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GM Rapport - GM Laznicka annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Saturday, 03 May 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737

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We are in the 8th round of the Neckar Open. Both players are leading the event with a great score of 6.5/7. One thing I have to add is that it is the biggest traditional open in Germany, with over 700 participants and a lot of Top GMs. It is also a very hard open to play in because of the daily double rounds, so sometimes you get a 10hours chess playing day.

View the game or check out the "text + diagrams" version below.

Rapport,R (2698) - Laznicka,V (2673) [B13]
18th Neckar Open 2014 Deizisau GER (8.1), 21.04.2014
[Arkadij Naiditsch]
1.e4 Lately Rapport has played a lot of crazy openings, but his favourite seems to be 1.b3.
1...c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3
This is more or less a random line for a long term play. White does not expect to get an opening advantage, but of course White's position is very safe.
4...Nc6 5.c3
White's idea here is to wait as long as possible with the development of the knight from g1, so not to give Black a chance of moving his bishop from c8.
5...Nf6 6.Bf4 is also a logical move. Stopping Black from playing e5 at some moment and still asking him how he wants to proceed with his development.

6...g6!? In my opinion this is one of the best choices. [For example after 6...e6?! 7.Nf3 White has a small advantage because of the bad bishop on c8.]
Rapport is preparing the development of his knight to f3.
At first sight this move looks a bit strange as now Black is getting a little damaged pawn structure, but on the other hand the pawn on f5 will open new perspectives for the black rook on the g-file and at some moment a move like Ne4 will be possible.
White has no choice but to take on f5, otherwise the position would just be perfect for Black.
8...gxf5 9.Qb3
I am not sure about this move at all as the white queen is not in a great position on b3. [9.Nf3 looks more logical. 9...Rg8 10.00 e6 I still believe that Black is fine here, but the position is quite complex. Black is going to attack on the kingside with a future queenside castle and White will try to crush the black king on the queenside.] 9...Qd7 Black defended the b7 pawn and is preparing to castle queenside.
10.Nf3 [10.Ne2 looks safer for White. 10...Rg8 11.g3]
10...Rg8 11.g3
[Now it seems to be already quite dangerous to play 11.00 because of 11...Nh5! 12.Bh2 Bh6 with multiple ideas of playing or f4 or Bf4, with a big pressure on the white king.]
A good move. Black is starting his play first.
[In case of 12.Bd2 Qe6+ is an important check. 13.Kf1 000 Black is clearly better.]
12...Nxe5 13.Bxe5

13...f6! Laznicka is playing a great game. Black's impulsive play is putting White under big pressure.
is the only move to go on, as 14.Bf4 Nxf4 would just lead to a lost position for White.
Safe and good. [Another option could have been 14...Rg5 15.f4 fxe5 Black is giving an exchange for the initiative. 16.fxg5 Nxg3 17.Rg1 f4 With very unclear play, but to me Black's position looks very promising.]
15.Bf4 000
Black is preparing to play e5 next.
16.Be3?! And this is already quite a serious mistake. [White should have been much more careful about his development. 16.Nd2 e5 17.dxe5 Re8 (17...fxe5 didn't work as after 18.Bxe5 Re8 19.f4 White is OK.) 18.Qe2 Bd6 With a probably slightly better position for Black, but nothing too tragic has happened.]
Now White's position is already very dangerous. Black is crushing in the center and White's king has no real place to escape.
Rapport seems not to care at all about Black's activity and his own minor developed pieces. [It was really time for 17.Nd2 but after Black's 17...Ne6! of course White's position is just bad.]
17...fxe5 18.Bxa7 Rapport is taking the pawn, and well, what else to do?! The position is already very bad and worse than to lose the game you can't really reach in chess.
A very good move. Black is preparing the d4 push and at the same time securing the c-file.
19.Qb3 d4 20.00
The white king tries to escape, but on g1 a lot of mating threats will also be in the air.

Black is just playing a perfect game. Now Laznicka just wants to play Nf4 next to end White's suffering.
[After 21.cxd4 Nf4 22.d5 Rxd5 the game would not have lasted too long. Black's attack is deadly.]
What a great final blow! [21...Nf4? was premature as after 22.Qc4 the queens are going to be exchanged.]
[The key point of the move 21...Bc5 is easy to see after 22.Bxc5 

22...Nf4! After blocking the c-file, Black is simply mating the white king. 23.f3 Rxg3+ 24.Kh2 Rxh3+ 25.Kg1 Qg6+]
22...Nxd4 Nothing can save White anymore.
23.Qe3 Of course Black has a lot of winning moves here, but Laznicka is finishing the game in style:

Very nice! Of course after 24.Qxe2 Black will play Rxg3 and Qg2 mate. This game must have been quite a disappointment to Rapport, but it is another good example of how dangerous it can be to play without development.


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