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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis

There was a game today in the Greek team championship. There is an interesting Rook endgame arising at move 33.
It would be nice if you can explain some moves and ideas. At move 66 I think white had a chance with Ra6 but I dont know if this is enough for a draw

Tournament: Greek Team 2010

Round: 07

White: GM Nikolaidis, Ioannis

Black: GM Lupulescu, Constantin

Date: Sun Jul 11 2010

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Ndb4 8. Nxc6 Qxd1+ 9. Kxd1 Nxc6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Bd2 e5 12. Bc3 Bc5 13. Ke1 f6 14. Nd2 Be6 15. e3 Bd5 16. Rg1 g5 17. Ke2 Kf7 18. Rgc1 Bb6 19. Bb4 Rab8 20. Bd6 Rb7 21. b3 Rd8 22. Bc5 Rbd7 23. Rc2 Be6 24. Bxb6 axb6 25. a4 e4 26. Raa2 Bg4+ 27. Ke1 Rd3 28. Rxc6 Rxb3 29. Rc1 Rbd3 30. Rb1 R8d6 31. h3 Bf3 32. Rab2 R6d5 33. Nxf3 exf3 34. Rxb6 Ra3 35. R6b5 Ke6 36. Rxd5 Kxd5 37. Rb5+ Ke4 38. Rb4+ Kd3 39. Rd4+ Kc3 40. g4 Ra1+ 41. Rd1 Rxa4 42. Rc1+ Kd3 43. Rd1+ Kc2 44. Rd2+ Kc3 45. Rd1 Ra2 46. Rc1+ Rc2 47. Ra1 Re2+ 48. Kf1 Rb2 49. Ke1 Kc2 50. Rd1 Rb4 51. Ra1 Rb3 52. Rd1 Ra3 53. Rd2+ Kc3 54. Rd1 Ra4 55. Rc1+ Kd3 56. Rd1+ Kc2 57. Rd2+ Kc3 58. Rd1 h5 59. Rc1+ Kd3 60. gxh5 Rh4 61. Rd1+ Kc2 62. Rd6 Rxh3 63. Rc6+ Kd3 64. Rd6+ Ke4 65. Rxf6 Rxh5 66. Rf8 Rh1+ 67. Kd2 Rf1 68. Re8+ Kf5 69. e4+ Kf4 70. e5 Rxf2+ 71. Kd3 Re2 72. e6 Kg3 73. e7 g4 0-1


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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

There is a famous endgame between Capablanca and Janowski that Pal Benko discussed in one of his CL columns some years ago. I can't remember the details, but my impression is that Capablanca's technique was seen as innovative, original, and not widely understood at the time it was played. Subsequently, it became part of every GMs endgame arsenal, and I believe Fischer even played a game once where he employed knowledge of the Capablanca ending to nail down the win. (In a somewhat ironic twist, I believe Benko showed that Janowski resigned prematurely in the original game.)

Are you familiar with this ending? If so, would you discuss its provenance and explain the technique so we amateurs might add it to our toolbox?


Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:33 am

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Hi Dennis,
I just watched your analysis of the game Reshevsky-Vaganian, and I remembered another famous king march, this time a successful one. The game Karpov-A.Zaitsev (USSR 1970) is a real miracle! I mean, just look at that king standing on e4 like it's no big deal!
So can you possibly analyze it for us? The entire game is quite long, but I guess Zaitsev could have resigned much earlier. I just wonder why Karpov got himself into all those troubles, how he survived, and whether his idea of bringing the king to the center could be refuted. The most critical part of the game is about 25-30 moves long.

Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:07 am

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
There is an interesting positional pawn sacrifice in the advanced Caro Kann.
e4 c6 d4 d5 e5 Bf5 Nc3 e6 g4 Bg6 Nge2 Ne7 f4 h5 f5 exf g5
It is clear, that the bishop is out of play for a while, but the computer thinks this is OK for Black.
I would find it interesting to have some thoughts and explanations on the position.


Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:55 pm
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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
hey dennis,
How can you generate the appropriate plan for certain positions? For instance, how can you tell when to go on an all out attack, a buildup, or go for a positional battle?
Here's an example in which i had a real difficulity.
After: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nf3 g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bc4 Be6 9. Qb3 Nc7 10. d5 Bc8 11. O-O O-O, white has a very visually pleasing game but i went for an all out attack and it failed here... normally people say to go for a knockout in positions where your opponent has terrible development, but does white have one here? what would you do in this position?

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi, Dennis!!!

What is in your opinion the most promising line for white in the Gruenfeld? I looked at some lines in the Bg5 variation but they proved to be somewhat dull and black equalizes quite easily. Should I study the Russian system, the Exchange or the 8.Rb1 variation? I am standing at the chess "crossroad" now. Thanks!

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Dennis, I've a question about a very rare line in the Siësta Variation of the Modern Steinitz Ruy Lopez, which is my defense with black.

Geller-Lutikov, Moscow 1961;
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. c3 f5 6. exf5 Bxf5 7. O-O Bd3 8. Re1
Be7 9. Qb3 b5 10. Qd5 Qd7 11. Qxd3 bxa4 12. Qc2 Nf6 13. Qxa4 O-O 14. d3 Nd4 15.
Qd1 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Ng4 17. Qd5+ Kh8 18. f3 Nf6 19. Qb3 Qf5 20. Qc2 d5 21. Be3
Bd6 22. Nd2 Qh5 23. h3 Rae8 24. c4 c6 25. Qa4 e4 26. dxe4 Nxe4 27. cxd5 Nxd2
28. Bxd2 Qxd5 29. Bc3 h5 30. Rxe8 Rxe8 31. Rd1 Bc5+ 32. Kh1 Qg5 33. Qxc6 Re2
34. f4 Qg3 35. Qd5 Rf2 36. Qxh5+ Kg8 37. Rd8+ Bf8 38. Qd5+ Kh7 39. Qd3+ Qxd3
40. Rxd3 Rxf4 41. g3 1-0

The critical variation is with 9. Bc2 Bxc2 10. Qxc2 etcetera and the only other move I've ever seen here is 9. c4. Both are within my preparation, but there's a 3rd move I've never had to play against: 9. Qb3. While looking through Lutikov's games with the Modern Steinitz, I found this game where he plays against Geller and lost. The ideas in the game intrigued me.

I have two questions about move 13.
1) Doesn't black equalize with 13. Qxa4 e4! ? There are some pretty complicated lines there, it is the Siësta after all and I might've missed something.

2) In the game, white castled and black had a wonderful trick with 14. ... Nd4, making use of the knight capture with check on f3 and the queen opposition. In light of that and 13. ... e4 (should it hold). I thought white should maybe play 13. d3 here.
13. d3 0-0 14. Nbd2 This is my idea, white postpones Qxa4 by another move. I thought white could get a nice advantage out of this because if black moves either knight, the Nd4-Nxf3+ trick is off and black is hard pressed to find something that doesn't make him inactive. Whatever I do, white seems to get off well, though not winning by any means. At first I thought maybe a rook sac on f3, kind of analogous to the Sicilian would be nice, but I couldn't get any of it to really work. What do you think about 13. d3 0-0 14. Nbd2?

Many thanks in advance, I really enjoy your blog and your weekly sessions here.


Once upon a pawn on e4.

Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:57 pm

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

I have a question about the decline of the Benko gambit with 3. e3 (d4 Sf6 c4 c5 e3). The openings which arises are totally unfamiliar to me. I can play e6 and d5 which seems to be some Queens Gambit I dont know, or I can play g6 (more my style)
but this means I play more like a Grünfeld.
The question is, is there a drawback of the white setup, can I transpose to some favourable black setup against d4 cause of the early e3 pawn move?


Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:13 am

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

My question is regarding the game given below. After my blunder on move 40, I had to try and take a decision on whether to give up a pawn or the exchange. I felt that my best practical chances was to give up the exchange but then try and keep the position closed so that his rook wouldn't be able to penetrate into my half of the board. Of course, 44. fxg5 wasn't the smartest execution of that strategy but overall, was the idea correct in principle? Or would I have been better off giving up the pawn on g3 and trying to hold?


[Event "75'/35+15'"]
[Date "2010.10.07"]
[White "Ramesh, Raghav"]
[Black "Taylor, Alex"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C91"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6
5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. d4 d6 9. c3 Bg4 10. d5 Na5 11. Bc2 Nc4 12.
b3 Nb6 13. Nbd2 Qd7 14. h3 Bh5 15. Nf1 c5 16. Ng3 Bg6 17. a4 Qc7 18. a5 Nbd7
19. Nh2 h6 20. f4 exf4 21. Bxf4 Ne5 22. Nf3 Nfd7 23. Nh2 Bf6 24. Ra2 Qd8 25.
Bb1 Bg5 26. Qd2 Bxf4 27. Qxf4 Qf6 28. Rf1 Qxf4 29. Rxf4 Nf6 30. Nf5 Bxf5 31.
Rxf5 Rab8 32. Nf1 Rfe8 33. Raf2 Ned7 34. Nd2 Re5 35. Bd3 Rxf5 36. Rxf5 g6 37.
Rf2 Kg7 38. g3 Ne5 39. Bf1 Re8 40. Rf4 Nh5 41. Kf2 Nxf4 42. gxf4 Nd7 43. Bd3 g5
44. fxg5 hxg5 45. Nf3 Ne5 46. Nxe5 Rxe5 47. Kf3 Kf6 48. Be2 Re8 49. Bd3 Rh8 50.
Bf1 Rh4 51. Ke3 Ke5 52. Bg2 g4 53. hxg4 Rxg4 54. Kf2 Rxg2+ 0-1

Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:43 am

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

I have a serious problem. One so serious that I might actually be forced to quit Chess over it if I can't solve the issue. So I am coming to you for advice. My question pertains to momentary 'blackout blunder lapses' I seem to encounter routinely. The pattern I have identified but the cause and solution I can't haven't an inkling.

Basically, I play quite strongly (far above my rating) for almost the entire game until I have these momentary lapses once the position becomes EXTREMELY elementary (winning or drawing) for me. Then, I will make a colossal blunder by making a move that I didn't even analyze! An example (and I can give you countless more) Chess board: 8/2p5/1p1k4/6p1/1PP1KpP1/5P2/8/8 b - - Here I was black and it's my move. I have analyzed the obvious and forced only move .... c5 to draw but for some unexplainable reason I played Ke6????????????? where right after b5 I had to resign instantly. It is infuriating! To preempt the obvious inquiries, no I did not move too fast. No, it is not a lack of knowledge as the only move that occurred to me in that position was c5. I had not even ANALYZED Ke6. It is beyond me why it appeared on the board.

Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:20 pm
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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
I've heard that Korchnoi favored playing the exchange french as an IQP position.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 c5

It seems like this approach should translate reasonably well to the queen's gambit declined. The following position seems no worse than anything that comes up in the QGD Tarrasch, and the computer claims it's almost equal.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 c5!? 8. dxc5 Nbd7

This is just one variation, but the basic idea is to meet Bd3 with c5. If white delays the capture, black pursues Re8 and Ne4 as in the Lasker. It goes without saying that black must be willing to accept the weak d pawn, but I'd take that over the mainline minority attack variations any day. Strangely, I've never seen these lines in any of the opening theory research that I've done. Is that because authors assume that black would have played the Tarrasch if he wanted an IQP, or am I overly optimistic about Black's chances here?

Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:44 am
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 Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hei Dennis.

I played a game against an IM. It was a simul that he held on ICC.
I played black and did ok for awhile. The everything went wrong... what could I have done better? Which move was the keymove for losing an ok position? And finally, would there be a better way to progress this game in the end?

[Event "ICC 60 60 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2010.11.25"]
[Round "1"]
[White "voja"]
[Black "Joanna"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2411"]
[BlackElo "1595"]
[Opening "Sicilian: Canal-Sokolsky attack, 3...Bd7"]
[ECO "B52"]
[NIC "SI.01"]
[Time "13:04:19"]
[TimeControl "3600+60"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. a4 g6 5. O-O Bg7 6. d3 Nf6 7. Na3 O-O 8.
Bxd7 Nfxd7 9. Nc4 Nc6 10. Bg5 Qc7 11. Qd2 Nde5 12. Nfxe5 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Bxe5
14. c3 f5 15. Bh6 Bg7 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. f4 Rae8 18. exf5 Rxf5 19. Rae1 e5
20. fxe5 Rxf1+ 21. Kxf1 Qf7+ 22. Qf2 dxe5 23. Qxf7+ Kxf7 24. Ke2 Ke6 25. Rf1
Re7 26. Rf8 a6 27. a5 Kd5 28. Ke3 Kc6 29. c4 b6 30. Rf6+ {Black resigns} 1-0

Best regards from
Joanna :-) (Mizz_nono)

Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:31 pm

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis

I've recently been looking at the 6.Bg5 variation against the Najdorf. I'm just wondering...what happens if black replies with 6...Qb6 immediately (rather than a move later in the Poisoned Pawn Var.) I only found two GM games with this position in my database, somehow white followed up with 7.f4 in both games and then black somehow didn't take on b2 with 7...Qxb2, which I don't understand at all...can you please explain this (assuming there wasn't some kind of mistake in the game score)? And how would you respond to this 6...Qb6 move as white?

Many thanks!

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 Re: Want to ask Dennis a question? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

I have recently found an interesting gambit against the Caro-Kann, and have tested it in several blitz games. It goes: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.c4!?

Here's a sample line: 3...dxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Bf5 6.f3 (6.Nge2 and Ng3 is another idea) exf3 7.Nxf3 e6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 followed by castling Queenside (or Kingside), with interesting attacking possibilities.

My blitz experience tells me that it's quite playable; I even once beat an IM in the variation above, but as I mentioned before, I've never ventured playing it with long time controls.

My questions are:
1) Does this line have a history?
2) Do you recommend it for anything other than blitz?


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Hi Dennis,

I have a question about the line in the 3...g6 Ruy Lopez played in Shirov - Azmaiparashvili, Montecartene 2000, which is annotated by Nigel Davies on Chesspublishing. In this game, black seems to equalize fairly easily after 9...Bg4 10.Ne2, but Davies gives the move 10. 0-0-0, referring to the game Luther-Dautov, 1991, and concludes that it gives white "double edged play." In this game, however, white's main plan is f4, f5, and fxg6; with the help of Rybka, I have found the idea f4-f5 followed by e5, (as far as I can tell the order doesn't matter, as long as the two moves f5 and e5 are successive,) after which best for black two best tries are ...f6 and ...Re8. After ...f6 white can now play fxg6 and will meet ...Qxe5 (blacks best move) with gxh7 followed by Qh3. if black simply takes back on g6, white can play Qe4 or Rdg1 with an attack on the g pawn and an slight advantage. After ...Re8 white has f6 Rxd1 Rxd1 Qf8 Rd7 Nxf6 Rxc7 Ng4 Qf4 Nxe5 Ne4 Re6 Rxa7 and white seems to have the initiative
As far as I can tell, this idea has not been played at the master level, at least in the Mega Database 2009. Can you find improvements to blacks play, before or after the given line? Or is this good way for white to prove an advantage against this whole line, (which is pretty much forced until move 11?) Or maybe white's position in the line after ...Re8 isn't that great? Here is the line:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. d4 exd4 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Bxc6 dxc6
8. Qxd4 Nf6 9. Nc3 Bg4 10. O-O-O Bxf3 11. gxf3 O-O 12. Qe3 {
e5 immediately might be better} Nh5 {This is not the only idea for black} 13.
f4 b6 (13... a5 {Is perhaps better?}) 14. e5 Rad8 15. f5 Rfe8 (15... gxf5
16. Rhg1+ Ng7 17. Rxd8 Rxd8 18. Qg3 Qf8 $14) (15... f6 16. fxg6 Qxe5 (16...
hxg6 17. Qe4) 17. gxh7+ Kxh7 18. Qh3 $14) 16. f6 (16. Rxd8 Qxd8 17. f4) 16...
Rxd1+ 17. Rxd1 Qf8 18. Rd7 Nxf6 19. Rxc7 Ng4 20. Qf4 Nxe5 21. Ne4 Re6 22. Rxa7

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