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A practical novelty. How I almost beat Alexander Baburin

by Boris Schipkov

I played against Alexander Baburin in the 8th round of the Hungary Open Championship in Gyor in 1990. My rating was less than Baburin's on 135 points. And I did not like to play theoretical variations of the Queen's Gambit Accepted. So before the game I saw some games with the rare moves (Browne-Dlugy, USA ch 1985; Miles-Seirawan, Zagreb 1987 and Braga-Marianovic, Roma 1988) and invented a practical novelty - 12. Nf5!?.

Schipkov, B. - Baburin, A. [D20]
Gyor Hungary-ch open 1990

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3
Better is 3.e3.
3...a6 4. e4 b5 5. a4 b4 6. Na2
After 6. Nb1 Bb7 7. f3 e5 8. dxe5 Qxd1+ 9. Kxd1 Nc6 10. Bxc4 O-O-O+ 11. Nd2 Nxe5 12. Be2 b3 13. f4 Ng6 14. Nh3 Nf6 15. Ng5 Nxe4 16. Ngxe4 Bxe4 17. Bxa6+ Kb8 18. Rf1 Bc5 19. g3 Rhe8 White resigned in Richardson, J - Baburin, A, Rd2-Birmingham 1999, 0-1.
6...Bb7
If 6... e5!? then 7. Nf3 exd4 8. Bxc4 c5 9. Qb3 Qe7 10. O-O Be6 11. Bd5 Nf6 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. Bg3 (14...Nbd7!? 15. Rfe1 Bg7 16. Qd3 Ra7 17. Rac1 O-O) 14...Bg7 15. Qc2 O-O 16. Nxb4 Bxd5 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. exd5 Nd7, Alterman, B - Raetsky, A, Rostov open 1993. Here White had to play 19. Rfe1 Qf6 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. Bxe5 Qb6 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. h4 with equality. In the game Eingorn, V - Kharlov, A, Moscow URS ch 1991 White played 7. Bxc4 exd4 8. Qb3 Qe7 9. Nf3 c5 10. Bg5 Nf6 11. O-O h6 12. Bd5 hxg5 13. Bxa8 g4 14. Nd2 Be6 15. Qg3 Qd8 16. e5 Nh5 17. Qd3 Qh4 18. Nc1 Nf4 with better chances for Black.
7. f3
In this position also interesting is 7...e5 8. Bxc4 exd4 9. Qb3 Qe7 10. Nh3 Nc6 11. Bg5 f6 12. Bd2 (12. Bxg8?! fxg5 13. Nxg5 Rxg8 14. Qxg8 Qxg5 15. Qe6+ Qe7 16. Qh3 b3 17. Nc1 Qb4+ 18. Kd1 Qc4 0-1 Gulko-Dlugy, 1988) 12...Na5 13. Qd3 c5 14. Nf4 Nxc4 15. Qxc4 Qf7 16. Nd5 Bxd5, Remlinger, L - Young, R, Philadelphia open 1992. Here the second player should play 16...Bd6 17. O-O Ne7 with a clear advantage to Black. More precise is 8. dxe5 Qxd1+ 9. Kxd1 Nd7 10. e6 fxe6 11. Bxc4 Rd8 with equality.
7...e6
Better is 7...Nc6! 8. d5 Na5 9. Bd2 e6 10. dxe6 fxe6 11. Bxb4 Bxb4+ 12. Nxb4 Qh4+ 13. g3 Qe7 with a small advantage to Black in Alterman, B - Bykhovsky, Av, Israel 1994. Interesting is 9... Nb3!? 10. Bxc4 Nxa1 11. Nxb4 (with compensation - Alterman) 11... f5! 12. Qxa1 fxe4 13. fxe4 Nf6 14. Qb1 e6! 15. Nf3 exd5 16. exd5 Nxd5 17. Qe4+ Qe7 18. Qxe7+ Nxe7 19. O-O Ng6 20. Re1+ Kd8 21. Ng5 Bc5+ 22. Kh1 Kc8 23. Ne6 Bxb4 24. Bxb4 Re8 25. Rf1 a5 26. Bc3 Ba6 27. Bxa6+ Rxa6 28. Nxg7 Re4 with an edge to Black in the endgame. Possible is 8. Bxc4 Qxd4 9. Qb3 e6 10. Be3 Qf6 11. Rd1 Na5 12. Qc2 Bd6 13. b3 Nxc4 14. Qxc4 Qh4+ 15. g3 Qe7 (15... Bxg3+? 16. hxg3 Qxh1 17. Qxc7) 16. Ne2 Nf6 17. O-O O-O 18. Nac1 Rfd8 19. Nd3 with some compensation for a pawn.
8. Bxc4 c5 9. Ne2 Nc6
Weaker is 9... Ne7 10. Be3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Nec6 12. Nb3 Qxd1+ 13. Rxd1 Ne5 14. Be2 Bc6 15. Rc1 Bxa4 16. Rc8+ Ke7 17. Nac1 Bxb3 18. Nxb3 Kd7 19. Bxa6 Rxa6 20. Rxb8 Kc7 21. Re8 Ng6 22. Ke2 Bd6 23. Rc1+ Rc6 24. Rxh8 Nxh8 25. f4 with an advantage to White in Miles-Seirawan, Zagreb 1987.
Or 9...cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bd6 (10... Qc7 11. Qe2 Bd6 12. Be3 Bxh2? (Dlugy recommended 12...Ne7 13. Rc1 Nbc6 with equality. But I planned 14. Bxe6! fxe6 15. Nxe6 with an attack.) 13. Rc1 Bg3+ 14. Kf1 Qe7 Browne-Dlugy, USA ch 1985, 15. f4!? g5 16. f5! Nf6 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. Nxe6 Bxe4 19. Kg1 with an edge to White according to Dlugy) 11. Be3 Ne7 12. Qd2 Nbc6 13. Rd1 Bc5 14. Nb3 Bxe3 15. Qxe3 Qc7 16. Qc5 Rc8 17. Be2 a5 18. Nac1 O-O 19. O-O Rfd8 20. Bb5 h6 21. Nd3 Rd7 22. Nf2 Rcd8 23. Rxd7 Rxd7 24. Rd1 Rxd1+ 25. Nxd1 with an edge to White in the endgame in I.Sokolov-Kramnik, Pamplona 1992/93.
10. Be3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Qb6








   
12. Nf5!?
A novelty. In the game Braga-Marianovic, Roma 1988 Black obtained a huge advantage after 12. a5?! Qxa5 13. Nc3 Qc7 14. Ncb5?! axb5 15. Nxb5 Qd8 16. Rxa8 Bxa8 17. Ke2 Be7 18. Qa4 Qa5 19. Qxa5 Nxa5 20. Bd3 Bc6 21. Ra1 Nb7 22. Ra7 e5 23. Nc7+ Kd7 24. Nd5 Nf6.
12...Qc7 13. Ng3 Bd6 14. O-O! Nge7
Deserving attention is 14... Bxg3 15. hxg3 Qxg3 16. Qb3.
After 16...a5 17. Nc3 Nf6? 18. Bxe6! fxe6 19. Qxe6+ Ne7 20. Nb5 Ra6 21. Bb6! Nd7 22. Nd6+ Qxd6 23. Qxd6 Rxb6 24. Qc7 Bc6 25. Rfd1 Rb7 26. Qxa5 O-O 27. Rd6 White wins.
More precise is 17...Nge7 and if 18. Rad1 then 18...O-O 19. Rd7 bxc3 20. Rxb7 cxb2 21. Qxb2 Rab8 22. Rxb8 Rxb8 23. Bb5 with compensation, but 18. Ne2! leads to sharp play 18...Qg6 19. Rad1 O-O 20. Rd7 Rab8 21. g4! Rfd8 22. Nf4 Qf6 23. Nh5 Qh4 24. Bxe6! fxe6 25. Qxe6+ Kh8 26. Kg2! Ng6 27. Rxg7 Nce5 28. g5 Qxh5 29. Rxb7 Rxb7 30. Qf6+ Rg7 31. Qxd8+ Rg8 32. Qf6+ Rg7 33. Rh1 Qxf3+ 34. Qxf3 Nxf3 35. Kxf3, winning. Or 18... Qc7 19. Rac1 O-O 20. f4 Rac8 21. f5! exf5 22. exf5 Qe5 23. f6 gxf6 24. Bh6 Nd4 25. Nxd4 Qxd4+ 26. Rf2 Rfd8 27. Bxf7+ Kh8 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Qe6 Ng8 30. Be3 Qd1+ 31. Kh2 Rc6 32. Qe8 Qg4 33. Bxg8 Qxg8 34. Qd7 Qb8+ 35. Bf4 Qc8 36. Qf7 Ba6 37. Bh6 Qc7+ 38. Qxc7 Rxc7 39. Rxf6 Bc4 40. Rf8+ Bg8 41. Ra8 Rc5 42. Be3 Rh5+ 43. Kg3 Kg7 44. Bd4+ Kf7 45. Bb6 with an advantage to White.
15. f4 O-O 16. e5
Interesting was 16. Qe2!?.
16...Nxe5! 17. fxe5 Bc5 18. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 19. Rf2 Qxc4 20. Qd7








   
I win a piece.
20...Nd5 21. Qxb7 b3 22. Nc1
Unfortunately this is only a draw because of 22...Rab8 23. Qd7 Rbd8 24. Qa7 Ra8 with repetition.
Draw. 1/2-1/2










Move
   

Schipkov, Boris (2340) - Baburin, Alexander (2475) [D20]
HUN-ch op/Gyor (8) 1990

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3 a6 4. e4 b5 5. a4 b4 6. Na2 Bb7 7. f3 e6 8. Bxc4 c5 9. Ne2 Nc6 10. Be3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Qb6 12. Nf5 Qc7 13. Ng3 Bd6 14. O-O Nge7 15. f4 O-O 16. e5 Nxe5 17. fxe5 Bc5 18. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 19. Rf2 Qxc4 20. Qd7 Nd5 21. Qxb7 b3 22. Nc1 1/2-1/2


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