Chess PGN Game Match played Vladimir Epishin vs Nigel D Short- in Sigeman & Co 10th, Open: Queen’s pawn

Chess PGN Game Match played Vladimir Epishin vs Nigel D Short- in Sigeman & Co 10th, Open: Queen's pawn


Match between Vladimir Epishin and Nigel D Short

Event: Sigeman & Co 10th

Variation: Queen’s pawn

Eco code: D37

Pgn File:


[Event “Sigeman & Co 10th”]
[Site “Malmo”]
[Date “2002.06.13”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Epishin, Vladimir”]
[Black “Short, Nigel D”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2606”]
[BlackElo “2673”]
[ECO “D37”]
[Annotator “Stohl,I”]
[EventDate “2002.06.06”]
[PlyCount “56”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “9”]
[EventCountry “SWE”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2002.09.20”]
[EventCategory “13”]

1. d4 { Dautov. McShane } 1… e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O
6. e3 c5 { The most usual continuation. But recently especially due to
Lputian and Vaganian another move has become popular: } (6… Nbd7 $5 {
Black’s idea is to play c5 and retake more actively with the N, this works
well after most neutral moves. } { The space advantage also doesn’t promise
White anything concrete: } 7. c5 (7. Bd3 { or }) (7. Be2 { allows Black to
win a tempo with } 7… dxc4 ( { deserving attention is also } 7… c5 $5
8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5 exd5 10. O-O a6 $1 11. dxc5 Nxc5 12. Nd4 Bf6 13. Bf3
Ne6 14. Nxe6 Bxe6 15. Qb3 Qd7 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17. Rac1 Rac8 18. h3 Rc6 19.
Rxc6 Qxc6 20. Rd2 Qc1+ 21. Rd1 Qxb2 22. Qxb2 Bxb2 23. Rb1 Bf6 24. Rxb7 g5
25. Bc7 Rd7 26. Rb8+ Kg7 27. Bb6 d4 28. exd4 Bxa2 29. Ra8 $11 {
1/2,Tregubov,P-Karpov,A/Cap d’Agde/2000/ }) 8. Bxc4 a6 9. a4 c5 10. dxc5
Bxc5 11. O-O b6 12. Qe2 Bb7 13. Rfd1 Qe7 14. h3 (14. Nd4 Rfc8 15. Bg3 Nf8
16. Bd3 Bb4 17. Na2 Bd6 18. e4 Bxg3 19. hxg3 N6d7 20. Qe3 Ne5 21. Be2 Nfd7
$11 { Epishin,V-Vaganian,R/BL 0102/2001/ }) 14… Rfc8 15. Rac1 Bb4 $5 (
15… Nf8 16. Ne5 Ng6 17. Nxg6 hxg6 18. Be5 Nh5 19. Bh2 Qg5 20. Qg4 Qxg4
21. hxg4 Nf6 22. Be2 Kf8 23. g5 Nd5 24. Nxd5 Bxd5 25. a5 $1 $36 {
Gurevich,M-Vaganian,R/FIDE WCh Moscow/2001/ }) 16. Na2 Bc5 $11) 7… c6 8.
Bd3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 11. O-O Qc8 12. h3 Qb7 13. Qc2 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 Ra7
$1 15. Rab1 axb4 16. axb4 Rfa8 17. Nd2 Ra3 18. Qc2 {
Lautier,J-Lutz,C/EU-chT Leon/2001/ } 18… Bd8 $1 { /\Bc7= Lautier }) 7.
dxc5 Bxc5 8. a3 Nc6 { The key position in this line, White’s next move will
decide the character of the game. } 9. b4 $5 { ‘?!’ McShane. ‘?’ Dautov.
McShane: ‘This move has been played numerous times before, and Black
normally just retreats the bishop. Short tries an interesting sacrifice,
which puts the status of 9.b4 in doubt.’ Dautov: ‘Die Turnierpraxis liefert
uns den besten Beweis für die extreme Gefährlichkeit des folgenden
Springeropfers. Ohne eine klare Widerlegung dessen sollte Weiß lieber die
anderen Optionen wählen.’ } ( { Sharp, but balanced is } 9. Qc2 Qa5 10.
O-O-O Be7 11. g4 $5 dxc4 12. Bxc4 e5 13. g5 exf4 14. gxf6 Bxf6 15. Nd5 Ne7
16. Nxf6+ gxf6 17. Rhg1+ Kh8 18. e4 b5 19. Bd5 Nxd5 20. exd5 b4 21. axb4
Qa1+ 22. Kd2 Qa6 23. Qc6 Rd8 $1 24. Kc3 (24. Qxa8 $2 Qc4 $19) 24… Bb7 25.
Qxa6 Bxa6 26. Rd4 Rac8+ 27. Kd2 Bb7 28. Rc1 $11 {
Anand,V-Kramnik,V/Advanced Chess Leon/2002/ }) ( { On the other hand } 9.
cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 Bb6 12. O-O Bg4 13. h3 Bh5 14. b4 Re8 15.
Rc1 a6 { leads to very sedate positions. Although now White can win a pawn
with } 16. Bxa6 Rxa6 17. b5 Rxa3 18. bxc6 bxc6 19. Rxc6 Ra7 $5 20. Rd6 Rd7
21. Qxd5 Bxf3 22. gxf3 Rxd6 23. Qxd6 Qxd6 24. Bxd6 $11 { /+/= he will
hardly be able to win this _|_. Epishin wants to achieve a similar
position, but plays b4 at a moment when the retreat to b6 is not ideal.
However, due to Short’s sharp reaction such positional considerations will
soon be redundant. }) (9. Be2 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nh5 $1 $11 { is harmless. }) (
{ Another sideline is } 9. Rc1 { Black’s best reaction is probably } 9…
a6 $5 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 Ba7 12. O-O d4 13. exd4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Qxd4 15.
Be3 Qh4 16. Bxa7 Rxa7 17. Qa4 Qxa4 18. Nxa4 Be6 19. Be2 Re8 20. Rfe1 Kf8
21. h3 b5 22. Nc5 Bd5 { 1/2,Ivanchuk,V-Kramnik,V/Linares/1999/ }) 9… Nxb4
$5 { ‘!’ McShane. ‘!’ Dautov. Definitely home preparation, as Epishin has
already played 9.b4 a few times in the past. Short completely chnges the
character of the position, the sacrifice gives Black excellent practical
chances. } ( { We have mentioned } 9… Bb6 { is not ideal, White maintains
the central tension and some initiative after } 10. Ra2 { or even } (10.
Qc2) (10. Bg5 $5 $14)) ( { Somewhat better is } 9… Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 {
Although the exchange of dark-squared B favours White, Black still has
sufficient <=> after } 11. cxd5 (11. Be2 Rd8 $5 $11) 11… exd5 12. Be2 Bg4
13. O-O Rfd8 14. Rc1 a5 15. Nb5 Qe7 16. bxa5 Rxa5 17. Qb3 Ne5 18. Rfd1 Bxf3
19. Bxf3 Nxf3+ 20. gxf3 h6 21. a4 Ra6 22. Kg2 Qe5 23. Nd4 Re8 24. Qxb7 Rxa4
$11 { Georgiev,K-Short,N/Sarajevo/2000/ }) ( { But more often than not
Black has played } 9… Be7 10. Qb3 $5 (10. cxd5 exd5 $5 11. Be2 Be6 12.
Nd4 (12. O-O Nh5 $1 $11) 12… Rc8 13. O-O a5 14. Nxc6 Rxc6 15. Qd4 Ne8 16.
Rfd1 Bf6 17. Be5 Bxe5 18. Qxe5 Qf6 19. Qxf6 Nxf6 20. Nb5 Ra8 21. Nd4 Rc3
22. bxa5 Rxa5 23. a4 h6 24. Rdb1 Bd7 $132 { Ribli,Z-Portisch,L/
HUN-chT/1999/ }) ( { Thus White should look for an advantage by trying some
of the less tested alternatives as } 10. Ra2 { or })) 10. axb4 Bxb4 11. Qb3
{ Natural, White meets the threat with tempo. } (11. Be5 $143 { More
dangerous is } 11… Ne4 $142 $1 (11… Nd7 $6 12. Bd4 Re8 { is analogous
to one of the examples below, but instead of 13.Qb3 White can play better:
} (12… f6 13. Qb1 a5 14. Bd3 e5 15. O-O $1 $16 { -> }) 13. Qa4 $1 (13.
Ra4 $6 a5 14. Qa1 Nb6 15. Bxb6 Qxb6 $44) 13… a5 14. Rb1 { [%cal Rb1b4]
/\Rb4 } 14… Rb8 (14… b5 15. cxb5 Bb7 16. Be2 e5 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. O-O
$36) (14… e5 $2 15. Rxb4 exd4 16. Nxd5 $16) 15. Ne5 f6 16. Rxb4 $5 axb4 (
16… fxe5 17. Bb6 $1 $18 { retains the extra piece. }) 17. Nxd7 Bxd7 18.
Qxb4 b6 19. Nb5 $14 { /+/- }) 12. Qb3 a5 { /\ } 13. cxd5 f6 $5 14. Bd4 (14.
dxe6 Qe7 15. Bd4 Bxe6 { /\Rfc8-/+ } (15… Rd8 $6 16. Bc4 Rxd4 17. Nxd4
Bxc3+ 18. Ke2 $14)) 14… e5 15. Ke2 $8 { Otherwise Black wins the piece
back immediately. } 15… Bf5 $5 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 $44 { [%csl Re2] ->עe2 })
11… a5 { McShane: ‘The pin is surprisingly awkward after this calm move.’
} 12. O-O-O $1 $146 { A logical novelty. Although the << certainly isn't an ideal place for the K, in the [+] he fared even worse: Dautov: 'Eine Neuerung. Der weiße König entgeht der unangenehmen Fesselung, um den anderen Gefahren entgegenzusteuern. Der schwarze Angriff wird sich recht mühelos entwickeln.' } (12. Be5 $6 Nd7 13. Bd4 (13. Rc1 $2 f6 14. Bg3 Nc5 15. Qc2 Ne4 16. Qb2 e5 17. Ke2 Nxc3+ 18. Rxc3 Bg4 19. h3 Bh5 20. Rd3 Qc8 21. Qa2 dxc4 22. e4 Bf7 $19 { Lautier,J-Topalov,V/Monte Carlo blindfold/1999/ }) 13... Re8 14. cxd5 e5 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. Bb5 Nc6 $1 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. dxc6 Qd4 19. Rc1 Rxe3+ $1 20. fxe3 Qxe3+ 21. Kd1 Be6 22. Qb2 Rd8+ 23. Nd5+ Kg8 { 0-1,Gretarsson,H-Ehlvest,J/Reykjavik op/2002/ }) (12. Nd2 d4 $1 13. Ncb1 Ne4 $36 14. Qxb4 axb4 15. Rxa8 e5 16. Bg3 Nc3 17. e4 f5 18. Bxe5 fxe4 19. c5 Nxb1 20. Bc4+ Kh8 $19 { Sulypa,A-Heinis,V/FRA-chT/1999/ }) (12. Bd3 $2 dxc4 13. Bxc4 b5 $1 14. Be2 (14. Bxb5 Qb6 $17 { /\Nd5,Ne4 }) 14... Nd5 15. Be5 a4 16. Qb2 { Van Wely,L-Vaganian,R/Dordrecht 5'/2000/ } 16... a3 (16... Qa5 { Dautov } 17. Rc1 a3 $17 { Van Wely,L-Vaganian,R/Dordrecht 2000 }) 17. Qb3 Qa5 18. Kd2 f6 19. Bd4 Rd8 $19) (12. Be2 { McShane } 12... Ne4 13. Rc1 Bxc3+ 14. Rxc3 a4 15. Qb4 Nxc3 16. Qxc3 { [%csl Ga4] is hard to assess, but the a-pawn is a definite strength. }) 12... Bd7 { McShane: 'White's king is a long way from safety, so Short takes time to build up an attack.' Dautov: 'Mit der Absicht Rc8 nebst b7-b5.' } 13. Rd4 $2 { This mistake gives Short's attack a strong impulse, as not only it fails to evacuate the K on time, but also the R is exposed on d4. Dautov: 'Diese Verteidigung auf der 4. Reihe kann den gewaltigen schwarzen Angriff nicht stoppen. ' } ( { Intuitively one feels White should try } 13. Kb1 { /\cd5 after } 13... Rc8 (13... Qe7 $44 { Dautov }) 14. Rc1 $13 { [%cal Gc1c8] White fights for the crucial <->c and
the position remains unclear. }) (13. Be2 $6 Rc8 14. Kb1 dxc4 $17 { also
isn’t good, as recapturing on c4 costs a piece. }) ( { Possibly } 13. Be5 {
(McShane) immediately was more to the point. }) 13… Qe7 $40 { [%cal
Rf8c8] Black now deploys his forces ideally, the Rf8 comes to c8 and soon
the attack will be irresistible. } 14. Be5 (14. Kb1 Rfc8 $17 (14… a4 $5
15. Qb2 Rfc8 $40) 15. Na2 Bc5 16. Rd2 Ne4 $40) (14. cxd5 Rfc8 15. d6 Qe8
16. Rc4 Rxc4 $1 (16… b5 $143 17. Rc7) 17. Bxc4 b5 $17 { /-+ } (17… Rc8
$17)) (14. Ne5 Rfc8 15. Kb1 b5 $1 $17 { -> is very similar to the game. })
14… Rfc8 { ‘-/+’ Dautov. } 15. Kb1 b5 $1 $17 { ‘!’ McShane. McShane:
‘Opening more files in front of White’s king.’ } 16. Nxb5 a4 17. Qa2 (17.
Bxf6 { Dautov } 17… gxf6 18. Qc2 (18. Qb2 { Dautov } 18… a3 19. Qa2
Rab8 $19 { /\dxc4 }) 18… Bxb5 19. Rg4+ Kh8 20. Rh4 f5 21. Qb2+ Kg8 22.
cxb5 Ba3 23. Qe5 Rc1+ 24. Ka2 Qc5 $19) 17… Bxb5 $1 { Removes an important
defender. } (17… Ne4 $6 18. cxd5 (18. Rd1 $2 dxc4 19. Bxc4 Bxb5 20. Bxb5
Bc3 $19 { je beznadejne }) 18… exd5 (18… Bxb5 $2 19. Rxe4 Qc5 20. Bxb5
Qxb5 21. Ka1 exd5 22. Rg4 $16) 19. Qxd5 Bc6 20. Qc4 $13) 18. Bxf6 $8 (18.
cxb5 $2 Ne4 19. Rd1 Bc3 $19) 18… gxf6 { Black needs his Q on the << } ( 18... Qxf6 $143 19. cxb5 Bc3 (19... Qg6+ $6 20. Bd3 Qxg2 21. Rg1 Qxf3 22. Rxb4 $14) 20. Rxa4 Qg6+ 21. e4 Rxa4 22. Qxa4 dxe4 23. Qc2 $1 $132 { is less convincing. }) 19. cxb5 Rc3 { [%cal Rc3b3,Rb3a3] /\Rb3,Ra3 } 20. Rd3 (20. Rg4+ Kh8 21. Nd4 Ba3 $1 (21... Ra3 $2 22. Nc6) 22. Ne2 (22. Nc2 Rb3+ 23. Ka1 Qc7 24. Bc4 Qa5 $1 $19) 22... Rb3+ 23. Ka1 Bd6 $1 { [%cal Rb3a3] and Ra3 can't be met satisfactorily. }) (20. Bd3 Ra3 { /\Bc3 } 21. Bxh7+ Kh8 $19) 20... Rac8 { '-+' Dautov. Dautov: 'Die Entscheidung.' } 21. Be2 (21. Rxc3 Rxc3 22. Qxa4 Ra3 { costs White the Q, as after } 23. Qd1 $2 Bc3 24. Kc2 Ra2+ $1 25. Kd3 Qb4 $19 { Black mates. }) (21. Qxa4 Rc1+ 22. Kb2 (22. Ka2 $2 R8c2+ 23. Kb3 Qc5 $19) 22... e5 $1 { paralyses White, his N can't go to d4 anymore and } (22... Qc5 { Dautov } 23. Nd4 Qc4 $19) 23. Nd2 e4 24. Rxd5 Ba3+ $1 25. Ka2 R8c2+ $19 { loses quickly. }) 21... Ba3 22. Qd2 $2 { Now Black wins by force, necessary was } (22. Rxc3 $8 Rxc3 (22... Qb4+ $2 23. Qb3 $1 axb3 24. Rxc8+ Kg7 25. Rd1 $16) 23. Ka1 $142 (23. Qd2 { But simpler is } 23... Rb3+ (23... Qb4+ 24. Ka1 Qc5 $1 (24... Bc1 25. Rxc1 Ra3+ 26. Qa2 Rxa2+ 27. Kxa2 Qb3+ 28. Ka1 a3 29. Rb1 Qc3+ 30. Ka2 Qc2+ 31. Ka1 Qxe2 32. b6 $11) (24... Bb2+ 25. Qxb2 Ra3+ 26. Kb1 (26. Qxa3 Qxa3+ 27. Kb1 Qb3+ 28. Ka1 { leads to the same position }) 26... Rb3 27. Qxb3 Qxb3+ 28. Ka1 Qc3+ 29. Ka2 Qc2+ 30. Ka1 Qxe2 31. Rb1 Qxf2 32. b6 Qxe3 33. Ka2 $132 { [%csl Gb6] o^b is not an ideal solution. }) 25. Nd4 (25. Rb1 Bc1 $19) (25. b6 Bc1 $19 26. b7 Ra3+ 27. Kb1 Rb3+ $19) 25... e5 (25... Bc1 $6 26. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 27. Kb2 a3+ 28. Ka2 e5 29. Bd3 $1 exd4 30. exd4 { /\Qh6<=> }) 26. b6
(26. Bd3 Bb4 $1 27. Kb1 exd4 28. exd4 Rb3+ 29. Ka2 Qf8 $19) 26… Bc1 27.
b7 Ra3+ 28. Kb1 Qb6+ 29. Kxc1 Ra1+ 30. Kc2 Ra2+ $19 { and Black should win,
a nice finish would be } 31. Kc1 Rxd2 32. Kxd2 exd4 33. Ba6 Kg7 $1 34. Ra1
Qb2+ 35. Kd3 Qxa1 36. b8=Q Qd1#) 24. Ka2 Bb4 25. Qc1 Ra3+ { winning the Q,
or mating after } 26. Kb1 (26. Kb2 Ba5 $1 27. Qc8+ Kg7 28. Rb1 Qb4+ $19)
26… Bc3 27. Kc2 Qc5 $19) (23. Nd4 $6 Qb4+ 24. Ka1 Rb3 $1 { [%cal Rb4c3]
/\Qc3 } 25. Nxb3 axb3 $19) 23… Bb4 $1 (23… Qb4 $6 24. Rb1 (24. Nd2 $2
Rb3 $1 25. Qc2 Bb2+ 26. Kb1 Bc3+ 27. Nxb3 axb3 28. Qd3 Qa5 $19) 24… Rb3
25. Rxb3 axb3 26. Qd2 Qa4 27. Kb1 Bc1 28. Qc3 $1 b2 29. Nd2 $1 $11) 24.
Qxa4 (24. Kb1 Rb3+ $19) 24… Ra3+ 25. Qxa3 Bxa3 $17 { /-+ and Black should
gradually win, e.g., } 26. Rb1 Qa7 $5 27. b6 Qb7 28. Rb5 Be7 { and the Pb6
falls. }) 22… Qb4+ 23. Ka1 Rc1+ 24. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 25. Ka2 (25. Qxc1 Bxc1 {
[%cal Rb4b2] /\Qb2# }) 25… Qc4+ $1 26. Kxa3 Ra1+ 27. Kb2 Qa2+ 28. Kc3
Qb3+ (28… Qb3+ 29. Kd4 Qc4#) 0-1

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