Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Slav Defence Surprise Check

This unconventional Slav Defence uncovers a surprise at the end. In the game between Dmitriy Khegay and Ivan Bocharov, the players reached a common line via transposition. The seemingly inconsequential 19.b4 to expand the queenside turns out to be fatal.

Khegay (2502) - Bocharov (2534), Kurnosov Mem Rapid 2017 Chelyabinsk RUS (8.4), 09.09.2017 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 a6 [5...e6=] 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.cxd5!? [7.Qb3 Qc7=] 7...Nxe5 8.dxe5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 [9.Bd2 e6=] 9...Qxd5 10.Qxd5 cxd5 11.Bd2 Rc8 12.Be2 e6 13.Bc3 Be7 14.Kd2 Kd7 15.Rhc1 Rc6 16.Ba5 Rhc8 17.Rxc6 Rxc6 18.Bc3 Rc8 19.b4? [19.Rc1 Bg6 20.g3 h6=] 19...d4!
20.exd4 [If 20.Bxd4 then Black wins a piece as follows: 20...Bxb4+ 21.Kd1 Bc2+ 22.Kc1 Ba4+ 23.Kb1 Ba3 24.Bb2 Bc2+ 25.Kc1 Be4+ 26.Kd2 Bxb2-+; 20.Bb2 Bxb4+ 21.Kd1 Bc2+ 22.Kc1 d3 23.Bf3 d2 mate!] 20...Bg5+! [Black wins the bishop on c3.] 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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