2012 President's Cup (Final Four of College Chess sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton)

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(1) Rosenberg ,Evan (2161) - Pavlovic,Milos (2483) [D83]
Final Four,Herdon USA (1), 31.03.2012
[Annotator: M. Pavlovic]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Rc1 Be6!? In my opinion the best move for black.Typical Grunfeld move I would say.It has become very popular lately.Alternatives are 6...c5 and 6...c6 7.cxd5?! I would strongly recommend 7.Sf3 followed by 7...dc4 8.Ng5-Bd5 9.e4-h6 with mitual chances.As we'll see later on in the game,black develops a strong initiative on quenn's flank. 7...Nxd5 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.a3 Rc8!=/+ c5 is an obvious threat 10.Nf3 Qa2! 11.Qc2?! I suppose Qd2 was almost forced move.Now c5 is going to be even more dangerous.So there we go... 11...c5 12.e4 This is already a point of no return.Black is winning by force.Bc4 would be way more resilient response. 12...Bxd4!-+ 13.Nxd4 cxd4 14.Qxc8+ Bxc8 15.Rxc8+ Kg7 16.Bxb8 All it takes for black to win the game is to calculate accurately.White is immensely undeveloped,and its pieces lack the coordination.I took advantage of it by applying very simple tactics. The rest is given without the comment. 16...Qb1+ 17.Kd2 Rxb8 18.Rxb8 Qxb2+ 19.Kd1 Qb3+ 20.Kc1 Qxa3+ 21.Kb1 Qb3+ 22.Kc1 Qc3+ 23.Kb1 d3 24.Bxd3 Qxd3+ 25.Ka1 Qxe4 Typical Grunfekd game,in which mistakes early in the game are absolutely not allowed.My opponent was obviously surprised by Be6 move-so I had an edge from the very beggining. 0-1

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