European League

0 Team Match - European League Round 2a

Team Denmark vs Team Scotland, April 5 2010

Board 3

BalticKnight 2419 vs emilezola 2271

C02 French, Advance Variation

The first moves are pretty standard. I think we both know the normal moves well.

1.e4 e6  2.d4 d5  3.e5 c5  4.c3 Nc6  5.Nf3 Bd7  6.Be2 Rc8  7.0-0 Nge7 8.dxc5 Ng6  9.Be3 Ncxe5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.b4 Be7  12.f4 Nc6 13.Nd2 Bf6 14.Rc1

Here 14. ...d4 was tried by Andrew Greet against Robert Gwaze (Ch Great Britain,2004.08.06). Black won and this is what emilezola knew and played the same move. 15.Bf2?! was the choice in that game which led to Black ripping apart White's queenside. 15. ...dxc3 16.Ne4 Nxb4 17.Nd6+ Ke7 18.Nxc8 Bxc8 19.Qb3 Qa5 and here White had 20. Rxc3 but instead played 20.a3 Nc6 and Black was better.

It didn't look to good altogether, so I looked for something else. 15.Bxd4, holding on to the pawn looked better. 15. ... Nxd4 (15. ... Bxd4 16.cxd4 0-0  17.Ne4 Nxb4 18.Qd2 Nd5 19.Nd6 with a nice hold of the centre, lots of space and with f5 an attack on the king side.) 16.cxd4 Bxd4+  17.Kh1 Be3


There are other choices here but White still gets a good grip centrewise and can build an assault on the kingside. 18. Ne4! (Nc4) and the bishop is trapped, so 18. ...Bxc1  19.Nd6+ Taking castling away from Black and regains the quality. 19. ... Kf8?! (19. ... Ke7 is a better choice because of 20. Nxc8+ Bxc8 21.Qxc1 and Rh8 gets out) 20.Nxc8 Bxf4?! (20. ... Qxc8 is better because of 21.Qd6+ Ke8  22.Rxc1 Bc6 23. b5 Bd5) 21. Rxf4 Qxc8  22. Qd6+ Ke8 23.b5 and the bishop can't get out.








Black resigned here. There is still play left but it is a depressing position and I think I would have made the same decision.