2012 UT Dallas GM Invitational underwritten by Turner Construction

Turner GM

Turner GM

(1) Lenderman,Alex (2581) - Holt,Conrad (2499) [D17]
UTD GM Invitational Richardson USA (9), 15.03.2012
[Annotator: C. Holt]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Nb6 8.Ne5 a5 9.g3 e6 10.Bg2 Bb4 11.0-0 0-0 12.e3 h6 13.Qe2 Bh7 14.Rd1 Qe7 15.Nd3 Rfd8 16.e4 Rxd4 I had studied this exchange sacrifice a couple of days before when preparing for Giorgi Kacheishvili. 17.Be3 e5 18.Bxd4 I didn't remember any lines after move. It had seemed obvious that white would play something less obvious, like Qc2 or Na2. 18...exd4 19.Nb1 Re8 20.Nd2 I really didn't know what to do here and sat for over 40 minutes. I hadn't previously noticed that Bxd2 puts my a5 pawn under attack. 20...Nbd5 21.Rac1? This move doesn't do anything useful. I get the initiative for the rest of the game. [21.Nb3 gives white some advantage. I was thinking I would have good compensation after 21...c5 22.Ndxc5 Bxc5 23.Qb5 Ba7 24.exd5 d3 , but it is losing after 25.Rd2 ] 21...Bxd2 I can afford to allow Qxa5 now that my knight is active on d5, instead of under attack on b6. 22.Qxd2 Bxe4 23.Qxa5 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Qe2 White's king is problematic due to his weak light squares and poorly placed queen. 25.Kg1 Ne4 26.Qe1 this move is forced to defend the light squares. Otherwise I could set up something like Ng5, Qe4, Nh3, Qh1. 26...Qf3 27.Qf1 [27.Nc5 was best. I would have been happy to see this move though, because I can secure a GM norm immediately: 27...Nf4 28.gxf4 Qg4+ 29.Kf1 Qh3+= ] 27...Re6 28.Rc2 White's pieces are passive and there is not much he can do while I prepare an attack. 28...h5 29.h4 Rg6 30.Qe2 Qf5 31.Kh2 Ne3! 32.fxe3 Rxg3 33.Nf4 Rxe3 34.Qf1 Ng3 35.Qf2 Ne4 36.Qf1 After repeating once I decided to continue the game. Although I had only a couple of minutes left and could get the norm with a draw, black just has to win here. 36...Qg4! 37.Rg2 Qxh4+ 38.Kg1 Ng3 39.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 40.Ng2 d3? Letting off most of the pressure 41.Qf4! Rf3 42.Qxg3 Rxg3 43.Kf2 Rh3 44.Ne3 Of course black is still a little better here, but I decided it was time for instant gratification. 44...Rh2+ 45.Ng2 Rh3 46.Ne3 Rh2+ 47.Ng2 Rh3 1/2-1/2

(2) Leon ,Hoyos (2570) - Milos,Pavlovic (2478) [B67]
UTD GM Invitational (6), 14.03.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 Here we've got the typical Richter Rauzer position. 9.f3 Leon has decided to play f3,even though f4 is more common,and probably more dangerous for black.Nevertheless,f3 is playable by all means. 9...Be7 10.h4 h6 11.Be3 h5 This line has become very popular for black lately,and enjoys very good reputation too.It's been played by Nakamura,Ivanchuk,etc. 12.Bg5 Rc8 13.f4?! Kb1 would be better 13...Qc7 14.Nf3 b5 15.e5 From now on everything that's going to happen is pretty much forced.It applies to both white and black 15...dxe5 16.fxe5 b4 17.exf6 bxc3 18.Qxc3 [18.Qxd7+ Qxd7 19.Rxd7 gxf6 20.Rxe7+ Kxe7 21.Be3 Nb4© ] 18...gxf6 19.Kb1 Nb4 20.Qxc7 Rxc7 21.Bf4?! Rb7=/+ 22.Be2 e5 23.Bd2 Rg8!-/+ 24.Ne1 Bg4 25.Bf3 Rd7 26.a3 Nc6! 27.Bxc6 Bxd1 28.Rh3 Be2! 29.Nd3 Kd8 30.Ba5+ Kc8 31.Nb4 Bxb4 32.axb4 Bb5?-/+ [32...Rd1+ 33.Ka2 Bc4+ 34.b3 Bb5-+ ] 33.Bxd7+ Kxd7 34.Rf3 Ke6 35.g3 f5 The endgame is probably lost for white,however black should remain awake and play accurately. 36.Bb6 Rg4 37.Bc5 f4 38.gxf4 exf4-+ 39.Bf2 Kf5 Black pieces are very well coordinated,and white is defenceless.The f pawn is going to decide the final outcome.All it takes for black to win the game now,is to remove white rook from f3,and keep on pushing its f pawn 40.Rc3 Rg2 41.Bb6 Rg6 42.Bf2 Ke4 43.Rc7 f5 44.c4 Bc6 45.Kc1 Kf3 46.Be1 Ke2 47.Bc3 Rg1+ 48.Kc2 Be4+ 49.Kb3 f3 0-1

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