My best game so far

Apr 11, 2011, 3:00 AM 4,997 Reads 40 Comments

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.




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


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.














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.



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!



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.














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.



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.



With idea Re5+.


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














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!


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