Round 2: Another GM escapes

After to a smooth victory over Manuel Bosboom, the leader of the tournament after two rounds is 54-year-old GM Mark Hebden of England. Top seed GM Sipke Ernst is half a point behind – he won against Achim Illner. Just like in the first round, the most spectacular game was the first one that ended in a draw, and just like yesterday, the GM was on the verge of losing.

Thibaut Vandenbussche showed what he’s capable of on Saturday, shooting some nice tactics towards Robin van Kampen’s king. If the Belgian FM had played a different move order, he might even have beaten the GM:

Van Kampen – Vandenbussche

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7
A subtle way to reach the Philidor Defence.
5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a4 a6 8. Qe2
A recent top encounter went 8. a5 h6 9. Re1 exd4 10. Nxd4 Ne5 11. Bf1 c5 12. Nb3 Be6 13. Bf4 Rc8 14. h3 Caruana-Carlsen, Biel 2011 – a game that ended in a draw after 44 moves.
8… exd4 9. Nxd4 Ne5 10. Ba2 c5 11. Nf5 Bxf5 12. exf5 Qd7 13. Nd5N
13. f4 Nc6 14. g4 Nb4 15. g5 Nxa2 16. Rxa2 Ne8 17. f6 gxf6 18. Nd5 Bd8 19. Ra3 Kh8 20. Rg3 Qc6 21. c4 Nc7 22. Rh3 Qe8 23. Qd3 1-0 Fedorchuk-Dumitrache, Mulhouse 2011
13… Rae8 14. Ne3 Bd8 15. Rd1 b5 16. Qd2

16 … c4!
Black gives the weak d6 pawn immediately. For the moment white’s king’s bishop will be locked up, and in fact his other pieces on the queenside aren’t doing much either.
17. Qxd6 Qb7 18. axb5 axb5 19. Bb1?
White should probably have played 19. Qd4.
19… Bc7 20. Qc5
20. Qa6 Qe4! 21. c3 Nf3+! 22. gxf3 Qxf3

20… Nf3+!??
20… Bb6! seems to be winning for Black: 21. Qxb5 (21. Qd6 Rd8 22. Qxe5 Bxe3 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 and the horrible bishop on b1 decides the game in Black’s favor.) 21… Neg4! 22. Qxc4 (22. Ra6 Qb8 23. g3 Bxe3) 22… Rxe3! 23. fxe3 Bxe3+ 24. Bxe3 Nxe3 25. Qe2 Nxd1 26. Qxd1 Qb6+ followed by 27…Ne4 and wins.
21. gxf3 Bb6 22. Qxb5 Qxf3 23. Qxb6 Ng4 24. Rf1 Qf4

It turns out that Black’s combination was a drawing combination.
25. Nxg4 Qxg4+ 26. Kh1 Qf3+ 27. Kg1 Qg4+ 28. Kh1 Qf3+ 29. Kg1 1/2-1/2

Thibaut Vandenbussche

From a Scotch Opening, Dutch talents Hugo ten Hertog and David Klein quickly reached an ending that wasn’t too exciting, and they called it a day at move 25.

Richard Vedder also managed to draw, against Keith Arkell. From a good opening and a decent middlegame, things went downhill for Vedder but the Dutchman, whose brother Henk played in this tournament before, defended well in the ending.

Manuel Bosboom played the non-theoretical opening moves 1.c4, 2.e3 and 3.b3 and later started running with his h-pawn. However, a very experienced grandmaster like Mark Hebden is not likely to be distracted by this, and indeed the Englishman just played simple but strong moves and won a good game.

Sipke Ernst needed to work hard for his point, against Achim Illner. The opening wasn’t a success for the Dutchman.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2 dxc4 6. Bg2 b5 7. a4 c6 8. O-O Bb7 9. Qc2 O-O 10. Rd1 Nbd7 11. b3 c3 12. Nb1 Qa5N
12… c5 13. Nxc3 bxa4 14. Nxa4 Be4 15. Qb2 Qe7 16. Bd2 Nd5 17. Rac1 Ivanisevic-Prusikin, Switzerland 2007.
13. Ne1 Nd5 14. Nd3 c5 15. e4 N5f6 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Nxb4 Qxb4 18. Nxc3 Nxb3 19. Qb2 a5 20. Ra3 Nxc1 21. Qxc1

21 … Rfc8
There was nothing wrong with 21… Nxe4 and Black will remain a pawn up.
22. Qa1 bxa4 23. Rb1 Qe7 24. Nxa4 Rc7 25. Nc3 Rc5 26. e5 Nd5 27. Ne4 Rc7 28. Rxa5 Rxa5 29. Qxa5 h6 30. Nd6 Kh7 31. h4 f6 32. Kh2 Bc6 33. Rb8 fxe5 34. Be4+ g6 35. Nc4 Nf6 36. Bxc6 Rxc6 37. Nxe5 Rc5 38. Qb4 Rc7 39. Qb1 Qg7

Exercise: White plays and wins Black’s queen.
40. h5! Nxh5 41. Nxg6! Qxg6 42. Rh8+ Kg7 43. Rg8+ Kxg8 44. Qxg6+ Ng7 45. Qxh6

It’s still not easy to win this.
45 … Rf7 46. Kg2 Kf8 47. f4 Ke7 48. Qg5+ Ke8 49. Qe5 Kf8 50. g4 Rd7 51. Kg3 Rd5 52. Qf6+ Kg8 53. Kh4 Kh7 54. Qa1 Kg6 55. Qa8 Rd4 56. Kg3 Rd5 57. Kf3 Kf7 58. Ke4 Rd7 59. Qc6 Ke7 60. Qc8 Ne8 61. Ke3 Nf6 62. g5 Nd5+ 63. Kf3 Rc7 64. Qg8 Rc4 65. Qh7+ Ke8 66. Qh8+ Kf7 67. Qh7+ Ke8 68. Qh8+ Kf7 69. Kg4 Rxf4+ 70. Kh5 Ke7 71. Kg6 Kd7 72. Qb8 Ne7+ 73. Kg7 Rf5

74. g6!
White also sacrifices his last pawn, because he has seen he will win back big material.
74 … Rg5
According to the computer 74… e5 was the best try.
75. Qb7+ Ke8 76. Qa8+ Kd7 77. Qa4+ Kd8 78. Kf6 Rxg6+ 79. Kf7 Rh6

80. Qa5+ Kd7
80… Kc8 81. Kxe7 is also losing – with perfect play mate in 19.
81. Qd2+ 1-0

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