Our first game in this update is the game Dorfman, J - Bologan, V ch-FRA top 16 2005.
The diagram position arose after White's 13.Bf1:
Bologan tried a very rare idea, 13...Ra8. Black deviates from his earlier game against the same opponent last year and wants to concentrate on the kingside attack. White then sacrifices two pawns and wins an exchange, but Black obtains sufficient compensation and soon wins it back. Eventually the game reaches an approximately equal endgame in which a draw was agreed.
An important game from the theoretical point of view, and White has to look for an improvement. From my side I can offer to check 21. Nf7+ in more depth.
In the next game, Yermolinsky, A - Sharavdorj, D, East Bay CC GM 2005, White tested an uncommon line, Epishin's 10.Qc2.
Later, in the diagram position, White missed a nice idea to convert his positional advantage into a win. Can you find it?
A tough game which shows that Black should be careful treating 10.Qc2-line.
The Orthodox with 7...Na6
Furthermore, our next game, Cheparinov,I-Matamoros Franco,C, It B Dos Hermanas 2005, also sees a rare, but promising line.
In the above position White played 10.c5!? It turns out that it's far from easy to deal with this interesting continuation. Soon White obtained a stable advantage and convincingly converted it into a full point. Black should look for improvements, and 23..Bd4, which I suggest in the analysis, may be one of them.
The second game in this variation is Zhao Xue-Efimenko,Z, 7th Open Dubai 2005.
In this well-known position Efimenko tested an uncommon line of GM Loginov's: 8...h6. This high-quality game saw both players commit a mistake towards the end, which could have changed the evaluation of the position, but eventually they agree to a draw.
Our first game in this section is the game Socko, B - Iskusnyh, S, 21th Open Cappelle la Grande 2005.
In the diagram position Black tests a sharp, but very interesting line with 9...Nh5. Soon White finds it difficult to extinguish Black's initiative, after one careless move Iskusnyh seizes an edge and after another blunder wins a piece. This line of Shchekachev's is very poisonous and has to be taken very seriously.
In the game Svetushkin,D-Valmana Canto,J, Open La Roda 2005 we see Dreev's pet line with 6.Nge2 again. Both players avoid the main theoretical lines and soon Black commits a serious positional mistake which he can't fix any more. A break in the centre decides the game.
The game Georgiev, K - Sandipan, C, Open Dubai 2005 sees a novelty in a well-known position:
Black incorrectly meets White's 13.Bg5 and soon finds himself under strong pressure. A few more moves and his position collapses. Nicely played by Georgiev and time to think about how to meet his new idea. In the text you'll see my suggestions.
And lastly the game Sargissian,G-El Taher,F, Open Dubai 2005.
In the Yugoslav attack White shows a novelty here and outplays his opponent move by move. Eventually White breaks through in the most unexpected place and wins the game. Probably Black has to return to ...a6 on the 9th or 10th move.
Enjoy the issue and see you in May.