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Istanbul Diary

Daily report by GM Alexander Baburin from Turkey

Day 1 Day 2 & 3  Day 4 Day 5
Day 6 & 7 Day 8 & 9 Day 10 Day 11 
Day 12 Day 13 & 14 Day 15


Baburin, A. (2590) - Egger, J. (2433) [D12]
34th Chess Olympiad, Istanbul (14) 2000 [Alexander Baburin]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 d5 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg4 7. Qb3    This line is currently rather popular. White often gets more space and two bishops, which is not toobad!
Qb6 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. c5 Qc7 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. g5 Ng8   On this move my opponent spent 42 minutes, which is very impractical. The move itself is fine - Black wants to relocate this piece to f5, while leaving the d7-square for the other knight. However, it had to be played much faster! Also possible was 12...Nfd7.
13. e4 Nd7   Better was 13...Rh4, as in the game Dreev-Huebner, Essen 2000. Still, after 14 exd5 exd5 15 Ne2! Na6 16 Qg3! Rh8 17 Bf4 Qa5+ 18 Bd2 Qc7 19 h4 Ne7 20 Bh3 Nf5 21 Bxf5 gxf5 22 Bf4 Qa5+ 23 Kf1 Be7 24 g6! White seized the initiative and eventually won.
14. exd5 exd5 15. Ne2!   White's dark-squared bishop might become a poor creature, so White must bring it out to f4.  Ne7   I was going to meet 15...Rh4 with 16 Qg3 Qxg3 17 fxg3 when White again can control the f5-square with a pawn.
16. Bf4 Qa5+ 17. Bd2 Qc7 18. O-O-O b6?! 19. Bf4 Qb7 20. h4!   White takes away the h4-square from the enemy rook and gives more space for manoeuvring to his own rook.
O-O-O 21. cxb6 Qxb6?! 22. Qc2! Nf5 23. Rh3!   This rook lift highlights Black's weaknesses on the queenside. Now we can see the benefits of 20 h4!.
Bd6 24. Rc3! Nb8?    Better was 24...Kc7, although after 25 Bg2 White has a great position.
25. Bh3!   Now White is winning, as Black cannot defend all his numerous weaknesses.
Bxf4+ 26. Nxf4 Rxh4 27. Bxf5+ gxf5 28. Qxf5+ Rd7 29. Nxd5    Here Black played 29...Qb5, but his flag fell.

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