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Alekhine defense, Shmid variation


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    bresando

    After 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 (possibly the best variation against the alekhine) a very rare move recently caught myh eye:

    4...Nb6!? (Shmid variation), an absurd looking but not pointless move.

    B moves the N again without being provoked to enable the idea of putting immediate pressure on W centre vie g6/Bg7. In a certain sense B is after an improved alburt(4...g6) variation where W can't place his f1 bishop on the active c4 square. 5.c4 instead is a direct trasposition to an exchange variation where having already developed the king N prevents W from playing the most challenging ideas. B scores nicely if W just plays the natural moves.

    B problem is likely the direct 5.a4! going after the wandering N. I have found some high-profile games in the variation and B looks not lost but certainly under pressure.

    I'm having trouble finding any detailed online source on this variation. Is there anybody out here with some experience in the variation? Can you suggest me a good source?

    Thanks in advance!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2

    rooperi


     
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    Opening Report



    Database: Newbase (1,958,390 games)

    Report:  1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nb6 (615 games)

    ECO: B04e [Alekhine: Modern, Schmid Variation]

    Generated by Scid 4.2.2, 2011.06.23






    1. Statistics and History



    1.1 Statistics




                       Games     1-0     =-=     0-1    Score
    -----------------------------------------------------------
     All report games    615     195     209     211    48.6%
    -----------------------------------------------------------



    1.2 Oldest games



     1:  =-=(30) Michell -- Gruenfeld, Scarborough 1930

     2:  1-0(28) Byrne -- Green, Ventnor City 1945

     3:  1-0(68) De Carvalho -- Salas Romo, Montevideo 1954

     4:  1-0(41) Smyslov -- Schmid, Amsterdam 1954 [56]

     5:  1-0(24) Van der Wolk -- Kruger, Beverwijk 1956


    1.3 Newest games



     1:  =-=(44) Tesik 2259 -- Tan Weiliang 2164, Budapest HUN 2010.12.13

     2:  0-1(82) Muminova 2360 -- Pham Le Thao Nguyen 2337, Guangzhou CHN 2010.11.15 [76]

     3:  0-1(82) Muminova 2360 -- Pham Le Thao Nguyen 2337, Guangzhou CHN 2010.11.15 [76]

     4:  0-1(82) Muminova 2360 -- Pham Le Thao Nguyen 2337, Guangzhou CHN 2010.11.15 [76]

     5:  =-=(11) Zorko 2437 -- Lenic 2602, Ljubljana SLO 2010.08.13 [11]


    1.4 Current popularity




    Year               1800-99 1900-49 1950-69 1970-79 1980-89 1990-99 2000-09

    Once every X games   ---    15568   3065    2048    2531    2051    5621 



    Frequency in all years:   once every 3184 games

    In the 10 years to today: once every 6300 games (down 48% from all years)

    In the  5 years to today: once every 7131 games (down 54% from all years)

    In the  1 year  to today: once every 15374 games (down 78% from all years)


    2. Ratings and Performance



    2.1 Average ratings and performance



    White rating: 2341 (519 games);  White performance: 2348 (47% vs 2369)

    Black rating: 2369 (539 games);  Black performance: 2348 (51% vs 2341)


    2.2 Games with highest average rating



     1:  =-=(15) Luther 2568 -- Sakaev 2637, Ohrid MKD 2001 [98]

     2:  1-0(41) Smyslov -- Schmid, Amsterdam 1954 [56]

     3:  =-=(44) Huebner 2635 -- Conquest 2540, Germany 1996 [31]

     4:  1-0(36) Matanovic -- Ljubojevic, Novi Sad 1975 [68]

     5:  =-=(83) Quesada Perez 2584 -- Nogueiras Santiago 2570, Ciego de Avila CUB 2010 [24]

     6:  1-0(55) Bologan 2585 -- Varga 2565, Timisu de Sus 1998 [95]

     7:  =-=(60) Planinec 2535 -- Ljubojevic 2615, Zagreb 1975 [46]

     8:  =-=(69) Godena 2554 -- Lenic 2592, Sarajevo BIH 2010 [29]

     9:  0-1(62) Torre 2515 -- Larsen 2625, Manila 1975 [16]

    10:  0-1(42) Sigurjonsson 2520 -- Larsen 2615, Ljubljana 1977 [68]


    3. Result Trends



    3.1 Result lengths and frequencies




                     Score      Game length             Frequency      
                              1-0    =-=    0-1    1-0     =-=     0-1 
     Report games    48.6%     41     36     42   31.7%   33.9%   34.3%
     All games       54.1%     40     36     41   37.7%   32.8%   29.3%



    3.2 Shortest wins (White)



     1:  1-0(14) Ostojic 2495 -- Poutiainen, Yerevan 1976 [69]

     2:  1-0(15) Heinz 2398 -- To 2367, Budapest HUN 2009 [85]

     3:  1-0(19) Prasanna 2311 -- Varga 2494, Budapest HUN 2008 [83]

     4:  1-0(20) Ghinda 2455 -- Vlahos, Katerini 1993 [34]

     5:  1-0(21) Zifroni 2355 -- Shrentzel 2290, Ramat Hasharon 1992 [11]


    3.3 Shortest wins (Black)



     1:  0-1(13) Koponen -- Westerinen 2380, Turku 1993

     2:  0-1(16) Kosmo 2278 -- Farago 2275, Budapest HUN 2007

     3:  0-1(16) Thorbergsson -- Schmid, Munich 1958

     4:  0-1(21) Kanyadi -- Forgacs 2330, Budapest 1993

     5:  0-1(21) Bonn -- Grunberg 2345, Marijampole 1994


    4. Moves and Themes



    4.1 Move orders reaching the report position



    There were 4 move orders reaching this position:

     1:  1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nb6 (604)

     2:  1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 Nb6 (7)

     3:  1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 Nb6 4.Nf3 d6 (3)

     4:  1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nf3 Nb6 4.d4 d6 (1)


    4.2 Moves from the report position




        Move   ECO       Frequency    Score  AvElo Perf AvYear %Draws
     1: a4               202: 32.8%   56.1%  2374  2423  1996   38%
     2: Be2              176: 28.6%   44.3%  2325  2329  1993   33%
     3: exd6              54:  8.7%   39.8%  2315  2298  1991   31%
     4: Nc3               53:  8.6%   50.9%  2368  2371  1994   42%
     5: Bd3               50:  8.1%   44.0%  2295  2283  1992   32%
     6: c4     B03f       25:  4.0%   42.0%  2251  2296  1995   20%
     7: h3                17:  2.7%   55.8%  2332  2378  1995   29%
     8: Bb5+              14:  2.2%   46.4%  2320  2387  1994   36%
     9: Bf4               12:  1.9%   66.6%  2306  2434  1994    0%
    10: c3                 3:  0.4%   33.3%              2000   67%
    11: g3                 3:  0.4%    0.0%              1999    0%
    12: Nbd2               2:  0.3%   50.0%              2004    0%
    13: Bg5                1:  0.1%    0.0%              1989    0%
    14: Be3                1:  0.1%   50.0%              1996  100%
    15: b3                 1:  0.1%   50.0%              1989  100%
    16: Bc4                1:  0.1%    0.0%              2006    0%
    _______________________________________________________________
    TOTAL:               615:100.0%   48.6%  2340  2361  1994   34%



    4.3 Positional Themes



    Frequency of themes in the first 20 moves of each game:







    Same-side castling:           74%  White Isolated Queen Pawn:      6%
    Opposite castling:              8%  Black Isolated Queen Pawn:      4%
    Kingside pawn storm:          12%  White Pawn on 5/6/7th rank:   100%
    Queens exchanged:             35%  Black Pawn on 2/3/4th rank:   13%
    Only one side has Bishop pair:   3%  Open c/d/e file:              52%



    4.4 Endgames



    Material at the end of each game:



     
     

                      P     BN      R   R,BN      Q   Q,BN    Q,R Q,R,BN
    Report games     2%    10%     7%    28%     1%     5%     5%    42%
    All games       2%    10%     9%    26%     2%     4%     4%    42%



    5. Theory Table

     

    1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nb6:  +195 =209 -211 (299.5/615: 49%)
     
     
     
     


    56789101112
    1 Bb5+1
    c6
    Bd32
    Bg43
    OO4
    dxe5
    dxe5
    N8d75
    Bf4
    e6
    Nbd2
    Nc5
    Be2
    Be7
    Nb3
    OO6
    23: 48%
    2 c4
    g67
    exd68
    cxd6
    Nc39
    Bg7
    Be3
    Bg4
    h3
    Bxf3
    Qxf3
    Nc6
    Rd1
    OO
    c5
    dxc510
    10: 40%
    3 h3
    g611
    a412
    a5
    Bb5+
    c6
    Be213
    Bg714
    OO
    OO
    Bf4
    Nd5
    Bg3
    dxe5
    Bxe5
    Bh615
    10: 50%
    4 Bd3
    g616
    OO17
    Bg718
    exd619
    cxd6
    Bg520
    h621
    Bh4
    f5
    h3
    g5
    Bg3
    OO
    c3
    Nc622
    18: 47%
    5 exd6
    cxd623
    c424
    g6
    Nc325
    Bg7
    Be226
    OO
    OO27
    Nc6
    h3
    Bf5
    Be3
    d5
    c5
    Nc428
    30: 48%
    6 Nc3
    Bg429
    h330
    Bh5
    g431
    Bg6
    h432
    h5
    e6
    Qc8
    exf7+
    Bxf7
    Ng5
    Qxg4
    Be2
    Qf533
    15: 50%
    7 ...
    g6
    Bf434
    Bg735
    Qd236
    OO37
    OOO38
    Nc6
    Bh6
    Bg4
    Qe3
    Qd7
    h3
    Bxf3
    gxf3
    Nb439
    24: 63%
    8 Be2
    dxe540
    Nxe5
    g641
    OO42
    Bg7
    Bf4
    OO
    Nc343
    c6
    Qd2
    N8d7
    Nxd7
    Bxd7
    Bh6
    Bxh644
    13: 73%
    9 ...
    g6
    a445
    a546
    exd647
    cxd648
    OO49
    Bg7
    Nc3
    OO
    Nb5
    Nc6
    c3
    Bd7
    Re1
    Na750
    26: 40%
    10 ...
    ...
    exd6
    cxd6
    OO51
    Bg752
    c453
    OO
    Nc3
    Bg454
    b3
    Nc6
    Be3
    d5
    c5
    Nc855
    14: 32%
    11 ...
    ...
    OO
    Bg7
    h356
    OO
    c457
    Nc6
    exd6
    cxd6
    Nc358
    Bf559
    Be3
    d5
    c5
    Nc460
    31: 45%
    12 ...
    ...
    ...
    ...
    exd6
    cxd6
    c461
    OO62
    Nc363
    Nc664
    Be365
    Bg4
    b3
    d566
    c5
    Nc867
    29: 47%
    13 a4
    a568
    Bf469
    g670
    Bb5+71
    c6
    Bd3
    Nd5
    Bg3
    Bg7
    OO
    OO
    Nbd2
    dxe5
    Bxe5
    Nd772
    23: 52%
    14 ...
    ...
    h3
    g673
    exd674
    cxd675
    Bb5+
    Bd7
    Nc3
    Bg7
    OO
    OO
    Re1
    h6
    Bf4
    Na676
    10: 45%
    15 ...
    ...
    exd6
    exd677
    Bd378
    Be7
    h379
    OO80
    OO
    N8d781
    Nc3
    Nf6
    Ne2
    Re882
     
     
    12: 63%
    16 ...
    ...
    Nc3
    dxe583
    Nxe5
    N8d7
    Bf484
    Nxe585
    Bxe5
    c6
    Be2
    Bf5
    g4
    Bg6
    h4
    h586
    14: 68%
    17 ...
    ...
    ...
    g6
    exd687
    cxd688
    Bb5+89
    Bd790
    h491
    h592
    Bg593
    Bg7
    Qe2
    Nc6
    OOO
    f694
    20: 65%
    18 ...
    ...
    Bb5+
    c6
    Be2
    dxe595
    Nxe5
    g696
    c397
    Bg7
    Bf498
    OO
    Nd299
    Be6
    OO
    N8d7100
    19: 58%
    19 ...
    ...
    ...
    ...
    Bd3
    dxe5101
    Nxe5102
    g6103
    OO104
    Bg7
    c3
    OO105
    Re1106
    N8d7107
    Nf3108
    Nf6109
    31: 55%
    20 ...
    ...
    ...
    ...
    ...
    Bg4
    h3110
    Bxf3
    Qxf3
    dxe5
    dxe5
    e6111
    OO112
    N8d7113
    Qg3114
    Qc7115
    28: 57%

    Generated from the 400 highest-rated games.



    1. 5.Bf4 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.OO OO 8.Nbd2 Nc6 9.c3 dxe5 10.dxe5 Be6 11.Bb5 Qd5 12.Qe2 a6 13.c4 Qd7 14.Bxc6 Qxc6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Qe3 Bg4 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Nxf3 Nd7 19.Rad1 Nc5 20.Bg3 a5 21.Rfe1 Rxd1 22.Rxd1 a4 1-0(39) Conquest 2515 -- Dunnington 2380, London 1989;
      8.Nc3 Bf5 9.exd6 cxd6 10.d5 Na6 11.Nd4 Bd7 12.a3 Rc8 13.Ndb5 Bxb5 14.Nxb5 Rc5 15.Be3 Rxd5 16.Qc1 Re5 17.Nxa7 Nd5 18.Bxa6 Nxe3 19.fxe3 Qb6 20.Bd3 Rxe3 21.Kh1 Qxa7 22.Rb1 Be5 0-1(48) Pietrusiak 2290 -- Neckar 2370, Rostock 1980;
      6.Qd2 Bg7 7.Bh6 OO 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Be2 Nc6 11.e6 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 fxe6 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Ne4 e5 15.dxe5 Nc4 16.Qc3 Nxe5 17.OO Kg8 18.f4 Nf7 19.Qxc6 Qb8 20.Qc3 c5 21.a3 Qb6 22.Kh1 Rab8 1-0(62) Vajda 2524 -- Nevednichy 2274, Predeal ROM 2006;
      5...Bg4 6.exd6 exd6 7.Be2 Be7 8.OO OO 9.Re1 N8d7 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.Nf1 Nf6 12.h3 Bh5 13.Ng3 Bg6 14.c3 Nh5 15.Nxh5 Bxh5 16.Nh2 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Qd7 18.Qf3 c6 19.Ng4 Nd5 20.Bg3 Bf8 21.c4 Nb4 22.Qb3 Na6 1-0(98) Sjugirov 2585 -- Utegaliyev 2427, St Petersburg RUS 2009;
      6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Nc3 e6 9.Bg2 d5 10.OO a6 11.b3 c5 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Ne2 cxd4 14.Nfxd4 Qxe5 15.Qd2 Qd6 16.f4 h5 17.f5 Bh7 18.fxe6 fxe6 19.Nf4 e5 20.Nxh5 exd4 21.Bxd4 N8d7 22.Rae1+ Kd8 0-1(30) Van Mil 2450 -- Timmer 2300, Haarlem 1994;
      5...dxe5 6.Nxe5 N8d7 7.Bd3 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Qd2 OO 10.Bh6 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qd4 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.OOO Nd5 14.Be4 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Nb6 16.Kc1 c6 17.Rd4 Be6 18.Rhd1 f6 19.exf6+ exf6 20.Bf3 f5 21.Rb4 Rf7 22.a4 Nc4 1-0(37) Armas 2460 -- Grunberg 2355, Predeal 1988.

      5.c3 g6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.Nbd2 Nc6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Be2 OO 10.OO e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Bg3 f5 13.Qb3+ Kh8 14.Bh4 Qe8 15.Rad1 h6 16.Nc4 Be6 17.Qb5 Nxc4 18.Bxc4 a6 19.Qc5 b6 20.Qxb6 Bxc4 21.Rd6 Bxf1 22.Rxc6 Rb8 0-1(28) NN 2153 -- NN 2686, ? 0;
      7.h3 OO 8.Bd3 c5 9.dxc5 dxc5 10.Qe2 Nd5 11.Bh2 Bh6 12.Nbd2 Nf4 13.Bxf4 Bxf4 14.g3 Bh6 15.OOO Nc6 16.Kb1 Qc7 17.Bc4 Rb8 18.e6 f6 19.h4 b5 20.Bb3 Rb6 21.h5 g5 22.Ne4 Na5 =-=(29) Hennigan 2300 -- Varga 2400, Guildford 1991;
      5...Bf5 6.Bf4 e6 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.h3 h6 9.a4 Nc6 10.a5 Nd5 11.Bg3 a6 12.Qb3 Rb8 13.Bc4 dxe5 14.dxe5 OO 15.OO Bc5 16.Rfd1 Nce7 17.Rac1 Qc8 18.Qa4 Bg6 19.b4 Ba7 20.Be2 Nf5 21.Bh2 Qe8 22.Qb3 Qe7 =-=(84) Vovk 2502 -- Sergeev 2479, Alushta UKR 2009.

      5.g3 Nc6 6.exd6 Qxd6 7.Bg2 Bg4 8.OO OOO 9.h3 Bh5 10.c3 e5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Na3 Qd7 13.b4 exd4 14.b5 Na5 15.Ne5 Qd6 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.c4 d3 18.Bd2 Qxa3 19.Bxa5 d2 20.Bxb6 cxb6 21.Rb1 Bc5 22.Rb3 Qxa2 0-1(47) Djuric 2487 -- Janev 2498, Montecatini Terme ITA 2002;
      5...g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.exd6 cxd6 8.OO OO 9.Re1 Nc6 10.c3 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Nbd2 Bf5 14.Bf1 Bd3 15.Kg2 f5 16.Ng5 Bxf1+ 17.Nxf1 Rd6 18.b3 e4 19.Bb2 Rad8 20.Re2 Nd7 21.Nh3 Nde5 22.Nf4 g5 0-1(28) Kiroski 2395 -- Cosma 2420, Star Dojran 1996.

      5.Bg5 Bf5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 dxe5 9.dxe5 Qxd3 10.cxd3 Na6 11.Na3 Nb4 12.Ke2 Rd8 13.Rhd1 h6 14.Be3 e6 15.Nc4 N4d5 16.Nfd2 Nc8 17.Ne4 f5 18.exf6 gxf6 19.g3 f5 20.Bd4 Nf4+ 21.gxf4 Rxd4 22.Ke3 Rxc4 0-1(54) Lang -- Honfi 2370, St Ingbert 1989.

      5.Nbd2 g6 6.exd6 cxd6 7.a4 Bg7 8.a5 N6d7 9.Nc4 OO 10.Be2 Nf6 11.OO Na6 12.Ne3 Qc7 13.d5 Bd7 14.Re1 e5 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.Ra3 Rad8 17.Nd4 Nc5 18.Ng4 d5 19.Nxf6+ Bxf6 20.Bf3 e5 21.Bxd5+ Kh8 22.Ne2 Bc6 0-1(31) Adda 2190 -- Janev 2476, Grenoble FRA 2007.

       

    2. 6.Be2 d5 7.OO Bf5 8.a4 a5 9.Nbd2 e6 10.Re1 Be7 11.Nf1 OO 12.Ng3 Bg6 13.Be3 N8d7 14.Qd2 Nc4 15.Bxc4 dxc4 16.Ng5 c5 17.N5e4 cxd4 18.Bxd4 Qc7 19.f4 Rfd8 20.Qf2 Qc6 21.f5 exf5 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 =-=(27) Eberth 2235 -- Varga, Sarospatak 1994;
      6...dxe5 7.Nxe5 N8d7 8.Bf4 g6 9.Bf3 Nf6 10.c4 Bg7 11.OO OO 12.Nc3 Nfd7 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.c5 Nc4 15.Be3 e5 16.d5 e4 17.Bxe4 Nxe3 18.fxe3 Qe7 19.dxc6 Bxc3 20.cxb7 Bxb7 21.Bxb7 Bxb2 22.Bxa8 Bxa1 =-=(28) Sideif Sade 2200 -- Grigorian 2520, Riga 1975.

       

    3. 6...dxe5 7.Nxe5 Be6 8.c3 N8d7 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.OO e6 11.a4 Be7 12.Nbd2 Bh5 13.Re1 Bg6 14.Bxg6 hxg6 15.a5 Nd5 16.Ne4 b5 17.Qe2 Qc7 18.g3 OO 19.b3 Rfe8 20.c4 Bb4 21.Bd2 Bxd2 22.Qxd2 bxc4 1-0(60) Korneev 2594 -- Suba 2520, Benasque ESP 2005.

       

    4. 7.h3 Bh5 8.g4 Bg6 9.Bxg6 hxg6 10.e6 f6 11.Qd3 Qc8 12.Qxg6+ Kd8 13.Qf7 Nd5 14.OO Na6 15.c4 Ndc7 16.Re1 Nb4 17.Na3 a5 18.Bf4 Nd3 19.Bxd6 Nxe1 20.Rxe1 Nxe6 21.Rxe6 Qd7 22.Bg3 Qe8 1-0(37) Giorgadze 2395 -- Bagirov 2520, Tbilisi 1973;
      7...Bxf3 8.Qxf3 dxe5 9.dxe5 e6 10.OO N8d7 11.Bf4 Nd5 12.Qg3 g6 13.Nd2 Bg7 14.Rfe1 OO 15.Rad1 Qc7 16.c4 Ne7 17.Qe3 Qb6 18.Qxb6 axb6 19.Bb1 Nf5 20.Bxf5 exf5 21.Nb3 Nc5 22.Nxc5 bxc5 =-=(25) Zawadzka 2353 -- Suba 2535, Calvia ESP 2006.

      7.exd6 Qxd6 8.OO N8d7 9.Nbd2 e6 10.c4 c5 11.Ne4 Qc6 12.Be3 cxd4 13.Bxd4 Nc5 14.Bxc5 Bxc5 15.Ne5 Bxd1 16.Nxc6 Ba4 17.Na5 Bd4 18.Rab1 Ke7 19.Nxb7 f5 20.Nec5 Rhc8 21.b4 Bc6 22.Rfe1 Bxb7 1-0(37) Anka 2370 -- Varga 2310, HUN 1993;
      8.Nbd2 N8d7 9.h3 Bh5 10.Ne4 Qc7 11.Ng3 Bg6 12.Bxg6 hxg6 13.Ng5 =-= Bagonyai 2270 -- Krizsany 2345, HUN 1993.

       

    5. 8...e6 9.a3 N8d7 10.Bf4 Nc5 11.Be2 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Nd5 13.Bg3 Ne4 14.Nbd2 Nxg3 15.hxg3 OOO 16.c4 Nb6 17.Ne4 Rxd1+ 18.Rxd1 Be7 19.b4 Nd7 20.Nd6+ Bxd6 21.exd6 c5 22.Kf1 f6 1-0(51) Stripunsky 2510 -- Cosma 2435, Bucharest 1994.

       

    6. 13.Nxc5 Bxc5 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15.Rad1 h6 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 g5 18.Bc1 Nc4 19.Rfe1 Rxd1 20.Bxd1 Rd8 21.Bf3 Kg7 22.c3 a5 0-1(50) Borner 2273 -- Krizsany 2462, Lugano SUI 1999;
       0-1(50) Borner 2273 -- Krizsany 2462, Lugano 1999.

       

    7. 5...dxe5 6.Nxe5 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.OO OO 9.Nc3 N8d7 10.Nf3 e5 11.Bg5 f6 12.Be3 f5 13.c5 f4 14.Bc1 exd4 15.Qb3+ Kh8 16.Ne4 Qe7 17.cxb6 Qxe4 18.Re1 Nc5 19.Qa3 cxb6 20.b4 d3 21.Bf1 Qd5 22.Bb2 Ne4 1-0(44) Kosintseva 2482 -- Ju Wenjun 2443, Sochi RUS 2009;
      6...N8d7 7.Bf4 e6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Bd3 OO 10.Qe2 c5 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.OOO Qf6 13.Qe4 g6 14.f3 Bb4 15.Ne2 Qe7 16.h4 Nc5 17.Qe3 f6 18.Ng4 e5 19.Bh6 Re8 20.Ng3 Be6 21.b3 Bxg4 22.fxg4 e4 0-1(25) Afek 2340 -- Shrentzel 2360, Budapest 1992.

      5...Bg4 6.exd6 cxd6 7.Be2 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Be3 Nc6 10.b3 OO 11.OO e5 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Qxd8 Rfxd8 14.Rad1 f5 15.Ng5 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 Rxd1 17.Rxd1 Rd8 18.Rxd8+ Nxd8 19.f4 e4 20.g4 h6 21.Nh3 fxg4 22.Nf2 h5 =-=(53) Vonthron 2390 -- Wolf 2310, Germany 1991.

       

    8. 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.exd6 cxd6 8.Be3 OO 9.Be2 Nc6 10.b3 d5 11.c5 Nd7 12.Rc1 Nxc5 13.dxc5 d4 14.Nxd4 Bxd4 15.Qd2 Bxe3 16.Qxe3 Qd4 17.Bf3 Qxe3+ 18.fxe3 Ne5 19.Ke2 Rb8 20.Nd5 e6 21.Nf6+ Kg7 22.Ne4 b6 =-=(81) Tiviakov 2664 -- Sergeev 2428, Warsaw POL 2009;
      8.h3 OO 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Qd2 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Bh6 Nxc3 13.bxc3 e6 14.h4 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 f6 16.Bc4 Bd7 17.Rb1 Na5 18.Bd3 Rf7 19.OO Rc8 20.c4 Bc6 21.h5 Bxf3 22.hxg6 hxg6 0-1(29) Gaehwiler 2226 -- Konopka 2450, Rogaska Slatina SLO 2009.

      6.Be2 Bg7 7.OO OO 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.exd6 cxd6 10.h3 Bf5 11.Be3 d5 12.c5 Nc4 13.b3 Nxe3 14.fxe3 e5 15.Nb5 e4 16.Ne1 Qg5 17.Rf4 Bxh3 18.Kh2 Bd7 19.Nc2 Ne7 20.Nd6 Nf5 21.Nxf5 Bxf5 22.b4 Be6 0-1(39) Racz 2245 -- Krizsany 2445, Gyor 1991;
      11.Bg5 h6 12.Be3 d5 13.c5 Nc4 14.Bc1 b6 15.Qa4 N6a5 16.cxb6 axb6 17.Qb5 Nd6 18.Qa4 Bd7 19.Qd1 e6 20.Bf4 Qe7 21.Re1 Rfc8 22.Bd3 Bc6 1-0(61) Leoncini 2195 -- Konopka 2455, Formia 1994.

      6.h3 Bg7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.d5 Ne5 10.Nxe5 Bxe5 11.Bh6 Bd7 12.Qd2 Rc8 13.f4 Bf6 14.Ne4 Bh4+ 15.g3 Bf5 16.Qd4 Bxe4 17.gxh4 e5 18.dxe6 Qxh4+ 19.Kd2 Qxh6 20.exf7+ Kxf7 21.Qxe4 d5 22.cxd5 Rhe8 =-=(72) Lengyel 2320 -- Kahn 2400, Budapest 1995.

       

    9. 7.b3 Bg7 8.Bb2 OO 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.OO Bg4 11.Be2 d5 12.c5 Nc8 13.Qd2 e6 14.b4 N8e7 15.b5 Na5 16.Ne5 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 a6 18.a4 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Nb3 20.Ra3 Nxc5 21.Rh3 Nf5 22.g4 Nh4 0-1(34) Senner 2290 -- Honfi, Bad Woerishofen 1989.

       

    10. 13.dxc5 Nd7 14.Bb5 Qa5 15.Bxc6 Ne5 16.Qe4 Nxc6 17.OO Rfd8 18.Qc4 Qb4 19.Qxb4 Nxb4 20.a3 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Nc2 22.Bc1 Kf8 =-=(73) Mahjoob 2461 -- Dzhumaev 2520, Abu Dhabi UAE 2004.

       

    11. 5...Bf5 6.a4 a5 7.exd6 exd6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Be7 10.OO OO 11.Re1 Nc6 =-= Zorko 2437 -- Lenic 2602, Ljubljana SLO 2010.

      5...dxe5 6.Nxe5 N8d7 7.Bf4 e6 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.Bd3 Nd5 10.Bd2 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bd6 12.Qh5 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Nc5 14.Bc4 Qd7 15.Qg4 Rg8 16.Rb1 a6 17.Be3 Qc6 18.OO b6 19.Be2 Bb7 20.Bf3 Ne4 21.Rb4 1-0 Zifroni 2355 -- Shrentzel 2290, Ramat Hasharon 1992.

       

    12. 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.Qd2 Nc6 8.Bh6 OO 9.Bxg7 Kxg7 10.c4 dxe5 11.d5 Nb8 12.Nxe5 e6 13.Nc3 exd5 14.OOO Nc6 15.Ng4 f5 16.cxd5 fxg4 17.hxg4 Kg8 18.Qh6 Qe7 19.dxc6 bxc6 20.f3 Qg7 21.Bd3 Be6 22.Be4 Rad8 1-0(42) Radovanovic 2351 -- Susterman 2403, Kishnev MDA 2001;
      7.Nbd2 Nc6 8.Bb5 OO 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.OO Rb8 11.Qc1 Nd5 12.Bg5 f6 13.exf6 exf6 14.Bh4 g5 15.Bg3 f5 16.c3 f4 17.Bh2 h6 18.Re1 Bf5 19.Nc4 Qd7 20.Qd2 Nf6 21.b3 Be4 22.Qd1 Qf5 0-1(45) Gommers -- Eliet 2350, Gent 1997.

      6.Bd3 Bg7 7.exd6 cxd6 8.OO OO 9.Re1 Nc6 10.c3 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Bg5 Qc7 13.Na3 Be6 14.Bc2 f6 15.Bb3 Qf7 16.Bxe6 Qxe6 17.Be3 Rfd8 18.Qb3 Qxb3 19.axb3 Nd5 20.Nc4 Nxe3 21.Rxe3 Rac8 22.g4 Rd5 =-=(34) Sluka 2320 -- Konopka 2405, ? 1996;
      7.Qe2 Nc6 8.c3 dxe5 9.dxe5 Qd5 10.Bf4 Bf5 11.Bxf5 gxf5 12.Nbd2 h6 13.OO OOO 14.Rfd1 Qd3 15.Qe1 e6 16.Nf1 Qe4 17.Qxe4 fxe4 18.N3d2 Na4 19.Rdb1 Nxe5 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.Nxe4 Rd3 22.Ned2 Rhd8 0-1(52) Vieten 2265 -- Essing, Germany 1990.

      6.Be2 Bg7 7.Bf4 OO 8.OO Nc6 9.Nc3 dxe5 10.Bxe5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qxd1 12.Raxd1 Bf5 13.Rd2 Bh6 14.Nd5 Bxd2 15.Nxe7+ Kh8 16.Nxf5 Bf4 17.g3 gxf5 18.gxf4 Nd5 19.Bd3 Nxf4 20.Bxf5 Rad8 21.Kh1 Ne6 22.c3 Rg8 0-1(47) Tian Tian 2355 -- Kahn 2284, Budapest HUN 2001.

       

    13. 8.Bd3 dxe5 9.dxe5 Na6 10.Be3 Nd5 11.Bd2 Ndb4 12.Bc4 Bf5 13.Na3 Nc7 14.Ng5 Be6 15.Nxe6 Nxe6 16.OO Bg7 17.Qe2 Nd4 18.Qe4 Ndxc2 19.Rad1 Nxa3 20.Bxb4 Nxc4 21.Rxd8+ Rxd8 22.Qxc4 axb4 1-0(63) Fogarasi 2440 -- Krizsany 2370, Kecskemet 1993.

       

    14. 8...dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bg7 10.OO OO 11.Nf3 N8d7 12.Bg5 Nf6 13.Nbd2 Nbd5 14.Re1 Bf5 15.c3 Qc7 16.Bh4 Rad8 17.Bg3 Qc8 18.Bf1 Rfe8 19.Be5 Nd7 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Nc4 Qc7 22.Qb3 N7f6 =-=(40) Lamoureux 2370 -- Eliet 2380, France 1997.

       

    15. 13.Nc3 Nf4 14.Bc4 Nd7 15.Bxf4 Bxf4 16.Re1 Nb6 17.Bb3 Nd5 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.Ne5 e6 20.Qf3 Bh6 21.Rad1 Bd7 22.c4 dxc4 =-=(25) Ciocaltea 2470 -- Hecht 2485, Dortmund 1973.

       

    16. 5...Nc6 6.exd6 exd6 7.OO Be7 8.c3 Bg4 9.Nbd2 Bh5 10.Ne4 OO 11.Re1 Bg6 12.Qc2 Nd5 13.Bd2 Nf6 14.Ng3 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Re8 16.Nf5 Bf8 17.Bg5 Rxe1+ 18.Rxe1 h6 19.Bh4 g6 20.d5 Nb8 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Re8 Qxf5 1-0(30) Hort 2545 -- Fioramonti 2380, ? 1993;
      8...OO 9.h3 Be6 10.Qc2 h6 11.Nbd2 Re8 12.Ne4 Bc4 13.Bxc4 Nxc4 14.b3 Nb6 15.Bf4 Nd5 16.Bd2 Nf6 17.Ng3 Bf8 18.b4 d5 19.b5 Na5 20.Ne5 Nc4 21.Nxc4 dxc4 22.Qa4 Qd5 =-=(25) Aveskulov 2471 -- Stupak 2346, Pardubice CZE 2006;
      6...cxd6 7.h3 g6 8.c3 Bg7 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 OO 11.OO f5 12.d5 Ne5 13.Bc2 Qe8 14.Na3 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 f4 16.Qe4 Bf5 17.Qxe7 g5 18.Bxg5 hxg5 19.Qxg5 Bxc2 20.Nxc2 Qe4 21.Nd4 Rf6 22.Rfe1 Qxd5 0-1(52) Starostits 2480 -- Varga 2525, Scanno ITA 2005;
      7.OO g6 8.c3 Bg7 9.Nbd2 OO 10.Nc4 Nxc4 11.Bxc4 d5 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.Bf4 Qb6 14.Rb1 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 Bxe5 17.Be2 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 Rad8 19.Qd3 Qa5 20.a3 Rd7 21.Rfe1 Bf6 22.Re2 Rfd8 =-=(27) Malisauskas 2500 -- Grunberg 2385, Budapest 1990;
      6...Qxd6 7.OO Bg4 8.c3 OOO 9.a4 e5 10.a5 Nd7 11.a6 exd4 12.axb7+ Kb8 13.Be4 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Nde5 15.Bxc6 Qxc6 16.cxd4 Bc5 17.Be3 Bb6 18.Nc3 Rhe8 19.d5 Qxb7 20.Bxb6 cxb6 21.Qd4 Qc7 22.Qa4 Re7 0-1(62) Torre 2515 -- Larsen 2625, Manila 1975;
      6.c3 Bg4 7.exd6 exd6 8.OO Be7 9.Nbd2 OO 10.Qc2 h6 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 Bg6 13.Bxg6 fxg6 14.Qxg6 Qd7 15.Kg2 Nd5 16.Ne4 Nf4+ 17.Bxf4 Rxf4 18.d5 Raf8 19.dxc6 Qxc6 20.Qe6+ Kh8 21.Rae1 Rxf3 22.Qxe7 Re8 1-0(45) Ramesh 2472 -- Mohannad 2285, Dubai UAE 2008;
      6.Bf4 Bg4 7.exd6 cxd6 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nxd4 10.Qxb7 =-= Maciejewski 2300 -- Oliwa 2310, Bielsko-Biala 1991.

      5...Bg4 6.exd6 exd6 7.OO Be7 8.Re1 Nc6 9.c3 OO 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.Nf1 Qd7 12.Ng3 Nd5 13.Bd2 Nf6 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 d5 16.Nf5 Kh8 17.h4 Bf8 18.h5 Ng8 19.Bf4 Rxe1+ 20.Rxe1 Nce7 21.Ne3 c6 22.Ng4 f6 1-0(31) Martens 2325 -- Videki 2355, Kecskemet 1991.

       

    17. 6.h4 Bg4 7.h5 gxh5 8.Nc3 dxe5 9.dxe5 Nc6 10.Bf4 Nd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.c4 Qd7 13.Be4 OOO 14.Qxd7+ Rxd7 15.Nd2 e6 16.f3 Bf5 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Rxh5 Bc5 19.Nb3 Bd4 20.Nxd4 Rxd4 21.Bd2 Bg6 22.Rh2 Rxc4 =-=(30) Rytshagov 2385 -- Kengis 2590, Katerini 1992.

      6.Bf4 Nc6 7.c3 Bg7 8.h3 dxe5 9.dxe5 Bf5 10.Bxf5 Qxd1+ 11.Kxd1 gxf5 12.Re1 e6 13.Kc2 Nd5 14.Bh2 Nde7 15.Nbd2 Ng6 16.a4 a5 17.Nb3 OOO 18.Nc5 Rd5 19.Nd3 Rhd8 20.Nf4 Rc5 21.Nxg6 hxg6 22.Kb3 Rdd5 1-0(51) Blatny 2483 -- Konopka 2489, Brno CZE 2006.

      6.h3 Bg7 7.OO dxe5 8.dxe5 Bf5 9.Qe2 Bxd3 10.cxd3 Nc6 11.Nc3 Qd7 12.Bf4 OO 13.Rfd1 Nd8 14.Qe4 c6 15.Be3 Ne6 16.Qh4 Nd5 17.Bh6 Bxh6 18.Qxh6 f5 19.h4 Rad8 20.h5 gxh5 21.Ne4 fxe4 22.dxe4 Nef4 0-1(33) Jedlicka 2301 -- Konopka 2451, Czech Rep CZE 2004.

       

    18. 6...dxe5 7.Nxe5 Bg7 8.Re1 OO 9.c3 N8d7 10.Nxd7 Bxd7 11.Nd2 Re8 12.Nf3 c5 13.dxc5 Na4 14.Bc4 e6 15.Ne5 Nxc5 16.Qf3 Bxe5 17.Rxe5 Bc6 18.Qe2 Nd7 19.Bg5 Qc7 20.Re3 Nb6 21.Bb3 Nd5 22.Re4 e5 =-=(24) Fedorov 2440 -- Konopka 2425, Berlin 1993.

       

    19. 7.h3 OO 8.Re1 Nc6 9.exd6 cxd6 10.c3 e5 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.Na3 a6 13.Be3 Rd8 14.Rc1 h6 15.Bb1 Kh7 16.d5 Ne7 17.c4 Bf5 18.Qb3 Nd7 19.Red1 b6 20.Qc3 Rac8 21.Qd2 Bxb1 22.Nxb1 f5 0-1(41) Papp 2240 -- Krizsany 2395, Szekszard 1994;
      8.Qe2 Nc6 9.c3 Be6 10.Bf4 Qd7 11.Nbd2 f6 12.exf6 exf6 13.Ne4 Rfe8 14.Qc2 Qf7 15.Nfd2 a5 16.Rfe1 a4 17.a3 Nd5 18.Bh2 Bh6 19.Nc4 f5 20.Nexd6 cxd6 21.Nxd6 Qd7 22.Nxe8 Qxe8 =-=(37) Arnold 2305 -- Hartmann, Germany 1986.

      7.Re1 OO 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Bg5 Nc6 10.c3 d5 11.h3 Qc7 12.Nbd2 e6 13.a4 =-= Zontakh 2450 -- Konopka 2455, Sala 1994.

       

    20. 8.c3 OO 9.Bg5 Qc7 10.Re1 e5 11.a4 Be6 12.Na3 a6 13.a5 N6d7 14.Nc2 h6 15.Bd2 Nc6 16.b4 f5 17.Bf1 Bf7 18.h3 e4 19.Nh2 d5 20.Qc1 Kh7 21.f4 Nf6 22.Be2 Na7 0-1(64) Hunt 2422 -- Slaby 2463, Hinckley Island ENG 2010.

       

    21. 8...OO 9.Nbd2 Nc6 10.c3 Qc7 11.Ne4 f5 12.Qb3+ Kh8 13.Ned2 e5 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.Bb5 a6 16.Bxc6 Qxc6 17.Rfe1 Re8 18.Bf4 e4 19.Nd4 Bxd4 20.cxd4 Be6 21.Qg3 Rac8 22.h4 Nd7 1-0(62) Heinatz 2365 -- Wolf 2320, Germany 1993.

       

    22. 13.d5 Ne5 14.Be2 Kh8 15.a4 a5 16.Bxe5 dxe5 17.c4 e6 18.Nc3 e4 19.Nd4 exd5 20.cxd5 Nxd5 21.Ncb5 f4 22.Bg4 f3 0-1(39) Dobos 2385 -- Varga 2370, Kobanya 1991.

       

    23. 5...exd6 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7 9.OO Nc6 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Nc3 OO 12.Re1 Rfe8 13.Ne5 dxe5 14.Qg4 =-= Semkov 2410 -- Donchev 2450, Varna 1985;
      6.Nc3 d5 7.Bf4 Be7 8.Bd3 Be6 9.Ne5 c6 10.Qf3 N8d7 11.h4 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 f6 13.Bf4 Bb4 14.OO Bxc3 15.bxc3 Qd7 16.Qh5+ Qf7 17.Qxf7+ Bxf7 18.Rfb1 g6 19.Rb3 Be6 20.a4 Bc8 21.a5 Nc4 22.Rb4 Rf8 1-0(29) Lepelletier 2460 -- Eliet 2380, Toulouse 1996;
      6.Bd3 Bg4 7.OO Be7 8.h3 Bh5 9.Re1 OO 10.Nbd2 c5 11.Qe2 Nc6 12.dxc5 dxc5 13.c3 Re8 14.Nf1 Qd7 15.N1h2 Bd6 16.Qc2 Bxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Qd6+ 18.Kh1 Bxf3 19.Rxe8+ Rxe8 20.gxf3 g6 21.Be4 f5 22.Bxc6 Qxc6 1-0(37) Zelenika 2286 -- Leventic 2390, Pula 1999;
      6.Be2 Be7 7.OO OO 8.Nc3 Bf5 9.Bf4 N8d7 10.a4 a5 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nf6 13.d5 Nbd7 14.Nd4 Nc5 15.Qh3 Nfd7 16.Rad1 Bf6 17.b3 Re8 18.Nf5 Ne5 19.Rfe1 Ned3 20.Rxe8+ Qxe8 21.Bd2 Nb4 22.Rc1 Qc8 =-=(25) Vezzosi 2280 -- Fioramonti 2385, Ticino 1993.

      5...Qxd6 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.OO Nc6 8.c3 OOO 9.h3 Bh5 10.Be2 Nd5 11.b4 Nf4 12.Bxf4 Qxf4 13.b5 Nb8 14.Nbd2 e6 15.Re1 Bd6 16.g3 Qf5 17.Bf1 Bxf3 18.Nxf3 g5 19.Bg2 Nd7 20.c4 h5 21.Qa4 Kb8 22.c5 Be7 1-0(36) Videki 2415 -- Krizsany 2370, Kecskemet 1993.

       

    24. 6.Bd3 g6 7.OO Bg7 8.a4 OO 9.a5 Nd5 10.Bc4 Nf6 11.d5 Qc7 12.Bb3 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Nbd7 15.Re1 Rfe8 16.Nc3 a6 17.Bd2 Nc5 18.Bc4 Rac8 19.Bf1 Ncd7 20.Ra4 Ne5 21.Qd1 Ned7 22.Qa1 Kf8 =-=(48) King 2520 -- Karolyi 2450, Kecskemet 1988;
      8.c3 OO 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 Nc6 11.h3 e5 12.Nbd2 Be6 13.Qe2 Re8 14.Rfd1 Qc7 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Bxb6 Qxb6 17.Bc4 Qxb2 18.Rab1 Qxc3 19.Bxe6 Rxe6 20.Ne4 Qa3 21.Rxb7 Nd4 22.Qe3 Qxa2 0-1(36) Presznyak 2305 -- Varga 2410, HUN 1992;
      8.Re1 OO 9.Bg5 Nc6 10.c3 Qc7 11.Na3 a6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bh6 Bg4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Be2 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Rfe8 17.Rad1 Rac8 18.h4 f5 19.Bxc6 Qxc6 20.dxe5 dxe5 21.h5 Qf6 22.hxg6 hxg6 0-1(30) Borsos 2363 -- Grunberg 2300, Budapest HUN 2009;
      8.Bg5 Nc6 9.c3 h6 10.Bd2 OO 11.Qc1 Kh7 12.h4 e5 13.h5 Bg4 14.Nh2 Be6 15.Qc2 Ne7 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Na3 Nbd5 18.Rae1 Rc8 19.Qb1 Bf5 20.Bxf5 Nxf5 21.Nf3 Re8 22.hxg6+ fxg6 0-1(34) Martinez 2243 -- Mosquera 2414, Cartagena de Indias COL 2007;
      6...Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.OO e6 9.Nbd2 Nc6 10.c3 Be7 11.Ne4 d5 12.Ng3 Bg6 13.Bf4 OO 14.Re1 Rc8 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Nf1 Nc4 17.Qe2 b5 18.Ne3 Nxe3 19.Qxe3 b4 20.Rec1 Bf6 21.cxb4 Nxb4 22.Rxc8 Qxc8 =-=(119) Cela 2304 -- Zelcic 2555, Pula CRO 2009.

      6.a4 a5 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.OO e6 9.Bf4 Be7 10.Nbd2 OO 11.c3 Bc6 12.Qb3 N8d7 13.Rfd1 Nf6 14.c4 Ne4 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.Rac1 Bc6 17.Nd2 Rc8 18.Nb1 d5 19.c5 Nd7 20.Na3 Bg5 21.Qe3 h6 22.Bxg5 hxg5 =-=(69) Grischuk 2365 -- Eliseev, Moscow 1996;
      9.Ng5 Bxb5 10.axb5 h6 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qh3 Qf6 13.Ne4 Qf5 14.Qe3 N8d7 15.Nbc3 d5 16.Nc5 Bg7 17.Nxd7 Kxd7 18.b3 Rhc8 19.Ba3 Ke8 20.Rad1 Qxc2 21.Bc5 Rxc5 22.dxc5 Qxc3 1-0(33) Suer 2235 -- Radashkovich 2425, Nice 1974;
      6...g6 7.a5 Nd5 8.c4 Nf6 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.h3 OO 11.Be2 d5 12.OO Nc6 13.a6 dxc4 14.Bxc4 bxa6 15.Bf4 e6 16.d5 exd5 17.Nxd5 Be6 18.Bc7 Qd7 19.Nxf6+ Bxf6 20.Qxd7 Bxd7 21.Rfd1 Be6 22.Bxe6 fxe6 =-=(83) Quesada Perez 2584 -- Nogueiras Santiago 2570, Ciego de Avila CUB 2010;
      6...d5 7.Ne5 Nc6 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Qf3 Be6 11.a5 Nd7 12.Nxc6 Qc8 13.Nb4 Rb8 14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Qxd5 Qxc2 16.OO e6 17.Qf3 Be7 18.Nc3 OO 19.Qc6 Rfd8 20.Nd5 Qb3 21.Nxe7+ Kf8 22.Ra3 Qb4 1-0(39
  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    bresando

    Thanks but i was looking for something like an article with some verbal explanation and a few basic ideas just to get an overview of the line. It's rather hard to extract the key lines from your very dense post. Thanks for sharing aniway! i i read it correcly it gives a5 as the answer to a4? it feels wrong to me.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    rooperi

    bresando wrote:

    Thanks but i was looking for something like an article with some verbal explanation and a few basic ideas just to get an overview of the line. It's rather hard to extract the key lines from your very dense post. Thanks for sharing aniway! i i read it correcly it gives a5 as the answer to a4? it feels wrong to me.


    Sorry, I have this thing about SCID's opening report, I can never control myself.Sealed

    What it does show, though, it is not as rare as you might think, over 600 master games is quite a lot. And White's total score is only 48%, so there probably is something there.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    AnthonyCG

    I don't know if this is good or not but other than a4 White can always just play 5.c4 and sidestep whatever this move tries to do.

    I thought 3...Nb6 would be a nice way to avoid all of the other positions all together but even here 4.c4 is fine.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6

    bresando

    W playing c4 is exactly what B wants as i explained in the first post: a trasposition to a not very critical exchange variation is not to be feared. Also if W wants an exchange he can force it immediately with 4.c4 . 

    I know that Nb6 is not a totally unseen move and you can find some high-profile games with it. As a whole B has a great score but not at all against an immediate a4. That's the only problem in my view.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7

    bresando

    I have looked briefly at B alternatives to 5...a5. Some of the games are between quite strong players but is general the results are not encouraging.

    5...c6 was played by the great Larsen against a 2500+ opponent. the idea is to meet 6.a5 with Ne5, and in case of c4 the N can now fall back to c7. Larsen managed to outplay his opponent from this position but it feels not very attractive to me. The reason is that the same position with W pawn on a2 can be reached via the simple 4...c6. I am not strong enough to clearly understand if and how having a pawn on a5 improves W prospects, but 4...c6 always felt like an inaccurate 4...dxe5/5...c6(miles) to me and i don't see the point of reaching the position from this move order. 

    The provocative 5...Nc6 was played in  1-0, Filippov (2481) vs. Dzhumaev (2505) ;W was indeed provoked:6.e6!?(similar to 4...Nc6 5.c4 Nb6 6.e6) fxe6 7.Ng5 h6?! and W soon got a big advantage. 7...g6 is the right move in the corresponding position of the 4...Nc6 variation, but i vaguely feel that having not played c4 helps W.

    5...Bg4 was played in 0-1, Pilaj (2297) vs. Fahrner (2365) and looks quite logical: once the LSB is developed B has nothing against having his N kicked to d7.Play will likely be similar to the 4...Bg4 variation In the game W tryed to avoid this with the ferocious 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4!? Bg6 8.e6 fxe6 9.Ng5 Nf6 10.Bg2 c6 11.Nxe6 Qd7 12.Nxf8 Rxf8

     

     

     

     

     

    How do you evaluate this position? B won the game but was also the highest rated player. This might be an interesting variaton for B.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8

    bresando

    i have looked at some lines with a computer and the result was quite depressingFrown

    The diagrammed position might be ok for B but W mistake has been capturing the bishop on f8. There are several slightly different positions which can arise after 9.Ng5 but they all have in common that after capturing on e6, W can retreat the N to f4. B is presumably forced to retreat his bishop to f7 and then his position looks quite messy. I really don't like B here. Unfortunately W play up to 9.Ng5 is rather forcing and it's unlikely B can improve. 

    I briefly looked at 6...Bxf3 7.Qxf3 Nc6 intending dxe5 instead of Bh5 but it looks like B is just a tempo behind. W can combine all sorts of dangerous e6 and a6(undermining the c6 knight) ideas and B task of holding the position together looks impossible. Bye bye 5...Bg4!

    At this point i am convinced that B best is to block the a-pawn advance with 5...a5. Since this move has been played in 99% of the games you might say it's hardly a surprise, but i was really hoping for a playable alternative...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #9

    bresando

    I don't know,for sure it's playable, but it seems to me that in the challenging lines of the alekhine white almost always goes for a quick c4. I think black should have very decent chances after 5.Nc3, blocking that pawn, your line for example looks completely fine for black (looks like a  quiet line of the kengis variation [4...dxe5 5.Nxe5 g6] with white playing without a real plan) and also 5...Bg4 looks line an improved mainline for black.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #10

    billwall

    I ran against this variation years ago in a tournament.  Didn't have a problem with it.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #11

    bresando

    Very nice win, congratulations. Acoording to my limited understanding 8...Nb4?! was the move which made the game unpleasant for black. Maybe simple development with e6 would have been better. I don't think white sould expect an advantage in your line, in general those Bg4 lines where white plays exd6 are considered roughly equal. 


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