Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two Knights Defence in China

Yu Yangyi rated 2723 demonstrated a good way to play the Two Knights Defence. White challenged Black with aggressive 4.Ng5.

Normally Black plays some type of a gambit in this line. Here Black continued 4...d5 5.exd5 Na5. White remained up a pawn after the normal moves 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6.

Black must keep up the opening and middlegame pressure with threats. In response White usually does not move anything on the queenside for the first ten moves.

Then Liu Qingnan played 11.d4. As Black, Yu Yangyi threatened h2, f2, e2, c2 and others squares. Chess engines evaluate the position as having equal chances.

The game does not necessarily have to end in a draw. However, these strong players from China did repeat moves and draw.

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Liu Qingnan (2523) - Yu Yangyi (2723), ch-CHN 2015 Xinghua CHN (4.2), 21.05.2015 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 [Or 10...Bc5 11.0-0 Qd4 12.Ng4 Bxg4 13.Bxg4 Nc4=] 11.d4 exd3 12.Nxd3 0-0 13.0-0 Qc7 14.h3 [14.g3 Bf5 15.Nd2 Rfe8 16.Bf3 Rad8=] 14...c5 [14...Re8 15.Re1=] 15.b3 c4 16.bxc4 Nxc4 17.Nd2 Nxd2 18.Bxd2 Bf5 19.Ne1 Ne4 20.Bd3 Rac8 21.Nf3 Bc5 22.Be3 Rfd8 23.Qc1 Nc3 24.Qd2 Ne4 25.Qc1 Nc3 26.Qd2 [26.Re1 Bxe3 27.Qxe3 Nd5 28.Qd2 Nf4 29.Ne5=] 26...Ne4 27.Qc1 Nc3 1/2-1/2

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