Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pirc Defence Grandmaster Battle

The 4.f4 Yugoslav Attack against the Pirc Defence requires a sharp tactical eye for both sides. This battle extended from one end of the board to the other. Black's position was much harder to defend than it first appeared in the game Jan Smeets vs Alexander Graf.

Smeets (2605) - Graf (2576), Bundesliga 2017-18 Berlin GER, 01.05.2018 begins 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.dxc5 Nbd7 [7...dxc5 8.e5 Nd5 9.Nxd5 Qxd5 10.Qe2+/=] 8.cxd6 exd6 9.0-0 Re8 10.f5 Nc5 11.fxg6 hxg6
12.Ng5! Bg4 [12...d5 13.Bb5 Rxe4 14.Ncxe4 Nfxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Qf3+/=] 13.Qe1 d5 14.e5 [14.Qh4+/-] 14...d4 [14...Qb6 15.Kh1 Nxd3 16.cxd3+/-] 15.Bc4 Be6 [15...dxc3 16.Bxf7+ +-] 16.Nxe6 Nxe6 17.exf6 dxc3 18.fxg7 Qd4+ 19.Qf2 cxb2 [19...Qxf2+ 20.Rxf2+-] 20.Qxd4 bxc1Q [20...Nxd4 21.Bxf7+ Kxg7 22.Bxb2+-] 21.Bxe6 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Tactics gives 200 ways to win quickly as White from moves 7 to 22.
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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