51st Capablanca Mem Elite |Varadero CUB |Round 8.1 |17 Jun 2016 |ECO: C45 |1-0
1. e4e52. Nf3Nc63. d4exd44. Nxd4Nf65. Nxc6!
( 5. Nc3This is pretty common nowadays and entirely toothless. 5... Bb4 )
5... bxc66. e5Qe77. Qe2Nd58. c4Ba6
( 8... Nb6Is the most common move. )
9. Nd2Nb4?!I don't like this move, nor do I understand it.
( 9... g6Is simple and strong. )
10. Nf3White already has a nice edge, but it
was not the opening of this game that made the strong impression on me. 10... c511. g3
( 11. a3Would likely transpose to the game )
11... Qe612. a3Nc6The computer thinks Black is better at this point. This is utter nonsense Blacks structure is weakened, his king will have a hard time finding a home, and he has no real counterplay. 13. Bd2O-O-O14. O-O-Og615. Bg5Be716. Bxe7Qxe717. Qe3!White starts a strong sequence of moves that leaves Black in terrible shape. The pawn on c5 is the target. 17... Rhe818. Rd5!d619. Bh3+Kb820. Qb3+Bb7Superficially, this position does not look terribly dangerous Black. In reality, he is in big trouble. 21. Re1!Threatening exd6 21... Qf822. Bg2!And the laser is coming online on the long diagonal. White is more than happy to sacrifice the exchange. 22... Na5?Black greedily goes for the material, but this will be his undoing.
( 22... a6At a high depth the engine suggests this move, but it fails to equalize entirely. 23. exd6Rxd624. Rxd6cxd625. Qb6 )
( 22... f6?This is met with a nasty refutation: 23. Nd4!Na524. Nc6+!Nxc625. Rxc5And Black is
in big trouble )
23. Qa4!Bxd524. cxd5Nb7It looks like Black is safe for the moment, but White's pieces are ready to strike. He starts by improving his worse positioned piece. 25. Bf1!dxe5?
( 25... Rxe5The engine claims this is best, and Black can carry on, though he will be suffering. 26. Nxe5dxe527. Rxe5 )
26. Bb5!White installs the bishop on c6 to stop any Black pieces from swinging to b6 via d6
( 26. Ba6Qd6!and Qb6 will hold the fort )
( 26... c427. Bxe8Qxe828. Qxc4Was not much better )
27. Bc6!Ka828. Re3!exf329. Qb5And Black had seen enough. A fine victory from Kryvoruchko
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