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Four Pawns Attack 5...O-O 6 Nf3 c5, 9...Bg4 [A68]
In the game Mikaelyan, A -Jacobson, B we have another Four Pawns Attack, but this time. Black went for the line with 9....Bg4 and then he skipped ...a6. Later he played a new move, 15...b6:
This turned out to be a good idea as Black was well prepared for the e4-e5 break. In the endgame Black even had winning chances but in the end it was a draw.
Smyslov System 5.Bg5 d6 6.e3 Bf5 [E61]
Predke, A - Giri, A featured the Smyslov System and Black went on for 6...Bf5 and got a comfortable game.
Soon the queens were off and in the equal endgame Giri managed to outplay his opponent and won the game.
Makagonov System 5.h3 e5 6.d5 a5 7.Bg5 [E71]
Narayanan, S - Urazaev, A was in a Makagonov System but with the fashionable early 5...e5 move order where Black delays castling kingside:
Soon the game was in new territory. Black got a normal position after the opening but started to play some moves without a clear plan. White took the initiative and after Black missed a few good moments to get a safe game, he stumbled and allowed the tactic 23.Bxf5, after which White got a strong attack and later won the game.
Classical Variation 6...Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 c6 9.d5 Ng4 10. Bg5 f6 [E94]
Navara, D - Kostachi, M was a Classical with 6...Na6 where Black went for the line with 8....c6 and later White decided to play the 11 Bd2 idea:
Then the game followed a common path: White opened the b-file while Black was pushing the pawns on the kingside. At some point Black blundered with 21...Rxb5? which lost the d-pawn and soon the game.
Filip, L - Guseinov, G was in the same line as the previous game but here White went for the more popular 11 Bh4 line, and in reply Black tried 12....Nh6:
Then it was all well-known until Black played 17...Nc7 which looks a bit passive. White replied with the natural 18.a4, but after 18...a5! Black is actually stopping everything on the queenside and gets fine play on the kingside. Later the game was very balanced. White went in for some complications and was doing well up till a point. However, in the end Black managed to get active play and won the game.
Classical Variation 7...Nbd7 8.Be3 Qe7 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nd5 [E94]
Jumabayev, R - Nitin, S was in the classical line where after 7...Nbd7 8.Be3 Black goes 8...Qe7:
Then the game followed a common route where Black was trying to improve his minor pieces. He managed to develop while White was gaining some space. White took control of the d-file but could not use it to any great effect and Black gained counterplay on the flanks. In the end the players agreed to a draw in an unclear position.
Classical Variation 7...exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Kh1 Nbd7 [E94]
Lenderman, A - Mikaelyan, A featured the classical system with 7...exd4, and Black went for the setup with 9...c6:
It was all long theory until Black went for 19....Qa5. It looked like the queen was active but then White found 22.e5! and in the complications Black lost a piece. White soon took full control and won the game.
Classical Variation 7...h6 8.Re1 Nbd7 [E95]
In Sadhwani, R - Kadric, D Black played the rare 7...h6, but after 8.Re1 Nbd7 play transposed to a classical line with the ...Nbd7 setup:
White managed to get some space in the centre after 15.c5 but Black managed to develop and regroup his minor pieces. After that Black took the initiative with 23...g5. White then opened the h -file but it was Black who actually took full advantage of it and later Kadric got a winning attack.
Till next month, Marian
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