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Novelty found during the game

by Boris Schipkov

I participated in 1985 in a semifinal of a Spartakiada of the Peoples of Russia in Makhachkala which was held on the Swiss system. In the fifth round my contender Yury Yakovich played with white pieces. The game Yakovich, Y.-Schipkov, B., Makhachkala 1985 began rather originally: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
In this position I expected the logical 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 and Black passed to the Lasker-Pelikan System 5...e5. However, it went on 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.e5 Nxb5 6.Nxb5 Nd5
There usually was 7.0-0 a6 8.c4 Nb4! 9.Nc3 d6 10.exd6 Qxd6 11.d4 cxd4 with pleasant play for Black having the advantage of two bishops. For example, in Skvortsov-Schipkov, Novosibirsk 1985 after 12.Qxd4 Qxd4 13.Nxd4 e5 14.Nf3 f6 15.Be3 Be6 16.b3 Nc2 17.Rad1 Nxe3 18.fxe3 Bc5 19.Kf2 0-0 Black had a small edge, and the second player gradually won.
Or 12.Ne4 Qc7 13.Qa4+ Nc6 14.Nxd4 Bd7 15.Nb5 Qb8 16.Nbc3 e6 with a small advantage to Black in Motwani-Chandler, Blackpool zt 1990. After 17.Rd1? f5 (threatening ...Nd4) 18.Rxd7 Kxd7 19.Qd1 Ke8 20.Ng5 Qe5 21.g3 Rd8 22.Qb3 Nd4 23.Qxb7 Be7 24.Bf4 Qc5 25.Re1 Qc8 26.Qxc8 Rxc8 27.Rd1 Rxc4 28.Rxd4 Rxd4 29.Nxe6 Rb4 30.Nxg7+ White resigned. (0-1).

White's knights menacingly hang above the orders of Black.
The move 7.Ng5 was unexpected for me. Only after termination of the tournament I found out, it seems, from a magazine "The Chess Bulletin", that this continuation was prepared by the future World Champion Alexander Khalifman with his trainer Gennady Nesis.
The strongest response, the fruit of long meditations during the game. The novelty, which could not be refuted during last 15 years.
In Khalifman,A-Varlamov,V St.Petersburg ch 1985 was 7...f5 8.0-0 a6 9.Nc3 Nb4? 10.a3 Nc6 11.Nd5! Ne5 (If 11...e6, then 12.Nf6!) 12.d4 cxd4 13.Bf4 d6 14.Re1! e6 (14...h6? 15.Qh5 g6 16.Qxg6! Nxg6 17.Nf6 checkmate) 15.Qxd4 with smash. Instead of 9...Nb4 Nesis and Khalifman recommended 9...Nxc3!? The analysis shows that White achieves a minimal advantage in this case - 10.bxc3 g6 11.d4 Bg7 12.Qd3 h6 13.Nh3 (13.Nf3 0-0 with the same result) 13...cxd4 14.cxd4 d6 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.Rd1 0-0 17.Bf4 Qc6 18.Re1.
If 7...h6?, then by opinion of Nesis and Khalifman ("Informator" # 40) White must play 8.Nxf7! Kxf7 9.Qf3 Ke6 10.c4 with a decisive attack. Really, if 10...Nb4, then follows 11.a3! Nc2 12.Kd1 Nxa1 13.g4 with an inevitable checkmate. The game Romero Holmes-Soto Perez, Malaga Open 1998 continued 10...Nb6 11.d4 d5 12.dxc5 Nxc4 (or 12...dxc4 13.cxb6 Qxb6 14.Qg4+ Kf7 15.Qxc4 Be6 16.Qf4+ Kg8 17.Nd4 with advantage) 13.Nd4+ Kd7 14.e6+ Ke7 15.Bf4+ 1-0 Black resigned.
One more absolutely bad move - 7...e6? The d6 square is weakened. The cavalry of White is directed there. 8.Ne4 Nc7 (or 8...Qh4 9.d3 Qd8 10.c4 Nc7 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Nbd6+ Kf8 13.Qh5 1-0 Volokitin-Flament,Wch 14 boys 1999) 9.Nbd6+ Bxd6 10.Nxd6+ Ke7 11.d4 Ne8 12.Qf3 Nxd6 13.Bg5+ 1-0 Black resigned in Cornette-Picard, Creon 1998.

Therefore the best continuation is 7...f6!

Attacking a knight at once Black forces White to operate immediately. Here White can choose between four continuations: 1) 8.exf6, 2) 8.Ne4, 3) 8.Qf3, 4) 8.Qh5.

1) 8.exf6 A harmless answer, which some commentators considered as the strongest. It was played sometimes after 7...f5.
8...Nxf6 9.0-0 A trap move 9.Qe2, designed on 9...d5?? 10.Qe5 Ng4 11.Qf4 and the game is completed 1-0 in Raud-Karner, Estonian Club Cup 2000, leads to play with better chances for Black after 9...e6. For example, Black quickly won in De Needleman-Micic, Novi Sad ol-w 1990 after 7...f5 8.exf6 Nxf6 10.Ne4? Nxe4 11.Qxe4 Be7 12.Qe5 0-0 13.d3? Qa5 14.Nc3 Bf6 and further was not interesting.
A little worse is 9...d5 weakening squares in the centre, 10.Re1 Qb6 11.a4 a6 12.Nc3 h6 13.Nf3 d4 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Rxe4, Hardicsay-Horvath,S., Budapest 1986. Here second player must play 15...Bf5! 16.Re5 e6 with an unclear position.
However, interesting is 9...a6!? 10.Nc3 e6 11.d4 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Be7 13.Be3 0-0 14.Rad1 b5 15.Nge4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 d5 17.Nc5 Bf6, Geanta-Eljanov, Eu ch u-18 Balatonlelle 2000. Worthy of attention is 17...Qa5! 18.Nb3 Qc7 19.c3 a5 20.f4 b4 21.Rc1 Bf6 22.Qc5 Qf7 23.Nd4 Bd7 with initiative.
10.d4 Qb6 11.c4
If 11.a4, then it is not necessary to take a pawn 11...a6 12.Nc3 cxd4 13.Nce4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 h5 15.a5 Qc7 16.Re1 b5 17.Qxd4 Bb7 18.Bg5 with initiative for White in Mirumian,V-Arustamian,A, Yurmala 1992. It is better to prevent transfer of a knight to e4 - 11...cxd4 12.Nxd4 Be7 13.a5 Qc7 14.Be3 0-0 15.Qd3 h6 with more or less equal play.
11...a6 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Nc3 Qc6 Possible is 13...Qc7 or 13...0-0.
14.Nce4 0-0 15.Qd3 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 b5 17.cxb5 draw in Schmidt,P.-Brendel,O. BL 1998.

2) 8.Ne4 This move creating more problems, than the previous one, was applied by the eighth World Champion Mikhail Tal in his game against Mnatsakanian in 1986. The game Tal - Mnatsakanian,Yerevan 1986 was commented by Mikhail Tal in "Informator" 41, the game Yakovich -Schipkov with my comments was published there too. Certainly, now some commentaries have become outdated, therefore I analyses arising positions again.
8...f5 Continuing the persecution of the knight.
If 8...a6, then 9.Nc3 (but not 9.exf6 Nxf6 (9...axb5? 10.fxg7 Bxg7 11.Qh5 Kf8 12.Qxd5) 10.Nxf6 exf6 11.Qe2+ Kf7 12.Nc3 Qe7 with equality) 9... Nxc3 10.dxc3! Qb6 11.exf6 exf6 12.0-0 Be7 13.Re1 0-0 14.Qd5 Kh8 15.Ng5 fxg5 16.Rxe7 with a clear advantage to White. After 10...d6?! 11.exd6 exd6 12.Bf4 d5? 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qxd5 1-0 Black resigned in Milovanovic-Nurkic, Tuzla 1989.
If 9...Nf4, then 10.d4 Nxg2 11.Kf1. Wrongly now is 11...d5? 12.Nxc5 b6 13.Nd3 Nh4 14.Qh5+ Ng6 15.Rg1 and White won in 26 moves, Berend-Hajenius, Brussels zt 1993. Correct is 11...cxd4 12.Qxd4 Nh4.
White has three continuation: 13.Nxf6, 13.exf6 and 13.Nd5!
If 13.Nxf6+, then 13...exf6 14.Qxh4 d6! 15.exf6 Qxf6 16.Bg5 Qf3 17.Re1+ Kf7 18.Kg1 b5 19.Re3 Qf5 20.Qh5+ g6 21.Qf3 Qxf3 22.Rxf3+ Bf5 or 13.exf6 Nf5 14.fxe7 (14.Qc4 exf6 15.Nd5 f5 16.Nc7+ Ke7 17.Qb4+ Kf7 18.Qb3+ d5 19.Nxa8 Be6 20.Ng3 Qxa8 21.Qf3 Nd4 with compensation) 14...Bxe7 15.Qc4 Qa5 16.Nd5 b5 17.Nc7+ Kd8 18.Qd5 Qxc7 19.Qxa8 Qc4+ 20.Kg1 Nd4 21.Be3 Nf3+ with perpetual check.
The fantastic positions with the moving king in the centre can arise after 13.Nd5! d6 14.exf6 Bh3 15.Ke2 Bg4 16.Kd3 Nf3!? (16...Nf5 17.f7+! Kd7 18.Qb4 b5 19.Nef6+) 17.fxe7 Bxe7 18.Qxg7 Ne5+ 19.Kd4 Rf8 20.Qxe7+ (weaker is 20.Qxh7? Rf7 21.Qh8 Rf8 22.Qh6 Rc8 23.b3 Nc6 24.Ke3 Rf3 25.Kd2 Qa5 26.Nec3 Rxc3) 20...Qxe7 21.Nxe7 Kxe7 22.Bg5+ Ke6 23.f4 with an extra pawn in endgame.
I recommend (after 9...Nf4) 10.0-0 fxe5 11.d4! cxd4 12.Bxf4 d6 13.Bxe5! dxc3 14.Bxc3 with a clear advantage to White.
9.c4 Weak is 9.Nxc5? Qb6. Unpromising is 9.Nec3 or 9.Nbc3 because of the simple 9...Nxc3.
9...Nc7!? It seems, that all the other moves of the knight are weaker. For example, after 9...Nf4? Black get under attack 10.Qf3 Nxg2 11.Qxg2 fxe4 12.Qxe4 a6?! 13.Nd6!+ exd6 14.exd6+ Kf7 15.Qd5+ Kf6 16.b4 Qe8+ 17.Kd1.
However, the continuation 9...Nb6!? looks tempting. 10.Nxc5 Nxc4 11.Qe2.

In Tal's opinion White stands better in this position.
But the tactical blow 11...Nxe5! is found.
11...Nxe5! 12.Qxe5 d6 13.Qd4. If 13.Qf4, then 13...a6 14.Qa4 Bd7 15.Nxd7 axb5 16.Nf6+ gxf6 17.Qxb5+ Qd7 with equality. Possible is 18.Qe2 Rg8 19.0-0 Ra4.
Let's return to 13.Qd4 dxc5. White has two continuations: 14.Qxc5 and 14.Qe5.
Let's consider 14.Qxc5 e6 15.Qc3 Kf7 16.Nc7 (16.0-0 Bd7) 16...Rb8 17.d3 Bd7 18.Bf4 Rc8 19.0-0 Be7 20.Rac1 Bc6 21.Qe5 Qd7 22.Rfe1 Bf6 23.Qxe6+ Qxe6 24.Nxe6 Rhe8 25.Ng5+ Kg6. Black has equalised.
If 14.Qe5, then 14...Kf7 15.Nc7 Rb8 16.Na6 Ra8 17.Nc7 with repetition.
Other attempt to receive advantage after 9...Nb6!? 10.Nxc5 Nxc4 is 11.Qa4, attacking the Black's knight and simultaneously threatening Ne6! The truth, it is not dangerous.
Continuing 11...Nb6 Black repulses threats and consolidates a position. Possible is 12.Ne6 Nxa4 13.Nbc7+ Qxc7 14.Nxc7+ Kd8 15.Nxa8 b6 16.d4 Bb7 17.Kd2 Bxg2 18.Rg1 Bxa8 19.b3.
Though White has caught a knight of the opponent too, but the advantage was not achieved, Black has excellent compensation for the exchange.
10.Nxc5 If 10.Nec3, then 10...Nxb5 11.Nxb5 a6 12.Nc3 e6 13.0-0 d5 with equality. 10...Nxb5 11.cxb5 Qb6
Mikhail Tal recommended 11...d6 12.exd6 exd6 13.Qe2+ Kf7 with compensation for the extra double pawn. The analysis shows the most probable result in this position - a draw.
Possible is 14.Nb3 Qe7 15.d3 Qxe2 16.Kxe2 Be7 17.Be3 Bf6 18.Rac1 Re8 19.Rc7+ Kg6 20.Kf3 Be6 with an equal endgame. Interesting is 14...g6!? 15.0-0 Bg7 16.Re1 (16.d4 Be6 17.Qd3 Bd5) 16...Re8 17.Qxe8+ Qxe8 18.Rxe8 Kxe8 19.d4 Be6 20.Be3 Kd7 21.Rc1 a6 22.b6 Rc8 23.Rxc8 Kxc8 with equality.
12.d4 Qxb5 13.Nd3
Interesting is 13...g6!? with a double-edged game.
In Tal-Mnatsakanian, Erevan 1986 followed 13...e6? 14.0-0 Be7 15.a4 Qc4 16.Be3 0-0 17.Rc1 Qa6 18.d5 b6 (if 18...d6, then 19.exd6 Bxd6 20.Bc5 Rd8 21.Re1 Bf8 22.Qb3 exd5 23.Nb4 Qf6 24.Nxd5 Qf7 25.Re7! Qxd5 26.Qxd5+ Rxd5 27.Re8 Kf7 28.Rxf8+ Ke6 29.Ba3) 19.dxe6 dxe6 20.Qb3 b5 21.axb5 Rb8 22.Rc7 Rxb5 23.Qc2 1-0 Black resigned.
If 13...g6!?, then 14.0-0 Bg7 or 14.h4 b6 15.h5 Ba6 16.Nf4 Bh6 with a sharp game.

3) 8.Qf3
This move gives Black additional opportunities in comparison with the continuation 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qf3.
The correct decision. Other continuation is 8...fxg5 9.Qxd5 a6 10.Nc3 and if 10...e6, then 11.Qf3! h5 12.0-0 Be7 13.d3 g4 14.Qe4 0-0 15.f3 with advantage to White because of weakness of black pawns on the kingside in Basagic,Z-Kummer,H, Oberwart open 1991.
If 10...Qc7, then not 11.0-0? e6 12.Qe4 d5! 13.exd6 Bxd6 14.g3 0-0 15.d3 Rf5 16.Ne2 Bd7 with advantage to Black in Simacek-Bazant, Czech Extraleague 1999, better is 11.e6! dxe6 12.Qxg5.
9.exf6 exf6 10.0-0
It is risky to try to win the exchange by 10.Qe4+?! Qe7 11.Nc7+ Kd8 12.Qxe7 Bxe7 13.Nxa8 fxg5 14.Kd1 b6 15.Re1 Bb7 16.Nc7 Bxg2 17.d4 Rf8. It is not clear what to do next for White not to lose.
The check on other square is bad enough also 11.Nd6+ Kd8 12.Ngf7+ Kc7. The knights can stick in a "swamp". 13.Kd1 Qxe4 14.Nxe4 Rg8 Here it is not correct 15.d3? because of 15...Nd5 16.Bd2 d6 17.c4 Nb4 18.d4 Bf5 19.dxc5 dxc5 20.Bf4+ Kc6. The only 15.d4!? leads to a position with better chances for Black 15...cxd4 16.Bf4+ Kc6 17.Bd6 f5 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 19.Nfd6 b6 20.Kd2 Ba6.
10...Be7 If 10...fxg5?, then 11.Re1+ Be7 12.Nd6 mate.
11.c3 Weaker is 11.Re1? 0-0.

Better is 12.Qe4! d5 (12...Nxa1? 13.Nd6+ Kf8 14.Qd5) 13.Qxc2 fxg5 14.d4 a6 15.Na3 and here 15...c4 or 15...0-0 leads to an equal position with a nice game for Black. The knight on the rim of the board stands poorly.
12...Rxh7 13.Qe4 Rh8?!
Better was 13...Rxh2! 14.Qxc2 Rh8 15.Qe4 d5! 16.Qxd5 Qb6 17.c4 a6 18.Nc3 Be6 19.Qe4 f5 20.Qe2 Qd6 21.g3 Qc6 22.f3 Kf7! Black attacks and has a clear advantage.
14.Qxc2 a6 15.Na3 Qc7 16.g3?
A mistake. Correct is 16.h3 d5 17.Qg6+ Kf8 18.d4 Black must prove that he has sufficient compensation for a pawn.
16...b6 17.d4 Bb7 18.Qg6+ Kf8 19.Bf4 Bd6 Interesting is 19...Qc6 20.f3 cxd4 21.cxd4 Bxa3 22.bxa3 Qc3 23.Bd6+ Kg8 24.Qg4 Rc8 25.Rae1 Qd2 26.h4 Bxf3! 27.Qxf3 Qxd4+ 28.Rf2 Qxd6 with a small edge to Black.
20.Bxd6 Qxd6 21.Rad1?
White must urgently transfer the knight to the theatre of operations 21.Nc2 Qe6 22.f3 Qh3 23.Rf2 Bxf3 24.Ne1 Bb7 25.dxc5 bxc5 26.Nd3 Rh6 27.Nf4 Rxg6 28.Nxh3 with equality.
21...Qe6 22.f3 Qe3+ 23.Rf2 Rxh2!
After this blow Black won soon in Livshits,G-Gagunashvili,M, Eu Youth u-14, 1998 - 24.Raf1 Rxf2 25.Rxf2 Bxf3 26.Nc2 Qe4 27.Qxe4 Bxe4 28.dxc5 bxc5 29.Ne3 d5 30.Rd2 Rd8 31.Kf2 Ke7 32.b4 d4 33.cxd4 cxb4 34.Nc4 Rc8 35.Nb6 Rc6 36.Re2 Rxb6 37.Rxe4 Kd6 38.Re8 Kd5 39.Rd8+ Ke4 40.d5 Ke5 41.Ke3 a5 42.Rd7 g5 43.g4 Rb5 0-1 White resigned.

4) 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qf3
If 9.exf6?, then 9...Nxf6 10.Qe2 Qb6 (10...d5? 11.Qe5) 11.0-0 Bg7 with equality.
Worse is 9...Nb4? 10.exf6 exf6 11.Qe4+ Qe7 12.Nd6+! Kd8 13.Ngf7+ Kc7 14.Kd1! (14.0-0? Qxe4 15.Nxe4 f5 16.Nf6 Bg7 17.Nxh8 Bxf6 18.Nf7 Nxc2 19.Rb1 d6 with equal chances) 14...Rg8 (14...Qxe4 15.Nxe4 f5 16.Nf6 Bg7 17.Nxh8 Bxf6 18.Nf7 d6 19.Re1 with a clear advantage to White) 15.Qf4 g5 16.Qg3 with strong threats.
10.Qxd5 a6

Worse is 11.Nd6+? exd6 12.0-0 Qe7!
11.Nc3 leads to a small advantage for Black - 11...e6 12.Qe4 Bg7 13.0-0 Qc7 14.Re1 0-0 15.d3 (15.g4? b5 16.Nxb5 axb5 17.Qxa8 Bb7 18.Qa3 Qc6) 15...Rf5 16.f4 gxf4 17.Bxf4 Rb8.
11...e6 12.Qf3
After 12.Qe4 Rb8 13.Nc4 b5 14.Nd6+ Bxd6 15.exd6 Bb7 16.Qg4 h5! 17.Qg3 h4 18.Qc3 0-0 19.0-0 Rf5 20.b3 b4 21.Qe3 Qf8 22.Bb2 Qxd6 Black stands better in Jansa,V.-Gurgenidze,B. Palma 1989.
Black develops his queenside and prepares short castling.
13.0-0 b5 14.d3 Be7!
Worse is 14...Bg7?! 15.Qg3 h6 16.f4 Qc7 17.h4 d5 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.Qxg5 Qf7.
15.Bd2 Bb7 16.f4 Qc7 17.c4 Bc6 18.b3 Rf5 19.Nc2
In this position in the game Yakovich, Y.-Schipkov, B. Makhachkala 1985 Black could play the strong 19...d5!, seizing the centre.

Here White can choose between: 20.cxd5, 20.Ne3 and 20.Rfd1.
If 20.cxd5, then 20...exd5! 21.b4 d4 22.bxc5 Bxc5 with equality.
If 20.Ne3, then 20...dxc4! 21.Nxf5 exf5! 22.Rac1 cxd3 23.Rc3 Be4 24.Rac1 f4 25.Qh3 Qd5 or 22.Rfe1 Qxd3 23.Ba5 Qxg3 24.hxg3 Bd5 25.Rad1 Be6 with better chances for Black.
If 21...gxf5, then 22.Bxg5 Bxg5 23.f4! cxd3 24.Rac1! c4 25.bxc4 bxc4 26.Rxc4 Bd5 (26...d2 27.Rd1 Rb1 28.Rxb1 d1Q+ 29.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 30.Kf2 Qd2+ perpetual check) 27.Rd4 Rb2 28.Rf2 Rb1+ 29.Rf1 draw.
The calm 20.Rfd1 leads to an equal position after 20...d4 21.cxb5 axb5 22.b4 Qd5 23.bxc5 Bxc5 24.Rc1.
We can see that probably no response after 7...f6! with correct play of the second player leads to an advantage for White.
My novelty, that I has found with strong concentration of attention and a quiet work of reason at the chessboard, is long-living, and, perhaps, will be even immortal.


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