Rozentalis - Epishin

(1) Rozentalis,E (2565) - Epishin,V (2590) [C02]
URS-ch57 Leningrad, 1990
[Fritz 6 (120s)]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 although the game started looking like a Sicilian Defense, it has transposed to the Advance Variation of the French Defense. With the Advance Variation White reduces Black's options by varying before the Winawer Variation or the Classical French Defense can be reached. MB 4...Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 [ 5...Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 is the traditional move order to reach the Milner-Barry Gambit. MB ( An old trap that Black must avoid is 7...Nxd4?? 8.Nxd4 Qxd4?? 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Qxd4 Bxb5+- MB) ] 6.Bd3 White plays the most natural move, but to do so must gambit the important d-pawn. Thus begins the Milner-Barry Gambit, popular at club level, but viewed with suspicion at grandmaster level. Less risky alternatives include 6. Be2, 6. a3, and 6. dc. MB 6...cxd4 7.cxd4 Qb6 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 Less common alternatives are 10.Re1 and 10.Qe2. MB 10...a6 The most solid move: Black takes the time to guard b5 against intrusion by the White knight or bishop. MB [ 10...Qxe5 To be considered during another Study Group session. MB; 10...Qb6 11.a4 a5 12.Be3 Bc5 13.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.Rc1 Qb6 15.Qg4 Kf8 16.Nxd5 Qxb2 17.Nc7 Rc8 18.Bb5 Qxe5 19.Nxe6+ fxe6 20.Bxd7 Rxc1 21.Rxc1 Kf7 22.Kf1 h5 23.Qc4 Qd5 24.Qc8 e5 25.Qe8+ Kf6 26.Qd8+ Ne7 27.Qxh8 Mohring-Forintos/Halle/1-0; 10...Ne7 11.Nb5 Qxe5 12.Re1 Qb8 13.Qf3 Bxb5 14.Bxb5+ Nc6 15.Qxd5 Qd6 16.Qg5 h6 17.Qg4 g5 18.Be3+/- from 'The Modern Milner-Barry Sacrifice' by Eugene Salome and James Bickford (two experts, not masters), published by Syzygy Software (!). MB; 10...Bb4 11.Nb5 Qxe5 12.Qg4 Ba5 13.Bf4 Nh6 14.Qg3 Qh5 15.Qxg7 Rg8 ; 10...Bb4 11.Nb5 Qxe5 12.Qg4 Ba5 13.Bf4 Nh6 14.Qg3 Qh5 15.Qxg7 Rg8 16.Qxh6 Qg4 17.Bg3 a6 18.Nd6+ Ke7 19.Qe3 Bb4 20.Nf5+ Kottnauer-Palmer/England/1-0] 11.Qe2 Qh4 [ 11...Ne7 The main line, to be considered during another Study Group session. MB 12.Kh1 Nc6 13.f4 Nb4 ( 13...Bc5 14.Bd2 Nb4 15.Bb1 Ba7 16.a3 Nc6 17.Bd3 g6 18.b4 Qb6 19.Rab1 Nd4 20.Qd1 Rc8 21.Na4 Bxa4 22.Qxa4+ Nb5 23.g4 h5 24.Rbc1 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 hxg4 26.Rc5 Kf8 27.Be1 Kg7 28.Bxb5 axb5 29.Qxb5 Qxb5 30.Rxb5 Be3 31.Kg2 Bxf4 32.Bg3 Bxg3 33.hxg3 Ra8 34.Rxb7 Rxa3 35.b5 Re3 36.Rc7 Rb3 37.Rb7 g5 38.b6 Kg6 39.Kf2 d4 40.Ke2 Rxg3 Soylu,S-Lputian,S/Manila ol (Men) 1992/0-1) 14.Bb1 ( 14.Rd1 Nxd3 15.Rxd3 Qc4 16.b3 Qc7 17.Bb2 b5 ( 17...Bc6 18.Rc1 Rd8 19.Qf2 Be7 20.Ne2 0-0 21.Nd4 Qd7 22.f5 exf5 23.Rg3 g6 24.Qf4 Rfe8 25.Nxf5 Bf8 26.Bd4 Re6 27.Nh6+ Bxh6 28.Qxh6 Rde8 29.Rf1 Qe7 30.Rh3 f5 31.exf6 Qf7 32.Qxh7+ Sveshnikov,E-Razuvaev,Y/GMA-Open Belgrade 1988/1-0) 18.Qd2 b4 19.Ne2 Bb5 20.Rc1 Qb7 21.Rf3 Bxe2 22.Qxe2 g6 23.g4 h5 24.Rh3 Bh6 25.g5 Bf8 26.f5 gxf5 27.Rxh5 d4+ 28.Kg1 d3 29.Qd1 Rxh5 30.Qxh5 d2 31.Rc2 Rd8 32.Qd1 Qe4 Mercs,P-Knott,S/BCF-ch 86th Scarborough 1999 (1)/0-1) 14...Qc4 15.Qd1 d4 16.Ne4 d3 17.Nc3 Nc2 18.Bxc2 dxc2 19.Qe2 Qxe2 20.Nxe2 Bb5 21.Re1 Bb4 22.Nc3 Rd8 23.a3 Bxc3 24.bxc3 Rd3 25.Kg1 Rxc3 26.a4 Bd3 27.a5 Ke7 28.Kf2 Bf5 29.Be3 Rd8 30.h3 h5 31.Ke2 Rd5 32.Ra4 Kd7 33.Rc1 Kc6 34.Bd2 Rb3 35.Raa1 Kb5 36.Be3 Rb1 37.Bd2 h4 38.Ke3 Rd3+ 39.Ke2 Rg3 40.Kf2 Be4 41.Rg1 Rxa1 42.Rxa1 Rxg2+ 43.Ke3 Bf5 44.Rc1 Rg3+ Shah,A-Whiteley,A/Hampstead IM3 1998 (1)/0-1] 12.f4 Nh6 White wants to play f5; Black plays to prevent it. MB 13.Be3 Rc8 14.Rf3 Bc5 15.Bxc5 Rxc5 16.Raf1 Qe7 17.Rh3 Nf5 18.Qf2 Bc6 19.g4 d4 20.Nd1 Ne3 Black finally returns the extra pawn to take the sting out of White's attack. MB 21.Nxe3 dxe3 22.Qxe3 Ra5 last book move 23.a3 [ 23.Rxh7 Rxh7 24.Bxh7 Rxa2-/+ ] 23...g6 Black has effectively prevented White from playing f5 by pressuring the e-pawn (indirectly with the queen and rook) and by being ready to grab the g-file when it opens (after f5 and gf,gf). Notice that Black is in no hurry to castle. MB [ 23...Qd7 24.Bc4= ( 24.Rxh7 Rxh7 25.Bxh7 Qd5=/+ ) ] 1/2-1/2

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