Daily report by GM Alexander Baburin from Turkey
Baburin, A. (2590) - Egger, J. (2433) [D12]
34th Chess Olympiad, Istanbul (14) 2000 [Alexander Baburin]
This line is currently rather popular. White often gets more space and two bishops, which is not toobad!
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.
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.
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.
20. h4! White takes away the h4-square from the enemy rook and gives more space for manoeuvring to his own rook.
23. Rh3! This rook lift highlights Black's weaknesses on the queenside. Now we can see the benefits of 20 h4!.
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.
29. Nxd5 Here Black played 29...Qb5, but his flag fell.