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My best game so far

Hi! I am new here so I hope that you would give me a chance to see all the possibilities how to present some interesting material. In addition, I hope that you will understand that my English is not "so great". Embarassed

 

At first, I wanted to present a game that I see as my best so far. It was played in 2007, in the last round of Serbian championship, against GM Dragan Solak. Hope you would like it.

 

This game is example of good preparation. Since I am chess professional player and trainer, I would extend my opinions about preparation in chess in further posts.

 

UPDATED:

 

I am very happy and excited since there are so many views and supportive comments. Thank you from my heart! When I started, I didn’t have idea that this community is so big and active. It’s a pleasure to be here! I owe to present you make deeper annotations and I would try to do it now.

 

Again, I am not sure if it is best way to do it, so please feel free to advice me. I will try to do it in sequences.

 

Moves are annotated in classical Chess Informant style, which is most convenient for me, as I am new member of Chess Informant team. However, some of usual symbols I could\t use here.

 

So, if you are ready for small journey, let’s go!

 

 

 

GM Tadic,Branko (2496) – GM Solak,Dragan (2564)

ECO code D17

SERBIA-championship

Vrsac (13th round), 17.03.2007

 

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6

Slav defence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6

Last year, I played the same variation again, this time against GM Miodrag R. Savic. Here it is in total: 6...Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Nb6 8.Ne5 a5 9.f3 Nfd7 10.e4 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qxd1+ 12.Kxd1 Be6 13.Kc2 f6 14.Rb1 Nd7 15.b4 Nxe5 16.bxa5 Bc8 17.a6 bxa6 18.a5 Nd7 19.Na4 e5 20.Be3 Bd6 21.Bc4 Ke7 22.Rhd1 Rb8 23.Nb6 Nxb6 24.Bxb6 f5 25.Bc5 Bxc5 26.Rxb8 fxe4 27.fxe4 Rf8 28.Kc3 Re8 29.Rf1 Kd6 30.Rf7 Bd4+ 31.Kc2 Kc5 32.Bxa6 Bd7 33.Rxe8 Bxe8 34.Re7 Bg6 35.Bd3 1:0 Tadic 2524 - Savic 2522, Kragujevac 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.g3

This move and whole idea to put Bishop on long diagonal was popular in late 80\s. I wanted to make a surprise for my opponent.

 

7...Bb4  

I think that 7...c5 is best choice for Black. At least, with such an approach, he could avoid many tactical variations that will follow. However, it is another story!

 

8.Bg2 Ne4 9.0–0

I had in mind game that was played between two great players Kramnik and Shirov. Here it is: 9.Bxe4 Bxe4 10.0–0 Bg6 11.Nxc4 0–0 12.Qb3 a5 13.Rd1 Nd7 14.Bf4 Qe7 15.Na2 Rfd8 16.Nxb4 Qxb4 17.Qc3 c5 18.Qxb4 axb4 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Nb6 Bc2! 21.Rdc1 Nb3 22.Nxa8 Nxa1 23.Nb6 Rd1+ 24.Rxd1 Bxd1 25.Kf1 Nc2= Kramnik 2770 - Shirov 2746, Monaco 2000. My approach was much sharper!

 

9...Nxc3

GM Dragan Solak is a player who is willing to take the risk, even he is better known for his positional skills.(9...Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nxc3 11.Qe1! Qxd4 12.Bb2 Qxe5 13.Bxc3 Qc7 14.e4 Bg6 15.Bxg7 Rg8 16.Qc3 Nd7 17.Bd4 h5 18.Qxc4 h4 19.Rfc1 hxg3 20.hxg3 with the attack.)

 

10.bxc3 Bxc3 11.Ba3

This is the main point. Black square Bishop becomes a very powerful figure that prevents castling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11...Qxd4

Such a great Bishop a3 costs me some pawns!

 

12.Nxc4 Qxc4

Its not good to grab the Rook, 12...Bxa1 13.Qb3 Nd7 14.Rd1 Nc5 15.Bxc5 Qxc5 16.Nd6+ ±  

 

13.Qd6 Bf6 14.Rfd1 e5 15.Rab1! Bxb1?

Why I am talking at the beginning about good preparation? Well, because it is so important in modern chess! I knew about the game: 15...Qe6 Only move! 16.Qc7 Qc8 17.Qxb7 Qxb7 18.Rxb7 e4 19.g4! Bc8! 20.Rc7 Bxg4 21.Bxe4 with compensation Khalifman 2655 - Wojtkievitcz 2575, Linares 1997.

 

16.Bh3

Its interesting picture. Again, one Bishop comes to edge of the board and again it becomes so powerful. This seesighting point for Bishop is worth one whole Rook! Now everything is almost forced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16...c5 17.Bxc5 Qxa4?

Only move was 17...Qa6! 18.Bd7+ Kd8 and it is almost unbelievable but there is no forced mate! However 19.Qd2!+- is winning.

 

18.Rd5

With idea Re5+.

 

18...Qa1 19.Bd7+ Kd8 20.Bb6+! axb6 21.Qxb6+ Ke7 22.Qc5+ Kd8 23.Bb5+ Nd7 24.Rxd7+ Ke8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.Rxb7+

I have to admit, as I saw in comments, 25.Rd4 is mate! Also 25.Rd3, 25.Rd2 and so on. I had plenty of time but sometimes you are following your idea no matter what. Anyway, right advice would be: if you can mate, do it immediately!

 

25...Kd8 26.Qb6+

 

Look for previous advice. Its better 26.Dc7 Mate!

 

26...Kc8 27.Qc7 Mate. Finally! 1–0

 

Thank you for your attention!

 

Here is full game:

 

 

 

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    SaintPedronik

    Very nice game! Well played! Hope you can come up with more of your interesting games! Cool

  • 4 years ago

    CavalierNoir

    Thank you Branko for sharing this very picturial game. I really like the rapid development of your pieces despite the pression put on by Solak.  The power of your two bishops from the sides is also good. This is a very nice display and it shows how sometimes one can be so deep in his thoughts and cannot see the shortcut to the finish.  But your idea was good.  Many thanks again for taking the time to share it.

  • 4 years ago

    ImaBullet

    That game must have been your Inmortal game.

  • 4 years ago

    IFoughtTheLaw

    Phenomenal! Spotting 15. Rab1 to open up 16. Bh3 is a thing of beauty. Very entertaining game.

  • 4 years ago

    george1977

    Great game, congratulations Branko!

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Wow, quite an elegant conception, this castling and this Ba3-Nc4-Qd6 idea.  Thank you for sharing and the annotations.  Nice use of deflection motifs. Rab1, that's quite a stunning move and position.  Although it looks forced of course.  Mind-boggling.  By the way, 17...Qc2 looks like a very interesting try, to sacrifice the queen for the rook and if Bf5+ and xQ next, after BxQ well, Black has three pieces and can save the bishop it seems, maybe White is winning, but maybe not, it looks very complicated.  Sacrificing the queen so to be able to interpose to e6 with the b1 bishop. :-)  I would say the game is extraordinary, and it is, but only today I saw the one conception by Zhao Jun from the recent Chinese Championship, which employs not only unusual deflection motifs but also interferences.

  • 4 years ago

    otrenav

    I've added it to my database. Great game! :)

  • 4 years ago

    TheGreatNovice

    All I can say is WOW!

  • 4 years ago

    Mimchi

    And that is why Black should CASTLE, not playing around with moves like 8 ... Ne4?!

  • 4 years ago

    chucheek

    nice

  • 4 years ago

    ranubis

    sweet play by white. nice sacrifices

  • 4 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    Impressive!

  • 4 years ago

    Yoshirools

    Cool mate

  • 4 years ago

    nishantmm

    great game! wonderful attack! thanks for sharing it

  • 4 years ago

    Pajarillo

    Wow! That was a really nice game!

    I've to see it a second time and slowly, but I've enjoyed a lot with it!

    Welcome to this site, and don't worry, you're not the only one with not perfect English level...xD

  • 4 years ago

    fchessl

    Nice finish

  • 4 years ago

    WillyViking

    That game was the definition of beauty and art! :D

  • 4 years ago

    mobidi

    Your chess language is very good! Nice attack!(like D.Bronstein,M.Tal ).

  • 4 years ago

    kyldyl

    nice 1 :)

  • 4 years ago

    ewanyengi

    great game, and i enjoyed your post.  Does 25. Rd4 not end the game quicker?

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