Thursday, January 5, 2012

FM Carlos vs Sol Cruz

1st Training Simul for MVP Olympics
Meralco, Pasig City
White "FM Carlos, Leo"
Black "Sol Cruz, Rolly"
ECO "C02"

1. e4 c5
I am playing for a win, thus the Sicilian Defense, the defense of champions.

2. c3 e6
Faced with the Sicilian Alapin, which has become my opening lately on account of my son, I realized that I have nothing in particular prepared against it. It turned out that the main responses are 2... Nf6: Lautier vs Polgar in 1993, and 2... d5: Deep Blue vs Kasparov in 1996.

3. d4 d5
I did not exchange on d4 because I don't want his N go to c3.

4. e5
The opening has transposed into the French Defense Advance Variation. This is my pet defense in the good old days.

The logic behind this move for White is that it claims space on the kingside and cramps the development of Black's pieces.
Watson in Mastering the Chess Openings

4... Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 
This is the modern way of handling this variation, putting pressure on both d4 and b2.
Collins in Understanding the Chess Openings

6. Be2
De Firmian in Modern Chess Openings identifies this position as one of the
main lines in the Advance Variation.

6... Nge7
With the center pawns locked, my goal is to castle as soon as possible, especially against a FIDE Master.

The popular continuation is 6.... cxd4 7 cxd4 and the N goes h6-f5 as in Nunn vs Schmittdiel in Dortmund 1991. And if 7... Nh6 8 Bxh6? Qxb2 with advantage for B per Nunn's Chess Openings.

7. Na3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Nf5
Centralizing the N is a small strategic victory in itself.
Marovic in Secrets of Positional Chess

9. Nc2 Be7
Benjamin vs Bareev in Munich 1994 continued with 9... Bb4+ 10 Kf1 Be7 11
h4 with slight advantage for W. And in the games of Shirov and Gurevich, Bd7 is played ahead of Be7 with an option for Q-side castling.

10. O-O O-O
Nothing is more important than safeguarding your K by castling early,
within the first dozen moves, if possible.
Evans in The 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes

11. Bd3 Bd7
You try to identify the least active piece, the worst piece, in your own
camp, and you look for a way to activate it.
Kosikov in Elements of Chess Strategy

12. Rb1 Rac8
The Rs are best placed on the four center files, particularly if any should
be open.
Pritchard in The Right Way to Play Chess

13. b4 Qd8 14. g4
I was surprised by this move!

14... Nh4
When attacking the K, try to find moves that will force your opponent to
advance pawns or exchange key defenders, and avoid threats that can be
simply parried by bringing over a new defender.
Harding in Better Chess for Average Players

15. Be3 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Bg5 17. Rfc1 Bxe3 18. Qxe3 Qh4
First break up the position, then you penetrate with the Q.
Weeramantry and Eusebi in Best Lessons of a Chess Coach

As Batman said in The Dark Knight, “Time to move in.”

19. Be2 f5
The opening of new lines will favor the player with the better-developed game; his more mobile forces will be the first to occupy such lines.
Reinfeld in The Complete Chess Player

20. Qg3 Qxg3+
Don’t complicate. Exchange Qs and leave a R and 2 or 3 minor pieces on the
Kotov in Think Like a Grandmaster

21. hxg3 Ne7 22. Ne3 fxg4 23. Bxg4 Nc6? 24. Rd1
But FM Leo, due to time trouble in other boards, did not see that 24. Nxd4 wins a pawn.

24... Ne7 25. Rdc1 g6 1/2-1/2
With 3 minutes left on FM Leo's clock and 6 minutes for me, I offered a
draw since I do not see a winning plan and reckon that I cannot outplay him
in time scramble.


rjsolcruz said...

I am offering this draw to the late NM Mario Meneses who was called to join Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Fischer, Balinas and many other in the Heaven's Cup. This month is Mario's first death anniversary.

rjsolcruz said...

[Event "Canadian Open"]
[Site "Edmonton CAN"]
[Date "2005.07.16"]
[EventDate "2005.07.09"]
[Round "8"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Alexander Shabalov"]
[Black "Alexey Shirov"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "2593"]
[BlackElo "2705"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Nge7
7. Na3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Nf5 9. Nc2 Qb6 10. O-O Na5 11. g4 Ne7
12. Nfe1 Bb5 13. Nd3 h5 14. gxh5 Nf5 15. Be3 Nc6 16. a4 Bc4
17. b4 Qd8 18. Bg4 Nxe3 19. fxe3 Qg5 20. h3 Rxh5 21. Qf3 O-O-O
22. Qxf7 Rxh3 23. Qxe6+ Kb8 24. Rxf8 Rg3+ 25. Kf2 Rxg4
26. Qd6+ Ka8 27. Rxd8+ Nxd8 28. Qd7 Rg2+ 29. Ke1 Qg3+ 30. Kd1
Qf3+ 0-1

rjsolcruz said...

[Event "North Sea Cup"]
[Site "Esbjerg"]
[Date "2000.07.07"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "2"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Alexander Grischuk"]
[Black "Mikhail Gurevich"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.Na3
cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5 9.Nc2 Qb6 10.O-O a5 11.Kh1 Nb4 12.Ne3 Rc8
13.Nxf5 exf5 14.Bd2 Be7 15.a3 Nc6 16.Bc3 O-O 17.Qd2 Ra8 18.Ne1
Rfb8 19.Nc2 g6 20.Ne3 Be6 21.f4 h5 22.Qd1 Kg7 23.Bxh5 gxh5
24.Qxh5 Rh8 25.Nxf5+ Bxf5 26.Qxf5 Nxd4 27.Qd3 Rxh2+ 28.Kxh2
Rh8+ 29.Kg3 Bh4+ 30.Kg4 Qh6 0-1

rjsolcruz said...

[Event "Sarajevo Bosnia"]
[Site "Sarajevo"]
[Date "2000.05.17"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Sergei Movsesian"]
[Black "Mikhail Gurevich"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "70"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.Na3
cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5 9.Nc2 Qb6 10.h4 f6 11.g4 Nfxd4 12.Ncxd4 Nxe5
13.g5 Bc5 14.O-O Nxf3+ 15.Nxf3 Qb4 16.Ne1 Qxh4 17.Ng2 Qb4
18.Bd3 O-O-O 19.a3 Qb6 20.b4 Bd4 21.Be3 Kb8 22.Qf3 Bxe3
23.fxe3 Rhf8 24.Qg3+ e5 25.Bxh7 d4 26.Be4 Rh8 27.gxf6 gxf6
28.Qf3 Rdf8 29.exd4 Rh3 30.Qd1 f5 31.Qd2 Rfh8 32.Nf4 fxe4
33.Nxh3 Bxh3 34.Qh2 Qxd4+ 35.Kh1 e3 0-1