Daniil Dubov has not necessarily lived up to all the expectations that accompany becoming a grandmaster before age 15, but he is making progress, as shown by his performance, and this game, from the recent Aeroflot Open.
The progress of Daniil Dubov of Russia, who became a grandmaster just before his 15th birthday but is now 19, has not been as dramatic as many may have anticipated, but, then again, it is really hard to stand out in Russia with all of its talent. Still, Dubov has had impressive runs in a number of open events, like the strong Aeroflot Open in Moscow last month. He finished in a tie for third, just a half point behind the leaders.
The following is a crucial, and tense, game from the penultimate round against Ukraine’s Alexander Moiseenko, who is a very strong and experienced grandmaster. Moiseenko played very provocatively, even though he had Black. Considering that he has played similar lines before, perhaps it was part of his preparation and he may have hoped that Dubov would let him consolidate easily. But the only way to challenge provocative play is with ruthless precision, and the young Russian rose to the challenge.
Dubov, Daniil vs. Moiseenko, A1.
Aeroflot Open A 2016 |Moscow RUS |Round 8.8 |08 Mar 2016 |ECO: B30 |1-0
1. e4c52. Nf3Nc63. Bb5e64. O-ONge75. Nc3Nd46. Nxd4cxd47. Ne2a68. Ba4b59. Bb3Nc610. d3g6The setup isn't
unusual, but this move hasn't been played often. It is easy to see why putting the bishop on g7
might seem appealing, as it defends the d4 pawn without having to create any
further weaknesses (like e5). Also the king side appears more solid after
this, so plans like f4 to f5 looks less daunting. Yet, this hasn't been played
often in games, and the reason is perhaps linked to some discomfort
about allowing ideas like Bf4 to Bd6. 11. Bf4White has to play accurately. If
Black is able to play Bg7 and castle, then g6 will have paid off perfectly. 11... Bg7?!It becomes really hard to dislodge the Bishop from d6. It's
Particularly interesting, however, that the bishop isn't looking very comfortable on f4, so perhaps Black could target it more quickly?
( 11... d6?!/\ Bg7 would be
slow because it allows White to exploit the other side as well: 12. a4!b413. a5Bg714. Ba4Bb715. Qd2O-O16. Bxc6 )
( 11... Be712. Bh6is again annoying, as Black
might have to exchange the bishops. )
( 11... h5!?is an idea similar to the
game, and perhaps equally provocative, but I think here it would certainly be
more interesting. At the same time, White probably is better anyway after 12. c3Bg713. Bd6 )
12. Bd6Na5An unusual way
to fight the d6 bishop. It makes sense because Black's position does look
solid, and the d6 bishop is White's only piece that is bothering him. But
Black underestimates how out of place the knight might be on b7. 13. Qd2Nb714. Bf4!
( 14. Bg3Nc5and the knight is quite nicely placed -
keeping the b3 bishop in check; White needs to show something urgently to
claim any edge. )
14... h5!?The other moves would leave Black with a
passive position. Not only does he prevent the exchange of dark-squared bishop with Bh6, but he is trying to create his own counterplay as
well. The bishop on f4 is suddenly a target as Black threatens e5 to trap it. It is a bit counterintuitive, but slow development by White might actually give Black some nice play on the kingside:
( 14... O-O15. Bh6 )
( 14... Nc515. Bh6the dark-squared bishop exchange will lead to more than just a weaker kingside for Black - the d4 pawn becomes weak, too, which is
definitely not what he wants. )
( 15. Kh1e516. Bg5f6would be
very messy! 17. Bh4g5 )
( 15. e5d6!?16. exd6Bf6again, this position can
lead to strange complications as Black goes ahead with g5 and then recaptures
d6 later. )
( 15. h3is possible, but a definite waste of time. Black can
( 15... dxc316. bxc3isn't anything disastrous for
Black, but this would be accepting that the whole h5 idea didn't work at all. )
( 16. Bxf7+seems like a very fun idea but this is nowhere near as strong as the game continuation. After 16... Kxf717. Bg5f4 looks aesthetically
nice but the Black king is very safe on g8 and White's compensation isn't
particularly convincing. )
( 17... fxg518. fxe5!is the key idea behind the
Bg5 to f4 idea. 18... Rf819. Rxf8+Bxf820. Rf1Black is undeveloped and the knight on b7 is a particularly sorry sight. )
18. Nxc3Bringing the knight into the game as well! It is headed to d5 of course. 18... fxg519. fxe5Bxe520. Nd5White is in no hurry. Even without an instant threat,
White maintains complete control, and Black is in no position to finish
( 20. Qf2Qc7!21. Nd5Qc5would have turned the tables. )
21. Kh1Nc5Black wants to get rid of the bishop, but he runs into a brilliant idea:
( 21... d6would have been much more tenacious. White continues
to dominate, but there is actually no instantly crushing blow. Black is ready
to play Nc5 next, and the ball is in White's court to try and find a way to
continue. Practically, things are still complicated and an
intuitive idea might be 22. Nb4!?/\ Bf7+ which causes a lot of
dischord in Black's position. )
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