12th Batavia Chess Tournament – day 1

By Kedem Gutkind

The first round of the 12th edition of the Batavia Chess Tournament illustrated the fighting spirit that all participants brought to the tournament from the very beginning. This round was filled with excitement as we saw tactical skirmishes, strong technical play and perhaps most surprisingly; blunders. Let’s jump to the games.

Nijboer,Friso (2469) – Sukandar,Irine Kharisma (2408)

12th Batavia Chess Tournament, 21.02.2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 2…d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0–0–0 d5 This is a sample line from the Sicilian dragon that illustrates the ‘wasted’ tempo by the d-pawn

3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 The accelerated dragon, an opening which often promises excitement as black tries to obtain a better version of the regular Sicilian dragon (in which often dynamic play is seen) by delaying movement of the d-pawn in order to play d5 in one go.

5.c4 The downside of choosing this move order is that white can aim for a Maróczy Bind. The character of the position changes to a more positional struggle in which white will aim to control all the black pawn breaks (b5 and d5) in the centre in order to limit the manoeuvring space of the black pieces.

5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 d5 Here black has the same position as in the sample line from the Sicilian dragon but with the d-pawn tempo saved. As white is not castled yet.

5…Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 Now black aims for the regular dragon-structure, as the white pawn on c4 will not allow the d5 break easily. In the meantime, white has made the concession that he will not castle queenside as his king would then become very vulnerable with the c-pawn being on c4 instead of c2.

7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 0–0 10.Qd2 a5 10…Be6 Is the main move 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.f3 Rfc8 13.b3 a6 14.Na4 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Nd7 16.g4 f5 Is a line championed by Guseinov in which he has drawn against top players such as Dominguez and Nakamura.

11.0–0 a4 Black aims for more breathing space and is trying to stop white from advancing his queenside pawns (where the majority of three against two allows him to create a passed pawn in the future)

12.f3 Qa5 13.Rab1 Preparing the advancement of the b-pawn

13…Be6 14.Rfc1 Rfc8 15.b4 axb3 16.axb3 Qb4 Blacks goal is to blockade the pawns on light squares by controlling the dark squares (b4–c5)

17.Rc2 Nd7 So far, the players are still following the most common line

18.Na4?? The first novelty, and unfortunately a blunder that hangs a piece based on the pin of the b3 pawn. Black can capture on a4 with his rook and thus defends the queen. If white would capture back on a4 it leaves his rook on b1 to the mercy of the black queen.

0–1

Irine Sukandar

An unexpected ending to the first game that started as a theoretical battle; a black win within 20 moves. We will now take a look at a game in which the white player favoured a creative battle over a theoretical one. Which

Trent,Lawrence (2386) – Feuerstack,Aljoscha (2459)

12th Batavia Chess, 21.02.2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Be2 White has chosen for a timid setup for his pieces. Leading to a position that might best be described as ‘a reversed philidor’, which was succesfully used in the past by none other than the creative Jobava. He has scored wins against absolute top players such as Svidler and Dominguez.

4…d5 The most active response, fighting for the center right from the start

5.Nbd2 Bc5 6.c3 Is also the Jobava move order

6.0–0 0–0 7.c3 Is the more common move order

6…a5 7.h3 Here Trent deviates from how Jobava approaches these positions.

7.a4 Is the choice that Jobava has made in his wins against both Dominguez and Bok. The idea is to not allow black to win more space on the queenside, to further secure the c4 square for the knight by preventing b5 and thus to have the a5 pawn as a potential future target for the white knight 7…0–0 8.0–0 Re8 9.h3 h6 10.Re1 Be6

7…0–0 8.Qc2 a4 9.Nf1 Re8 10.g4 White is clearly aiming for the black king, but in the meantime he is behind in development and is creating potential weaknesses on the kingside by moving the pawns. In case his attack does not succeed it will be difficult to imagine the white king ever finding complete shelter on either side on the board with pawns having moved on both flanks.

10.Ng3 d4 11.0–0³ Would seem like a safer choice, but it is not clear what white has achieved from the opening as there is no initiative going on yet on the kingside and black is the stronger side on the queenside.

10…d4 11.Ng3 Bf8N The first new move, black is planning to undermine the white pawn structure by playing a3

12.a3 Defending against the black threat of a3, but permanently weaking the square b3.

12…Nd7! Black is right away aiming for the b3 square with his knight.

13.cxd4 exd4 14.Nh5 Nc5 15.Bg5 Be7!? 15…Qd7 Altough this move seems counterintuitive (it blocks the c8 bishop) the silicon machine shows a nice way to develop the pieces. The following line is meant to illustrate how black can harmonize the pieces. 16.0–0 Nb3 17.Rae1 Ra5! 18.Ng3 (18.Bd1 Trying to challenge the knight on b3 18…Rc5 19.Qb1 Ne5 20.Nxe5 Rexe5 21.Bf4?? Rxh5! 22.gxh5 Qxh3–+) 18…Rc5 19.Qb1 Nd8! 20.Bd1 Ne6 21.Bxb3 axb3 22.Bd2 Rc2 23.Nf5 Qa4 24.Rc1 b6 25.Rfd1 c5 26.Ne1 Rxd2 27.Rxd2–+ The black position is very dominant due to the lack of space white has, the rooks that have no open files and the weaknesses on the kingside that black can target

16.Qxc5 Bxc5 17.Bxd8 Nxd8 18.Nd2 b5 19.0–0 Bb6³ The smoke has somewhat cleared. Black his plan is to expand on the queenside while white is planning to expand on the kingside.

20.f4 Ba5 21.Nf3 21.Rad1 Is perhaps a better try, as white can try to occupy the e4 square with his knight and play on the light squares 21…c5 22.e5 Bb7 23.Ng3

21…c5 22.Kh2 Bb7 23.Rac1 Bb6 23…Rc8 24.Nh4 Ne6 25.Nf5 Bc7„ With an unclear position in which a sharp tactical battle is ahead. Objectively it seems black is better here, but in practice it is hard to tell what would happen. 26.e5 creating possible threats on g7

24.Ne5 24.Nh4 Ne6 25.e5 Rad8 26.Nf5 c4 The black play on the queenside is stronger than the potential threats white can create

24…Rc8 25.g5 Ne6 26.Ng4 c4 27.dxc4 Bxe4 28.Ng3?? 28.Ngf6+ Was necessary. White is walking a very thin line, but the machine shows that the thin line exists 28…gxf6 29.Nxf6+ Kg7 30.Nxe4 Nxg5 31.fxg5 Rxe4 32.Bh5 Bc7+! 33.Kg2 Bf4! 34.Kf3 Rce8 35.Bxf7 Kxf7 36.Kg4 Rc8 37.Kf5 Re2 38.Kxf4 bxc4 39.Rfd1

28…d3 29.Bd1 Ba8 The weaknesses on the kingside become targets

30.Nf5 Bc7 31.Kg3 Nxf4 32.Rxf4 Re4 33.Nfh6+ Kf8

0–1

Resulting in a second black win for the day.

Peter Doggers and Lawrence Trent during the Hand & Brain tournament

Zwirs,Nico (2443) – Van Haastert,Edwin (2438)

12th Batavia Chess Tournament, 21.02.2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 a6 6.Nbd2 Ba7 7.h3 d6 8.Bb3 0–0 9.Nf1 d5 10.Qe2 Be6 11.Bg5 dxe4 12.dxe4 Bxb3 13.axb3 h6 14.Bh4 Qd6 15.Ne3 Bxe3 16.Qxe3 So far it seems that the balance was held throughout the opening phase of the game.

16…Rad8 17.0–0 Qe6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Rd8 21.Rd5 Rxd5 22.exd5 Ne7 23.c4 Ng6?! 23…c6 In order to maintain the balance it was important to challenge the white grip on the center right away.

24.Qe4 b6 25.h4 a5 26.h5? 26.g3 Depriving black from all counter play before winning the e5–pawn 26…h5 stops h5, but this pawn will become the next target which will not be defendable 27.Kg2 Qe7 28.Qf5± e4! The only move to keep the game alive for black 29.Ng5 e3 30.fxe3 Nf8 31.Kf3 f6 32.Ne4 Qb4 33.d6 c6 34.Qc8 Qxb3 35.Qxc6 Qd1+ 36.Kf2 Qc2+ 37.Ke1 Qd3 (37…Qc1+ 38.Ke2 Qc2+ 39.Nd2+–) 38.Qd5+ Qxd5 39.cxd5 Kf7 40.Kd2±

26…Nf4 27.Nxe5 Nxh5 28.Nc6 Qxb2 29.Qe8+ Kh7 30.Qxf7 Nf6 31.Qxc7?? This pawn snap unfortunatly loses on the spot.

31…Ng4 Suddenly the mating threats are undefendable

0–1

Warakomski,Tomasz (2501) – Bosboom,Manuel (2410)

12th Batavia Chess Tournament, 21.02.2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bd7 This is a side-line that is winning in popularity recently

6.f4 Nc6 7.Nf3 Rc8 8.Bd3 8.e5 is an interesting direct attempt 8…dxe5 9.fxe5 Ng4 10.Bf4 g5 11.Nxg5 Ngxe5÷

8…g6 9.0–0 Bg7 10.Kh1 the first novel position

10…h5 11.Qe1 Nb4 12.Bd2 Ng4 13.h3 Nxd3 14.cxd3 Qb6 15.d4 15.Nd5!? Qd8 (15…Qxb2 Leads to large problems 16.Rb1 Qxa2 17.Rxb7 e6 18.Ng5 Nf6 19.Nxf6+ Bxf6 20.Nxf7+–) 16.f5 gxf5 17.Bg5 Nf6 (17…f6 18.Bh4 Kf7 19.hxg4 hxg4 20.Nh2 It is not clear who is playing for what result here. The white pieces are uncoordinated and the pawns protect the king very well which seems to give enough compensation for black. A very unclear position. See diagram 3.)

18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.Bxf6 exf6 20.exf5+ Kf8 21.Nd4±; 15.hxg4 hxg4+ 16.Nh2 g3 17.Qxg3 Qxb2–+ 18.Qe3 Bxc3 19.Bxc3 Qxc3 would be winning for black as he is a pawn up and the white king is weaker

15…Bb5 16.Nxb5 Qxb5 17.Rc1 Rxc1 18.Qxc1 Qc6 19.Bc3 Qxe4?! 20.d5! White continued the attack in very strong fashion.

20…f6 20…Kf8 21.Re1 Qf5 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.hxg4 hxg4+ 24.Nh2 Qh5 25.Qc3+ Kf8 26.Qg3±

21.Ng5! Qf5 22.hxg4 hxg4+ 23.Kg1 Kd7 24.Qd1 Rc8 25.Qa4+ Kc7 26.Ne6+ Kb8 27.Nxg7 Qxd5 28.f5 Saving the knight

28…g3 29.Qg4 gxf5 30.Nxf5 e5 31.Ne7 Qc5+ 32.Bd4 White liquidates all the necessary material. A very nice finishing touch.

1–0

Manuel Boboom

Admiraal,Miguoel (2501) – Reinderman,Dimitri (2582)

12th Batavia Chess Tournament, 21.02.2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nf3 e6 5.0–0 a6 6.Bd3 Nxf3+ 7.Qxf3 Qc7 8.b3 Bd6 9.Qh3 Ne7 10.Bb2 b5 11.Rae1 the first novel position

11…Be5 Both sides are fighting over control in the centre with their pieces. White can hope to develop an initiative by pushing f4–f5. In order to do this, he will however give up control over the strong e5 square.

12.f4 Bd4+ 13.Kh1 Bb7 14.Nd1 Bxb2 15.Nxb2 Ng6 16.a4 Bc6 17.axb5 axb5 18.f5 Ne5 19.Qg3 g6 20.Be2 0–0–0 21.fxe6 fxe6 22.Qc3 22.Qe3 Qd6 23.c3 h5 24.d4 Ng4 25.Qg1± It seems white is on top here as he controls the centre with his pawns

22…Qd6 23.Nd3 23.b4 cxb4 24.Qe3 h5 (24…Qc7 25.d4 Nc4 26.Nxc4 bxc4 27.Bxc4±) 25.d4 Ng4 26.Qg1 Rhf8 27.Bf3 Rf7 28.Nd3 Rdf8=; 23.Qg3 Aiming back for the position on move 22 seems to be best. Black cannot decide to deviate on account of Nd3 23…Kc7? 24.d4! cxd4 25.c4! dxc3 (25…bxc4 26.bxc4 h5 27.c5 Qxc5 28.Nd3+–) 26.Rd1+–

23…Nxd3 24.Bxd3 Rhf8= Black has managed to equalise

25.Qa5 Qc7 26.Qa6+ Qb7 27.Qa1 d6 28.Rxf8 Rxf8 29.Rf1 Rxf1+ 30.Qxf1 Qg7 31.h3 Kc7 32.Bxb5 Bxe4 33.Bd3 Bc6 34.Be2 Kb6 35.Bf3 35.Qf4 Seems more active without allowing the pin and not allowing the black queen to reach e5

35…Qf6 36.Qd3 Qa1+ 37.Kh2 Qe5+ 38.g3 Bxf3 39.Qxf3 Qe1 40.Qd3 Qf2+ 41.Kh1 d5 Soon white will run out of moves as he cannot exchange queens with Qe3 due to the endgame being lost

42.g4 42.Qe3 Qxe3 43.dxe3 Kb5 44.Kg2 Kb4 45.Kf2 Kc3–+; 42.Qc3 d4 43.Qc4 Qe1+ 44.Kg2 Qxd2+ 45.Kf1 Qe3–+

42…g5 43.c3 h6! A zugzwang position. No matter what white makes, it worsens his position. All pawns moves allow black to move closer and a queen move drops a pawn. See diagram 5.

44.b4 44.c4 d4 45.Qe4 Qf1+ 46.Kh2 d3 47.Qxe6+ Ka5 running away from the checks, after which d2 can be collected; 44.Qe3 Qxe3 45.dxe3 c4 leads to a winning pawn endgame

44…c4 45.Qb1 Qxd2 46.Qa1 Qe3 47.Kg2 Kc7 48.b5 Qb6 49.Qa4 e5 50.Qb4 Qd6 51.b6+ Kc6 52.Qa5 Qd8 53.Qa6 Qxb6 54.Qa8+ Kc7 55.Qa3 Kd7 56.Qa4+ Kd6 57.Qa3+ Ke6 Finding shelter from the checks on the other side of the board, after which the pawns in the centre will run towards their promotion.

58.Kf3 e4+ 59.Ke2 d4 60.cxd4 Qxd4 61.Qa6+ Ke5 62.Qa5+ Kf4 63.Qc7+ Qe5 64.Qxc4 Qb2+ 65.Kf1 Kg3 66.Qc7+ Kxh3 67.Qd6 Qg2+

0–1

A lot of blood was shed in the first round. Surprisingly mainly by the black players. Let us see if this trend will continue in the rounds to come.

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