Monday, October 03, 2005

IM Miodrag Perunovic presents...

Miodrag is good friend of mine. He is WCN Site Pro and he's also writing column on openings theory for "Chess Chronicle" magazine.

Miodrag will be sending analysed games when he finds some spare time. I won't press him... too much :-)

Landa - Shaposnikov [B19]
Aeroflot, Moskow
Comments by IM Miodrag Perunovic

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5

This line is the most popular line in Caro-Kan almost 20 years ... Karpov, Anand and many others used to play this variation with Black pieces in the past .Why? Position is pretty solid, with healthy pawn structure and in most of lines game will be drawish. Practical results are also good for Black.

In short, White has to play very good to earn significant edge in this slightly better position . But this game will show you some important and amazing ideas which White have found lately! I decided to present you a game, played few months ago on Aeroflot tournament, between Landa and Shaposhnikov. Enjoy!

5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7

White has waited all the time to see if Black will play e6 or Nf6, but after Nd7 (preventing Ne5), White has enough of reason to play h5 and gain more space on the king's side.

8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6

This move became extremely popular in the last few years! After e6 Black doesn't want to show his real intentions- will he play Ngf6 or Bb4. Anand and some top players like to play it from time to time. They have some really good results in practice!


Specialists for this move are Anand (he plays this line with both colours), Leko and other top players. With Bf4 White prevents Qc7 and takes diagonal h2-b8 which is nice positional point. Another possibility is 11.Bd2 - with transpositions to the main line in most of occasions.


[11...Bb4 12.c3 Be7 13.0-0-0 Ngf6 14.Ne5+/= Also slightly better for White; 11...Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Nd5 13.Bd2 Nb4 14.Qb3 a5 15.a3 a4 16.Qe3+/= ]

12.Bd2 Bb4 13.c3 Be7 14.c4 Qa6

[14...Bb4?! At first glance this move looks logical but it weakens d6 spot after 15.Ne4! ; 14...Qc7 This move is really fashionable in last months...but i think White gets nice edge after 15.d5! with initiative]

15.0-0 Rd8?!

Not the best move. [15...Ngf6 16.Rfe1 0-0 17.Nf5 Rfe8 18.Nxe7 Rxe7+/= and according to analyses of Leko, White has nothing to worry about in this slightly better position]


Quite logical move.Idea is a4 and a5, or a4 and b5, depends on Black's moves...

16...Ngf6 17.a4! Qb6 18.Rfe1!

Another important move.After Rfe1 - storm is ready to demolish Black's nice looking position !

18...0-0 19.Nf5! Rfe8 20.Nxg7!!

I am pretty sure Black wasn't aware what will happen in next few moves....

20...Kxg7 21.Rxe6!!

Do I need to comment anything after Re6!?


[21...Nf8 22.Bxh6! Kxh6 23.Qe3 Kh7 24.Rxe7 ; 21...Bf8!? (This was interesting move. Definitely better than taking on e6...But who would suppose what is idea of Re6!) 22.a5 Qc7 23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Nh4 Kg8 25.Nf5 ]

22.Bxh6!! Kh8 [22...Kxh6 23.Qg6# ]

23.Bg7+!! 1-0

Amazing game. Landa has found fantastic idea against this line of Caro-Kan and Black has to be worried about this line! I think future is not so bright after this game! That was classical demonstration of power mixed with great theoretical preparation! Thank you all and see you next time with some great games as well.

23...Kxg7 24.Qg6 Kf8 [24...Kh8 25.Ng5 Rf8 26.h6 ] 25.Ng5

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