[Event "Far West Open"]
[Site "Reno, NV"]
[Date "2008.03.23"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Yermolinsky, Alex"]
[Black "Naroditsky, D.."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E71"]
[WhiteElo "2522"]
[BlackElo "2242"]
[Annotator "Yermo"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2008.03.21"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "6"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
{My first battle with my former student, although the briefness of our
collaboration makes this claim invalid.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6
5. h3 O-O 6. Bg5 h6 7. Be3 e5 8. d5 c6 {White is facing an important decision
here.} 9. Qd2 (9. Nf3 cxd5 10. cxd5 Na6 11. Nd2 Nh7 {is one case where Black
might benefit from having his pawn on h6.}) 9... cxd5 10. cxd5 Kh7 11. Bd3 $2 {
This awkward bishop development could have been avoided.} (11. g4 $142 Na6 12.
Nge2 Nc5 13. Ng3 Bd7 14. g5 hxg5 15. Bxg5 Qa5) 11... a6 12. Nge2 Nbd7 13. g4 $6
{Off the mark.} (13. O-O Nh5 14. Rac1 Qh4) ({Serper's} 13. Ng3 $1 b5 $6 14. O-O
Nc5 15. Bc2 {was the most practical decision - hold the K-side and try to make
use of his pseudo-active pawn play on the other wing!}) 13... b5 14. Ng3 Qa5 $6
{What's that for?} 15. O-O {Now he gets to block the Q-side, which may have
been the original intention of his 14th.} ({However, after the logical} 15. a3
$1 {the queen would eventually have to go back}) 15... Nc5 16. Bc2 b4 17. Nce2
Qb5 {Here I came to the decision to lock up the Q-side and try to attack his
king. An OK plan, only a bit inconsistent with castling short.} 18. a4 $5 (18.
a3 Rb8 $132) 18... Qb8 19. b3 a5 20. Rac1 {This one may be questioned, but I
wanted to have the f2-f4 possibility without worrying about losing that rook
on a1.} Ra7 21. Kg2 Rc7 22. g5 $1 hxg5 23. Bxg5 Rh8 {Daniel started playing
very quckly around here. It's hard to tell if it was confidence or nervousness.
} (23... Ba6 24. f4 exf4 25. Rxf4 Ne8 {and here White can play} 26. Bh6 $1 {
right away!}) 24. f4 Kg8 25. f5 {All that time I liberally wasted in the
opening I could use around here.} ({I decided not to spend time on} 25. h4 {
as I didn't see a good answer to} exf4 26. Qxf4 Ne8) 25... gxf5 26. Bxf6 f4 $5
{Daniel told me that this risky but principled decision was inspired by "The
Road...", and particularly the chapter about breakling unfavorable trends.} 27.
Bxg7 Kxg7 $4 {The kid experienced a hallucination here.} (27... Bxh3+ 28. Kg1 (
28. Kf3 Kxg7 29. Rg1 Qd8) 28... Kxg7 29. Nxf4 exf4 30. Qxf4 Qd8 31. e5 Bxf1 32.
exd6 (32. Rxf1 Kf8) 32... Rd7 33. Rxf1 Kf8 34. Bf5 Qb6) 28. Nxf4 $6 ({For some
reason I wasn't happy with} 28. Nf5+ Bxf5 29. exf5 Qd8 30. Ng1 {which should
be winning for White after he sweats out stuff like} Qg5+ 31. Kh1 Qg3 32. Qg2
Qxg2+ 33. Kxg2 Rhc8 34. Bd1 Kf6) 28... exf4 29. Rxf4 $2 $138 {This turns out
badly for White.} (29. Nf5+ Bxf5 30. exf5 Qd8 31. Rxf4 Qf6 $44) (29. Qxf4 Bxh3+
{transposes to the line from the note to Black's 27th.}) (29. Qd4+ $142 Kg8 30.
Nf5 Bxf5 31. exf5 f6 32. Rg1 Rg7+ 33. Kh2 Qe8 34. Rxg7+ Kxg7 35. Rg1+ Kf7 36.
Qxf4 {An extra pawn is there, but how come I always end up with the classic
bad bishop?}) 29... Bxh3+ 30. Kf2 Nd7 {For some reason I missed that one. With
my time ticking away I was able to find the only move.} (30... Qb6 31. Qd4+ Kg8
) 31. Rh4 $1 {I followed it with a timely draw offer.} (31. Rh4 Rxh4 (31...
Qb6+ 32. Ke2) (31... Ne5 32. Qg5+ Ng6 33. Rxh8 Qxh8 34. e5 $18) 32. Qg5+ Kf8
33. Qxh4 Qc8 34. Ne2 Ne5 {would be tough to handle with no time left. Although
White may have perpetual check here.}) 1/2-1/2
[Event "Western Idaho Open"]
[Site "Boise, ID"]
[Date "2012.12.09"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Yermolinsky, Alex"]
[Black "Raptis, Nick"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E71"]
[Annotator "Yermo"]
[PlyCount "69"]
[EventDate "2012.12.08"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Bg5 Na6 7. Bd3 e5 8. d5 h6
$6 {This is a weakening move.} ({Black is better off with a standard plan of
counterplay on the Queenside.} 8... Nc5 9. Bc2 a5 10. Nge2 c6 11. O-O cxd5 12.
cxd5 Bd7 13. a3 a4 14. Qd2 Qb6 15. Rab1 Rfc8) ({Alternatively he can try} 8...
Qe8 9. g4 Nd7 10. Nf3 f5 {favored by the Byeloraussian GM Viktor Kupreichik})
9. Be3 Nh5 {This is a radical attempt to interfere with g2-g4, but I don't
think it works very well with the pawn on h6.} ({After the standard moves} 9...
Nc5 10. Bc2 a5 {I have had some success with} 11. Nge2 (11. Qd2 {is too early
on account of} Nfxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 f5) ({while} 11. g4 Bd7 12. Nge2 c6
13. Ng3 cxd5 14. cxd5 b5 15. Qd2 b4 16. Nce2 Kh7 {appears to be slow and
cumbersome.}) 11... c6 12. Qd2 cxd5 13. cxd5 Kh7 14. Ng3 {later White can play
for f2-f4.}) 10. g3 (10. Qd2 {is not so good, because after} Nf4 $1 11. Bxf4
exf4 12. Qxf4 Nc5 13. Bc2 f5 {Black obtains loads of compensation.}) (10. Nge2
f5) 10... Qe8 11. Qd2 Kh7 12. Nge2 Nb4 13. Bb1 f5 {Naturally, Black is seeking
counterplay, but his king is dangerously placed on h7.} 14. exf5 $1 gxf5 $2 ({
In case of} 14... Bxf5 {White can choose between several attractive options,
but nothing is clear.} 15. Ne4 (15. Bxf5 gxf5 16. a3 (16. O-O-O e4 17. Kb1)
16... Na6 17. O-O-O Nf6 18. Qc2) 15... a5 16. g4 (16. a3 Na6 17. N2c3 b6 18.
Bc2 Nc5 19. O-O-O) 16... Bxe4 17. Bxe4 Nf4 18. h4) 15. a3 Na6 16. Bc2 Nf6 17.
g4 e4 18. Ng3 Qg6 ({The line} 18... fxg4 19. Ncxe4 Nxe4 20. Nxe4 Bf5 {falls to
the spectacular} 21. Ng5+ $1 hxg5 22. Bxf5+) 19. O-O-O Nc5 20. gxf5 Bxf5 21.
Rhg1 Nd3+ {The situation was unpleasant, but I think Nick panicked here.} ({
From a practical point of view Black has to pretend nothing is happening and
calmly complete his development.} 21... Rae8 {Let the opponent worry about the
tactics!} 22. f3 (22. Ngxe4 $2 Nfxe4 23. Nxe4 Nxe4 24. Bxe4 Rxe4 25. Rxg6 Rxc4+
{and Black wins!}) (22. Bxc5 dxc5 23. Ngxe4 Nxe4 24. Nxe4 Qb6 $44 {with plenty
of chances provided by the bishop pair.}) (22. Kb1 Kh8 23. Nxf5 Qxf5 24. Rxg7
Kxg7 25. Bxh6+ Kf7 26. Bxf8 Rxf8 27. b4 Ncd7 28. Qe3 {looks better for White
than any of the lines above.}) 22... Nd3+ 23. Kb1 {This is pretty hard to find.
} Ne5 24. Nxf5 Nxf3 25. Rxg6 Nxd2+ 26. Rxd2 Kxg6 27. Nd4 {but White will be
rewarded with a win.}) 22. Bxd3 exd3 23. Nxf5 Qxf5 24. Rxg7+ Kxg7 25. Bxh6+ Kh8
26. Bxf8 Rxf8 27. Qxd3 {White should be winning here anyway, so Nick's
decision to take a pawn is understandable.} Qxf2 28. Rf1 Qg2 29. Kb1 a6 30. Rf4
Qg7 31. Ne4 Nxe4 32. Rh4+ Kg8 33. Qxe4 Rf1+ 34. Ka2 Kf8 35. Qe6 1-0