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Subject: Champions League for Teams

In this tournament, there is a Team called:

Peace: Power that preserves, consiosting of 4 players from Chess and also the Captain Daniel kumpan is from GK. They players are:

Board 4 carlosmart
Board 3 harpov
Board 2 nestorix
Board 1 cairo

In the latest number Chess Mail, my opponent in one of the games, had CC Grandmaster Michel Lecroq, (ML) to annotate our game, I give you the game here with notes:

White: Soren Ottesen Denmark (SRO)
Black: Jean-Michel Refalo France (JMR)

French Defence, Steinitz Variation C11

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5
6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qd2 b5 9.dxc5 b4 10.Na4 Qa5
11.Nb6 Nxb6 12.cxb6 Bc5 13.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.Qf2 Qxf2+ 15.Kxf2 Rb8
16.Bd3 Rxb6 17.g3 Ke7 (JMR) (I don't like position after 17.... a5 18.a3 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Rxa6 20.axb4 Nxb4 21.Nd4)
18.Rhb1 Bd7 19.c4 bxc3 20.bxc3 Rhb8
21.Rxb6 Rxb6 22.Rb1 Rxb1 23.Bxb1 (ML) (White has a space advantage and is able to keep his pawns on dark squares. The d4-square is a way for the white King to go to the queenside, the Bishop is very active, the a- and c-pawns are an exploitable weakness. Black has a so�id pawn structure, but on light squares so the Bishop is bad and hard to improve. I prefer white's position, but I don't see a forced win.)
23.... Na7 (ML) (certainly the most active, this move releases the Bishop.) (JMR) (I also analysed 23.... Na5 but 24.Bd3 is unpleasant: 24.... Nb7 (24.... Bb5? 25.Bxb5 axb5 26.Nd4+- and win) 25.Ke3! and keeping pressure on the black position. (Not 25.Bxa6 Nc5 followed by .... Ne4, recoverring the c3-pawn.)
24.Bd3 Bb5 (JMR) (My opponent plays very quickly a real machine gun! Deliberately, I give up my h7-pawn, considering the imprisoned Bishop a sufficient compensation- though not enough to win, as my own pieces are distant and not very active. Yet for me it was the only way to fight for a win.)
25.Bxh7 (JMR) (I was sure he would do it!)
25.... g6 26.Ng5 Kf8 (JMR) (I cannot allow 27.Bg8)
27.h4 Kg7 28.g4 Bd7 (ML) (This move seems to be very passive and black would prefer to play 28.... Bc4 but after 29.h5 the analyses are not convincing:
a) 29.... Bxa2 30.Bxg6 fxg6 31.Nxe6 Kf7 32.Ng5 Kg8 33.e6 Nc6 (33.... Nc8; 33.... Nb5) and now:
a1) 34.hxg6 Bb1 35.f5 a5 36.Ke3 a4 37.Kd2 a3 38.Kc1 a2 39.Kb2 Kg7 40.Nf3 Ne7 41.Nd4 Kf6 42.Ka1 Kg7 43.Nb5 Kf6 44.Nc7Bxf5=)
a2) 34.f5 gxf5 35.gxf5 d4 36.cxd4 Kg7 37.Ke3 a5 38.Ne4 (38.Ke4 a4 39.d5 Bxd5 40.Kxd5 a3 41.Ne4 Ne7 42.Kc4=) 38..... a4 39.f6 Kg8 40.e7 (40.f7 Kf8 41.h6 Ne7 42.Nc5 Bxe6 43.h7 Ng6 44.Nxe6 Kxf7 45.Nf4 Nh8=) 40.... Bf7 41.h6 Nb4 42.Kd2 Nd5 43.Kc1 a3 44.Kb1 Kh8 45.Nd6 Bg6 46.Ka2 Nxf6=.
b) 29....gxh5 30.gxh5 Bxa2 31.Bd3
b1) 31.... Bc4 32.h6 Kxh6 33.Nxf7 Kg7 34.Bxc4 dxc4 35.Nd8 Nb5 36.Nxe6 Kg6 37.Ke3 Nxc3=.
b2) 31.... Nb5 32.h6 Kxh6 33.Nxf7 Kg7 34.Bxb5 axb5 35.Nd6 Bc4 small + for white.
b3) 31.... a5 32.h6 Kh6 33.Nxf7 Kh5 34.Nd8 d4 35.Be2 Kg6 36.c4 a4 37.Bd3 Kh5 38.Nxe6 Nc6 39.Kg3 a3 40.Ng7 Kh6 41.Nf5 Kh5 42.Be4 Nb4 small + for white. (but not 42.... Bxc4? 43.Bxc6 a2 44.Be8 with a quick mate!) Those variations, not exhaustive, show that the white Bishop sacrifice is correct. The low activity of the Bishop and the rigidity of the pawn structure embarrass black. They save the day only with a pawn pressure.
29.Ke3 Nb5 30.Kd3 Na3 31.h5 Nc4 (ML) (another ide is 31.... Bb5 32.Kd4 Be2 but 33.h6 Kh8 34.f5 and 34.... Bxg4? is very bad 35.Bxg6! fxg6 36.f6 with a quick mate!)
32.Kd4 Nd2 33.hxg6 (ML) (33.h6 achieves nothing 33.... Kxh6 34.Bg8 Ne4 35.Nxe4 dxe4 36.Bxf7 Kg7 37.Bxg6 Kxg6 38.Kxe4 Bc6)
33.... fxg6 34.f5 exf5 35.e6 Be8 (ML) (Other moves are not better:
a) 35.... Bxe6 36.Nxe6 Kxh7 37.gxf5 gxf5 38.Kxd5 Ne4 39.Kd4 Kg6=;
b) 35.... Bc6 36.gxf5 gxf5 37.Ke5 Nc4 38.Kxf5 a5 with a small + for white;
c) 35.... Ba4 36.gxf5 gxf5 37.Ke5 Nc4 38.Kxd5 Ne3 39.Kd4 with a small + for white;
d) 35.... Bb5 36.gxf5 gxf5 37.Bxf5 (37.Ke5? Ne4!) 37.... Kf6 38.Bd3 Bxd3 39.Kxd3 Nc4 40.Kd4 Kxg5 with a small + for white.
36.gxf5 gxf5 37.Ke5 (ML) (The more agressive 37.Bxf5 is met by 37.... Kf6 38.Bd3 Kxg5 39.Bxa6 Kf6=.
37.... Nb1 (ML) (To eliminate the pawn, a good way to draw. Instead:
a) 37.... Ne4 38.Nxe4 fxe4 39.Bf5 Bh5 40.e7 Kf7 41.Kd6 e3 42.Be6 Kf6 43.Bg4 Be8 44.Bd1 a5=;
b) 37....Kh6? 38.Kf6 f4 (38.... Ne4 39.Nx4 fxe4 40.Bf5 e3 41.Bd3 an winning) 39.Bd3 f3 40.Nh3 is better for white.
38.Bxf5 Nxc3 39.Nh7 (ML) (The only winning try for white)
39.... Nxa2 40.Nf6 Bf7 (ML) ( an effective way to end the game. White will draw with a piece more, which shows how difficulty of winning this sort of ending.
41.exf7 Kxf7 42.Nxd5 (42.Be6 Ke7 43.Bxd5 Nb4 44.Bb7 a5=)
42.... a5 43.Be6+ Kg7 44.Ne3 Nb4 45.Nc4

Who said that a draw is boring :-))

To get the full value of this game an annotations, you need to play thru on a board.

Best wishes

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Thank you for posting this fine game and congratulations on the success of the team. It is only too bad that chessmail is closing down. I'm not sure there is anything to replace it (at least in English).

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Good game...

Message: especially fine endgame.

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