How To Salvage a Lost Pawn Ending. Fun, Drama and a Ponzi Scheme From Round 6 In Kosovo

Thursday, 19.05.2016 16:45

Looking at the tournament table and also wanting to save some energy some of the top players at the European Championship in Gjakova opted for grandmaster draws in round six on Tuesday. Fortunately (or we would have nothing to do) not all of them. Radoslaw Wojtaszek and David Navara fought a bloody opening which nevertheless led to an equal ending, by which time both players proved too exhausted to find a win. Ernesto Inarkiev as Black outplayed Baadur Jobava in the opening after Baadur opted for the eccentric Ponziani Opening. Ernesto took the opportunity... to force a draw.

God alone knows at what point home preparation ended and over-the-board thinking began in the Marshall Attack played between Ivan Saric and Maxim Matlakov. The Croat eventually won a traditional ending in which White had an extra pawn but Black had good drawing chances. His opponent from St. Pete resigned in a difficult but not entirely lost position. He was probably not feeling too well. The late ex-world champion Vasily Smyslov’s advice ‘the most important thing is to keep people alive’ was followed here, and the end result was that Ivan is now the sole leader in the European Championship. Who said that Leicester was a one-off?


Number 30 seed Ivan Saric has taken sole lead – is he the new Jamie Vardy?

Francisco Vallejo proved to be better prepared than Denis Khismatullin in what is a fashionable opening.

Francisco VALLEJO - Denis KHISMATULLIN
European Championship 2016, 6th round

English Opening
(Analysis in this and subsequent games by Alexei Yarovinsky)

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 g6 5.d4 c5 6.c4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Bg7 8.Nc3 d6 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Be3 Rc8 11.Rac1 a6 12.b3 0-0 13.Qh4 Re8 14.Bh3

14...Rc7?! The idea of moving the queen to а8 here is dubious. Black would be better to plan breaking through with b5, after which his queen can develop to а5. Sergey Karjakin played this idea twice at the Gashimov Memorial tournament in 2014: 14...Ba8! 15.g4 b5 16.cxb5 Qa5 17.Bd2 Bxf3
1) 18.exf3 Ne5 19.Kg2 g5 20.Qxg5 axb5 21.Qe3 b4 with an unclear position (Nakamura - Karjakin, 1/2);
2) 18.g5 Nd5 19.Bxd7 Rxc3 20.Bxc3 Nxc3 21.Rxc3 Qxc3 22.Bxe8 Bxe2 23.Qf4 Bxd1 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.Bc6 Bxb3 26.axb3 Qc1+ with perpetual check (Mamedyarov - Karjakin, 1/2).
15.g4! Chasing the knight from f6 is a smart idea
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15...Qa8 16.g5 Ne4 17.Na4!

17...Nec5? This leads to the forced loss of a pawn. But he should have sacrificed it with: 17...b5! 18.cxb5 (18.Bxd7 Rxd7 19.Nb6 Qd8 20.cxb5 axb5 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Bd4 e5) 18...Rxc1 19.Rxc1 e6 20.bxa6 Qxa6 21.Rc7 Rd8 22.Bf1 d5. In both lines Black has sufficient compensation, for the exchange and pawn respectively.
18.Bxc5 bxc5 19.Bxd7 Rxd7 20.Nxc5! It would be a mistake to win the exchange: 20.Nb6? Qd8 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 – here Black has good compensation thanks to the weakened position of White’s king and his own strong bishop pair.

20...Rc7 21.Nxb7 Qxb7

22.Rd5!? A pawn up, Vallejo provokes his opponent into swapping his queen for two rooks, counting on quickly converting his advantage.
22...Qxd5 23.cxd5 Rxc1+ 24.Kg2 Ra8 25.Qb4 Rcc8 26.Qb7?! The Spaniard mistakenly decides that it’s time to take the bull by the horns. 26.Qe4 Kf8 27.Nd2 Rc5 28.Nc4 was stronger, with a lasting advantage
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26...Kf8 27.Nd2

27...Bd4? He should have played 27...Rab8!, after which it’s not easy for White to demonstrate an advantage.
1) 28.Qxa6 Ra8 29.Qb7 Rcb8 30.Qc7 Rc8 31.Qd7 Rd8 32.Qg4 Rxa2;
2) 28.Qd7 Rc2 29.Nc4 Rxe2 30.Nxd6 Bd4.
So White should probably try
3) 28.Qa7 Ra8 29.Qe3 Rc2 30.a4 Rc3 31.Qb6 Rc2 32.Qb7 Re8.
28.Nc4 a5 29.e3! Not the inaccurate 29.Nxa5?! Rcb8 30.Qc7 Rc8 31.Qd7 Rd8 32.Qg4 Rxa5 33.Qxd4 Kg8.
29...Rcb8 30.Qc7 Rc8 31.Qd7 Bc5? 31...Rd8 is more resistant, after which White still has to look hard for the forced win: 32.Qh3 Bg7 33.Qxh7 Rdb8 34.e4! a4 35.Ne3 axb3 36.axb3 Rxb3 37.Ng4 Ra4 38.Nh6.
32.Nxa5 Rd8 33.Qb5 Rdc8 34.a4 Bxe3 35.Nc6 Or he could have accepted the challenge: 35.fxe3!? Rc5 36.Nc6! Rxb5 37.axb5.
35...Bd2 36.b4 Bxg5 37.a5 e6 38.dxe6 fxe6 39.Qb7 d5 40.b5 Bd8 41.a6 1-0

The sixth round was rich in blunders and some fun moves. Let’s start with the following game:

RAGGER - TER-SAHAKYAN

White has a weak pawn on а5, but the strength of his light-squared bishop means that he can count on equality after 29.Kf3! Bxa5 30.Bd5 Rc7 (or 30...Rb8 31.Ba7) 31.Rc1. Instead, Markus Ragger played
29.Bd5??, and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan cut him down with a simple tactic:
29...Re8+ 30.Kd3 Rxe2! 31.Kxe2 Nf4+ 32.Kf3 Nxd5 and Black has a decisive material advantage which he self-assuredly converted into a full point. 0-1

ANTE SARIC – BARTEL

Croatia’s other Grandmaster Saric had lots of reliable alternatives at his disposal here. There was nothing wrong with playing 24.Ne5!? Ncxe5 25.dxe5. He could have strengthened with: 24.e3. He could have doubled rooks with 24.Rc2, but not
24.Rc3?? as Ante played, as after 24...Nxd4! he lost his central pawn.
25.Nxd4 c5 26.Rd3 It was worth trying 26.e3!? cxd4 27.Rxc8 Qxc8 28.exd4 Qa6 29.Bb4 Qe2 30.Qxe2 Rxe2 31.Rc1 Bxd4 32.Rc8+ Kg7 33.Bf8+ Kf6 34.Rc6+ Nd6 35.Bxd6 Kf7 36.Rc7+ Ke8 37.Rxa7 Rxf2 38.Re7+ Kd8 39.Rxh7 Rxf4+ 40.Kh1 Rf1+ 41.Kg2 Rf2+ 42.Kg1 Rxa2+ 43.Kf1, continuing to struggle for a draw.
26...Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Knowing how the game went we could recommend 27.e3!? Bf6 28.Rxd5 Qe6 29.Rd3 b5 30.Bb2 c4 31.Bxf6 cxd3 32.Ba1, and if 32...Qxe3, then 33.Qb2 Ne5 34.fxe5 Rc2 35.Qd4 Qxd4 36.Bxd4 with chances of a draw.

27...cxd4 28.Bb2

The weakness of the Black king seems to be preventing him from converting his advantage. But Bartel found a solution to the problem:
28...d3! 29.Qxd3 d4!! He sacs two pawns to prevent White from moving his queen in front of the bishop. Removing the danger to his king the Pole has retained his material advantage while gaining a positional one: he now plans to invade with his rooks along the c-file. Thanks to this possibility the rook far outweighs the bishop and pawn.
30.Bxd4 Qc6 31.e3 Red8 32.a4 Rc7 33.Ra1 Qf3 34.Rf1 Qc6 35.Ra1 Qd5 36.a5? White’s position is unquestionably already lost, but he should still have avoided making sharp moves, for example he could have instead continued 36.Rd1. Now 36...Rdc8?! 37.e4; or 36...Nd6?! 37.Bf6 makes it harder for Black to win. Black shouldn’t rush with aggressive play here and instead should go for 36...Nh6! with the idea of swapping knights. The prophylactic 37.h3? leaves the g3 pawn defenseless: 37...Qf3.
36...bxa5 37.Qd2 Rdc8 38.Qd1 Rc2 The more precise 38...Nd6 would leave White with zero chances.
39.g4 By playing 39.e4!? fxe4 40.Ng4 White could have awakened his knight and threatened a fork on f6, while 40...Kf8?? is met with the nasty 41.Bg7+. But the simplest way for Black to win would be 40...Qb5 41.Nf6+ Kf8 42.Nxh7+ Ke7.
39...Nd6 40.Bxa7 Qxd1+ 41.Rxd1 Rc1 42.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 43.Kg2 Rb1 44.gxf5 gxf5 45.Bb6 a4! (the ‘third injection’) 46.Bc5 Nb7 0-1

IPATOV - STEFANSSON

Alexander threatens to capture on а5. The simplest continuation for Black is to defend the pawn with 33...Ra8 and an equal position.
Alternatively he could have avoided the threat by moving his king out of reach of check from с6: 33...Kd7 34.Nxa5 Ra8 35.Nb3 Rxa4 36.Nxc5+ bxc5 37.Rxc5 Ra2+ 38.Kd3 Rxh2 39.Kc3 Kd6 40.b6 Rh1 41.Rb5 Rc1+ 42.Kd4. Here Black can draw immediately with 42...Rd1+. On the other hand 42…Rc8 would not be an accurate move but it does lead to an instructive pawn ending: 43.Rd5+ Kc6 44.Rc5+ Kb7 45.Rxc8 Kxc8 46.Ke5 Kb7 47.Kf6 Kxb6 48.Kg7 Kc5 49.Kxh7 Kd5 50.Kxg6

50...Ke6 51.Kh5 Kd5 with the opposition and a draw.

Hannes Stefansson instead ‘defended’ against the threat with
33...Rc8??, and resigned after 34.Nxb6. 1-0

The following game saw some totally unpredictable excitement:

KOZUL - GRANDELIUS

56...Qg7+?? Even if Black’s position is objectively lost, Nils Grandelius’ decision to transpose into a hopeless pawn ending doesn’t make any sense. In fact, after 56...Qe4! there is no obvious win for White. If 57.Qg5+ Kh7 58.h5? then Black can indeed reach a drawn pawn ending: 58...Qg4+! 59.Qxg4 fxg4 60.Kg2 Kh6 61.Kg3 Kxh5 62.Kf4 Kh4.
57.Qxg7+ Kxg7 58.f3 Kg6

59.e4?? Zdenko Kozul forgot about his h-pawn. He would have won easily with 59.Kg2 Kh5 60.Kg3 e5 61.e4 f4+ 62.Kg2 (but not 62.Kh3?? d4 63.cxd4 exd4 64.Kg2 Kxh4 65.Kf2 d3 66.Ke1 Kg3 67.e5 Kxf3 68.e6 Kg2 69.e7 f3 with a draw) 62...dxe4 63.c4 exf3+ 64.Kxf3 Kxh4 65.c5.
59...Kh5 60.exd5 exd5 61.Kg2 Kxh4 62.Kh2 f4 63.Kg2 Kg5 64.Kh3 1/2

Yesterday, Wednesday 18 May, was a rest day. Experience shows that play improves after rest days. (Translator’s note: actually we all know that the rest day is for commentators and translators. Analysis and translations also improve after rest days!).

Round 7 begins today, on 19 May at 16.30 Moscow time (2 hours ahead of London).

Translated by Ilan Rubin

[Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2735"] [ECO "D52"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Cambridge Springs defence"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 7. Nd2 Bb4 8. Rc1 Ne4 9. Ncxe4 dxe4 10. Bh4 Qxa2 11. Be2 Qxb2 12. Rc2 Bxd2+ 13. Qxd2 Qa3 14. O-O O-O 15. c5 b5 16. cxb6 axb6 17. Rxc6 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Qxa6 19. Qc2 Qd3 20. Qxd3 exd3 21. Rc3 Rfc8 22. Rxd3 Rc2 23. Rb3 h6 24. h3 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2661"] [BlackElo "2686"] [ECO "C44"] [Opening "Ponziani opening"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. d3 Nf6 5. Nbd2 a5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. g3 g6 8. Bg2 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. a4 Nb6 11. Nb3 Bf5 12. Ne1 Nd5 13. Kh1 b6 14. f4 Qd7 15. fxe5 Nxe5 16. d4 Ng4 17. Qf3 Rae8 18. Qxd5 Nf2+ 19. Kg1 Nh3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Saric, Ivan"] [Black "Matlakov, Maxim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2650"] [BlackElo "2693"] [ECO "C89"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Marshall counter-attack, 11...c6"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Re8 15. Rxe8+ Qxe8 16. Nd2 Qe1+ 17. Nf1 Bg6 18. g3 b4 19. c4 Nf6 20. Qxc6 Rd8 21. Qb6 Rd7 22. Bc2 Ng4 23. Rb1 Qe2 24. Bd2 Ne5 25. Qe3 Qh5 26. Bd1 Qf5 27. Be2 f6 28. b3 Bc5 29. Qf4 Qxf4 30. Bxf4 Nxd3 31. Bxd3 Rxd3 32. Re1 Kf7 33. Be3 Bd6 34. Bb6 Be5 35. Bc5 a5 36. f4 Bd6 37. Bxd6 Rxd6 38. Ne3 Be4 39. c5 Rc6 40. Nc4 Bd5 41. Nd6+ Kg6 42. Rc1 a4 43. Nb5 axb3 44. axb3 Rc8 45. Nd4 Kf7 46. Kf2 Ke7 47. Ke3 Kd7 48. Kd3 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Berkes, Ferenc"] [Black "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2636"] [BlackElo "2721"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Nf3"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. a4 c5 7. Bxc4 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 Qxd1 10. Rxd1 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Nabaty, Tamir"] [Black "Fressinet, Laurent"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2619"] [BlackElo "2692"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 b6 8. Nbd2 Bb7 9. Nxc4 Be4 10. Qb3 Nc6 11. Bf4 Nd5 12. Rfd1 Ncb4 13. Ne1 Nxf4 14. gxf4 Qd5 15. a3 Bxg2 16. Nxg2 Nc6 17. Qc3 Bf6 18. Ne5 Ne7 19. Rac1 Rac8 20. Qc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.6"] [White "Cheparinov, Ivan"] [Black "Goganov, Aleksey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2685"] [BlackElo "2600"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "Stoltz variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Qc2 c6 6. e3 Bd6 7. Be2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 O-O 9. O-O e5 10. h3 h6 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. a3 Re8 13. Ba2 exd4 14. exd4 Nf8 15. d5 Nxd5 16. Nxd5 cxd5 17. Qxc7 Bxc7 18. Bxd5 Bb6 19. Bd2 Ne6 20. Rac1 Nc7 21. Bc4 Be6 22. a4 a5 23. Bf4 Rac8 24. Ne5 Bc5 25. Bg3 b6 26. Kf1 Bxc4+ 27. Nxc4 Ne6 28. Bd6 Bd4 29. Ba3 Red8 30. b3 Rc6 31. Rc2 Rb8 32. Rcd2 Bc5 33. Bxc5 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.7"] [White "Parligras, Mircea-Emilian"] [Black "Kovalenko, Igor"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2599"] [BlackElo "2644"] [ECO "D35"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "exchange, positional line, 5...c6"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Qf3 Bg6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. Qxf6 gxf6 10. Nf3 Nd7 11. Nh4 Be7 12. Ne2 f5 13. Nf3 Nf6 14. a3 Bd6 15. g3 Ke7 16. Nh4 Ng4 17. Ng2 a5 18. f3 Nf6 19. Nef4 Ne8 20. Bd3 Bc7 21. Rc1 a4 22. Kf2 Ra5 23. h4 h5 24. g4 Ng7 25. g5 Rd8 26. Rc2 Bd6 27. Rhc1 Kf8 28. Be2 Re8 29. Rd2 Re7 30. Nd3 Ra8 31. f4 Ne8 32. Nge1 Bc7 33. Ne5 Nd6 34. Rdc2 Kg7 35. N1d3 Ne4+ 36. Kf3 f6 37. gxf6+ Nxf6 38. Nc5 Ng4 39. Bd1 Bxe5 40. dxe5 b6 41. Nd3 c5 42. Nf2 Be8 43. Rc3 Bc6 44. Kg3 Rd8 45. Bc2 Nh6 46. Rd1 Kf8 47. Nh3 Red7 48. Ng5 Ke7 49. Rcd3 Ng4 50. Rc3 Nh6 51. Rcd3 Rb8 52. R1d2 b5 53. Rc3 c4 54. Bd1 Rdb7 55. Bxh5 b4 56. axb4 Rxb4 57. Rcc2 Rb3 58. Kf2 c3 59. bxc3 a3 60. Ra2 Rb2 61. Ke1 R8b3 62. Bd1 Rb1 63. Rdc2 Ng4 64. Kd2 Ba4 65. Bxg4 fxg4 66. f5 R3b2 67. f6+ Ke8 68. Rcxb2 Rxb2+ 69. Ke1 Rxa2 70. e6 g3 71. f7+ Ke7 0-1 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.8"] [White "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Black "Yilmaz, Mustafa"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2603"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. h3 b5 10. a3 Rc8 11. g4 Nb6 12. g5 Nfd7 13. Na5 Qc7 14. Bg2 Be7 15. O-O-O O-O 16. Kb1 Nc4 17. Nxc4 Bxc4 18. Bf1 Be6 19. h4 Nb6 20. h5 Nc4 21. Bxc4 Qxc4 22. g6 a5 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. exd5 b4 25. b3 Qe4 26. Qd3 Qxd3 27. Rxd3 f5 28. Bb6 Ra8 29. c4 Rfb8 30. c5 e4 31. Rg3 h6 32. Bc7 Rb5 33. cxd6 Bd8 34. Rgg1 Kf8 35. a4 Rxd5 36. Rd1 Rc5 37. Rc1 Rd5 38. Rhd1 Rxd1 39. Rxd1 Bxc7 40. dxc7 Ke7 41. Rd5 Rc8 42. Rxf5 Rxc7 43. Rxa5 Rc3 44. Kb2 Ke6 45. Rb5 Rf3 46. Rxb4 Rxf2+ 47. Kc3 Ke5 48. Rb7 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.9"] [White "Vallejo Pons, Francisco"] [Black "Khismatullin, Denis"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2700"] [BlackElo "2609"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b6 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. O-O g6 5. d4 c5 6. c4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8. Nc3 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rac1 a6 12. b3 O-O 13. Qh4 Re8 14. Bh3 Rc7 15. g4 Qa8 16. g5 Ne4 17. Na4 Nec5 18. Bxc5 bxc5 19. Bxd7 Rxd7 20. Nxc5 Rc7 21. Nxb7 Qxb7 22. Rd5 Qxd5 23. cxd5 Rxc1+ 24. Kg2 Ra8 25. Qb4 Rcc8 26. Qb7 Kf8 27. Nd2 Bd4 28. Nc4 a5 29. e3 Rcb8 30. Qc7 Rc8 31. Qd7 Bc5 32. Nxa5 Rd8 33. Qb5 Rdc8 34. a4 Bxe3 35. Nc6 Bd2 36. b4 Bxg5 37. a5 e6 38. dxe6 fxe6 39. Qb7 d5 40. b5 Bd8 41. a6 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.10"] [White "Ragger, Markus"] [Black "Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2696"] [BlackElo "2601"] [ECO "D11"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. Nc3 e6 7. Qb3 Qc7 8. Bd2 Nbd7 9. Rc1 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Be7 11. e4 Nb6 12. Bd3 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Nh5 14. Ne2 O-O 15. a4 Nd7 16. f4 Qb6 17. Bc4 g6 18. a5 Qxb3 19. Bxb3 a6 20. Rg1 Rfd8 21. Bc3 Rac8 22. Kd2 c5 23. Ke3 cxd4+ 24. Bxd4 Bb4 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. f5 exf5 27. exf5 Kf8 28. fxg6 hxg6 29. Bd5 Re8+ 30. Kd3 Rxe2 31. Kxe2 Nf4+ 32. Kf3 Nxd5 33. Rd1 Ke8 34. Ra1 Ne7 35. Ke4 Nc5+ 36. Bxc5 Bxc5 37. f4 Bd6 38. h4 Kd7 39. Kf3 Ke6 40. Rh1 Bb4 41. h5 gxh5 42. Rxh5 Nc6 43. Ke4 Bxa5 44. Rh6+ Ke7 45. f5 Bb4 46. Kd5 a5 47. f6+ Kd7 48. Rh7 Nd8 49. Rh2 Bd6 50. Rh7 b6 51. Rg7 Bc5 52. Rh7 Bf2 53. Rh2 Be3 54. Rh3 Bf4 55. Rh7 Bd6 56. Rg7 b5 57. Ke4 a4 58. Rg5 Kc6 59. Rg8 Bc7 60. Kd3 Nb7 61. Rf8 Nd6 62. Kd4 Bb6+ 63. Ke5 Bc5 64. Kf4 Kd5 0-1 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.11"] [White "Piorun, Kacper"] [Black "Andriasian, Zaven"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2681"] [BlackElo "2602"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Giuoco Pianissimo"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. Nbd2 h6 7. c3 d6 8. h3 a6 9. Bb3 Be6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Nf1 d5 12. Ng3 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.12"] [White "Kunin, Vitaly"] [Black "Korobov, Anton"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2595"] [BlackElo "2674"] [ECO "A13"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Neo-Catalan"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 d4 5. O-O c5 6. e3 Nc6 7. exd4 cxd4 8. d3 Be7 9. Na3 O-O 10. Nc2 a5 11. Re1 Ne8 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Rxe5 f6 14. Re1 Nc7 15. Bd2 Na6 16. Qh5 Nc5 17. b4 axb4 18. Bxb4 g6 19. Qe2 Re8 20. h4 Kg7 21. f4 Bf8 22. a3 Ra7 23. Rad1 b6 24. Qf2 e5 25. fxe5 fxe5 26. Bd5 h5 27. Rf1 Bh3 28. Bg2 Bg4 29. Bf3 Bh3 30. Bg2 Bf5 31. Ne1 Bd6 32. Qe2 e4 33. dxe4 Bg4 34. Nf3 Bxg3 35. Qb2 Rd7 36. Rxd4 Rxd4 37. Bc3 Bxf3 38. Bxd4+ Kg8 39. Rxf3 Bxh4 40. Rf1 Rf8 41. Rxf8+ Kxf8 42. Be3 Bf6 43. e5 Qd1+ 44. Bf1 Qg4+ 45. Bg2 Bg5 46. Bxg5 Qxg5 47. Qd4 Kg7 48. Kh1 Kh7 49. a4 Qe7 50. Bc6 Qe6 51. Qd6 Qh3+ 52. Kg1 Qg3+ 53. Kh1 Qh4+ 54. Kg2 Qg4+ 55. Kh1 Qxc4 56. Qe7+ Kg8 57. Qd8+ Kg7 58. Qf6+ Kh7 59. Qe7+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.13"] [White "Duda, Jan-Krzysztof"] [Black "Demchenko, Anton"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2666"] [BlackElo "2589"] [ECO "E83"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "Saemisch, 6...Nc6"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. f3 d6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Qd2 a6 8. Nge2 Bd7 9. Bh6 b5 10. h4 e5 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. h5 bxc4 13. O-O-O Qe7 14. g4 Rab8 15. g5 Nxh5 16. Nd5 Qd8 17. Rxh5 gxh5 18. Nf6 Rh8 19. dxe5 Nxe5 20. Nd4 c5 21. Nc2 Ba4 22. f4 Bxc2 23. Qxc2 Nc6 24. Bxc4 Nd4 25. Qh2 Qb6 26. Nxh5+ Kf8 27. Nf6 Qb7 28. Rd2 h5 29. f5 Ke7 30. e5 Nf3 31. exd6+ Kd8 32. Qf4 Nxd2 33. Qxd2 Rf8 34. Qe2 h4 35. Bd5 Qa7 36. d7 Qb6 37. b3 Qd6 38. Qe3 h3 39. Qxh3 Qf4+ 40. Kb1 Qxg5 41. Qc3 Qg1+ 42. Kc2 Qf2+ 43. Qd2 Qxd2+ 44. Kxd2 Ke7 45. Ne4 Kxd7 46. Kc3 a5 47. a3 Rfe8 48. Nxc5+ Kd6 49. Kd4 Re1 50. Bxf7 Rd1+ 51. Nd3 Ke7 52. Bc4 Kf6 53. Kc3 Kxf5 54. Kc2 Rg1 55. Nc5 Rg3 56. Bd3+ Kf4 57. Kc3 Rc8 58. b4 axb4+ 59. axb4 Ke5 60. Kc4 Rg4+ 61. Kb3 Rh8 62. Bb5 Kd6 63. Kc3 Rhh4 64. Nd3 Rg3 65. Bc4 Rg7 66. Ba6 Kd5 67. Nc5 Rh3+ 68. Bd3 Rg4 69. Nb3 Rc4+ 70. Kd2 Rxb4 71. Nc1 Rb2+ 72. Kc3 Rg2 73. Kb4 Rg1 74. Bc4+ Kd6 75. Nd3 Rg7 76. Nc5 Rh4 77. Nb3 Rgg4 0-1 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.14"] [White "Swiercz, Dariusz"] [Black "Antipov, Mikhail Al."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2656"] [BlackElo "2576"] [ECO "B30"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without ...d6)"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Bf1 Bg4 8. d4 cxd4 9. cxd4 e5 10. d5 Nd4 11. Be3 Nxf3+ 12. gxf3 Bd7 13. Nd2 b5 14. a4 Be7 15. axb5 axb5 16. Qb3 O-O 17. Rec1 Rxa1 18. Rxa1 Nh5 19. Bxb5 Bxb5 20. Qxb5 Bg5 21. Kh1 Bf4 22. Qf1 g6 23. Nc4 Qe7 24. b4 Rb8 25. Rb1 Qh4 26. Qg1 Rc8 27. Rc1 Nf6 28. Kg2 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.15"] [White "Saric, Ante"] [Black "Bartel, Mateusz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2594"] [BlackElo "2653"] [ECO "A81"] [Opening "Dutch defence"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 Ne4 7. Bb2 d6 8. Nbd2 Nc6 9. Ne1 Ng5 10. f4 Nf7 11. Nc4 e6 12. Qd2 Rb8 13. Rd1 Ne7 14. Nd3 b6 15. Ne3 Bb7 16. c4 Bxg2 17. Nxg2 Qe8 18. Nf2 d5 19. cxd5 exd5 20. Rc1 Rc8 21. Ba3 Qd7 22. Ne1 Rfe8 23. Nf3 Nc6 24. Rc3 Nxd4 25. Nxd4 c5 26. Rd3 Bxd4 27. Rxd4 cxd4 28. Bb2 d3 29. Qxd3 d4 30. Bxd4 Qc6 31. e3 Red8 32. a4 Rc7 33. Ra1 Qf3 34. Rf1 Qc6 35. Ra1 Qd5 36. a5 bxa5 37. Qd2 Rdc8 38. Qd1 Rc2 39. g4 Nd6 40. Bxa7 Qxd1+ 41. Rxd1 Rc1 42. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 43. Kg2 Rb1 44. gxf5 gxf5 45. Bb6 a4 46. Bc5 Nb7 0-1 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.16"] [White "Kozul, Zdenko"] [Black "Grandelius, Nils"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2591"] [BlackElo "2649"] [ECO "E01"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. Qd3 b6 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Nc3 Bb7 12. e3 Ne4 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Nd2 Nxc3 15. bxc3 Qa3 16. Rfb1 Rac8 17. Rb3 Qa4 18. Qb1 Nb8 19. Qb2 Qd7 20. a4 Bc6 21. Qa3 Qc7 22. a5 Nd7 23. Bf1 Rb8 24. axb6 axb6 25. Qb4 Ra8 26. Rba3 Rxa3 27. Rxa3 Ra8 28. Rxa8+ Bxa8 29. Qe7 Bc6 30. Bh3 Qb7 31. Qd8+ Nf8 32. Bf1 Qa7 33. h4 Qa5 34. Nf3 Bb5 35. Bxb5 Qxb5 36. h5 Qb1+ 37. Kg2 Qe4 38. Qxb6 g5 39. hxg6 Nxg6 40. Qd8+ Kg7 41. Qg5 h6 42. Qh5 f5 43. Qh1 Qc2 44. Qa1 h5 45. Ng5 Kh6 46. Nf7+ Kg7 47. Nd6 h4 48. Qa7+ Kh6 49. Nf7+ Kh5 50. Ne5 Kh6 51. Qf7 Nxe5 52. Qf8+ Kh7 53. Qe7+ Kg8 54. dxe5 Qe4+ 55. Kg1 Qxe5 56. gxh4 Qg7+ 57. Qxg7+ Kxg7 58. f3 Kg6 59. e4 Kh5 60. exd5 exd5 61. Kg2 Kxh4 62. Kh2 f4 63. Kg2 Kg5 64. Kh3 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.17"] [White "Ipatov, Alexander"] [Black "Stefansson, Hannes"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2648"] [BlackElo "2581"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 Bd5 11. Qc2 Be4 12. Qc1 c5 13. dxc5 Nbd7 14. Nbd2 Bc6 15. b4 a5 16. b5 Bxf3 17. Bxf3 Nxc5 18. Rd1 Nd5 19. Qxc5 Bxc5 20. Bxd8 Rfxd8 21. Nb3 Bb6 22. Rac1 Kf8 23. Bxd5 exd5 24. e3 g6 25. Kf1 Ke7 26. Nc5 Rab8 27. Ke2 f5 28. Nd3 d4 29. Ne5 dxe3 30. Nc4 Rxd1 31. Rxd1 Bc5 32. fxe3 b6 33. Rc1 Rc8 34. Nxb6 1-0 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.18"] [White "Prohaszka, Peter"] [Black "Zhigalko, Sergei"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2593"] [BlackElo "2647"] [ECO "A46"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 d5 4. e3 Bd6 5. Nbd2 Bxf4 6. exf4 O-O 7. Bd3 b6 8. Qe2 a5 9. O-O Ba6 10. Rfe1 a4 11. Ne5 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 c5 13. f5 exf5 14. Qxf5 a3 15. bxa3 Rxa3 16. dxc5 bxc5 17. c4 d4 18. Nb3 Qc8 19. Qg5 h6 20. Qc1 Ra4 21. Qc2 Ra3 22. Qc1 Ra4 23. Qc2 Ra3 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.19"] [White "Oparin, Grigoriy"] [Black "Melkumyan, Hrant"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2575"] [BlackElo "2646"] [ECO "C85"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Exchange variation doubly deferred (DERLD)"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. d3 Nd7 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 f6 10. Qe2 c5 11. Nh4 Nb8 12. Nf5 Nc6 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. Nc3 Qd6 15. Qd2 g5 16. Nd5 Be6 17. Ne3 Rad8 18. f3 Rd7 19. Rf2 Ne7 20. Rd1 Ng6 21. Qe1 Rfd8 22. Rfd2 b5 23. Qf2 h5 24. g3 h4 25. c3 Qe7 26. d4 cxd4 27. cxd4 exd4 28. Rxd4 Rxd4 29. Rxd4 Rxd4 30. Bxd4 c5 31. Bb2 hxg3 32. hxg3 Ne5 33. Bxe5 fxe5 34. Nd5 Bxd5 35. exd5 Qd6 36. Qd2 Kf7 37. Qd3 Qg6 38. Qe4 Qxe4 39. fxe4 g4 1/2-1/2 [Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "6.20"] [White "Dubov, Daniil"] [Black "Vocaturo, Daniele"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2644"] [BlackElo "2574"] [ECO "E04"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "open, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. O-O Rb8 7. Bf4 Nd5 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Bxe7 Ndxe7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. Qa4 Nxd4 12. Rfd1 b5 13. Qxa7 Nec6 14. Qc5 Qe7 15. Qxe7 Nxf3+ 16. Bxf3 Nxe7 17. a4 1/2-1/2 


  


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I have to agree that the

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I have to agree that the standard of play usually increases after rest days, to say nothing of smaller number of short draws (Round 6 saw a few of these).

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