ksk - stiftet 1917
I focused on this game as IM Okhotnik played the tournament very enterprising (he finished second) and, therefore, this was a key game to my success. My book "The Intuitive Sacrifice" is almost finished, and it inspired me the exchange sacrifice in this game.
Other moves do not promise much.
The most difficult to crack is, 5... e6 but my opponent likes very much his black bishop in fianchetto. He is an expert in Modern Defence.
In my database this is the move with the best score. Nevertheless it is not my habitual choice.
6. e4 d6 7. Le2 Sxd4 8. Dxd4 Lg7 9. Le3
To provide a simple defence to my central pawn and avoid further weaknesses. If my opponent wants to play (like in the English Opening but with a tempo down), Sc5 and f5, the rook on e1 may prove very useful. In fact I was rediscovering the wheel, in the few games which saw 10.Te1 before, White had outstanding results.
Curiously, there is no serious game with 10... Lxc3
An interesting novelty, probably in anticipation of Lh6.
There are instead two games with 11... Lxc3 (Beliavsky - Ermenkov and Perez Candelario - Gonzales de la Torre). Black was always crashed, but we cannot draw any conclusion, as in both games casting was withe the better player as White.
More consistent with 11...Te8 is, 12... Le6 13. Tb1 Lxc3 14. bxc3 Da5 15. Sd4 (or 15. Dd2 Se5 16. f4 Sxc4 17. Dd4 Sb6 18. Lh6 f6 19. e5 dxe5 20. fxe5 Tad8 21. Tb5! Dxb5 22. Lxb5 Txd4 23. Sxd4 Ld7 24. exf6 a6 25. Lxd7 Sbxd7 26. fxe7 Kf7 27. Sb3=) 15... Tac8 16. Dd2 b6 17. Lh6 with an unclear game. Black has obvious targets on the queenside, while White hopes to get closer to the enemy king. Comparing with the two games mentioned above, Black is a tempo up.
Okhotnik did his last two moves quite quickly (well, the second is almost forced due to the threat 14.b4) and having lost a tempo he seemed quite happy. Inducing White to play b4, Black insures counterplay either on black squares, or on the a-file after ...a5. I don't think I have anything better, then take the gountlet!
Placing the wrong knight on a good square. Better is 17...Scd4! as now White takes over the initiative.
One engine draws my attention to the interesting possibility, 21. e5 dxe5 22. Lb4 Lf8 23. Ta1 Txa1 24. Dxa1 e6 25. La5 Dg5 26. f4 Df5 27. Ld3 Lc5+ 28. Kh1 Dxd3 29. Sf6+ Kf8 30. Sxe8 Ld4 31. Lb4+ Kxe8 32. Da8 Dxc4 33. Dxb8 Dxb4 34. Dxc8+ Ke7 35. Dxb7+ Kf8 36. Tc1 exf4+/= Something of it I had seen (of course not that far) but even if I saw the whole suite, I'm not sure I would have done it. I considered my position good, without the need for wild complications.
The standard maneuvre, in order to win a tempo by Dd2.
The knight was expulsed, but two pawns are en prise.
looking for tactical solutions in a wabbling position is of bad omen. To me, such hang on in, with all respect for the opponent, looks like desperation.
I'll hold the exclamation mark, against any engine. There was a demand fom the organiser to present the best games, for a brilliancy prize or so. At the end none won it. The reason was, weaker players looked at the games with stronger programs, which found the play less then perfect! It's true, there is a simple solution, 26. Dxc3 Dxf4 27. Tbd1 Ta4 28. Sd3 Df6 29. Dc2 Ta8 30. Dd2 and Black will lose a pawn very soon. This is the program reason for my move to score worse. In this endgame, Black might establish a knight on c5 and bring his king to e7. How is White going to win? Anyway, the reader might appreciate that White's black squares bishop is better than any black rook.
The last trick, if
Black has nothing to lose anymore.
Black doesn't have any defence against Txc6, so he attacks the queen (who knows?) Now two sham sacrifices decide the game.
Partiene i pgn-format. Kan lastes ned.