Saturday, April 21, 2018

Petroff Defence Detour Dangers

In the Petroff Defence, players may blitz the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d5 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0. Black avoided 7...Nc6 with known equality in Avital Boruchovsky vs Yuriy Kuzubov. Later, Black made a tactical slip in a difficult position.

Boruchovsky (2542) - Kuzubov (2689), 19th ch-EUR Indiv 2018 Batumi GEO (6.36), 22.03.2018 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Bf5 [7...Nc6=] 8.Re1 0-0 9.Nc3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Bxd3 11.cxd3!? [11.Qxd3+/=] 11...Nc6 12.Rb1 b6 13.Qa4 Na5 [13...Qd6 14.Rb2+/=] 14.Bd2 c5 15.Ne5 Qe8 16.Nd7 cxd4 17.cxd4 Rd8 18.Rxe7 Qxe7 19.Nxf8 Qxf8 20.Bxa5 bxa5 21.Qxa5 Rd7 22.Qb5 Qd8? [A blunder. If 22...Rd8 23.Qc5+/- Instead, White wins with...]
23.Qxd7! 1-0 [If Black recaptures, White checks forcing mate.]

My new book of 200 diagrams shows 200 final moves Fabiano Caruana played to win in Caruana Chess: Winning Moves by Fabiano Caruana (compiled by Tim Sawyer)

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