Bundesliga: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Cracks in His Pet Opening

Время публикации: 15.04.2012 19:04 | Последнее обновление: 15.04.2012 23:15

Saturday's round of Bundesliga was marked not only by defeat of the World Champion. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who regularly plays Grunfeld defence for Black, managed to hold the position against Austrian GM Markus Ragger only for about twenty moves. 

Markus RAGGER (2655) - Maxime VACHIER-LAGRAVE (2715)
Bundesliga 2011-12, Germany, 14.04.2012
Grunfeld Defence
(Mikhail Golubev's express-commentary)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 0–0 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d4 Bf5 9.Re1 Qd7

10.Na4N An interesting novelty. 10.e4 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bg4 Khismatullin - Vachier-Lagrave, Plovdiv 2012.
10...Bg4 11.Nc5 Qc8 12.Ng5!? Rd8 13.h3 White stays better.
 13...Bh5!? Black also faces difficulties after 13...Bxd4 14.hxg4 Bxc5 15.Bxd5 e6 16.e4 exd5 17.exd5.

14...Bxd4? Better was 14...Bxg4 15.hxg4 Bxd4, and in the case of 6.Qb3!? Black at least manage to take on g4 with the queen after 16...Bxc5 17.Bxd5 Qxg4+.
15.Qb3! It's getting hard to suggest what Black 
should do, it has all chances to lose not only piece but compensation as well. 15...Bxc5 15...Na5 16.Qf3!; 15...e6 16.Nd3! 16.Bxd5 Bxg4 17.Nxf7, here it is, an absolutely winning position for White.

17...Nd4 18.Nxd8+ Kg7 19.Qg3 Qf5 20.Ne6+ Nxe6 21.Bxe6 Qxe6 22.hxg4 Rf8 23.Be3 The smoke of battle cleared - White has an extra rook. Black resigned.

[Event "Schachbundesliga 2011/12"] [Site "Germany"] [Date "2012.04.14"] [Round "14.1"] [White "Ragger, Markus"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A16"] [WhiteElo "2655"] [BlackElo "2715"] [Annotator "Robot 2"] [PlyCount "45"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "GER"] [WhiteTeam "SG Solingen"] [BlackTeam "SV MГјlheim-Nord"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Nc6 8. d4 Bf5 9. Re1 Qd7 10. Na4 Bg4 11. Nc5 Qc8 12. Ng5 Rd8 13. h3 Bh5 14. g4 Bxd4 15. Qb3 Bxc5 16. Bxd5 Bxg4 17. Nxf7 Nd4 18. Nxd8+ Kg7 19. Qg3 Qf5 20. Ne6+ Nxe6 21. Bxe6 Qxe6 22. hxg4 Rf8 23. Be3 1-0 



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