and Rc5. Let’s look at some moves for White.
1) 21.Rb8? g5 22.g3 a5 23.a4 h5 24.Rg8 gxf4 25.gxf4 Rc5+ 26.Kb3 Rd5 – and Black should survive.
2) 21.a4? Rc5+! 22.Kb3 g5!, managing to get active. 23.g3 gxf4 24.gxf4 Rd5 25.Kc4 a5 26.Rb7+ Kf8 27.Rc7 Rd2, and this is a drawn ending due to the h-pawn, which Black will soon promote.
But White can create more problems with:
3) 21.Rb7+! 21...Rd7 22.Rb8. Here Black can attempt counterplay with: 22...f6 23.Rc8 fxe5 24.fxe5 a5 25.Rxc6 Rd5 26.Rc7+ Kf8 27.a4 Rxe5, and a draw is the most likely outcome. But another choice is 22...Rd8 23.Rb4 Rd5 24.a4 h5!?, effectively transposing to what happened in the actual game.
21.a4 Rd5 22.Rb7+ Rd7 23.Rb8 Rd8 24.Rb4 Rd5 25.g3 Rc5+ 26.Kb3 Rd5 27.c4 White chases the rook from the fifth rank where it has prevented the a-pawn from advancing.

27...Rd2? This loss of tempo proves decisive, yet here too the Georgian GM only thought for a couple of minutes. At this point he had more time on his clock than when the game began!
If a move is useful then always play it! He should have chased the king away: 27...Rd3+! 28.Kc2 Rd7 29.Rb8 Rd8 30.Rb1 Rd7 31.a5 c5! 32.Rb8 Rc7 33.Kb3 Kd7 34.Ka4 Kc6. Here Black has built a fortress. The game might continue: 35.Rd8 (35.a6 Rd7 36.Ka5 Rd2 37.Rc8+ Kd7 38.Ra8 Kc6 with a draw doesn’t help White either) 35...Rb7 36.a6 (if 36.Rc8+ Kd7 37.Rxc5?? a6 and the rook is trapped) 36...Rb4+ 37.Ka5 Rxc4, with equality.
28.a5 And here – when it was too late – Jobava started to seriously analyze the position for the first time...
28...Kd8 According to the victor, Black would have had better chances after 28...Rd7, and then "it’s not certain that I would have found the winning move 29.Ka4!" (Navara) 29...Ke8 (or 29...f6 30.a6!) 30.Rb8+ Rd8 31.Rb2 Rd7 32.a6! (taking the b7 square away from the Black rook) 32...Kd8 33.Kb4 Kc7 34.Kc5.
29.Rb8+ Kc7 30.Rf8 Rd7 31.Kb4 a6 This is forced. Otherwise after Kc5 White himself invades on a6.
32.Kc5 g6 33.Ra8 Kb7 34.Rf8 Kc7 35.h3 Kb7 36.g4 hxg4 37.hxg4 Kc7 38.Ra8 Kb7 39.Rh8 Kc7 40.Rh1 Rd2 41.Rh7 Rd7 42.g5! Decisive zugzwang. Now if 42...Kb7 or 42...Re7, the White rook heads via h1 and b1 to b6 with extra tempi, which would not have been winning with the pawn on g4 and the king on c7. Or if 42...Kb7 then White wins even more quickly with 43.f5! Baadur saw all this and congratulated his opponent with his victory. 1-0

Your commentator has the greatest respect for Baadur Jobava but would like to pose the question that if as strong a GM as Jobava cannot draw an ending a pawn down then should he really voluntarily head for that position in the first place?..

European Championship 2016, 7th round

King’s Indian Defence

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3

7...Qe8 This is a rare move, first played by Robert Byrne against Borislav Ivkov (Bugojno 1978, 1/2). Until last year it was not favoured by relatively highly-ranked players, when it was played by two 2600+ GMs:  Dale - Salem (Wijk aan Zee 2015, 0-1) and Pulvett - Jones (Reykjavik 2015, 1/2).
Popular alternatives include 7...exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Bf2 d5 11.exd5 cxd5 12.c5 Nc6 13.0-0 and 7...Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 Nc6 or 9...g5.
8.dxe5 Ng4 9.Bg5 Nxe5 (the original game saw 9...h6) 10.Nd4 (Pulvett - Jones continued 10.0-0 Na6 11.Nd4 Nc6)
10...Be6 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.0-0

12...Nf7 This deviates from the game Dale - Salem, where in my view the UAE GM set up his pieces harmoniously: 12...Nbc6 13.Be3 Nd7 14.Rc1 Nc5 15.f3 Qe7 16.Qd2 Rf7 17.Nb5?! White starts to attack in the wrong place in a complicated position. 17...a6 18.Nd4? Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Nxd4 20.Qxd4 e5! 21.Qe3 a5! Here the knight is clearly stronger than the bishop. The struggle proved to be a short one: 22.b3 Kg7 23.a3 b6 24.b4 Ne6 25.c5? bxc5 26.Bc4 axb4 27.Bxe6? Qxe6 28.axb4 cxb4 29.Rc6 Qa2 30.f4 Qa7 31.Qxa7 Rxa7 0-1.
13.Be3 c5 14.f4 Nc6 15.Bd3 a6 16.Kh1 Rb8 17.Rb1 Nb4 18.Be2 Nc6 19.Qd3 Inarkiev’s idea is to play b4.
19...Nd4 20.Bg4 White looks like he is following general principles in refusing to exchange his bishop and instead moving it to be better square. However, chess requires cold calculations: in reply to the impatient 20.b4?! Nxe2 21.Nxe2 cxb4 22.Rxb4 Black has 22...Ne5! up his sleeve and his position is fine. For example: 23.Qxd6? Rd8 24.Qb6 a5 25.Qxa5? Nc6 – although White has two pawns for the exchange his position is lost, as his knight is far weaker than the rook

21.b4 An interesting try would be 21.cxb5!? axb5 22.b4 e5 23.f5, with chances of obtaining an advantage.
21...bxc4 22.Qxc4 Nc2 23.Bc1 Rxb4 24.Rxb4 Nxb4 25.Bd2 But not the weak 25.Bxe6? Bxc3 26.Bxf7+ Qxf7 27.Qxc3 Nxa2.

25...Nd8 26.a3

White attacks the knight, and if it retreats with 26...Nbc6 then White picks up a pawn with: 27.Qxa6. So Saric played
26...Nc2? Now the greedy 27.Qxa6?? would be punished after: 27...Bxc3 28.Bxc3 Ne3. But based on the same concrete principles he should have traded his bishop: 26...Bxc3! The line 27.Bxc3 Nc2 28.Bb2 Qb5 29.Bxe6+ Nxe6 30.Qxe6+ Rf7 31.Qc8+ Rf8 32.Qe6+ would lead to perpetual check.
White can continue to fight for an advantage with 27.Qxc3, after which the White queen no longer threatens the pawn on а6. In reply Black can choose from two decent lines that given him approximate equality: the computer’s variation 27...Qb5 28.Rb1 Qd3 29.Rd1 Qxc3 30.Bxc3 Rxf4, or the humble worker’s continuation 27...Nbc6.
27.Ne2 Nxa3?! 27...Nd4 would have been more resistant, and after 28.Nxd4 Bxd4 29.Qxa6 Nf7 30.Rb1 two interesting lines are possible:
1) 30...Qa8 31.Qxa8 Rxa8 32.Bxe6 Rxa3 33.Rb8+ Kg7 34.g3. White has a large advantage – here the bishop is stronger than the knight. Moreover, Black has a weak pawn on d6. A possible plan for White is to attack this pawn, bringing his king to с6 and his bishop to с7.
2) 30…g5!? 31.Qc4 gxf4 32.Qxe6 Qxe6 33.Bxe6 Kg7 34.Bxf4 Ne5 35.g3. And the fight will continue with various outcomes possible.

28.Qxa6 h5 29.Bf3 Nb5 30.Rb1 Nd4 31.Nxd4 cxd4 32.Qxd6 Nf7 33.Qb6 Qd7 34.e5 Bh6 35.Bc6 Qc8

36.Qb5? Inarkiev had obviously missed Black’s reply. Now the battle is reignited big time. He should have won the exchange with 36.Bb4! Rd8 37.Be7. It looks like the game is over but in fact he still needs to play accurately after 37...Bxf4. It would be a mistake to play the obvious 38.Bxd8? Qxd8 39.Qxd8+ Nxd8 40.Rb8 Bg5, after which a win is uncertain. 38.Ra1! – that’s the winning move! 38...Kg7 39.Bf6+! Kh6 40.Ra8 Qxa8 41.Bxa8 Rxa8 42.Qxd4, with a decisive advantage.
36...Nxe5! 37.Be4 Nc4 38.Rc1 Nxd2 He had drawing chances after 38...Nd6! For example: 39.Qa4 (or 39.Qb6 Qb8 40.Qxd4 Bg7! 41.Qd3 Nxe4 42.Qxe4 Qd6 with equality) 39...Qe8 40.Qxe8 Nxe8 41.Bxg6 Nf6 42.g3 Kg7 43.Bb1 e5
39.Rxc8 Rxc8 40.Bc6 Bxf4 41.g3 Be3 42.Qe5

42...Rf8? This move loses. To have left White with nothing but his queen he shouldn’t have hung onto the rook: 42...Rxc6! 43.Qb8+ Kf7 44.Qb7+ Kf6 45.Qxc6. The queen is facing a bishop and knight as well as two central passed pawns, and the Black king is ready to support them. A precise evaluation of this position requires careful analysis. But it’s my instinct that Black has good drawing chances.
43.Qxe6+ Kg7 44.Qe5+ Kh6 45.h4 Nf1 Nor can he build a fortress after 45...Rg8: 46.Kg2 Rg7 47.Qe6 Kh7 48.Bb5 Kh6 49.Bd3 Kh7 50.g4 (50.Qe5 Bh6 51.Qxh5) 50...hxg4 51.h5 Kh6 52.hxg6 Nf3 53.Kg3.
46.Bb5 Nd2 47.Bd3 Ra8 (47...Rg8 48.Qf6 Rg7 49.Bxg6! Rxg6 50.Qh8#) 48.Qf6 Ra1+ 49.Kh2 1-0

Ex-FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov has not had much success so far in this tournament. Samvel Ter-Sahakyan gained an advantage against Ruslan with White in the opening, but had to drag him deep into an endgame before claiming the point. The dual between Bartel and Nabaty took a similar turn. And don’t forget Aleksey Goganov: just like in his fifth round game with Najer he demonstrated some creative play, building a pawn centre and then using it to organize an attack on Alexander Ipatov’s king.

Translated by Ilan Rubin

[Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.2"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2735"] [BlackElo "2661"] [ECO "B65"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack, 7...Be7 defence, 9...Nxd4"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Bd7 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Qxd6 Bc6 13. Qxd8 Rfxd8 14. Bb5 Bxc3 15. Bxc6 Bxb2+ 16. Kxb2 bxc6 17. Rxd8+ Rxd8 18. Kc3 Kf8 19. Rb1 Ke7 20. e5 h5 21. a4 Rd5 22. Rb7+ Rd7 23. Rb8 Rd8 24. Rb4 Rd5 25. g3 Rc5+ 26. Kb3 Rd5 27. c4 Rd2 28. a5 Kd8 29. Rb8+ Kc7 30. Rf8 Rd7 31. Kb4 a6 32. Kc5 g6 33. Ra8 Kb7 34. Rf8 Kc7 35. h3 Kb7 36. g4 hxg4 37. hxg4 Kc7 38. Ra8 Kb7 39. Rh8 Kc7 40. Rh1 Rd2 41. Rh7 Rd7 42. g5 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Black "Saric, Ivan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2686"] [BlackElo "2650"] [ECO "E92"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "Gligoric-Taimanov system"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 Qe8 8. dxe5 Ng4 9. Bg5 Nxe5 10. Nd4 Be6 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. O-O Nf7 13. Be3 c5 14. f4 Nc6 15. Bd3 a6 16. Kh1 Rb8 17. Rb1 Nb4 18. Be2 Nc6 19. Qd3 Nd4 20. Bg4 b5 21. b4 bxc4 22. Qxc4 Nc2 23. Bc1 Rxb4 24. Rxb4 Nxb4 25. Bd2 Nd8 26. a3 Nc2 27. Ne2 Nxa3 28. Qxa6 h5 29. Bf3 Nb5 30. Rb1 Nd4 31. Nxd4 cxd4 32. Qxd6 Nf7 33. Qb6 Qd7 34. e5 Bh6 35. Bc6 Qc8 36. Qb5 Nxe5 37. Be4 Nc4 38. Rc1 Nxd2 39. Rxc8 Rxc8 40. Bc6 Bxf4 41. g3 Be3 42. Qe5 Rf8 43. Qxe6+ Kg7 44. Qe5+ Kh6 45. h4 Nf1 46. Bb5 Nd2 47. Bd3 Ra8 48. Qf6 Ra1+ 49. Kh2 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Kovalenko, Igor"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2644"] [BlackElo "2722"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Bf5 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Qb3 Ba5 10. Be2 c6 11. O-O Qb6 12. Nd2 O-O 13. a3 Qxb3 14. Nxb3 Bc7 15. f3 Rfe8 16. Bf2 a5 17. a4 Re7 18. Rfc1 g5 19. Nd2 Bd6 20. Nf1 Bg6 21. Nd1 Nh5 22. g4 Ng7 23. Bg3 Bxg3 24. hxg3 f5 25. Bd3 Kh7 26. gxf5 Bxf5 27. Nf2 Rf8 28. Be2 Bg6 29. g4 h5 30. Rc3 hxg4 31. Nxg4 Nf5 32. Kf2 Nd6 33. Nd2 Nf6 34. Nxf6+ Rxf6 35. Rg1 Kh6 36. Rh1+ Kg7 37. Rg1 Kh6 38. Rh1+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Black "Zubov, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2721"] [BlackElo "2612"] [ECO "C24"] [Opening "Bishop's opening"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 Qd6 8. Qg5 Nbd7 9. exd5 cxd5 10. d4 e4 11. Ne5 O-O 12. Nc3 Nb6 13. f3 Be6 14. Qe3 exf3 15. gxf3 Nh5 16. Qg5 f6 17. Qxh5 fxe5 18. Qxe5 Qxe5+ 19. dxe5 Rxf3 20. O-O-O Rd8 21. Nb5 Re3 22. Rde1 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 a5 24. c3 Kf8 25. Nd6 Rb8 26. Kd2 Ke7 27. Ke3 Rf8 28. Bc2 Nc4+ 29. Nxc4 dxc4 30. Be4 Bf5 31. Bd5 Be6 32. Be4 Bf5 33. Bd5 Be6 34. Be4 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.5"] [White "Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel"] [Black "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2601"] [BlackElo "2715"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O a6 5. Bd3 Ngf6 6. Re1 b5 7. c4 g5 8. Nxg5 Ne5 9. Be2 bxc4 10. Nc3 Bh6 11. Nf3 Nd3 12. Bxd3 cxd3 13. e5 dxe5 14. Nxe5 Kf8 15. Qf3 Be6 16. Nxd3 Rg8 17. Ne5 Nd5 18. g3 Rc8 19. d3 Bg7 20. Bg5 f6 21. Ng6+ hxg6 22. Rxe6 Nb4 23. Be3 Kf7 24. Qe4 Qd7 25. Rb6 Rgd8 26. Rd1 Nxd3 27. Qc4+ Kf8 28. Rxa6 Qf5 29. Qe4 Qxe4 30. Nxe4 c4 31. Nc5 Nxc5 32. Rxd8+ Rxd8 33. Bxc5 f5 34. Ra4 Rd1+ 35. Kg2 Rc1 36. Rb4 Kf7 37. a4 c3 38. bxc3 Rxc3 39. Bb6 Ra3 40. a5 Bc3 41. Rb5 Ra2 42. h4 e5 43. Rc5 Bd4 44. Rc7+ Kf6 45. Rc6+ Kg7 46. Bxd4 exd4 47. a6 d3 48. Kf3 Kh6 49. Ke3 d2 50. Ke2 Kh5 51. Rf6 d1=Q+ 52. Kxd1 Rxf2 53. Kc1 Rg2 54. a7 Ra2 55. Rf7 Kg4 56. Kb1 Ra5 57. Rg7 Kxg3 58. h5 Rxa7 59. Rxa7 gxh5 60. Kc2 h4 61. Kd3 h3 62. Ke2 h2 63. Rg7+ Kh3 64. Rh7+ Kg2 65. Rg7+ Kh3 66. Kf2 h1=N+ 67. Kf3 Kh2 68. Rg2+ Kh3 69. Rg5 Kh2 70. Rxf5 Kg1 71. Rg5+ Kf1 72. Rg2 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.6"] [White "Anton Guijarro, David"] [Black "Vallejo Pons, Francisco"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2616"] [BlackElo "2700"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Ne8 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Re1 c6 12. Ne3 Be7 13. c4 Nc7 14. d4 d5 15. cxd5 Bb4 16. Bd2 Bxd2 17. Qxd2 Nxd5 18. Nxd5 Qxd5 19. Re5 Qd6 20. Bc4 Bd7 21. Rae1 b5 22. Bb3 a5 23. a3 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.7"] [White "Fressinet, Laurent"] [Black "Berkes, Ferenc"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2692"] [BlackElo "2636"] [ECO "E64"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "fianchetto, Yugoslav system"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 c5 7. dxc5 dxc5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Bxc5 Nd7 11. Be3 Nb6 12. Nd2 Be6 13. c5 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Na4 15. Rc1 Bd5 16. Bxd5 Rxd5 17. Nb3 Rad8 18. O-O f6 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.8"] [White "Salgado Lopez, Ivan"] [Black "Cheparinov, Ivan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2618"] [BlackElo "2685"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Ne8 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Re1 c6 12. Ne3 Bc7 13. Nf5 d5 14. Ne7+ Kh8 15. Nxc8 Rxc8 16. d3 Nf6 17. Qf3 Qd7 18. g3 Ng4 19. Bh3 f5 20. d4 Rce8 21. Bf4 Bxf4 22. Qxf4 g6 23. f3 Nf6 24. Re5 Qd8 25. Rae1 Nd7 26. Rxe8 Rxe8 27. Rxe8+ Qxe8 28. Bf1 Qe1 29. Qd6 Qe3+ 30. Kg2 Qd2+ 31. Kh3 Qh6+ 32. Kg2 Qd2+ 33. Kh3 Qh6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.9"] [White "Bartel, Mateusz"] [Black "Nabaty, Tamir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2653"] [BlackElo "2619"] [ECO "C77"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Anderssen variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. c3 O-O 8. h3 Ne7 9. d4 Ba7 10. Bc2 Ng6 11. Be3 Re8 12. Nbd2 exd4 13. cxd4 c5 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. Bxc5 dxc5 16. Nc4 Qxd1 17. Raxd1 Be6 18. Nd6 Re7 19. Ng5 Ne8 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. f4 Rd8 22. Nxe8 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Rxe8 24. g3 Nf8 25. e5 Rc8 26. Be4 Rc7 27. Rd6 c4 28. Rb6 c3 29. bxc3 Rxc3 30. Kg2 Re3 31. Bxb7 Re2+ 32. Kf3 Rxa2 33. Bxa6 Ra3+ 34. Kf2 Nd7 35. Rc6 Nc5 36. Bc4 Ne4+ 37. Ke1 Rxg3 38. Bxe6+ Kf8 39. Ke2 Nc3+ 40. Kf1 Ke7 41. f5 Re3 42. Rc7+ Kd8 43. Rc5 Ne4 44. Rc8+ Ke7 45. Rc7+ Kf8 46. Rf7+ Ke8 47. Rxg7 Nd2+ 48. Kf2 Rxe5 49. Kg3 h6 50. Kg4 Re3 51. Rh7 Kf8 52. Rxh6 Re4+ 53. Kg5 Nf3+ 54. Kf6 Rh4 55. Rg6 Rh8 56. Bd5 Nd4 57. Rg3 Rh6+ 58. Ke5 Nc6+ 59. Kf4 Rd6 60. Be6 Ne7 61. Ke5 Rd1 62. f6 Re1+ 63. Kd6 Rd1+ 64. Kc5 Rf1 65. f7 Rc1+ 66. Kb5 Rb1+ 67. Kc4 Rc1+ 68. Kb3 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.10"] [White "Goganov, Aleksey"] [Black "Ipatov, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2600"] [BlackElo "2648"] [ECO "D80"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Stockholm variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxc4 7. e3 Be6 8. Be2 Bg7 9. Nh3 Bxh3 10. gxh3 Nd7 11. Bxc4 O-O 12. Qf3 c6 13. O-O Bf6 14. Bg3 Qa5 15. e4 e5 16. Rad1 Kg7 17. Qe3 Rae8 18. f4 exd4 19. cxd4 Nb6 20. Bb3 Qf5 21. Rde1 Qxh3 22. f5 gxf5 23. e5 Kh8 24. Kh1 Nd5 25. Bxd5 cxd5 26. Rf3 Rg8 27. Qf2 Bd8 28. e6 f6 29. Bh4 Qg4 30. Rf4 Qg6 31. Rxf5 h6 32. Rxd5 Rg7 33. Rxd8 Rxd8 34. Bxf6 Rg8 35. e7 Qh5 36. Bxg7+ Kxg7 37. Qg2+ 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.11"] [White "Demchenko, Anton"] [Black "Najer, Evgeniy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2589"] [BlackElo "2681"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. g4 b5 11. g5 Nh5 12. O-O-O O-O 13. a3 Rc8 14. Kb1 Nb6 15. Na5 Qc7 16. h4 Ng3 17. Rg1 Nxf1 18. Rgxf1 f6 19. gxf6 Rxf6 20. Bg5 Rg6 21. f4 exf4 22. Bxe7 Qxe7 23. Rxf4 h5 24. Rdf1 Rg4 25. Rxg4 hxg4 26. Rd1 Na4 27. Nd5 Qf7 28. Nb3 Bxd5 29. exd5 Rf8 30. Rg1 Qf4 31. Qd4 Qxd4 32. Nxd4 Rf4 33. Ne6 Re4 34. Ng5 Rf4 35. Ne6 Re4 36. Ng5 Rf4 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.12"] [White "Matlakov, Maxim"] [Black "Hracek, Zbynek"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2693"] [BlackElo "2598"] [ECO "A30"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 e4 6. Ne5 Be7 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Re8 9. b3 cxd4 10. exd4 Qa5 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. cxd5 Nxe5 13. dxe5 d6 14. Bb2 Bf5 15. e6 fxe6 16. g4 Bg6 17. dxe6 d5 18. f4 exf3 19. Bxf3 Rad8 20. Kh1 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.13"] [White "Kunin, Vitaly"] [Black "Piorun, Kacper"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2595"] [BlackElo "2681"] [ECO "D85"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "modern exchange variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. h3 O-O 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O Nd7 11. e5 Bb7 12. Qb3 e6 13. Bg5 Qe8 14. Nd2 cxd4 15. cxd4 f6 16. exf6 Nxf6 17. Rae1 Qd7 18. Bc4 Nd5 19. Nf3 Rac8 20. Ne5 Qd6 21. h4 Rf5 22. Qg3 Rxc4 23. Nxc4 Qxg3 24. fxg3 Rxf1+ 25. Rxf1 Ba6 26. Rc1 Nc3 27. Ne5 Ne2+ 28. Kf2 Nxc1 29. Bxc1 Bf6 30. Bg5 Bxg5 31. hxg5 Kf8 32. Nd7+ Ke7 33. Nf6 Bc4 34. a3 h5 35. Ke3 a5 36. Ne4 b5 37. Kd2 Bd5 38. Nc3 Bc6 39. Ne2 Kd6 40. Kd3 e5 41. Nc3 b4 42. axb4 axb4 43. Nd1 Bd5 44. Nb2 b3 45. Kc3 exd4+ 46. Kxd4 Bxg2 47. Nd3 Bh3 48. Kc3 Bf5 49. Ne1 Bc2 50. Nf3 Kd5 51. Nh4 Be4 52. Kxb3 Kd4 53. Kb4 Ke3 54. Kc5 Kf2 55. Kd4 Bb1 56. g4 hxg4 57. Ke5 Kg3 58. Kd4 0-1 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.14"] [White "Korobov, Anton"] [Black "Prohaszka, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2674"] [BlackElo "2593"] [ECO "D19"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "Dutch variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Nh4 O-O 10. f3 Bg6 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. Qc2 Qa5 13. Rd1 Rac8 14. e4 c5 15. d5 Bxc3 16. bxc3 exd5 17. Bxd5 Nxd5 18. exd5 c4 19. Ba3 Rfe8 20. Rd4 Re3 21. Bb4 Qa6 22. a5 Rce8 23. d6 Qb5 24. Qf2 Re2 25. Qg3 R8e3 26. h4 Rd3 27. Rd1 Rxd1+ 28. Rxd1 Qf5 29. Re1 Qd3 30. Rxe2 Qxe2 31. Qg4 Qe1+ 32. Kh2 Qe6 33. Qg5 Qe5+ 34. f4 Qxg5 35. fxg5 f5 36. gxf6 Nxf6 37. Kg3 Kf7 38. Kf4 Nd5+ 39. Ke4 Nxb4 40. cxb4 b5 41. axb6 axb6 42. b5 Ke6 43. Kd4 Kxd6 44. Kxc4 Ke5 45. Kd3 Kd5 46. Ke3 Kc5 47. Kf4 Kxb5 48. Kg5 Kc5 49. Kxg6 b5 50. Kxg7 b4 51. h5 b3 52. h6 b2 53. h7 b1=Q 54. h8=Q Qb2+ 55. Kh7 Qxg2 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.15"] [White "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"] [Black "Kozul, Zdenko"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2669"] [BlackElo "2591"] [ECO "B67"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack, 7...a6 defence, 8...Bd7"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f3 b5 10. Kb1 Be7 11. Be3 Rb8 12. g4 h6 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Ne2 Nd7 15. Nd4 Ba8 16. h4 Ne5 17. b3 O-O 18. Rg1 Bxh4 19. g5 hxg5 20. Bxg5 Bxg5 21. Rxg5 Qf6 22. Bh3 Rfe8 23. Rdg1 Ng6 24. Bf5 exf5 25. exf5 Ne7 26. Rxg7+ Kf8 27. Qh2 Nd5 28. Rxf7+ Qxf7 29. Qxd6+ Re7 30. Qxb8+ Qe8 31. Qd6 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.16"] [White "Brkic, Ante"] [Black "Laznicka, Viktor"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2584"] [BlackElo "2668"] [ECO "C41"] [Opening "Philidor"] [Variation "Improved Hanham variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. a4 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. h3 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 d5 10. Re1 exd4 11. Bxd5 cxd5 12. Ng3 d3 13. Qxd3 Nc5 14. Qd1 a5 15. Nd4 Ra6 16. Bf4 Bf6 17. Be5 Bxe5 18. Rxe5 f6 19. Re1 Re8 20. Rxe8+ Qxe8 21. Nb5 Qd8 22. Qd4 Ne6 23. Qd2 Nc5 24. Qe3 Rc6 25. Rd1 Ne6 26. Nf5 Rc5 27. c3 Kf8 28. Nfd6 Qe7 29. Re1 Bd7 30. Nxb7 Rc4 31. Nd4 Rc7 32. Nxa5 Kf7 33. Nxe6 Bxe6 34. Qb6 Rd7 35. Nc6 Qd6 36. b4 g5 37. b5 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.17"] [White "Palac, Mladen"] [Black "Swiercz, Dariusz"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2577"] [BlackElo "2656"] [ECO "C95"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bd2 Bg7 17. Qc1 Kh7 18. a4 c5 19. d5 c4 20. b4 cxb3 21. Bxb3 Nc5 22. Qa3 Nfd7 23. Be3 Qc7 24. Reb1 Reb8 25. Nd2 Nb6 26. a5 Nbd7 27. Bc2 Bc8 28. Rb4 Bf6 29. c4 Qd8 30. Nf3 Rb7 31. Nf1 Bg7 32. N1d2 Qf8 33. Rab1 f5 34. cxb5 axb5 35. Rxb5 Rxb5 36. Rxb5 Ba6 37. Rb1 f4 38. Bxc5 Nxc5 39. Nb3 Nb7 40. Qb4 Bf6 41. Ne1 Qc8 42. Bd3 Bd8 43. Rc1 Qd7 44. Bxa6 Rxa6 45. Qc4 Ra7 46. a6 Na5 47. Nxa5 Bxa5 48. Nd3 Qd8 49. Rb1 Qa8 50. Qc6 Rxa6 51. Rb7+ Kh8 52. Qb5 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.18"] [White "Grandelius, Nils"] [Black "Oparin, Grigoriy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2649"] [BlackElo "2575"] [ECO "A18"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Mikenas-Carls, Flohr variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e4 d5 4. e5 d4 5. exf6 dxc3 6. bxc3 Qxf6 7. d4 b6 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. Nf3 h6 10. O-O Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Qxf3 12. gxf3 Nd7 13. Be4 Rb8 14. a4 a5 15. Bc6 Bd6 16. Be3 Ke7 17. Rab1 g5 18. Rb5 Rbd8 19. Rfb1 Nb8 20. Bb7 Nd7 21. Bc6 Nb8 22. Bb7 Nd7 23. c5 Bf4 24. cxb6 cxb6 25. c4 Rhg8 26. Bc6 Rc8 27. Bxd7 Kxd7 28. c5 bxc5 29. dxc5 Bc7 30. Bd2 Ra8 31. c6+ Kxc6 32. Rc1+ Kd7 33. Rb7 Rgc8 34. f4 f6 35. h4 Ra6 36. fxg5 fxg5 37. hxg5 hxg5 38. Bxg5 Rc6 39. Rd1+ Rd6 40. Rxd6+ Kxd6 41. Rb5 Kc6 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.19"] [White "Zhigalko, Sergei"] [Black "Donchenko, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2647"] [BlackElo "2569"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "advance variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O c5 7. dxc5 Nec6 8. Be3 Nd7 9. c4 dxc4 10. Na3 Bxc5 11. Nxc4 O-O 12. Qc1 Bxe3 13. Qxe3 Nb6 14. Nd6 Nd5 15. Qa3 Bg4 16. Rfe1 Qb6 17. Rac1 Rad8 18. Bf1 Bxf3 19. Nc4 Qd4 20. Qxf3 b5 21. Rcd1 Qc5 22. Na3 a6 23. Rc1 Qb6 24. Nc2 Nde7 25. Qe3 Qxe3 26. Rxe3 Rd2 27. Ra3 Nxe5 28. Ne3 Rxb2 29. Rxa6 N7g6 30. Nd1 Rb4 31. Rb6 Nc4 32. Rb7 Rc8 33. a3 Rb3 34. a4 Rd8 35. Rxb5 Rxb5 36. axb5 Nb6 37. Ne3 Ne7 38. g3 Rc8 39. Ra1 Kf8 40. h4 Rb8 41. Kg2 Nec8 42. Nc2 Nd6 43. Nd4 Rb7 44. Nc6 g6 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7.20"] [White "Antipov, Mikhail Al."] [Black "Kobalia, Mikhail"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2576"] [BlackElo "2646"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Nc4 Nd7 8. Bd2 Re8 9. Qe2 Bd6 10. O-O-O c5 11. g4 Nb8 12. Ne3 Nc6 13. h4 a5 14. g5 Be6 15. Rdg1 Qd7 16. h5 Nd4 17. Nxd4 cxd4 18. Ng4 Bxg4 19. Rxg4 Re6 20. f3 Bb4 21. f4 Rb6 22. f5 Qb5 23. g6 Bxd2+ 24. Kxd2 Qb4+ 25. Kd1 Qxb2 26. gxh7+ Kh8 27. Rhg1 Qa1+ 28. Kd2 Qc3+ 29. Kc1 Qa3+ 30. Kd2 Rb2 31. Ke1 Qc3+ 32. Qd2 Rxc2 33. Qxc3 dxc3 34. Rxg7 Rc1+ 35. Ke2 Rxg1 36. Rxg1 b5 37. f6 Ra6 38. Rg8+ Kxh7 39. Rg7+ Kh6 40. Rxf7 Rc6 41. Kd1 b4 42. Rf8 Kxh5 43. f7 Kg6 44. Re8 Kxf7 45. Rxe5 Ra6 46. Kc2 a4 47. Rb5 c5 48. a3 bxa3 49. Kxc3 a2 1/2-1/2 


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