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GM Khismatullin - GM Golod annotated by GM Balogh

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014
By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672

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A new player arrived in the 2700+ club. Dennis Khismatullin from Russia is a great fighter, who pushes all the games until the end.

Khismatullin,D (2714) - Golod,V (2573) [A29]

European Championship, 04.03.2014

[Balogh Csaba]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 The main move is 3.Nf3 Nc6 and only then 4.g3. With this setup, White would like to keep the option of developing the knight to e2 in some lines. On the other hand, it gives extra options for Black too, he can think about occupying the center with c6d5.
3...Bb4 4.Bg2 00 5.Nf3 Re8
[I personally like 5...Nc6 for Black, but the text move is more common.]

Golod as a classical player follows the old main line. Recently this move went a bit out of fashion. White seems to get some advantage after undermining the e4 pawn with d3.
7.Nd4 Nc6 8.Nc2! An important theoretical move! 8. Nxc6 dxc6 would change the structure in Black's favor. He would quickly develop his bishop to f5 and the e4 pawn becomes very strong, as it locks the g2 bishop and fixes the white central pawns on the 2nd rank.
This is the only way for Black to keep his e4 pawn, but it costs him the bishop pair. [8...Bf8 is met by 9.d3 exd3 10.exd3 and d4 next with a small but stable advantage for White.]
9.dxc3 h6
Black tries to limit the movement of the c1 bishop.

[The other theoretical option is 9...d6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Ne3 Bf5 13.f4! is given to be in White's favor.]
The knight is heading to d5 and then Black will face the unpleasant choice of either leaving it there or improving the white pawn structure by allowing cxd5.
There are still over hundred games in the database. Many classical games. The main 11.Qc2 was played by Karpov and Korchnoi and the text move was already tried by Portisch or Huebner.
11.b3 [After 11.Nd5 Black has 11...Bf5 while after 11.b3 or 11.Qc2, Black does not have an useful developing move with the bishop, therefore White first improves his position.]
White now achieves the desired improvement on the pawn structure. [11...a5; Or 11...Bd7 was better.]
12.Nd5 Nf5

Creating the threat of taking on f6 and then on e4. Black is forced to trade the knights to save the pawn.
13...Nxd5 14.cxd5 Suddenly the c1 bishop has a bright future on the long diagonal. White intends to play c4, followed by Bb2 and Qc3. Black is going to miss his dark squared bishop.
14...e3! Black realized the forthcoming dangers and he decided to change the pawn formation. [14...Qe7 15.c4 Bd7 16.Bb2 and Qc3 also looks excellent for White.]
A direct attempt to provoke favorable exchanges. [15.f4 was also good, followed by executing the Bb2 c4 plan.]
15...Qg5 [15...exf2+ would strategically improve Black's position, but he is unable to save the king against the direct threats: 16.Rxf2 Ne7

(16...g6 weakens the kingside too much. 17.Bd3! Threatening with e4 and the h6 pawn falls. 17...h5 18.e4 Ng7 19.Qd2 followed by Qh6, with a very strong attack.) 17.Bh7+! is the point of 15.Be4! 17...Kf8 White wins after the following spectacular combination: (17...Kh8 18.Rxf7) 18.Bxh6!! gxh6 19.Raf1 f5 20.Bxf5! Nxf5 21.Rxf5+ Bxf5 22.Qxf5+ Kg7 23.Qf7+ Kh8 24.Rf6+ Black needs to sacrifice his queen to avoid getting mated, but then he ends up with a huge material disadvantage.]
16.Qd3 Trying to overpress the e3 pawn, but Black correctly holds the tension.
Being greedy and accepting the pawn sacrifice would be big mistake.
Khismatullin correctly evaluates that White has effective resources against the h5h4 attacking plan. [17.fxe3? has a nice refutation: 17...Nxg3! 18.hxg3 Qxg3+ 19.Bg2 (19.Kh1 Re5+ wins.) 19...Bh3! 20.Rf2 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 Qe1+ 22.Kh2 Re5+ mates soon.; 17.Bxe3? Nxe3 18.fxe3 White has won a pawn, but the doubled backward pawns can hardly give him any advantage. Black's game suddenly becomes much easier... 18...Re5 and Rae8 next.]
17...Qg4 18.Bf3 Qh3 19.Bg2 Qg4 20.Bf3 Qh3 21.c4!
After repeating twice to get closer to the time control, White goes for the right plan and occupies the long diagonal.
21...h5 [An important detail is that after 21...Nxg3? 22.Bg2!! this intermediate move is very important and White takes the knight on the next move. 22...Qg4 23.hxg3 Qxg3 White parries the Bh3 threat with 24.Rf3! Qe1+ 25.Bf1+ and Bb2 wins the game.]
22.Bb2 h4?
Consequent play by Black, but it turns out to be a mistake. [Locking the diagonal with 22...f6 should have been played with mutual chances, although I prefer White. He should aim for opening the position with Rc1 and c5.]
23.g4 Ng3
This was Black's idea, but it runs into a beautiful refutation.

24.f5!! Protecting the g4 pawn. White has trapped the queen on h3 at the cost of an exchange. [Of course not 24.hxg3?? hxg3+ and Qh2.]
Black tries to save his queen with Ng5. [24...Nxf1 25.Rxf1 with the threat of Qd4, looking at the g7 pawn, and at the same time protecting the g4 pawn in order to catch the queen with Bg2. 25...c5 Preventing Qd4, but... (25...f6 is met by 26.Qd4 And now the only move to save the queen from Bg2 is 26...Bxf5 27.gxf5 Qxf5 28.Qxh4 White has a winning advantage. The bishop pair becomes very strong.) 26.dxc6! Bxc6 27.Qd4 Re5 Black has successfully prevented Bg2, but White traps the queen in another way: 28.Bxc6 bxc6 29.Qf4! and Rf3 next wins the game!(29.Rf3 is premature in view of 29...Qxf3! 30.exf3 e2) ]
25.Qd4! Nf6
[25...f6 drops a piece as after 26.Bxe4 Qxg4+ 27.Bg2 Black does not have h3...]
Black gets mated on the diagonal. He cannot create any counterplay...
26...c5 27.Qf4
The game is over. [27.dxc6+ was also good.]
[27...Nh7 28.Bg4+]
28.Bg2 Qg4 29.gxf6


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