White wellness structure

David Navara comments on his match with Saleh Salem

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 It could have been a little surprise. I had mostly played 7.Bc4 in my online and board games.

7…c5 8.Rc1 0–0 Black should be able to equalize after 8…Qa5 9.Qd2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qxd2+ 11.Bxd2 0–0 12.Nf3 with precise play, but the text move is more in line with Salem’s enterprising style.

9.Qd2 Nd7

This movement surprised me. I had looked at 9…e5 10.d5 Nd7 in my preparation, but here White can also play 11.c4.

10.Bd3 Another promising option is 10.Nf3 Nf6 11.Bd3, but I wasn’t willing to play that unprepared.

10…e5 11.d5 f5 12.Bg5! This move forces Black to make a decision.

12…Bf6 While 12…Nf6 13.c4 is a double-edged sword, White’s position seemed more pleasant to me. 13.h4! ?

f4? ! 14.Nf3 Kg7 15.c4 By playing this move, I hoped to activate my bishop by a4. Transferring the knight to d6 takes time, so perhaps white could execute a bishop exchange after h4–h5, g6–g5, Bd3–e2, Nf3–h2, Be2–g4.

15…h6 16.Bxf6+ Qxf6 17.Qc3 Re8 18.Bc2 Nb6

19.a4?! After a more precise continuation 19.Kb1! Re7 20.Nd2 Black could not quickly transfer his knight to d6 because of the vulnerability of the b7 and a7 pawns.

19…Bd7! 20.Rb1 Rab8 21.Nd2 Nc8 22.Qa3 b6 23.a5 Nd6 24.Ba4 b5 ?!

This impulsive move ultimately helps White, due to the opening of file b. That said, it was far from obvious at this point. Black’s position would have remained solid after 24…Bxa4 25.Qxa4 Re7. White could play Rh1–h3 and then hide his king on g1.

25.cxb5 Bxb5 White would have an advantage after 25…Nxb5 26.Qd3! Qa6 27.0–0 Qxa5 28.Bxb5 Bxb5 29.Nc4 Qa4 30.Rbc1! due to a protected passed pawn and safer king.

26.Bxb5 Nxb5 27.Qh3!

The queen protects the king wing and at the same time creates threats for the black king and black knight.

27…Nd4 White threatened 28.Rxb5! Rxb5 29.Qd7+, winning a piece.

28.0–0! Better late than never! Without this move, white would have big problems with his weak king and the kingside passive rook.

28…h5 29.Nf3

Nxf3+? ! This centralized knight exchange helps white. Black could try 29…Qe7 30.Ng5 f3! ? 31.Nxf3 c4 with reasonable counterplay and practical odds.

30.gxf3! I also considered 30.Qxf3? Qxh4 31.Qc3 , but 31…Qe7 should be tenable for Black, who could sometimes liquidate in a defensible rook endgame by turning over his extra pawn.

30…Kh6 31.Rfc1 Red8?! Counterplay doesn’t work, but 31…Qe7 32.a6+– was also bad in the long run.

32.Rxb8 Rxb8 33.Rxc5+– Kb1+ 34.Kg2 Qa6

Black threatens every second mate, but it’s white’s move and black’s king isn’t safe either.

35.Kh2! Qf6 After 35…Rb2 36.Qg2! Qf6 37.Kh3! Qe7 38.Rc6+– White protects everything and launches a decisive attack. 36.Rc6 Qd8 37.Kg2 a6 38.Qf5 With his last move, Black has prepared a witty trap: 38.Qe6 Qg8! 39.Qxg8?? (39.Qxe5+–) 39… Rg1+! 40.Kh2 Rh1+ 41.Kxh1=.

38…Qe8 39.Qg5+ Kh7 40.Rc7+ Kg8 41.Qf6+– 1–0

David Navara’s full and much more in-depth analysis can be found in the new ChessBase Magazine #209

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ChessBase Magazine Highlights #209

The ChessBase Magazine #209 homepage gives you direct access to the editors’ recommendations: the highlights of the issue!

“Special”: Anna and Mariya Muzychuk

CBM authors analyze their favorite games from Anna and Mariya Muzychuk. Expect an exclusive collection of 21 annotated games!

Top master games and reviews

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022: Dorian Rogozenco shows two matches of the big winner, Ian Nepomniachtchi, in the video. Anish Giri analyzes two selected games.

Prague Chess Festival 2022: The winners of the Masters, Pentala Harikrishnaand the Challenger, Vincent Clemer, comment on one of their games. More analyzes of David Navara, Vidit Gujrati and Sam Shankland.

More Annotated Games: Anish Giri analyzes two brilliant games of Norway Chess 2022.

Practical Tips for the Tournament Player (II): Must Win Situations

Jan Markos dedicates Part II of his video series to the subject of how to play in an “unavoidable situation” – a task that arises time and time again not only in individual tournaments but also in team matches. To complement the video, our new author offers a small collection of five training exercises that you should follow after the video lecture!

All in one

Renato Quintiliano explores a provocative idea for Black in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, while Yuri Kuzubov presents “a mad Alekhine” with 5.Ba3!

Opening Videos

Daniel King shows “a shock”: the 4.e4 gambit in the Jobava London System, often tested by GM Hans Niemann. Ivan Sokolov in the second part of his video analysis of the Queen’s Gambit Ragozin Variation with 8…h5 deals with the main move 9.h4. And Mihail Marin presents new developments in the English opening based on the game Ding Liren-Nepomniachtchi of the Candidates Tournament.

Daniel King: Jobava London System
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e4!?
Mihail Marin: English
1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nc2 Nf6 7.Nc3 Qe5
Ivan Sokolov: HQ Ragozin Variation 8…h5 (II)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Bb46.e3 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 h5 9.h4

New ideas for your Ideen for your repertoire

CBM #209 covers a wide range of opening systems with 11 opening items:

Evgeny Postny: four English knights 4.e4 Bb4 5.d3 d6
Petra Papp: Trompowsky 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Ne4
Martin Lorenzini: Scandinavian 3…Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3
Alexey Kuzmin: Yes. Moscow Variation 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4
Yago Santiago: Yes. Najdorf Variation 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0
Krisztian Szabo: cross play 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Nc3
Sergei Grigoriants: Spanish 3…a6 4.Ba4 Nge7 5.0-0 Ng6
Roven Vogel: HQ Ragozine Variation 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3
Christian Braun: Gruenfeld Fianchetto 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Nc3 d5
Andreï Sumets: Catalan 8.a4 Nc6 9.Qxc4 Na5 10.Qc2
Spyridon Kapnisis: Indian Petrosian variant of King

Topcial Opening Traps

“Sicilians at the Queen’s Gambit” – Rainer Knaak takes a close look at eight pitfalls of current tournament practice, three of which he also presents in video format. 1.e4 players, beware: in French Advance, our expert came across “a very promising, completely new trap”!

Move by Move

Ian Nepomniachtchi is a master of Petroff. His victory against Alireza Firouzja with the black pieces is the subject of Robert Ris’ interactive training session. Can you find the shots of the winner of the 2022 Candidates Tournament?

Strategy: The Muzychuk Sisters

Michael Marin highlights some typical aspects of the positional game of Maria and Anna Muzychuk. Material is categorized as “Positional Attacks”, “Positional Sacrifices”, “Static Play”, and “Dynamic Decisions”.

The classic

Dorian Rogozenco features Pillsbury-Lasker (St Petersburg 1896) – “a beautiful game” by then world champion Emanuel Lasker, with a number of sacrificial motifs worth seeing.

Tactics: Queen sacrifices of all kinds

by Oliver Reeh tactical contribution consists of 39 games with many training questions. Do not miss to solve his favorite combinations in interactive format with video feedback!

Endgame: Prague Endgame Highlights

Hamburg final expert Karsten Müller again found lots of illustration and training material. Do you already know the “Troitzky endgame”? In addition, Mueller offers a selection of Anna and Mariya Muzychuk’s most beautiful finals (incl. video)!

ChessBase Magazine #209

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