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GM Fedoseev - GM Zvjaginsev annotated by GM Balogh

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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672

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We are in the final round of the Russian Higher league. The tournament, where the first 5 players qualify to the Russian Superfinal, where they join to Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin and the other top players. The winner of this game had a guaranteed place there, but draw were not enough for them. My good friend Vadim Zvjaginsev manages to win a brilliant tactical game. The game is full of unusual, but beautiful tactical motifs.

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

The Russian Top League-2014 took place in Vladivostok
Images by Eteri Kublashvili,

Fedoseev,Vladimir3 (2662) - Zvjaginsev,Vadim (2642) [D00]
67th ch-RUS HL 2014 Vladivostok RUS (9.3), 13.06.2014
[Balogh Csaba]
1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 White tries to drive the game to less explored territories.
2...Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.c4 

An ambitious move. Usually the players who quickly develop their bishop to f4 like to set up a very solid position with c3, but in this game White logically wanted to create complications. Now we reached a Gruenfeld-like position and both sides played in the spirit of this opening and used many typical tactical and positional ideas.
In the spirit of the Gruenfeld to play against the center. [4...Bg7 5.Nc3 would have transposed to a huge main line of the Gruenfeld, but Zvjaginsev himself does not employ this opening, therefore he handles the opening with the typical moves but in the same time he avoids some theoretical discussions.]
5.dxc5 Nc6
Zvjaginsev conseqently continues his idea to avoid transpositions. We have already reached a new position. [However if Black had played 5...Bg7 6.Nc3 we have again transposed to a position with thousands of games...]
6.Nf3 Be6 [The most natural and objectively stronger move 6...Bg7! would have been a transposition again after 7.Nc3]
7.Nc3 Qa5
The most conse quent move again, but White can make use of, that the bishop has not developed yet to g7 and the pressure on c3 is that big at the moment. 

[7...dxc4 was dubious in view of 8.Ng5! White wins the c4 pawn.]
White attacks the b7 pawn and suddenly it is not easy to deal with this simple threat. Black has no adequate way to protect it, some passive moves like Nd8 obviously does not come into consideration, neither the trade of the queens with Qb4 because White is pawn up. Black is basicly forced to do the following intuitive sacrifice.
9.Qxb7 00!
Who says A must say B too. A piece does not caunt now, Black must focus on the e1 king, which still needs two tempi to castle kingside and Black should find his counterplay on the c3 square. Ne4 is a very dangerous threat.
Too gready! [10.Qb5! White should have been satisfied with two extra pawns and offered the trade of queens. White would have had the advantage in this case, but who could refrain to a "free" piece on c6...]
We have reached the dream of all Gruenfeld players. Such a dynamic position.
White tries to close the bishop and prevents the main Bxc3 threat. [On 11.Nd2 Nxd2 12.Kxd2 dxc4 is very unpleasant. All diagonals and files are opened on the exposed king. White has nothing better than 13.Ke2 Qb4 14.Qb5 but then Black wins back the material and gets a good position after 14...Bxc3 15.Qxb4 Bxb4]
11...Nxc3 12.a3!
Very nice resource also from White! Black was threatening with different kind of discovered checks with the knight, but all of them could be met by b4! Only one check prevents it, but first Black activates one of his rooks.
12...Rac8 13.Qb7

What an amazing move, which forces the king to run! [13...Ne4+ 14.b4 Qa4 15.Qb5+ forces the trade of the queens and White wins.; 13...dxc4 14.Qb4 Qxb4 15.axb4+ also with a winning advantage.]
[14.b4 could now be met by 14...Qxa3! this is the point of the unexpected Na2 move to close the rook on a1!]
14...Qa4+ 15.Ke1
[15.Qb3 White obviously would like to trade queens with such a vulnerable king, but it did not work tactically in view of 15...Qxb3+ 16.Nxb3 dxc4 17.Nd4 Rfd8! The dynamic plays continues even without the queens on board. 18.Rxa2 c3 19.Ra1 Bxd4 20.exd4 Rxd4+ 21.Kc2 cxb2 22.Kxb2 Rxf4+ Black soon ends up with material advantage.]
Unfortunately Black is forced to repeat moves. [15...dxc4 might look g at first sight, but Black does not have enough compensation after 16.Rxa2! Bxd4 (16...c3 17.b3) 17.exd4 c3 18.Ra1 Qxd4 19.Qb4!+ and White covers everything.]

GM Vladimir Fedoseev (2662), one of the Russian young rising stars

Objectively a mistake after which Black is better, but it was impossible to foresee what will be the outcome of the complications.. White should have agreed to the repetition with 16.Kd1, but the tournament situation also forced White to continue this exciting fight.
Grabbing some material and indirectly protecting the a2 knight.
[17.Rxa2? Qxc4+ 18.Kf3 Qxa2+]
[17...Qxc4+ was also str ong, but Zvjaginsev did not want to send the king to the kingside, he preferred to keep it in the center... 18.Kf3 (On 18.Ke1 Black wins with the pretty blow 

18...Bc3+! 19.bxc3 Qxc3+ 20.Ke2 Qxa1 21.Nxf8 White is still ahead materially, but there is a forced mate... 21...Nc3+! 22.Kf3 Qd1+! 23.Kg3 Ne4+ 24.Kh3 Qh5#) 18...Qe4+ 19.Kg3 fxe6 with a promising position for Black!]
18.Qb3 White tries to bring back the queen to the defense and also would finally like to take that knight on a2 off the board...

Excellent reaction! Black sacrifices a piece again, but he locks the white queen to the corner, which gives him more space to build up his attack against the king, which is still standing in the center.
19.Qxa2 e5!? Zvjaginsev decides to advance his pawn to e4 to squeeze white even more and to avoid defenses like f3Kf2. [

However Black had an even stronger move, which leads to win in beautiful lines: 19...Rxf4!! Eliminating the defender of the b8 square. 20.exf4 Rb8! 21.Rb1

21...Rb3!! This would have been just amazing! Black is a full rook down, but he basicly caged all white pieces. Black is winning in all lines: 22.h4 Nice idea to bring a defender and exchange an attacker with Rh3, but it is too slow (22.Ke1 trying to free the bishop, but Black does not allow it 22...Qa5+! 23.Kd1 Qd5+ 24.Ke1 and the winning combination is: 24...Bc3+! 25.bxc3 Qe4+ 26.Kd2 Rxb1+) 22...Qf5 23.Rh3 Qc2+ 24.Ke1 Rxh3 25.gxh3 

25...Bc3+! 26.bxc3 Qxa2+]
20.Bg3 e4 21.Kd1
A desperate attempt to hide the king on the queenside, but it is easy to feel, that it should not be succesfull. However to find its refutation requires enormous play. [Unfortunately for White 21.f3 trying to hide the king with Kf2 and Be2 did not help in view of 21...exf3+ 22.gxf3 Bh6! 23.f4 e5! is going to be crushing! Black opens all the lines on the king.]
21...Rfd8+ 22.Kc2

This is shocking! The idea itself is very nice and logical, Black would like to push c3 with a crushing attack and first he leaves the pin. But why he moves with his king to f8 and why not to h8? Actually only Kf8 was winning and the reason could not be calculated, Zvjaginsev could only believe to his intuition. [22...Kh8 could have met by exactly the same moves as White was defending in the game 23.Rd1! Rxd1 24.Kxd1 c3 it looks over, but it is actually not 25.b3! Rd8+ (25...c2+ 26.Kc1 Qc3 seems to be over, but White saves himself with 27.Bc4! Rd8 28.Qxc2! and Black does not have more than perpetual check. 28...Qa1+ 29.Qb1=) 26.Kc1 Rd2 27.b4! completely unexpected at such attacking pieces, but White survives 27...Qh5 28.Qb3 Rb2 29.Qa4!!+ And here is the difference! White is threatening with Qe8 mate! This is the reason, why Black had to put his king to f8, to cover the backrank mate! Amazing!]

GM Vadim Zjvaginsev (2642), one of the strongest students of Mark Dvoretzky and winner of the 1998 Chess Olympiad

23.Rd1 [There was no time for 23.Be2 c3+ is over, Rd2 or cxb2 is coming next.]
23...Rxd1 24.Kxd1 c3 25.b3!
Perfect defensive skills, but it does not help this time. White would like to close the c-file by developing the bishop to c4. [25.bxc3 Qxc3+ leads to mate soon.; 25.b4 c2+ 26.Kc1 Qc3]
Only this wins! [25...c2+ 26.Kc1 Qc3 looks also very tempting, but it leads only to draw after 27.Bc4! White is ready to take on c2. 27...Rd8 28.Qxc2 Qa1+ 29.Qb1 Qc3+ 30.Qc2=]
26.Kc1 Rd2 27.b4

27...Qh5!! Zvjaginsev finds again the only way to win! The d1 square is the key in Black's attack.
28.Qb3 Rb2! 29.Bc4
Kind of resignation, but there was nothing better. [And in comparison to the 22...Kh8 line, on 29.Qa4 there is no threat on e8, so Black has time to play 29...Qd5!+; 29.Qc4 leads to forced mate after the pretty 29...Rb1+! 30.Kxb1 Qd1+ 31.Ka2 Qc2+ 32.Ka1 Qb2#; 29.Qd1 Rb1++]
29...Rxb3 30.Bxb3 Qe2 31.Bc2 Qa6!
The most precise move. Before going to c4, Black first weakens the b4 pawn.
32.a4 Qc4 33.Rd1 Ke8 34.Re1 Qa2
White resigned. What a game!!


More annotated games, tactics & endgame puzzles, surprise section/study can be found in the weekly Chess Evolution "Top GM Secrets" bulletin. 25 pages total.

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