Nickel,Arno (2586) - Hydra Chimera (C) [B48]
Corr. Chess Match Abu Dhabi/Berlin, 16.09.2004
Semi-"live" comments and analysis.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6
See also previous
games Hydra vs. GM E. Vladimirov and vs. Shredder.
3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3
Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2
The so-called "English
Attack" which plans to castle queen-side and to push forward
at the king-side. Hydra's book author GM Christopher Lutz
regards this system to be one of the
most challenging against the Taimanov Sizilian, as he said
after the game.
8.0-0-0 Bb4 9.f3 Ne5 10.Nb3 b5 11.Qe1
Other moves like 11.Kb1 or 11.Bd4 would lead to more typical
The text move does not only intend to put the queen on the
king-side, but also includes
the threat Nc3xb5. This is why the bishop usually draws back
to e7. The engame after
11...Bxc3 12.Qxc3 Qxc3 13.bxc3 cannot be recommended for
White enjoys the more active play and will be able to get
rid of his double pawn.
11...Be7 12.f4 Nc4 13.e5 Ng4
14.Bd4 # 14...0-0!?N
15.h3 Nh6 16.Qf2+/= Rb8 (16...Bb7 17.Bxc4 bxc4 see:
Grischuk-J. Geller, Sotschi 2004, Russ. (tch), 1-0 after 27
(17...Qxc4 18.Bc5+/- Ribli) ) 17.Ba7 Rb7 18.Bc5
Bxc5 19.Nxc5 Rb6 20.Bxc4 bxc4
21.N3a4 see: Perez Candelario-B.Damljanovic, Spain, (tch),
1-0 after 76 moves..;
14...Bb7 15.Bd3 d6 (15...f5 16.h3 Nh6 17.Rg1 Rc8 18.g4?!
(18.Qf2+/= Ftacnik) 18...b4
19.Na4 Bf3 20.gxf5 Nxf5 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Nac5 Bxd1 23.Qxd1©
Karjakin-Grabliauskas, Dos Hermanos 2004, 1-0 after 55
16.Qg3 dxe5 17.fxe5 h5 18.h3 Nh6 19.Kb1 g6 Vokarev-J.Geller,
(3.Herbst-Open) 2004, 1-0 nach 35 Zugen.
[15.h3 Nh6 16.g4 Bb7
17.Rg1 d6~~; 15.Qg3 Nh6 16.Bd3 Bb7 17.Ne4 Nf5 18.Qh3~~
(18.Nf6+ Bxf6 19.Bxf5 Be7 20.Bd3~~) ; 15.Bxc4 bxc4
[16.Qg3 see 15.Dg3]
In case of r moves,
e.g. with the h1-rook or with the queen, I always expected
moves d7-d6 or f7-f6. The text move provokes 17...d5, in
order to start an attack at the
king-side while the centre is kept close. However Black has
a strong knight at c4. The white knight at d2 makes his way
from the queen- to the king-side, where he will be more
17...d5 18.g4 Rac8
18...Rfc8 would mean
to give up the idea of a counter play in the f-file, but
Black could intensify his pressure at the queen-side.
19.Rhg1 b4 20.Ncb1
20.Na4? Bc6 21.Nc5 Bb5
dxc4 22.Bxc4 Bf3 23.Qxf3 Rxc4 24.b3 Rc7 25.Kb2 Rfc8
manoeuvre, though other moves came into consideration.
Black's attack at the queen-side.; 21.Rg3 Protecting the
third rank and opting for Rh3.;
21.f5?! Bg5=/+ This wouldn't be possible with a white knight
The main idea, intending f5-f6.
22...Kh8?! This is
what some other chess engines would play instead. However
prophylaxis seems to be unnedessary, as in fact Black hasn't
to be afraid of 23.fxe6?!.
White wishes to keep
control of the square d4 and the diagonale g1/a7. The
disadvantage is, that he has to invest an extra tempo in
comparison to 23.Bxc5. [23.fxe6?! fxe6 24.Bxh7+ Kxh7 25.Ng5+
Kg8 26.Qd3 Rf5! # 27.gxf5 What else? (27.Nxe6? Bxd4
28.Qxd4 Qc6 29.gxf5 Nxf5-/+) 27...Bxd4 Threatens a mate
at b2. 28.Qxd4 Nxf5 29.Qf2 Qxe5 30.c3 a3-/+ (30...Nce3)
; 23.Bxc5!? Qxc5 24.f6 would be playable for White, but
at the same time take all pressure from Black.]
Here the consequences
of Bxd4 had to be analysed, though there wasn't mcuh time
(we played with Fischer time: 20 days for the game and in
addition 2 days per move).
The following variations illustrate what could have happen
instead of 23...a3?!.
In my opinion Hydra
should have followed the idea
would only lead do a
different move order.a) 24...f6!? 25.exf6
(25.Rde1?! would be too passive.) 25...e5
(25...Rxf6 26.Rde1 Re8 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.Qxe5 Qxe5 29.Rxe5 Nf7
30.Rxe6 Rexe6 31.fxe6 Rxe6
with slightly better
play for White.)
26.Qf2 e4 27.Bxc4 Qxc4
(27...exf3 28.Bd3 b3 29.axb3 axb3 30.fxg7 Rf7 31.c3
Qf4+~~) 28.Nd4 Qxa2 29.Rg3 (29.fxg7 Rf6 30.g5 a3
31.bxa3 bxa3 32.gxf6 Qb2+ 33.Kd2 a2 34.Na3 Qb4+ 35.Ke2 Ba6+
would be a drawback
for White.) ;
25.axb3 axb3 26.c3 f6 (26...Qa5 would be mor ambitious
(27.Qf4?! Nxb2 28.Kxb2 Ba6->) 27...Rc6~~) 27.exf6 Rxf6
28.Rde1 Re8 29.Ne5~~ Nxe5 (29...Nf7!?) 30.Qxe5 Qxe5
31.Rxe5 Nf7 32.Rxe6 Rexe6 33.fxe6 Rxe6
with a similiar
endgame as after 24...f6, once again in favour of White..;
c) 24...Kh8 also this prophylactical move came into
consideration in order to clear the square g8 for the
White should probably overprotect the pawn e5 by 25.Tde1.
After that all ideas would have to be discussed once again.;
24.b3? Nb2-/+ cannot
be risked by White.
24...Qb6!? with the
idea to sacrify the b-pawn for counter play.
This would have been more active, athough White could also
f5-f6: 25.axb4 Qxb4 26.f6 Qb2+ (26...Bxd4?! 27.Qxd4 Ra8
28.Qc3 Qc5 29.Nd4+/-
and Black's counter play at the queen-side is too slow
in face of the strong threat g4-g5.)
27.Bxb2 Bxf2 28.Bd4! and Black would not enjoy winning
the exchange. In case of trading the bishops on d4 White
would also get the better ending.]
25.Qxd4 bxa3 26.f6 Ba6 Re-activating the passive bishop
and clearing the b-file.
Necessary in order to
get rid of Black's pressure. 27...Qxc4 [27...Bxc4
This knight guarantees White a superb game. Black cannot
expel it from it's central position,
where the knight is useful for both, attack and defence. In
comparison Black's minor
pieces make a poor impression.
29...Ra8 30.Rg3 Bxa2 31.Nxa3 Rfb8
Hydra's moves appear
logical, but without real pressure. On the other hand
31...Ra4 looks more aggressive, but neglects the development
of the f8-rook.
After that the g3-rook is no longer bound the g-pawn and is
more active play e.g. in the c-file.
move, which costs Black a tempo, as will be shown soon.
White's way to win gets even more easy and impressive after
that. Black should have
better tried ...Rb4, perhaps playing first 32...gxf6
gxf6 34.exf6 Rb6 35.Rc3 Kh8 36.Rc6 Rb4 37.Nab5 e5 38.Nd6
A contribution to the subject "back rank weakness". White
sacrifies the knight d4, but
Black has to pay back with compound interest, as otherwise
he would be mated.
38...exd4 39.Ra3 Rb1+ 40.Kd2 Rab8 41.Rxa2 Rf1 42.Rb6 Rg8
More tenacious but
also hopelessly would have been
42...Rf8 43.Ra5 Rxf6 44.g5 Rf2+ 45.Ke1 Rxc2 46.gxh6+-
and Hydra Chimera resigned
after a half year's struggle on 29th March 2005.
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