Chess PGN Game Match played Postny, Evgeny vs Caruana, Fabiano- in EU-ch 12th, Open: King’s Indian – East Indian defence

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Chess PGN Game Match played Postny, Evgeny vs Caruana, Fabiano- in EU-ch 12th, Open: King's Indian - East Indian defence


Match between Postny, Evgeny and Caruana, Fabiano

Event: EU-ch 12th

Variation: King’s Indian – East Indian defence

Pgn File:


[Event “EU-ch 12th”]
[Site “Aix les Bains”]
[Date “2011.03.31”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Postny, Evgeny”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2585”]
[BlackElo “2716”]
[ECO “D93”]
[Annotator “Postny,E”]
[EventDate “2011.03.22”]
[PlyCount “93”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventRounds “11”]
[EventCountry “FRA”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2011.06.27”]

{ Before the game I had 5/8, performing lower than my rating. So, my
objective chances of beating three very strong grandmasters in a row to
qualify for World Cup looked very low. Nevertheless, I didn’t try to win
the game at any cost, but just intended to play normally and see what
happened. }

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Bf4 { I didn’t really expect
Gruenfeld, so I decided to go for the line which I hadn’t played before,
neutralising the preparation of my opponent. } 5… dxc4 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5
Qa5 8. Bxc4 O-O 9. O-O Qxc5 10. Bb3 Nc6 11. Rc1 Qa5 12. h3 Bf5 13. Qe2 Ne4
14. g4 { This is the latest trend. The older main line 14.Nd5 recently
failed to yield White any advantage. } (14. Nd5 e5 15. Bh2 (15. Rxc6 bxc6
16. Ne7+ Kh8 17. Nxc6 Qb6 18. Ncxe5 Be6 { has appeared in many games with
satisfactory results for the second player. }) 15… Be6 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17.
Qc4 Nf6 18. e4 Rac8 19. Ng5 Nd4 20. Ne7+ Kf8 21. Nxe6+ Kxe7 22. Nxd8 Rxc4
23. Bxc4 Ne8 24. Nxf7 b5 25. Bd5 Ne2+ 26. Kh1 Nxc1 27. Rxc1 Qd2 28. Rc8
Qxf2 29. Bg1 Qf1 30. Ra8 Nc7 31. Rxa7 Kd7 $11 { 1/2-1/2 Kramnik,V
(2788)-Kamsky,G (2723)/Moscow 2008/CBM 126 (38) }) 14… Nxc3 15. bxc3 Bd7
16. Rfd1 { The structure has become inferior for White, so his play must be
dynamic and concrete. } 16… Rad8 17. Rd5 Qb6 { Recently, all attention
has switched to 17…Qa3, but the move in the text is also playable. } (
17… Qa3 $1 { The latest games have proved that this is the most precise
way to equality. For instance: } 18. Rcd1 Be6 19. Rxd8 Nxd8 20. Qb5 a6 21.
Qb6 Bxb3 22. axb3 Ne6 23. Be5 Bxe5 24. Nxe5 Qc5 25. Qxc5 Nxc5 26. b4 Ne4
27. Rd7 { 1/2-1/2 Tomashevsky,E (2699)-Svidler,P (2722)/Moscow RUS 2010/The
Week in Chess 841 }) 18. Rb1 Bc8 $2 { In fact, only this is a mistake. } (
18… e6 $1 19. Rdd1 (19. Bc2 $6 Qxb1+ 20. Bxb1 exd5 $15) 19… Na5 20. Bc2
Qc6 21. Ne5 Qc8 $11) 19. Rg5 $1 { [%csl Rb6] This, seemingly awkward move,
is very strong. Black’s queen is practically trapped. I can’t promise that
I would find it over the board, but, in fact I knew it! In my annotations
to the fascinating game Mamedyarov-Sutovsky from the World team
championship 2010 (CBM 134), I pointed out this move as an improvement.
Indeed, the work for ChessBase Magazine pays off sometimes! 🙂 } (19. Rb5
$2 Qa6 20. Bc4 Qa3 21. R5b3 Qc5 22. Rb5 Qa3 23. R5b3 Qc5 24. Rb5 { 1/ 2-1/2
Kasimdzhanov,R (2672)-Svidler,P (2739)/San Sebastian 2009/CBM 132 }) 19…
Be6 { After a long thought Caruana found the only reasonable continuation,
but, of course it’s a serious concession by definition. } (19… Qa6 20.
Qxa6 bxa6 21. Rc5 { is unsatisfactory for Black, as he is practically a
pawn down in a worse position. }) 20. Rb5 (20. Qf1 Bxb3 21. Rxb3 Qa6 22.
Qxa6 bxa6 23. Rc5 { is an alternative way for an advantage, but the move in
the text is more tempting. }) 20… Qa6 21. Bxe6 fxe6 22. Ng5 $6 (22. Qc4 {
was more simple and strong. } 22… Na5 (22… Rd5 23. a4 Na5 24. Qc7 Qc6
25. Qxa5 Rxb5 (25… Bxc3 26. Qc7 Qxc7 27. Bxc7 Rxf3 28. Rxb7 $16) 26. Qxb5
Qxf3 27. Qd7 $16) 23. Qb4 b6 24. Ng5 (24. Qxe7 $6 Rfe8 25. Qb4 Qc8 $44)
24… e5 25. Bxe5 Bxe5 26. Rxe5 Qe2 27. Rf1 Rd1 28. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 29. Kg2 Qd2
30. Ne4 Qxa2 31. Qxe7 Nc6 32. Qe6+ Qxe6 33. Rxe6 { and White should win. })
( { I also considered } 22. Qc2 $6 { with ideas like Nf3-g5xh7 followed by
Rb5-h5+, but it’s clear that this is too slow. }) 22… Na5 23. a4 (23. Bc7
$6 Rd5 24. c4 $140 (24. Bxa5 Rxg5 $11) 24… Nxc4 $1 25. Qxc4 Rxg5 $11)
23… Rc8 $2 ( { Black had to eliminate the knight by } 23… Bf6 24. Qa2 (
24. Ne4 $5) 24… Bxg5 25. Bxg5 Rf7 { Of course, White is better, but
nothing decisive. }) (23… Bxc3 $2 24. Ne4 Qc6 25. Qc2 Bg7 26. Rc5 Qa6 27.
Bc7 Rd5 28. Rxa5 Rxa5 29. Bxa5 Qxa5 30. Rxb7 $18) 24. Qa2 $2 { I played
this move quickly, as this was my plan after 23.a4. } (24. Qd3 $1 {
Surprisingly, Black doesn’t have a satisfactory reply. } 24… Bf6 (24…
Rxc3 25. Qd7 Qc6 26. Qxe6+ Qxe6 27. Nxe6 $18) (24… Rfd8 25. Qe4 $18) 25.
Nxh7 $1 Kxh7 26. Rh5+ Kg7 27. Qxa6 bxa6 28. Rxa5 Rc6 29. Rb7 $18) 24… Nc4
{ Now my queen on a2 is just misplaced. } 25. Rxb7 e5 26. Bg3 Qc6 $1 {
Suddenly, Black’s pieces became active as well. } 27. Qc2 { Consuming a lot
of time at this stage of the game, I realised that I had spoiled most of my
advantage. } (27. Rxe7 $6 { I was trying to make this work, but it doesn’t.
} 27… Bf6 28. Rxh7 (28. Re6 Qd5 $13) 28… Bxg5 29. Rbb7 Bf6 30. Qb1 Bh8
$13) 27… h6 28. Ne4 Kh8 29. R7b3 { Everything backwards just in order to
avoid the annoying fork on a3. } 29… Rfd8 $6 ( { After } 29… Qxa4 30.
Nd2 Nxd2 31. Qxd2 { the position is still in White’s favour, as Black’s
structural defects are permanent. Still, he should have chosen this,
because here, at least, the material is equal. }) 30. Ra1 a6 31. Rbb1 $16 {
Black has reached the maximum activity he could hope for, but there is no
way for him to advance. The mighty knight on e4 covers everything, White’s
king is safe as well. } 31… Rd7 32. Rd1 Rcd8 33. Rxd7 Rxd7 34. Kh2 { A
useful move in general, and also preparing the manoeuvre that followed… }
34… g5 $6 { I didn’t know how to provoke this, but Caruana played it
voluntarily, pleasantly surprising me. It’s, however, easy to criticise,
but very difficult to suggest a constructive improvement. } (34… Kh7 35.
h4 Kh8 36. Qb1 Nd6 37. Nxd6 Rxd6 { with the idea to penetrate with the
queen to f3. Perhaps, this would give Black more chances. }) 35. Qb1 $1 Rb7
36. Qh1 $1 { The point. Spinning around the knight, the queen is getting
activated from the other side. } 36… Rb2 { This activity is illusory. }
37. Rd1 Rb8 (37… Nxe3 $2 38. Rd8+ Kh7 39. Nxg5+ hxg5 40. Qxc6 $18) (37…
Qxa4 $2 38. Rd8+ Kh7 39. Qf3 $18 { [%cal Rf3f5] }) 38. h4 { Now my dreaming
bishop also gets into play. White is winning. } 38… gxh4 39. Bxh4 Qg6 40.
Qf3 Rf8 41. Qg2 Rf7 (41… Nd6 42. Nxd6 exd6 43. Be7 $18) 42. Rd7 Nb6 43.
Rd8+ Kh7 44. Nc5 Bf6 { This loses quicker than I expected, but, the best
Black could do is to prolong the resistanse. } 45. Bxf6 Rxf6 46. a5 $1 Nc4
47. Nd7 { Followed by the fork on f8. } 1-0

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