Monday, December 26, 2016

Andreikin Wins Napoleon Attack

The main line of the Napoleon Attack is illustrated in Andreikin vs Mozharov. This line looks like a Scotch Game or Scotch Four Knights Game. White has the option to transpose. Dmitry Andreikin is among the top players in the world. Andreikin is a former World Junior Champion. Mikhail Mozharov is a Russian grandmaster born in 1990.

Because of the popular nature of this line I have provided quite a bit of detailed analysis. The move 4…Nf6 is the most common among many fourth move possibilities. When White plays the Queens Knight Attack then positions like this one can be reached frequently. Black has a wide choice of moves but the basic set up is similar. White likely plays it more often than Black, and thus White would be more familiar with the typical tactics and strategy.

Andreikin (2720) - Mozharov (2573), 69th Moscow Blitz Moscow RUS (2.9), 06.09.2015 begins 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bg5 Bb4 [5...Be7 6.Nf5 0-0 (6...h6 7.Nxg7+ Kf8 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Nh5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Qg5 11.Ng3+/-) 7.Nxe7+ Nxe7 (7...Qxe7 8.Nd5 Qe5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.e3 f5 11.c4+/=) 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.e4 f5 10.Qh5 fxe4 11.Nxe4+/-; 5...h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 (6...gxf6 7.Nd5 Nb4 8.e4 Nxd5 9.exd5 Bc5 10.Qg4 Qe7+ 11.Kd2+/-) 7.Ndb5 Qd8 (7...Qe5 8.Nd5 Kd8 9.Nbxc7 Rb8 10.Nb5 Qxb2 11.Rb1 Qxa2 12.e3+/=) 8.Nd5 Bb4+ 9.c3 Ba5 10.b4 a6 11.Nd4 Bb6 12.Nf5+/=; 5...Bc5 6.e3 Nxd4 7.exd4 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0=] 6.Nxc6 bxc6 [6...dxc6 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.0-0-0+ Ke7 9.e4 h6 10.Be3=; 6...Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 bxc6 8.e3 h6 9.Bh4 0-0 10.Qf3=] 7.Qd4 Be7 [7...Qe7 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.e3 Bc5 10.Qh4=] 8.e4 d6 [8...0-0 9.Bd3 h6 10.Bh4 and 1-0 in 97. Benjamin - Nunn, London ENG 1987] 9.0-0-0 0-0 [9...h6 10.Bf4 Be6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Bxe5=] 10.e5 Ne8 11.h4 Be6 12.Bd3 d5 13.f4 f6 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Qe3 Qd7 16.Na4 Bg4 17.Nc5 Qf7 18.Rde1 Nd6 19.Qg3 Qh5 [19...h5 20.Kb1 a5 21.Qe3 a4 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Qe7=] 20.Ne6 Rf7 [20...Bxe6 21.Rxe6 Bxg5 22.Qxg5 Qxg5 23.hxg5+/=] 21.Bxf6 Rxf6 22.Re5 Nf5 23.Bxf5 Bxf5 [Black resigned in view of mate on g7. 23...Rxf5 24.Rhe1+/-] 1-0

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