Sometimes there is little a player can do when facing a superior opponent.
A player facing a superior opponent is confronted with a choice: Try to play it safe and hope to survive, or go for broke and come out swinging hoping to land a knockout punch, which is a higher risk, higher reward strategy. In this game, White, to his credit, chooses the second option, but the result is disastrous.
1. d4Nf62. c4e63. Nc3Bb44. Qc2d55. cxd5exd56. Bg5h67. Bh4c58. dxc5I commend White for bravely playing into a sharp mainline against a stronger opponent. He is not afraid of the coming complications. 8... O-O!?
( 8... g5This is the old move, which I actually
Prefer. 9. Bg3Ne4 )
9. e3Be6This is the new trend. 10. a3Bxc3+!
( 10... Bxc511. Rd1And White should be better. )
11. Qxc3g512. Bg3Ne413. Qc2Nc6!?I like it. Moiseenko plays for the initiative and does not bother about winning the pawn back.
( 13... Nd7This is a safer choice, and probably should be enough to equalize. )
14. b4f515. Ne2Qf616. Rd1The computer prefers White's position, but with some sacrifices to open up lines of attack to Whites king, Moiseenko quickly demonstrates how potent his position actually is. 16... f4!!The attack is
coming! The pawn count is not important. 17. exf4Bf5!18. Qc1Rae8White can even take a third pawn on d5. But look at those fearsomely placed Black pieces. In practical terms, White should be close to lost 19. f3
( 19. Rxd5The computer wants to take this one too, but it has now realized the gravity of White's situation 19... Qe6 )
19... Nc320. fxg5hxg521. Rd2d422. Kf2d3!A very nice tactical blow that crushes White as his position caves in. Of course, the knight is immune to capture. 23. Bd6
( 23. Nxc3Qd4# )
( 23. Qxc3Rxe2+!Wins the
23... Rf724. h4gxh4!Simple and strong. Black keeps White
bottled up. And he is now only down one pawn! 25. Qxc3dxe2!
Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 7 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.
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