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AFM Algmiantas Steponavicius (LTU) 1725 - AGM Kushager Krishnater (IND) 2077
[B22] 22.Oct.2016, Blitz 1 tournament, 1st round

1.e4 c5 The Sicilian Defense 
2.c3 Alapin variation, one of modern Anti-Sicilian choices.
2...Nf6 3.d3 The main line here is 3.e5.
3...Nc6 4.Be3?! Now is interesting to start forward on the King side with 4.f4.
4...e6 The best move for Black here is 4...d5 and, if White decide to take c-pawn with 5.Bxc5 dxe4 6.dxe4 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Nxe4 8.Be3 Bf5, Black has a better piece development and activity. 5.g3 More natural is 5.Nd2 with next Be2, Ngf3 and 0–0.
5...d5 6.Nd2 d4 7.Bg5 e5 8.Ngf3 h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Bg2 Be7 11.Qb3 Unnecessary move at all. The question is what is point of this move - maybe temporary pressure on b7–pawn, but even by Ra8–b8 Black is OK. 11.0–0 is a logical, natural move.
11...0–0 12.0–0 Rb8 13.c4 Qg6 14.Ne1 f5?! Somehow too early. White pieces are without activity and the best way for Black was to first open position on Queen side by a6–b5 idea (plus Qg6–d6, Bc8–e6). It is not so clear what - except waiting in place - White can do to improve his position.

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15.f4? Obvious was 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.a3 and White has equal chances, because now he can control a very important square,  e4 for his Knight. As we can see, after just 2 moves played on the board, the position changed a lot.
15...Bd6 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.Be4?? Not only White blundered a pawn, but also decided to change a piece with the best activity at the moment which also protected White King. After this, everything is going almost forced… A must was forced line: 17.fxe5 Nxe5 18.Nef3 Bxd3 19.Nxe5 Bxe5 20.Rxf8+ Rxf8 21.Qxb7 and Black has an initiative and a Bishop pair, but position is far away from lost - actually, now is a moment for Black to look for the best plan how to proceed.
17...exf4 18.Bxf5 Rxf5 19.Ne4 fxg3 20.hxg3 Rxf1+ 21.Kxf1 Bxg3 22.Ke2 Qg4+ 23.Nf3 Ne5 24.Rf1 Rf8 25.Qxb7 Rxf3 26.Qd5+ Kh7 0–1

 

AGM Kushager Krishnater (IND) 2077 - Ioannis Makropoulos (GRE) 1838
[D27] 22.Oct.2016, Blitz 1 tournament, 2nd round

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 The Queen's Gambit Accepted.
3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0–0 a6 7.dxc5 White can keep Queens on the board after 7.Bb3.
7...Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Be2 More perspective looks 9.Nbd2 but after 9...0–0 10.Be2 Rd8 position is about equal.
9...b5 10.b3 Bb7 11.Bb2 Ke7 12.Nc3 Nc6 13.Rac1 Bb6 A bit better for Black was to put King side Rook in the play with 13...Rhc8 with equal chances.
14.Ba3+ b4 15.Na4 Ba7? A mistake. Better was 15...bxa3 16.Nxb6 and White has an initiative. But, White decided to be “kind”. 

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16.Bb2? For serious attack and advantage, White was leading with 16.Bxb4+ Nxb4 17.Rc7+.
16...Rhd8 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.Rxc5 Rxd1+ 19.Bxd1 Nd7 20.Rc1 f6 More or less equal position is on the board.

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21.Be2 Rc8 22.Kf1 Nd8 23.Rxc8 Bxc8 24.a3 Not a mistake, but after pawn exchange, there are no chances for White to play anything more than a draw. Obvious was Nf3–d2–c4 manoeuvre.
24...a5 25.axb4 axb4 26.Nd2 For a nuance, better is centralisation 26.Nd4.
26...Nc5 27.Bd4 Ndb7 28.Bf3?! Here is priority to keep a Bishop in the centre with 28.f4.
28...Kd6 29.Ke2 e5 And Black is getting a small advantage. 30.Bb2 Interesting is 30.Nc4+ Kc7 31.Bxb7 (And not 31.Bxc5 Nxc5 32.Bd5 Ba6 33.Kd1 Nxb3 34.Nxe5 Nc5 and Black is better.) 31...Nxb7 32.Ba7 Bf5 Black is still more active, but game is about draw border.
30...Be6 31.Nc4+? A mistake. White had a chance for a draw with other piece exchange: 31.Bxb7 Nxb7 32.f4 and Black is still better, because a White pawn on b3 soon will be lost, but idea is to exchange pawns on King side and try to get draw in opposed colours Bishop endgame.
31...Bxc4+ 32.bxc4 Na5 33.Kd1 Nxc4 34.Bc1 b3 35.Be2 Na5?? Simplest was winning 35...b2. And again, White is kind with: 
36.Bb2?? Only move was 36.Bd2 Nc6 37.Kc1 Kd5 Black is better, but realisation of the pawn up is not so simple now.
36...g6? Centralisation of King was the best move: 36...Kd5.
37.Kc1 Kc6 38.g4? A last mistake. Necessary was 38.Bc3 Kb6 39.f3 to try to keep position as maximally as possible. Yes, the position is still better for the Black.
38...Na4 39.f4 Nxb2 40.Kxb2 exf4 41.exf4 Kd5 42.g5 fxg5 43.fxg5 Ke5 44.Bd3 Kd4 45.Bb1 Ke5 Faster was simplification 45...Nc4+ 46.Kxb3 Nd2+ and pawn endgame is winning for the Black.
46.Ka3 Kf4 Again, simplification with 46...Nc4+.
47.Kb4 Nc6+ 48.Kxb3 Nd4+ 49.Kc4 Nf3 50.Kd5 Nxh2 51.Kd6 Kxg5 52.Ke7 h5 53.Kf8 h4 54.Kg7 Nf3 55.Kh7 Ne5 56.Kg7 h3 57.Kh7 h2 58.Kg7 Nf7 59.Kg8 Nh6+ 60.Kg7 h1Q 61.Kf8 Qg1 62.Ke7 Qxb1 63.Kd8 Qb2 64.Kc7 Qe5+ 0–1

 

Vitaly Obukhov (RUS) 1935 - Zachary C Tanenbaum (USA) 2142
[A25] 22.Oct.2016, Blitz 2 tournament, 3rd round

1.c4 English Opening.
1...e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 A bit older idea, but still playable. More popular moves are 3.g3 or 3.Nf3.
3...Nc6 4.g3 Main line here is a 4.Nf3.
4...Bc5 5.Bg2 h5 An interesting move.
6.h3 d6 7.Nge2? A necessary move was 7.Nf3 to block h5–h4 idea.
7...h4 8.g4

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8...Bxg4
Interesting, intuitive sacrifice. With neutral 8...a6 Black is a slightly better.
9.hxg4 Nxg4 10.Rf1?? Obvious was 10.d4 and after 10...exd4 11.Na4 d3 12.Nxc5 dxc5 13.Nf4 Nce5 position is complicated and unclear.
10...h3 11.Bf3 There is no luck after 11.Bh1 because of 11...Bxf2+ 12.Rxf2 Qh4 and Black is winning.
11...Nh2 12.Ng3 Nd4 The best was direct 12...Qf6.
13.Bh1 Nxf1

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14.Kxf1 Qf6 15.d3
White missed now 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.b4 Bb6 17.Bb2 But it is much better position than what happened in the game.
15...Nb3 On first view, this move looks like the best one in position. But after a bit of calculations… Better was 15...c6! with pressure on White position.
16.Qe2? Not so simple to calculate in a short time control 16.Nf5!? Nxa1 17.Nd5 Qg6 18.Nxc7+ Kd8 19.Nxa8 h2 20.Ng3 Qf6 21.Qe2 and Black is better, but White has a some counter-chances.
16...Nxa1 And now, position is lost - later is just question of chess technique:
17.Nd5 Qd8 18.Be3 Bxe3 19.Nxe3 Qd7 20.Qd1 h2 21.Qxa1 Qh3+ 22.Bg2 h1Q+ 23.Nxh1 Qxh1+ 24.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 25.Ke2 Rxa1 26.Nd5 Kd7 27.a3 c6 28.Nc3 Rh8 29.Nd1 Rh1 30.Ne3 Ra2 31.Nf5 Rxb2+ 32.Ke3 Rh3+ 33.f3 Rhh2 34.d4 Rhe2+ 35.Kd3 Rbd2+ 36.Kc3 exd4+ 37.Nxd4 Rf2 38.f4 c5 39.Nf5 Ra2 40.Kb3 Rae2 41.Nxg7 Rxf4 42.Nh5 Rfxe4 43.Nf6+ Kc6 44.Nxe4 Rxe4 45.Kc3 Rd4 46.a4 f5 47.a5 f4 48.a6 f3 49.axb7 Kxb7 50.Kb3 f2 51.Ka4 f1Q 52.Ka5 Qa1+ 53.Kb5 a6# 0–1