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February was a very busy month with a lot of strong open tournaments. It saw the end of the Gibraltar Masters, Cappelle la Grande and the Aeroflot open. So most of the games will be taken from these three, while the next month we'll concentrate on the round-robins Linares, Pojkovsky and Monaco.

As usual the Classical system dominates in the update. You'll see a lot of strong players and beautiful chess. Don't miss it!

Download PGN of February '05 KID games

Classical: The Bayonet attack

Our tradition last year was to start with the Bayonet attack and I don't want to change it. Our first game in this update will be the game Gyimesi, Z - Radjabov, T, Aeroflot Open 2005.

In the popular diagram position Black introduced a very interesting novelty 13...dxc5. The tactical battle allowed him to win a piece for two pawns. The endgame that arose was conducted by Teimour in the style of the old masters and eventually he scored the full point. After this game White will have to find a good counter idea. The ball is back in his court.

The game Ostojic, N - Jerfi, K, Zimski Winter Open 2005 saw the line with 11...Nf4 which was analysed in the January update.

This time in the diagram position Black played 13...a5 instead of Shirov's 13...Bf6 and the 13...fxe4 played in January by Sidorenko. Already on the next move Black played a dubious novelty 14...c5? and obtained a very unpleasant position. Ostojic punished Black for his play and won the game in solid style. I believe the 13...a5 line doesn't promise full equality.

Classical: The orthodox variation with 9.Nd2

It's interesting that this system supplies us again with a very interesting and tough battle. See the game Sakaev, K - Fedorov, A, Aeroflot Open 2005.

In the position of the diagram Sakaev comes up with the rare, but rather logical 15.Bd2 instead of 15.Bxe7. Both sides follow their plans and a position arises of dynamic equality in which Sakaev succeeds in outplaying his opponent and eventually wins a piece. In the technical stage he commits an inaccuracy and reaches the following position:

Here he finds a beautiful idea to claim a win. Try to find it! The line with 15.Bd2 deserves further tests.

Classical: The Gligoric-Taimanov System

The game Shengelia, D - Calistri, T, Cappelle la Grande Open 2005 saw a rare retreat of the bishop from g5 to d2 again, this time instead of 11.Bh4.

After some inaccuracies White obtained an advantage and eventually reached the following position:

Try to find the spectacular winning combination.

Our next game in this variation is David, A - Bologan, V, Aeroflot Open 2005.

In this position Viorel tried the side-line 9...Nd7 and then completely outplayed his opponent. A relatively easy win for Bologan, which demonstrates Black's plan in this line. Nevertheless White shouldn't be concerned. Alberto's play can be improved.

Classical: The side line with 6...Bg4

The game Smirnov, P - Guseinov, G, Aeroflot Open 2005 sees the favourite line of the young Azerbaijani.

However in the diagram position he faced a very unpleasant novelty 11.b4! After a mistaken reaction White obtained a clear advantage and won a pawn. However later he missed Black's counterplay, which seemed to come from nowhere, Black improved his position move by move and eventually the game reached the following interesting position:

For some unclear reason the notation ends after three more moves and we see the result 1-0, which doesn't reflect the evaluation of the position. A tough game!


In our next game Riazantsev, A - Kempinski, R the Polish GM plays a tricky move order and reaches the following position:

Now instead of the attack on the c4-pawn by means of 10...Ne5 with equality he complicates matters with ...b5 and allows White to claim an advantage. However the latter misses his chance and the final position of the game looks like a draw despite the notation indicating 1-0.

Fianchetto variation

Our last, but certainly not least, game is Kotsur, P - Sutovsky, E, Aeroflot Open sees an aggressive line for Black in the Fianchetto without Nc3.

I believe that White should've played without d5. The latter allows a favourable version of the Benko gambit.

In this position Black came with a very interesting positional piece sacrifice for just one pawn, which promised him a long-time initiative. The tournament winner plays very inspired chess and White was unable to stand the pressure and his position eventually collapses. I believe the game should be a big contender for the best game of the month. A must see game!

Enjoy the issue and see you in March.


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