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Fine games II

  • Behemon
  • on 1/26/10, 8:44 AM.


This time I'm going to present you a game from one of our brave knights.

marjani (1686) - Vlad8920 (1721)

Team Serbia vs. Team Albania - Board 10

Online game, Chess.com, 04.09. – 23.12.2009

Parnham Opening (C20): 

1.e4 e5 2.Qh5?!

This is called Parnham Opening or Danvers Opening. 2. Qh5 is not commonly considered as a good move. If black plays normal moves this is only a waste of time. White is aiming for so called school mate. [Behemon]

2...Nc6 3.Bc4 g6 4.Qf3 Qf6

Alternation would be 4...Nf6 5.Ne2 and now:

a) 5...Bg7 6.Nbc3 d6 7.d3 Bg4 8.Qg3 Qd7 9.f3 Be6 10.Bg5 Nh5 11.Qh4 h6 12.Be3 Na5 13.Bb3 Nxb3 14.axb3 a6 15.d4 Qe7 16.Qf2 exd4 17.Bxd4 Nf6 18.0–0–0 0–0–0 19.Nf4 etc. (0-1, 87 moves), Nakamura, H. (2657) - Sasikiran, K. (2642), Copenhagen (2005).

b) 5...d6 6.d3 Bg4 7.Qe3 Bg7 8.f3 Be6 9.Na3 0–0 10.Bd2 d5 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Bxd5 Bxd5 13.0–0 Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Qf4 Re8 16.Rfe1 Qd7 17.Nc4 Qc6 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Re1 Rxe1+ 20.Bxe1 etc. (½-½, 65 moves), Orfali, M. (2097) - Mestre Bellido, H. (2307), Mondariz (2007).

5.Qxf6 White has a mate threat.

White has here several alternate moves:

a) 5.Qe2 Bg7 6.c3 Qe7 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.d3 0–0 9.0–0 d6 10.Re1 Be6 11.Nbd2 Nh5 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Nc4 Nf4 14.Bxf4 Rxf4 15.Ne3 Raf8 16.Rf1 Bh6 17.Nd2 Qg5 18.Kh1 R4f7 19.b4 Qe7 etc. (½-½), Diaz, D. (2101) - Sarquis, M. (2084), Villa Ballester (2003).

b) 5.d3 Qxf3 6.Nxf3 Bg7 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Nc3 0–0 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.Bxd5 Ne7 11.Bg5 Nxd5 12.exd5 h6 13.Be7 Re8 14.d6 cxd6 15.Bxd6 e4 16.dxe4 Bxb2 17.Rab1 Bg7 18.e5 b6 19.Rfe1 Bb7 et. (½-½), Martinez Gutierrez, B. (2000) - Chalmeta Ugas, R. (2015), Barcelona (2001).

c) 5.Nc3 Qxf3 6.Nxf3 Na5 7.Nxe5 Nh6 8.d4 f6 9.Nf3 Nxc4 10.Bf4 d6 11.Nb5 Kd8 12.b3 Na5 13.e5 a6 14.Bxh6 Bxh6 15.Nc3 fxe5 16.dxe5 Re8 17.0–0 Bg4 18.exd6 Bxf3 19.gxf3 cxd6 etc. (0-1, 55 moves), Christy, D. (1040) – McCall, S. (1449), Dos Hermanas (2004).

d) 5.Qd1 Nge7= - Rybka 3.

5...Nxf6 6.d3 Covers e4.

6.Nc3 Nd4 7.Bb3 Bc5= - Rybka 3.


6...d5 7.exd5 Nd4 8.Bg5 Nxd5 9.Kd1 and black stands slightly better – Rybka 3.

7.c3 Controls b4+d4.

7.Nf3 0–0= - Rybka 3.

7...0–0 8.Nf3 d6

8...Na5 9.Bb5=

9.h3 Consolidates g4.

9.a4 Rd8= - Rybka 3.


9...Rd8 10.Nbd2=

10.Bxe6= fxe6 Black has new doubled pawns: e5+e6

11.Bg5 White should quickly conclude development.

11.Be3 d5= - Rybka 3.


Black threatens to win material: d5xe4.


12.Nbd2!?= [Rybka 3]

12...dxe4 13.Bxf6

13.dxe4!? is an interesting idea: 13...Nxe4 14.Nbd2 Nxd2 15.Bxd2 with small advantage for black.

13...exf3 (According Rybka 3 black has now achieved some advantage.)

Much inferior is 13...Rxf6 14.dxe4 Rf4 15.Nbd2 and white has small advantage.

14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.g3

15.Na3 Rad8 16.Rad1 fxg2 17.Kxg2 Rd5 and black stands better.


15...Rad8 16.Rd1–+


Better is 16.Nd2!? which has some apparent merit. Black has only minor advantage. [Rybka 3.]


According Rybka 3 black has got some more advantage.


Starts the manoeuvre Nb1–d2-e4-g5.

17...Rxd3 18.Ne4 b6 [18...Kf7!?–+] 19.Ng5

White threatens to win material: Ng5xe6. White can be proud of that piece.


19...Nd8 20.Rad1 Rd6 21.Rde1 and black has better game.


20.Rad1 e4 21.Rde1 e5 with slightly better game for black.

20...Kf6!? – Rybka 3.

21.b3 Rd3 22.c4?

The first mistake. Correct move was 22.Rad1 Rd6 and black has only small advantage - Rybka 3.


22...Kf6!? 23.c5 Nd4 24.Re3–+

23.Re3 Rxe3 24.fxe3 Rd7

Better is 24...e4 25.Nxe4 Ne5 and black has some advantage.


Second mistake. Better is 25.Nxf3 Rd3 26.Kf2 and black has only small advantage – Rybka 3.

25...Kf6–+ 26.Ng5 Rd3

26...e4 27.Nxe4+ Kf5 28.Nf2–+

27.Nxf3 Rxe3 28.Rf1 Ke7 29.Kg2

29.Kf2 Rc3 30.Kg2–+

29...Re2+ 30.Rf2

30.Kg1 Rxa2 31.Ng5 Nd4–+

30...Rxf2+ 31.Kxf2 Ke6 32.Ke3 Kf5 33.Nh2

33.Ne1 Kg4 34.Kf2 e4–+

33...Nd4 34.Kd3

34.c5 doesn't change the outcome of the game 34...bxc5 35.Nf1 e4–+

34...c5 35.Ke3 e4 36.Nf1 Nc2+ 37.Kd2 Nb4 38.Ne3+ Ke5 39.a3

39.a4 cannot change destiny: 39...Kd4 40.g4 hxg4 41.Nxg4 Nd3–+.

39...Nc6 40.Kc3

40.Nd5 cannot change what is in store for: 40...Nd4 41.b4 Nf5–+

40...Nd4 41.Nf1 Kf5

41...Nf5!? keeps an even firmer grip 42.a4 Nd4 43.Kb2–+

42.Ne3+ Ke5 Twofold repetition.

43.b4?? A blunder which throws away a nice position.

Correct was: 43.Nf1 Nf5 44.a4–+ [Rybka 3.]

43...Ne2+ (According Rybka 3 black has now clearly better game.)

44.Kd2 Nxg3 45.Nd5

45.bxc5 doesn't change anything anymore 45...bxc5 46.Ng2 Kd4–+

45...Nf5 46.b5

46.bxc5 does not win a prize 46...bxc5 47.a4 Nxh4–+

46...Nxh4 47.a4

47.Ke2 is no salvation: 47...Kd4 48.Nf4 Kxc4–+

47...Nf5 48.Kc3

48.Ke2 there is nothing better in the position 48...h4 49.Kf1–+

48...h4 49.Kd2 h3 50.Ke2 h2 51.Nxb6

51.Ne7 doesn't improve anything: 51...Nxe7 52.Kd2 h1Q 53.Kc3 e3 54.Kd3 Qc1 55.Ke2 Qd2+ 56.Kf3 Qf2+ 57.Kg4 Qg2+ 58.Kh4 Nf5#

51...axb6 52.a5 h1Q 53.axb6

53.Kd2 cannot undo what has already been done: 53...e3+ 54.Kc2 e2 55.axb6 e1Q 56.Kb2 Qb4+ 57.Ka2 Qhb1#


53...Nd4+ 54.Kd2 Qg2+ 55.Kd1 Qc2+ 56.Ke1 Qe2#

54.Kd2 Qd3+

54...Nd4 55.Kc1 Qc3+ 56.Kb1 Qc2+ 57.Ka1 Nb3#


55.Kc1 doesn't get the cat off the tree 55...Nd4 56.Kb2 Qc2+ 57.Ka1 Nb3#


Or55...e3 56.b7 Qd2+ 57.Kf1 Qf2#

56.b7 Qxb5 57.b8Q+

57.b8N hardly improves anything 57...Qxb8 58.Kf2 Qb2+ 59.Kf1 e3 60.Ke1 Qd2+ 61.Kf1 Qf2#

57...Qxb8 and white gave up (0–1).

58.Kf1 Qb2 59.Kg1 Ne3 60.Kh1 Qg2#

[Notes: Rybka 3 (1–cpu 32-bit (40s)) and Behemon.]

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