Friday, March 27, 2009


MERALCO, Pasig City

1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5

3 ... cxd5 4 Bd3 Nc6 5 c3
THE IDEAS BEHIND THE CHESS OPENINGS, "Here White's source of strength is his control of e5 which should be occupied with a knight at an early stage. If Bf4 followed by pouring his pieces into the King-side is then possible, White will secure a strong attack."

5 ... Nf6 6 Bf4 Bg4 7 Qb3

This position has been played many times before, most notably in Maroczy vs Capablanca in USA 1926, Huebner vs Smyslov in Hastings 1968, Fischer vs Petrosian in USSR vs Rest of the World 1970, Kasparov vs Morgulev in Soviet Union 1977, and Torre vs Adorjan in Shenzhen 1982.

The latest public display of application of this variation is in Yifan vs Mkrtchian in the Women's World Championship. Yifan is the youngest GM in the world, becoming a full-pledged GM in 2008; first norm in the Aeroflot Open (2008), second norm in the Isbank Ataturk Women Masters (2008), and third norm in the World Junior Championship (2008)

7 ... Qb6
NM Bagamasbad, who played for UST, continued differently. World Champions Capablanca, Petrosian and Smyslov played 7 ... Na5 and 7 ... Qc8.

8 QxQ axQ 9 Nbd2
According to ROMAN'S LAB on PAWN STRUCTURES, White has a clear advantage after 9 Na3.

9 ... e6 10 Ngf3 Bh5 11 O-O
THE TEN MOST COMMON CHESS MISTAKES, "Nothing is more important than safeguarding your King by castling early, within the first dozen moves, if possible."

Castling reminds me of one of Luke's parables, "That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river bursts against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built."

11 ... Bg6 12 BxB hxB 13 Rfc1 b5 14 a3 Na5 15 b4 Nc4 16 NxN dxN 17 Rc2 Nd5 18 Bg3 Be7 19 Nd2 Kd7 20 Nf1 Ra4 21 Ne3 NxN 22 fxN
Pau stopped recording. After several moves, this position was arrived at.

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