[Event "US Championship"]
[Site "San Diego, CA"]
[Date "2004.12.04"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Yermolinsky, Alex"]
[Black "Bercys, S.."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E70"]
[WhiteElo "2568"]
[BlackElo "2356"]
[Annotator "Yermo"]
[PlyCount "69"]
[EventDate "2004.11.24"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bg5 $5 {For the money-game encounter
with a young and talented Lithuanian I picked Uncle Suat's brain.} O-O (5... h6
6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 e5 8. d5 f5 9. Be2 Nf6 (9... O-O 10. Bxg4 fxg4 11. Be3 $14)
10. exf5 gxf5 11. Bh5+ Nxh5 12. Qxh5+ Kf8 13. f4 Qe8 14. Qh3 e4 15. Nge2 Na6
16. O-O Qg6 17. Be3 $13) 6. Qd2 Na6 ({Uncle Suat recommends} 6... c5 7. d5 b5 {
going Benko}) 7. Nge2 ({In case of} 7. f3 {I thought he might switch over to a
Benoni:} c5 8. d5 e6) 7... Qe8 $6 {Too fancy. I don't really understand what
Black is trying to accomplish.} ({My idea was to meet} 7... c5 8. d5 e6 {with}
9. Ng3 exd5 10. exd5 $1 Re8+ 11. Be2) ({I didn't care much for} 7... e5 8. d5
Nc5 {as the Nc5, a5 setup doesn't make a whole lot of sense against the
Saemisch.}) 8. Ng3 $5 ({Once again,} 8. f3 c5 9. d5 e6 10. Ng3 exd5 11. cxd5
Nc7) 8... e5 9. d5 h5 10. Be2 Nh7 11. Bh6 h4 12. Nf1 {All according to the
rules of the Serper System. The knight is headed for e3.} f5 $2 {This only
helps Black. My decision to rely on my opponent's inexperience has paid off
big time.} ({In case of the more cautious} 12... Qe7 13. Bxg7 Kxg7 {White
proceeds with} 14. g3 $14) 13. exf5 gxf5 (13... Bxf5 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Ne3 $16)
14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. f4 $16 {I couldn't be happier with the results of the
opening, as I was also ahead on the clock.} Qg6 16. Ne3 $1 {The right move.} ({
I saw that after} 16. O-O-O {he can't take the pawn.} Qxg2 $2 17. Ne3 Qh3 18.
Rdg1+ Kh8 19. Ncd1 $18 {but it didn't matter to me. I realized that playing
for an attack was unnecessary.}) 16... Nc5 17. O-O a5 18. Bd3 {I felt I needed
to prevent the activation of his miserable Nh7.} ({The line} 18. Rf2 Nf6 19.
Bd3 Nh5 20. fxe5 dxe5 {illustrates the point.}) 18... Bd7 19. Rf2 Rf7 20. Raf1
Raf8 $2 {Possibly his last and decisive mistake.} ({In anticipation of White's
plans on the queenside he had to get rid of Nc5 right away.} 20... Nxd3 21.
Qxd3 e4 (21... Raf8 {looks logical, but then White can strike with} 22. c5 $1)
22. Qd4+ Qf6 23. Qxf6+ Nxf6 24. Ne2 Ng4 25. Nxg4 fxg4 26. Nd4 Bf5 27. Re2 Re8
28. Kf2 Kg6 29. Ke3 $16) 21. Bc2 $1 e4 {Played after a long and depressing
think. The young Lithuanian, who had defeated Shabalov the day before and
possibly had chances for a GM norm, bowed to the inevitable.} 22. b3 Nf6 23. a3
Kg8 {He was trying to sidestep a pin/check on the lond diagonal, but there was
no completely safe square for the king.} 24. b4 axb4 25. axb4 Na6 26. Ne2 $5 (
26. Rb1 {was definitely a more solid choice.}) 26... Ng4 $1 {Only attempt at
counterplay.} ({It was useless to try} 26... Nh5 27. Nd4 Ng3 {as White simply
retreats} 28. Rc1 {preparing Bb3 and c4-c5.}) 27. Nxg4 fxg4 28. Nd4 $5 {
Too eager to take advantage of his time trouble I started playing risky moves.}
(28. Qe3 Nxb4 29. Bxe4 Bf5 30. Bxf5 Qxf5 $13) (28. Qc3) 28... c5 $6 $138 ({
After the logical} 28... g3 29. Re2 gxh2+ 30. Kh1 Re7 {I would continue with
the program:} 31. Ne6 $1 Bxe6 32. dxe6 Qxe6 (32... Rxe6 33. Bxe4 Rxe4 34. Qd5+
{see the note to Black's 23rd.}) 33. Bxe4 Kh8 34. Bf3 Qf7 35. Rxe7 Qxe7 36.
Bxb7 $18 {Surprisingly, computers cannot refute my over-the-board calculations.
}) 29. dxc6 bxc6 30. f5 $1 Bxf5 31. Nxc6 Kh7 (31... Re8 32. Qe3 $18) 32. Qe3
Kg7 33. Nd4 Kg8 {The king keeps on thrashing around like a cornered animal.}
34. Nxf5 Rxf5 35. Qxe4 1-0
[Event "Aeroflot Open"]
[Site "Moscow, Russia"]
[Date "2005.02.15"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Yermolinsky, Alex"]
[Black "Kempinski, R."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E70"]
[WhiteElo "2570"]
[BlackElo "2624"]
[Annotator "Yermo, Atalik"]
[PlyCount "120"]
[EventDate "2005.02.15"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bd3 d6 7. O-O Na6 ({
In our preparation we paid no attention to} 7... Bg4 {Now it seems White would
get a good game by simple means:} 8. Be3 (8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Qb6 $132) 8...
Nfd7 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 c5 11. d5 Bxc3 $6 (11... Ne5 12. Qe2 Nxd3 13. Qxd3 Nd7
14. f4 $14) 12. bxc3 Ne5 13. Qe2 Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Nd7 15. Bh6 Re8 16. f4 Qa5 17.
Rae1 a6 18. e5 $40) (7... e5 8. d5) 8. h3 ({We studied} 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10.
Bg3 Nh5 {before the game. There may follow:} 11. Bc2 g4 12. Nh4 Qb6 {- looks
risky for White.}) (8. Re1 {is also possible.}) 8... e5 9. d5 Nc5 {My opponent,
who had played this position before, didn't hesitate to complete the usual
setup.} ({I was wondering about} 9... Nh5 {but the standard treatment} 10. Re1
Nf4 11. Bf1 {seems adequate. If Black gets too active} f5 $6 {he may get in
trouble after} 12. Bxf4 exf4 13. e5 dxe5 14. Nxe5 {e.g.} Qd6 (14... Nc5) 15.
Nf3 Nc5 16. dxc6 Qxd1 17. Raxd1 bxc6 18. Ne5 Bb7 19. b4 Ne4 20. Nxe4 fxe4 21.
Nd7 Bc3 22. Nxf8 Bxe1 23. Rxe1 Rxf8 24. Rxe4 c5 25. Re7) ({Other ideas are of
diminitive value. Say,} 9... Bd7 10. a3 cxd5 (10... Rc8 11. Be3) 11. cxd5 Qb6
12. Rb1 Rfc8 13. Be3 Qd8 14. Qd2 ({not} 14. Nd2 Nc5 15. Bc2 a5) 14... Nc5 15.
Bc2 Qe8 16. b4 Na4 17. Bxa4 Bxa4 18. b5) 10. Bc2 a5 11. Be3 $1 {By positioning
his bishop better White cuts off Black's intended ...a4.} (11. Bg5 {would only
transpose to the main line of the h3,Bg5 variation.}) 11... Qc7 $1 12. a3 ({
I spent some time on} 12. Bxc5 dxc5 13. d6 Qb8 14. Nxe5 {but couldn't get it
to work:} Rd8 15. Qf3 (15. Nxf7 Kxf7 16. e5 Ne8 17. f4 Nxd6 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19.
Qxd8 Ng3 20. Rf2 Bf5 21. Qh4 Bxc2 22. Rxc2 Nf5 $13) 15... Qxd6 16. Rad1 Qe7 17.
Rxd8+ Qxd8 18. Nxf7 Kxf7 19. e5 Kg8 20. Rd1 Qe7 21. exf6 Qxf6 22. Qe3 Qf8 23.
Ne4 Bf5 $11) 12... cxd5 13. cxd5 Bd7 14. Rc1 {During the game I had a feeling
that this move was too academic.} ({Let's study the more energetic alternative
} 14. b4 axb4 (14... Na6 15. Na2 axb4 (15... a4 16. Rc1 Qd8 17. Nc3 b5 18. Bd3
Rb8 19. Qe2 Nc7 20. Rc2 {Suat thinks it's a bad Spanish, but I'm not so sure.})
16. axb4 Bb5 17. Bd3 Qd7 18. Qe2 Nc7 19. Nc3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 $16) 15. axb4 {
I'd look at} Rxa1 ({but the real menace is} 15... Ncxe4 16. Rxa8 Nxc3 17. Rxf8+
Bxf8 18. Qd2 Nfxd5 $44) 16. Qxa1 Na6 17. Rb1 Rc8 18. Bd2 Qc4 {offers Black a
measure of counterplay.} (18... Bh6 19. Be1) 19. Qa5 Bh6 {and here besides the
obvious Be1, it's interesting to study the wild} 20. Bxh6 $6 Qxc3 21. Qb6 Qxc2
22. Rc1 Qxc1+ 23. Bxc1 Rxc1+ 24. Kh2 {I think the queen can do a lot of damage
here against the unccordinated Black army:} Bc8 (24... Ne8 25. Qxb7 Nac7 {
likely refutes my idea, but so what}) 25. Qxd6 Nxe4 26. Qxe5 Bf5 27. Nd4 Nd2 (
27... Nxb4 28. g4) 28. Kg3 Nf1+ 29. Kh4) 14... Rfc8 15. b4 $5 {I actually saw
it would cost me a pawn, but I wanted to continue with my plan regardless.} (
15. Nd2 $6 b5 16. b4 axb4 17. axb4 Na4) (15. Qd2 Qb6 (15... b5 $2 16. b4 axb4
17. axb4 Na4 18. Bxa4 bxa4 19. Nxa4) 16. Rb1 a4) 15... axb4 16. axb4 Na6 17.
Na4 $5 Bxa4 {Practical decision.} ({I was inviting a forced line,} 17... Nxb4
18. Nb6 Nxc2 19. Nxa8 Nxe3 20. Rxc7 Nxd1 21. Rxc8+ Bxc8 22. Rxd1 (22. Nb6 Nc3
23. Nxc8 Nfxe4 24. Ra1) 22... Nxe4 {reasoning that White can't be worse here.
Winning would be another matter:} 23. Nb6 Bf5 24. Nh4 (24. g4 Nc3 25. Ra1 Be4
26. Ra8+ Bf8 27. Ng5 Bxd5 28. Nd7 Kg7 29. Nxf8 h6 30. Ngh7 {may be good for
White but I'd be ashamed to position my knights in such way.}) 24... Nc3 (24...
Nc5 25. Nxf5 gxf5 26. Nc4 Bf8 27. Rb1 $16) 25. Ra1 (25. Nxf5 $2 Nxd1 26. Nxd6
e4 $17) 25... Bf6 26. Nxf5 gxf5 27. Ra7 e4 28. Rxb7 Bd4 29. Nc4 $16) 18. Bxa4
Qd8 19. Rxc8 Qxc8 $2 {Played after a considerable thiink, and as it often
happens, it's a bad move.} (19... Rxc8 $142 20. Nd2 (20. Qb1 Rc4 21. Nd2 Rxb4
22. Qc2 Nc5 23. Bxc5 dxc5 24. Rb1 Qa5) (20. b5 Nc5 21. Bxc5 Rxc5 $17) 20...
Nxb4 21. Qb1 ({Unfortunately,} 21. Qb3 Nc2 22. Bb6 Nd4 {doesn't work.}) 21...
Qa5 {and here White should switch to positional play with} 22. Bd1 $1 Qa3 23.
Be2 $44 {Only with the help of tactics can Black avoid drifitng into a worse
position. I recommend} Rc2 $1 (23... Qc3 $2 24. Nc4 Rxc4 25. Bxc4 Qxc4 26. Rc1)
24. Nc4 Qc3 25. Bd1 Qxc4 26. Bxc2 Nxc2 27. Rc1 Nxe3 28. Rxc4 Nxc4 29. Qb4 b5
30. Qxb5 Nd2 31. f3 Ndxe4 32. fxe4 Nxe4 {and Black should hold.}) 20. Qb1 Qc4
21. Nd2 Qxb4 22. Bb5 $44 {Despite the pawn deficit I was very happy with my
position.} Bf8 23. f3 {Possibly, not the most precise.} (23. g4 $5 {was
interesting, but in the line} Qxb1 24. Rxb1 Nc5 {my e4-pawn lacks protection,
and the stuff like} 25. Bxc5 dxc5 26. g5 Nh5 27. Nc4 Nf4 {is never clear.})
23... Nh5 {Now Kempinski, who I'm sure has seen worse in the years of playing
the KID, resourcefully finds counterplay.} 24. Bxa6 {This being a first round
game, jet lag and such, I decided not to kill myself and play natural moves.}
Qxb1 25. Rxb1 bxa6 26. Ra1 Be7 27. Ra4 $5 {A move without a clear purpose. I
just wanted to protect both my pawn on e4, and the c4-square where my knight
was headed.} f5 28. g4 $1 Nf6 (28... Nf4 29. Bxf4 exf4 30. exf5 gxf5 31. gxf5
Kf7 32. Ne4) 29. Kf1 fxe4 30. fxe4 Bd8 {In mild time trouble he goes safety
first.} (30... h5 {would have led him nowhere:} 31. g5 Nd7 32. h4) 31. Ke2 a5
32. Kd3 Nd7 33. Nc4 Bc7 34. Ra3 Kf7 35. Rb3 Ke8 36. Nb2 Kd8 {He absolutely
refuses to do anything.} (36... Rb8 $142 37. Rxb8+ Nxb8 38. Kc4 Na6 39. Kb5 Nb4
40. Nc4 Kd7 41. Nxa5 Bxa5 42. Kxa5 Nd3 $11) 37. Na4 Kc8 38. g5 Kd8 39. h4 Nb8
40. Bc1 Nd7 41. Ba3 Kc8 42. Kc4 Rb8 43. Rxb8+ $2 ({I should have punished him
for failing to exchange the rooks earlier.} 43. Rf3 Rb1 44. Rf7 Ra1 $1 (44...
Re1 45. Nc3 Re3 46. Rxh7) 45. Kb3 Rh1 46. Rxh7 Rh3+ 47. Nc3 Bb6 $1 {I found
this in my jet lag induced blindfold analysis.} ({A cheapo attempt} 47... a4+
$6 {could actually backfire after} 48. Kb4 ({Yeah, like I was gonna walk into}
48. Kc4 Ba5 49. Nb5 Nb6#) 48... Nc5 49. Nb5 Bb8 50. Ka5 Nxe4 51. Kb6) 48. Kc2 (
48. h5 gxh5 49. g6 Bd4 50. Bb2 a4+ 51. Kc4 a3) 48... Bc5 49. Bxc5 Nxc5 50. h5
Rxh5 51. Rxh5 gxh5 52. g6 Nd7 53. Nb5 Nf6 54. Nxd6+ Kd7 55. Nc4 Nxe4 $11 {
OK, Black escapes, but he'd have to work for it.}) 43... Kxb8 {now it's a
simple draw.} 44. Kb5 Kb7 45. Bc1 Nb6 46. Nb2 Bd8 47. Bd2 a4 48. Bb4 Bc7 49.
Ba3 Bb8 50. Nd3 Nc8 51. Kxa4 Ba7 52. Kb5 Bg1 53. Bb4 Na7+ 54. Kc4 Nc8 55. Be1
Nb6+ 56. Kb5 Nd7 57. Bb4 Kc7 58. Ba5+ Kb7 59. Nb2 Nc5 60. Bb6 Nd3 $1 (60... Bd4
61. Bxc5 Bxc5 62. Nc4 Kc7 63. Nxe5 Bf2 64. Nf3 $16) ({In the game after} 60...
Nd3 61. Bxg1 Nxb2 {White has no hope of trapping the knight.}) 1/2-1/2