RR

In order to seize the KR-file after the exchange on KN6.

Forced. 29 P-R6+ was threatened.

29 PxP KxP

30 R1-KR1 R/N1-K1

Mecking was in time-trouble and was afraid of mating threats after R1-R5.

Here a devastating idea came into my head and I played . . .

Mecking didn't appreciate the threat and replied . . .

he exceeded the time limit, although he could have resigned in view of the unavoidable mate.

But even after the best defence -33 . . . K xNP 34 R-Rl R-KN1 35 BxR RxB 36 R-KB1 White wins easily.

2007: Raymond-Keene-AK:

R7: 5 January:

Sicilian

1 N-KB3 P-QB4 2 P-K41? Very unusual for Keene. 2 . . . P-K3 3 P-Q4 PxP 4 NxP N-QB3 5 N-QB3 5 P-QR3 6 P-KN3 KN-K2 7 N-N3 N-R4 8 B-N2 N2-B3 9 0-0 P-Q3 10 NxN QxN =

13 B-N2 B-Q2 13 . . . R-Ql!? with . . . P-QN4 to follow is another idea. 14 P-QB4 KR-Q1 Now if 14 . . . P-QN4 15 P-B5!±. 15 P-QR4± QR-B1 16 B-QB3! Q-B2 17 Q-Q2 17 R-R2!? with the idea of Q-Rl and R-Ql is an interesting idea which one might have expected Keene to find very attractive. 17 . . . P-QN3 18 Q-N2 B-Bl 19 P-B4? (212)

This is wrong. It allows Black to effect, in advantageous circumstances, the freeing . . .P-QN4. White should have continued with 19 QR-B1 Q-Nl 20 N-Q4 N-K4 21 KR-Q1 P-QN4 22 RPxP PxP 23 PxP BxP 24 NxB QxN 25 BxN=. 19 . . . P-QN4J+ 20 RPXP20 BP x Pis no better: 20... PxP 21 N-Q4 PxP 22 PxPN-R4 and White is in bad trouble. 20 . . . PxP 21 PxP Q-N3+ The point -

White's 19th seriously weakened this diagonal. 22 K-Rl White does no better with 22 N-Q4 NxN 23 BxN (23 B-R5?! Q-B4 24 P-QN4 Q-B5T) 23 . . .QxPT- 22 . . . QxP 23 P QN4 P-Q4 24 QR-N1 R-Nl 25PxPPxP26P-B5NxP 27 Q-Q2 R-Kl 28 N-Q4 Q-B5 29 R/N1-Q1 Better is 29 KR-B1!? and then not 29 . . . N-Q6?? 30 RxRRxR31 B-Bl BxP 32 NxB Q-K5+ 33 B-KN2 and White wins, but 29 . . .N-R7 30 RxRRxR31 B-Bl Q-R5 32 R-Rl and White is a little less badly off. 29 . . .R/N1-B1 30 B-Rl R-Rl 31 R-Bl R-R7 32 Q-N5 32 RxQ RxQ 33 R-B7 B-R5 only increases Black's advantage. 32 . . . Q-R3 33 N-K6 P-R3 34 Q-N4 (213)

34 .. .B x N The last hope for White was 34 . . .PxN?? 35 PxP with 36 RxB+ to follow and White wins. Now it's all over. 35 BxNP Q.-K7!

36 QxQ. RxQTT The simplest

37 BxB RlxB 38 PxB PxP 39 KR-K1 R1-B7 40 R x R R x R 0-1 The pawns are too strong.

2008 AK~Michael Franklin:

R8: 6 January:

Sicilian

QxP 5 P-Q4 P-K3 5 . . . N-KB3 6 B-K2 P-K3 7 0-0 PxP 8 PxP N-B3 9 N-B3 Q-Q3 10 B-K3 B-K2

11 N-Q2! N-QN5 12 N2-K4 N x N 13 NxN Q-Ql 14 N-B3 0-0 15 B-B3 ± Cirid-Taimanov, Rostov-on-Don 1961, is regarded as the main line! 6 B-K3 PxP 7 PxP N-KB3 8 N-B3 Q-QR4 9 B-Q3 N-B3 10 P-QR3 B-K2 11 0-0 0-0

13 P-QN4 It's the Q-side for starters. 13 . . . Q-R4 14 N-K2 Threatening to trap the queen with 15 N-B4 Q-N5 16 P-R3, or else win material after 15 . . . Q-R3. 14 . . . N-Q4 15 B-Q2 B-Q3 16 N-N3 BxN 17 BPxB! Karpov intends to continue to molest the queen with a K-side pawn advance. 17 . . . QR-B1 18 Q-N2 P-B3 19 P-R3 P-KN4 Black had no desire to allow White to continue 20 P-N4 Q-Kl 21 Q-Nl with uncomfortable pressure. 20 P-N4 Q-R3 21 P-QR4! Meanwhile back on the Q-side White plans 22 P-N5 followed by a rook entry. 21 . . . P-N4 22 PxP PxP 23 KR-B1 R-Nl 24 R-B5 N-Ql 25 P-R4! The K-side has not been forgotten. 25 . . . Q-N2 If 25 ... N-KB2 26 R-R5 wins the QNP. 26 PxP PxP 27 NxP N-N2 28 R5-B1 N-B5 29 BxN RxB 30 N-B3 QxNP If 30 . . . RxNP 31

Using the fifth rank to liaise between K- and Q-side - the threat is 33 R-N5+. 32 . . . N-B2 33 R-R3! Intending 34 N-K5 without allowing 34 . . . Q-N6! 33 . . . Q-N2 34 R-R7 B-Kl 35 R-N5 QxR 36 NxQNxN 37 P-Q5! 1-0 After 37 ... R-B2 38 R xR N xR (38 ... B x R 39 Q-K5) 39 P x P wins easily.

2009 Svetozar Gligori£-AK:

R9: 7 January:

Nimzo-Indian

1 P-Q4 N-KB3 2 P-QB4 P-K3 3 N-QB3 B-N5 4 P-K3 O-O 5 B-Q3 P-B4 6 N-B3 P-Q4 7 0-0 QP xP 8 BxBP N-B3 9 P-QR3 B-R4 10 B-Q3 PxP 11 PxP B-N3 12 B-K3 N-Q4 13 NxN PxN 14 P-R3 N-K2 TN (215)

14 . . .Q-Q3 15 R-Kl B-B2 16 R-QB1 B-K3 was played in Gligorid-Polugayevsky, Palma 1970, and now Gligorid gives 17 Q-B2±.

15 B-KN5!? Also 15 B-Q2 15 . . . P-B31 16 B-Q2 B-KB4 17 B-N4 BxB 18 QxB R-Kl 19 KR-K1 Q-Q2 20 B-B5 B-B2 If 20 . . . B x B 21 P XB with N-Q4± to follow. 21 BxN RxB 22 RxR QxR 23 Q-N5 Q-B2 24 K-Bl B-Q3=

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