The Game Went Swimmingly

Время публикации: 12.02.2012 02:39 | Последнее обновление: 13.02.2012 12:21

The game of the day: Jobava - Ponkratov

The leading Georgian player Baadur Jobava crushed Pavel Ponkratov in Round 5 of the Aeroflot Open. 

Aeroflot Open 2012, Round 5

Modern Benoni Defence
(Mikhail Golubev's commentary).
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.f4 e6 7.Nf3 exd5 8.cxd5 0–0

From the four pawns attack of the King's Indian defence the game turned into Modern Benoni defence. A quite usual thing.
9.Be2 Re8
9...Bg4 is less risky for Black. 9...b5 is also possible - 
 Aronian played so in 2010 (although in rapid and against an unprofessional player), so maybe there hasn't been played any direct refutation of Black's idea. 

A principle choice. There's also a calm alternative 10.Nd2.
10...dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4

12.e6!? fxe6 13.Bg5
13.0–0 exd5 14.Nxd5 Be6 15.Bc4 Ne5 16.Bg5 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 Qxg5 18.Rae1 Rf8! is also not giving a desired result, Niemela - Tal, Riga 1959.
13...Nf6 14.d6! is quite perspective for White, Jobava - Bologan, Turin 2006.
14.Qd2 c4
Another try - 14...Bxc3 15.bxc3 exd5 16.0–0 c4+ 17.Nd4 Nc6 18.h3 Nxd4 19.cxd4 h6 20.Rab1 Rxe2 21.Qf4, and in the game R akh- Krabbenbos, 2008 agreed to draw. In the final position Black should play 21...Rf2!.
15.0–0–0 exd5

16.Nxd5 N
A reasonable novelty! In Popov I. - Inarkiev encounter, Dagomys 2008, it was played 16.Rhe1 Nc6.
16...Qxb2+ 17.Qxb2 Bxb2+ 18.Kxb2 Rxe2+ 19.Kc3 Nc6 20.Rhe1 Rxe1 21.Rxe1
Black has two extra pawns of little importance and face opponent's strong initiative.

21...h6! (= Bologan) is a better idea, which prevents the cutoff of the king. 
22.h3! Nf2 23.Bh6! Nd3 24.Ng5! Nce5?
More persistent is 24...Nde5 25.g4 Bd7, however, according to analysis that's not enough: 26.Nf6+ Kh8 27.Rf1 b5 28.Nxd7 Nxd7 29.Rf7 b4+ 30.Kb2 Nce5 31.Rxh7+ Kg8 32.Rg7+ Kh8 33.Re7 c3+ 34.Kc1 Kg8 35.Bg7!.
Another, and maybe more practical chance - 24...Kh8.

A brilliant resource which was easily underestimated by Black. 
25...b5 26.g4 b4+
The basic idea - 26...Bd7 27.Ne7+ (или же сразу 27.Rf7) 27...Kh8 28.Rf7 ! 28...Nxf7 29.Nxf7#.
27.Kd4 Rd8 28.gxf5
After winning a bishop White easily made it to the end. 
28...b3 29.axb3 cxb3 30.fxg6 hxg6 31.Ke4 1–0


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