FrenchC11

Short N. (2680)
Morozevich A. (2700)

53rd Tornei di Capodanno (2)
Reggio Emilia, 2010


The 53rd edition of this traditional tournament which this year managed to reach even category 18, is one of the strongest ever. From 10 invited players five were already guests in this prestigious event, but other five are real newcomers. Among them, a player with the highest reputation in the chess world is certainly English GM Nigel Short, once Kasparov's challenger in the match for the World Champion title. It is interesting that he is also the first English player ever who came in Reggio Emilia. His start here is really a dream one. Being a bit favored by the fact that a drawing of lots gave him white in the first two games, he managed to take the lead with perfect score. While his win against Gashimov in the first round came after a very good game, today's win against Morozevich was a kind of game ideal for those who like horror movies.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. dxc5 This is one of the very old lines in the French Defence which was played already by the first World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz. In our days it is really a rare guest in tournaments . The reason? Well, according to Nigel, who made "post festum" comments in our anlysing room, he wanted to play something less known and besides this line makes him a lot of problems when playing black on the internet. 6... Nc6 7. a3 Bxc5 8. Qg4 With this move White declares his plan to organize an attack against Black's king. 8... O-O 9. Bd3 Qe7 With a clear plan to destroy white centre in a typical French style by playing f7-f6. 9... f5 10. Qh3 Qb6 11. Nge2 Bf2+ 12. Kf1 Nc5 13. b4 Nxd3 14. Na4 Qa6 15. Qxd3 Qxa4 16. Kxf2 is more or less equal. 10. Bd2 The alternative was 10. Nf3 f6 11. Qh4 h6 12. exf6 Nxf6 13. Qg3 10... f6 11. Qh4 h6 12. exf6 Nxf6 13. O-O-O 13. Nf3 e5 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. O-O-O leads to the same position as in the game. 13... e5 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Nf3 Nxd3+ 16. cxd3 b5 Starting the action against white king who doesn't feel safe at all, but a normal developing move like 16... Bf5 was also worth considering. In both cases it is alreadey clear that White misplayed completely the opening. 17. Rhe1 Qb7 18. Be3 Bxe3+ 19. Rxe3 a5 20. Rde1 White would like very much to establish a grip on black squares, but after 20. Qd4 b4 21. axb4 axb4 22. Ne2 Ng4 his rook would be traped. 20... b4 21. Re7 Qb6 21... Qa6 was maybe even stronger. However, even after the text move White is objectively completely lost. 22. axb4 axb4 23. Nd1 Bg4 Black misses his first opportunity for a decisive blow: 23... Ne4! 24. R1xe4 (24. dxe4 Rxf3 25. gxf3 Ra1+) 24... dxe4 25. Rxe4 Ra1+ 26. Kd2 Ba6 27. Rxb4 Qg6 but 23... Ra1+ 24. Kd2 Qc5 was killing as well. 24. Kd2 b3 25. Ke2 White king is looking desperately for some place to hide. 25... Ra4 26. Qg3 Nh5 27. Qe5 Rf5 27... Bxf3+ 28. gxf3 Nf4+ followed by 29...Qg6, was an other missed forced win. 28. Qc3 Bxf3+ 29. gxf3 d4 Missing a third momentum, 29... Rh4 looks more to the point. 30. Re8+ Kh7 31. Qc8 Nf4+ 32. Kf1 Qb5 33. Nf2










With his last 4 moves Black managed to complicate his life considerably, and now in time trouble blunders a diabolical tactics: 33... Nxd3?? 34. Rh8+ Kg6 35. Qe6+ Kh5










35... Rf6 36. Qe4+ Qf5 37. Qxf5+ Rxf5 38. Nxd3 Rxf3+ 39. Ke2 Re3+ 40. Kd2 was hopeless as well. 36. Rb8!! After this tactical blow Black is just lost. 36... Qe5 37. Rxe5 Ra1+ 38. Re1 But not 38. Kg2?? Nf4+ 39. Kg3 Rg1# 38... Rxe1+ 39. Qxe1 Nxe1 40. Kxe1 Rxf3 41. Rd8 Re3+ 42. Kf1 Rc3 The last try to avoid the inevitable doesn't work. 43. bxc3 dxc3 43... b2 44. Rd5+ g5 45. Rb5 dxc3 46. Nd3 44. Nd3 La commedia, or should we say tragedia, e finita! 1-0 [GM Miso Cebalo]










 

SicilianB33

Navara D. (2708)
Caruana F. (2709)

53rd Torneo di Capodanno (2)
Reggio Emilia, 2010


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 O-O 12. Nc2 Rb8 13. Be2 Bg5 14. O-O Be6 15. Ncb4 Qc8 16. Qd3 Nxb4 17. Nxb4 a5 18. Nd5 Qd7 19. Rad1 Rfc8 20. Qg3 Qd8 21. a3 h6 22. Bg4 Rc5 23. Bxe6 fxe6 24. Ne3 Qe7 25. Rd3 Rf8 26. f3 Bh4 27. Qg6 Rf6 28. Qh5 Rf8 29. Rfd1 Rc6 30. g3 Bg5 31. Nc2 Qd7 32. h4 Bd8 33. Kg2 Qe7 34. Qg4 Bb6 35. h5 Kh8 36. Kh3 Rf7 37. Ne1 a4 38. Ng2 Bc7 39. f4 Rc4 40. Nh4 Kh7 41. fxe5 dxe5 42. Rd7 Qe8 43. Qg6+ Kg8 44. R1d3 Rc6 45. Rxf7 Qxf7 46. Qxf7+ Kxf7 47. Rd7+ Kf6 48. Ng6 Bd6 49. Kg4 Rb6 50. Nh8 Be7 51. Rd3 Bc5 52. Rf3+ Ke7 53. Rf7+ Ke8 54. Rxg7 Be3 55. Rg8+ Ke7 56. Ng6+ Kf6 57. Rf8+ Kg7 58. Rf3 Bc1 59. Rf2 Rd6 60. Rc2 Rd1 61. Nxe5 Re1 62. Nc6 Rxe4+ 63. Kf3 Re1 64. Nd4 e5 65. Nxb5 e4+ 66. Kg4 e3 67. c4 Bd2 68. c5 Rd1 69. Nd4 Ba5 70. Nf5+ 1-0










 

SicilianB48

Gashimov V. (2733)
Movsesian S. (2721)

53rd Torneo di Capodanno (2)
Reggio Emilia, 2010


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Be7 9. f4 b5 10. Bd3 b4 11. Na4 Rb8 12. Kb1 d6 13. b3 O-O 14. Nxc6 Qxc6 15. Rhe1 Qc7 16. Qe2 Bd7 17. Nb2 Bb5 18. Bd4 Qc6 19. Qf3 Rfc8 1/2-1/2










 

QGDD12

Ivanchuk V. (2764)
Vallejo Pons F. (2698)

53rd Torneo di Capodanno (2)
Reggio Emilia, 2010


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Be2 Nbd7 8. g3 Bd6 9. O-O Ne4 10. f3 Nxg3 11. hxg3 Bxg3 12. Ng2 Qg5 13. Rf2 1/2-1/2










 

ScotchC45

Godena M. (2549)
Onischuk A. (2683)

53rd Torneo di Capodanno (2)
Reggio Emilia, 2010


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Nd2 d5 7. exd5 cxd5 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. O-O Be7 11. b3 O-O 12. Bb2 Rfe8 13. Qf3 Ng4 14. h3 Bf6 15. Bxf6 Nxf6 16. Rfe1 Qd6 17. Qc3 c5 18. Nf3 h6 19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. Re1 Re4 21. Qa5 Qe7 22. Kf1 g6 23. Qc3 d4 24. Qd2 Kg7 25. Rxe4 Qxe4 26. Qe2 Qf5 27. a4 Ne4 28. Qd3 a5 29. Qa6 Nc3 30. Qd3 Qf4 31. g3 Qf6 32. Nd2 Qe6 33. Kg2 Qe1 34. Nf3 Qe7 35. Nd2 Qe1 36. Nf3 Qe6 37. Nd2 Nd5 38. Qe4 Qxe4+ 39. Nxe4 c4 40. bxc4 Nb6 41. Nd2 Kf6 42. c5 Nxa4 43. Nb3 Ke5 44. c6 Kd6 45. Nxa5 Nb2 46. Kf3 d3 47. cxd3 Nxd3 48. Nc4+ Kxc6 49. Ke3 Nc5 50. Ne5+ Kd5 51. Nxf7 h5 52. Nh8 g5 53. Nf7 Ne4 54. h4 gxh4 55. gxh4 Nc5 56. Kf4 Nd3+ 57. Kg5 Ke6 58. Nd8+ Kd7 59. Nb7 Nxf2 60. Kxh5 Ke7 61. Kg6 Kf8 62. h5 Nd3 63. h6 Ne5+ 64. Kf5 1/2-1/2