Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Marholev Counter Attacks 1.d4 Nc6

You need good open lines to attack. Advanced pawns toward your opponent's king are good, but you need open lines for them to be useful.

The Queen's Knight game between Emil Stefanov and IM Dimitar Marholev began 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7. In his book The Dark Knight System author James Schuyler recommends that Black play 3...Bb4+! before trapping his the bishop.

White's idea to push the h-pawn is good, but there must be more than just pushing a pawn to h6. The bigger problem was the safety of White's own king, not Black's king. The opened c-file favored Black in all the tactics that mattered.

Stefanov (2088) - Marholev (2317), Int ch-Central SRB Op A Paracin SRB (5.21), 07.07.2015 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.Nc3 Ng6 5.a3 Nf6 6.h4 Be7 7.h5 Nf8 8.h6 g6 9.Nf3 [9.Qa4!?+/=] 9...Ng4 10.g3 d6 11.Bh3 a6 12.e4 Bd7 13.Nd2 Nf6 14.Bxd7+ N8xd7 15.b4 0-0 16.Qe2 c6 17.Bb2 Rc8 18.Nb3 cxd5 19.cxd5 Nb6 20.Na5 Qd7 21.f3? [21.Rc1 Rc7=/+] 21...Na4 [21...Nh5-/+] 22.Nxa4 Qxa4 23.g4 Bd8 [23...Rc2-+] 24.Nc4 b5 25.Ne3 Bb6 26.Rh2 Qb3 27.Nd1 Rc4 28.Rc1 Rfc8 29.Rxc4 Rxc4 30.Rg2 a5 31.bxa5 Bxa5+ 32.Kf1 Bb6 33.Ke1 Bc5 [33...Nd7-+] 34.Kf1 Nd7 35.Ke1 Nb6 36.Kf1? Na4 37.Ke1 Bb6 38.g5 Ba5+ 39.Kf1 Nxb2 40.Nxb2 Rc1+ 0-1

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