Saturday, 19 January 2008

Alekhine - Richter, Munich, 1942

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.d4 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 dxc4 10.Bxc4 b6 11.a3 Bb7 12.Qd3! Nd5 [12...Na5 13.Ba2 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Qxd4 15.b4 Nc4 16.Rad1+-] 13.Bxd5 Bxg5 [13...exd5 14.Bxe7! the black has a bad bishop and the weak square d5] 14.Be4 f5 [14...g6? 15.Qb5!] 15.Nxg5 Qxg5 [15...fxe4 16.Ncxe4!! Qxd4 17.Nf6+ Rxf6 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8+ Ke7 20.Qxg7++-] 16.Bf3 Kh8 17.Rfe1 Rad8 18.Qf1!! Rxd4 19.Qb5! Rd6 20.Ne4 Qg6 21.Nxd6!? [21.Bh5!! Qxh5 22.Nxd6 Nd4 23.Qd3 Nf3+? 24.gxf3 Bxf3 25.Re3 Qg4+ 26.Kf1 Qh3+ 27.Ke1+-] 21...Nd4 22.Bxb7 Nxb5 23.Nxb5 Qf6 24.Nc3 e5 25.Rad1 e4 26.Rd7! with the next moves Alekhine improves the coordination of his pieces 26...h5 27.h3 h4 28.Red1 Kh7 29.Ba6 Rf7 30.R7d6 Qg5 31.R6d5 Qf4 32.Ne2! Qg5 33.Nd4 Rf6 34.Be2! Kh6 35.Nc2 Rf7 36.Ne3 g6 37.Bc4 Qf4 38.Rd6 Rc7 39.b3 Kh7 40.a4 Qe5 41.Re6 Qc3 42.Nd5 Qc2 43.Rf1 Rg7 44.f3! exf3 45.Rxf3 Kh6 46.Ne3 1-0

Friday, 18 January 2008

Williams - Kennedy, London, 1848

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.Nf3 Ng6 5.Be3 Bb4+ 6.c3 Ba5 7.Bd3 Bb6 8.0-0 N8e7 9.Qd2 d6 10.c4 0-0 11.Nc3 Ba5! 12.Ne1 f5 13.f4 fxe4 14.Bxe4 Bf5 15.Bxf5 Nxf5 16.fxe5? Nxe3 white resigns 17.Qxe3 Bb6 0-1

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Alekhine - Podgorny, Prague, 1942

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 e6 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.0-0 Qa5 10.a3! The black king is on center. White's pieces are better developed than black's pieces. A beautiful gambit! 10...Nf6 11.d5!! exd5 [11...Nxd5 12.Nxd5 exd5 (12...Bxf3 13.axb4 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Qxa1 15.Nc7+) 13.Nd4! Nxd4 14.Bxg4] 12.axb4! Qxa1 13.Nd2! Bxe2 14.Qxe2+ Ne7 15.Re1! 0-0 16.Nb3! Qa6 17.Qxa6 bxa6 18.Rxe7 Rab8 19.b5 axb5 20.Rxa7 b4 21.Ne2 Rfc8 22.f3 Ra8 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 White must move his king toward the weak pawn d5 to win the game 24.Kf2 Nd7 25.Nf4 Nb6 26.Ke3 Rc8 27.Kd3 g5 28.Nh5 and Black resigned. 1-0

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Saint Amant,Pierre Charles Four - Staunton,Howard

A beautiful attacking game.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Bilguer - Von Der Lasa,, Berlin, 1839

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.0-0! cxb2? [6...d6! the development of pieces!] 7.Bxb2 f6 Now the kingside is too weak [7...Bf8!] 8.Qb3 Nh6 White has more pieces developed, so he can open the lines 9.e5! fxe5 10.Nxe5 Qe7 11.Nxc6 bxc6 towards the center [11...dxc6? 12.Bxg7! Qxg7 13.Qxb4 now black cannot play d5 and his king isn't safe] 12.Bxg7 Qxg7 13.Qxb4 d5 14.Re1+ Kd8 15.Nc3! Bh3 16.g3 dxc4 17.Rad1+ Bd7 18.Qb7 Rc8 19.Qxc6! Re8 20.Rxd7+! Qxd7 21.Qf6+ Re7 22.Nd5! Ng8 23.Qg5 Qe8 24.Rd1 1-0

Monday, 14 January 2008

Dubois - Steinitz, London 1862

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 d6 5.d3 Nf6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 [7.Be3 he should play this to take control of the g5 square] 7...g5 8.Bg3? h5!! 9.h4 [9.Nxg5 h4 10.Nxf7 hxg3 11.Nxd8 Bg4 12.Qd2 Nd4 13.Nc3 Nf3+! 14.gxf3 Bxf3 15.hxg3 Rh1#] 9...Bg4 10.c3 Qd7! 11.d4 exd4 12.e5 dxe5 13.Bxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Qf5! forcing the opening of the h column 15.Nxg4 hxg4 16.Bd3 Qd5 17.b4 0-0-0! 18.c4 [18.bxc5 Rxh4!] 18...Qc6 19.bxc5 Rxh4 20.f3 Rdh8 21.fxg4 Qe8! 22.Qe1 Qe3+! 23.Qxe3 dxe3 Steinit reaches the winning endgame he had calculated 24.g3 Rh1+ 25.Kg2 R8h2+ 26.Kf3 Rxf1+ 27.Bxf1 Rf2+ 28.Kxe3 Rxf1 29.a4 Kd7 30.Kd3 Nxg4 31.Kc3 Ne3 32.Ra2 Rxb1 33.Rd2+ Kc6 34.Re2 Rc1+ 35.Kd2 Rc2+ 36.Kxe3 Rxe2+ 37.Kxe2 f5 38.Ke3 Kxc5 39.Kd3 f4 0-1

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Reiner-Steinitz, Vienna 1860

This is one of the first games of Steinitz I studied. I like it because I'm weak at calculating variants. While I studied this game, I learned how important the positional game is. Steinitz doesn't castle, but he takes the initiative and he attacks: it seems he doesn't need to calculate because he know the position very well!

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.0-0 d6 6.c3 Bg4 7.Qb3 Bxf3! 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Bxg8? Rxg8 10.gxf3 g5!! 11.Qe6 Ne5 12.Qf5+ Kg7 13.Kh1 Kh8 14.Rg1 g4! 15.f4! Nf3 16.Rxg4 Qh4! 17.Rg2 Qxh2+! 18.Rxh2 Rg1# 0-1