1stTypical Untypical


When someone follows a game of blitz/fast/speed chess, an obvious and typical association which come into mind is a lot of (in)correct sacrifices and brilliant mate on the board.

A very important element of personal chess development is game analysis. The accurate process of analyzing a chess game can help the chess player to detect and understand weaknesses. For example, the analysis of selected games from the 1st FIDE Online Grand Prix: The main difference from slower chess games, where it is possible to make deep quality analysis, here a simpler analysis is required with emphasis on the most important aspects. On over the board chess games, we can see blunders, or misunderstanding of the position and/or not knowing what is the best way to play the current position. Online games showcase two more types of blunders (non-chess ones): premove and mouse slip, which we need to consider during analysis. When masters of chess play blitz games, we can see that they usual decide to focus their attention on chess strategy – to get a stable position after opening is completed, and improve a bit by each played move.

I have selected three interesting games from the 1st FIDE Online Arena Grand Prix which are characteristic of typical/untypica blitz chess, because one side show a very good understanding of positional thinking:

AGM Tudorache, Marian (ROU) 2011 - ACM Tobun, Olajide (NGR) 1880
Tournament Blitz 3, 14.May.2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4 Bg7
Here we can see Maroczy Sicilian on the board and white with the next move choose to avoid exchange of knights
6.Nc2 Nf6 7.Nc3 d6 8.Be2 Be6 Main line was 8...0-0
9.0–0 0–0 10.Bd2 A rare move Rc8 11.Rc1 Na5 12.b3
We can call it official theoretical novelty, I wish to know if it was White’s home preparation
12...b6 13.f3 Nb7 14.Ne3 Qc7 15.Ncd5 Definitely, my choice here would be 15.b4
15...Qd8 16.g4 It is maybe too early to start activity on king side. Better is stable 16.b4
16...Bxd5 Something like 16...Bd7, with idea to keep light-square bishop on the board was better than exchange which improved white centre


17.exd5 I prefer 17.cxd5 over 17.exd5; Why? My idea is to open c-file, keep more space on king side, open diagonal f1-a6 for white light square bishop
17...Nc5 Better is 17...Nd7
18.Bc3 An interesting move would be 18.b4
18...Nfd7 Better was 18…a5
19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qd4+ Kg8 21.f4 Nf6 22.h3 The more aggressive is 22.g5
22...Qc7 22...e5 bring counter-play to the black 
23.f5 Nfd7 24.Kg2 Ne5 25.f6 exf6 26.Rxf6 Ncd7 27.Rff1 Qc5 28.Qf4 Rce8 29.Nc2 f6 30.Nd4 g5 31.Qf2 Ng6 32.Ne6 Qxf2+ 33.Rxf2 Rf7 34.Bd3 Nde5 The only move to keep game equal was 34…Nc5 with idea to exchange the strongest white piece – knight on e6
35.Bb1 a6 36.Rcf1 b5 37.cxb5 axb5 38.Rxf6 Better was 38.Bxg6 Nxg6 (38...hxg6 39.cxb5 axb5 40.Rxf6 and white is winning)
39.Nxg5 and white is winning
39...Nh4+? Necessary was 38...Nf4+
39.Kh1 Rxf6 40.Rxf6 Nef3 41.a4? 41.Be4 was the best
41...bxa4 42.bxa4 Nd2? Better was 42...Rc8
43.Bc2 Nc4 44.Kh2 Rb8 45.Bd3 Rb2+ 46.Kg1


 And now, White missed mate in one
47.Bf1 Nef3+ 48.Kh1 Here white decided to return the favour, mate in one for black!
Nd2 49.Rf8# 1–0



AGM Nik, Nik Ahmad Farouqi (MAS) 2161 - Arevalo, Carlos (FID) 1777 
Tournament Blitz 1, 14.May.2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c3 Qb6 It is too early to put Queen in play in the opening
5.Na3 I like the manoeuvre which start with that move
5...d6 6.Nc4 Qc7 7.Ne3 Nc6 8.Bb5 a6 9.Nd5 Qd8 10.Ba4 b5 11.Bb3 e6 12.Ne3 c4 13.Bc2 Bb7 14.0–0 


Here we have better position for White – he is controlling the centre by the d4-e4 pawns, has a better piece development and a more space; and the rest of game is typical for fast chess controls

14...Nge7 15.d5 exd5 16.exd5 Ne5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.f4 Bg7 19.f5 f6 20.fxg6 h6 21.Nf5 Nxf5 22.Bxf5 0–0 23.Be6+ Kh8 24.Qh5 1–0



Farhaan, M (IND) 2003 - Samaridis, Konstantinos (GRE) 1871
Tournament Blitz 1, 14.May.2016

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 c6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 b5 9.g4 Now is the best for Black to prepare counter-play in centre with e7-e5
9...b4 10.Na4 a5 11.h4 Nbd7
I think that 11...h5 is an interesting idea to slow down the White's advance on the King side
12.h5 Nb6 13.Nxb6 Qxb6 14.d5 c5 


Here, we got typical on the one goal play – question is how White can lead initiative to attack on the King side
15.Bh6 b3 16.a3 Ba6 17.Ng3 e6 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.hxg6 fxg6 20.Qh6+ Kf7 21.g5 Ne8 22.Qxh7+ Ng7 23.dxe6+ Kxe6 24.Qxg6+ Ke7 25.Qxg7+ Rf7 26.Nf5+ Ke6 27.Rh6+ Rf6 28.Rxf6+ Ke5 29.Rxd6+ Kf4 30.Rxb6 Rd8 31.Qc7+ Kxf3 32.Qxd8 Bxc4 33.Nh4+ Kg4 34.Qd7+ Kh5 35.Rh6+ Kxg5 36.Qf5+ Kxh6 37.Qg6# 1–0