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Javier

Chess of the third millenium!

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I decided to take a look at this game rather accidentally. I think It was one of those days when the big boys were playing in the world blitz championship, and I was curious to see if the quality of the games played by the young minds would be any better (it definitely was!).
When I came across this game, my first impression was: oh my god, this was a HUGE swindle! However, the more I studied it, the more I realised how wrong I was: it was not a swindle at all, it was an incredible masterpiece!
Lukasz Jarmula is a young (17) International Master from Poland. What I find incredible about this game is his ability to sense (by means of intuition) that he had enough compensation for the pawns he was giving up.  I'm not exagerating here: not even the strongest chess engines can come close to guessing the validity of those pawns sacs (!!).
 

[Event "WYCC Open U18 Porto Carras "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.10.26"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Jarmula"]
[Black "Garriga Cazorla, Pere"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B94"]
[WhiteElo "2321"]
[BlackElo "2422"]
[Annotator "M.I. Javier Gil"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2016.02.22"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 {An Increasingly unusual move in the third millenium,
everyone is afraid of "your opening preparation". Carl sen's 3. Bb5+ or the
more modern tries 3.c3, 3.a3, 3.g3 and 3.b3 are gaining ground. but 3.c4 is
the future. (lol). Seriously though, "being afraid of your opponent's computer
preparation" actually favours strong lazy players who don't like to study
opening theory, so the trick is to play some deeply studied book line every
now and then so that you earn the reputation of a ruthless theoretician. After
that you never study theory again, and people will try all kinds of weird
stuff against you. Job done!} cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 {If Najdorf earned a
cent each time someone had played this, his Grand Children would be quite well
off now. (hey, maybe they are, just trying to be funny!)} 6. Bg5 Nbd7 {This is
far more unusual than 6...e6, but Na kamura, Anan d, Navar a and Domingue z,
amongst others, have tried it successfully.} (6... e6 7. f4 {And then we have
the classic 7...Be7, 7...Qb6 poisoned pawn, Polugayevsky's 7...b5 and also the
very interesting but heavily analysed 7... Nc6.}) 7. Qe2 g6 {In most games
where this position was reached, black prefers to go 7...h6 first. If then 8.
Bh4, then 8...g6 and the move which white played in this game wouldn't be
possible. By the way, what is this called, a Najdragon? A Dragorf?} 8. O-O-O
Bg7 9. h4 $1 {White feels no need to camouflage his not very peaceful
intentions... 9.f4 has also been tried here.} h5 (9... h6 {Unfortunately, it's
a little late for this.} 10. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 (10... Nxf6 11. e5 $1) 11. Nd5 Bg7
12. h5 g5 13. Nf5 $18) 10. Kb1 Qc7 (10... b5 $4 {This would be a blunder.} 11.
Nc6 $1 Qb6 {11...Qc7 leads to the same thing.} 12. Nxe7 $1) 11. g4 $5 {Why
prepare it when you can play it now?} (11. f4 Nb6 12. f5 Ng4 13. Rh3 Qc5 {
This happened in Solak-Nakamura, which eventually ended in a draw. Solak
played 14.Nb3.14.Nd5!? was very intersting.} 14. Nd5 Nxd5 $1 (14... Bxd4 $2 15.
b4 Qc6 16. Nxe7 {Wins for white.}) 15. exd5 O-O $1 {And black's bishops are
beginning to display a certain fury.}) 11... hxg4 (11... Nxg4 $2 12. Nd5 Qc5
13. b4 $18) 12. h5 {Very impressive!} Rxh5 (12... gxh5 13. Nf5 Bf8 14. f4 gxf3
15. Qxf3 Ne5 16. Qf4 $1 $44 {And the threat of Bxf6 is quite annoying.} Neg4 $2
17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Nxd6+ exd6 19. Qxf6 $16) 13. Rxh5 gxh5 14. Nf5 Bf8 15. Bg2 $1
{A cold blooded positional move, played as if white hadn't given up anything!
it's moves like this that make this game so special. Lukasz sensed the
difficulties that black was facing here.} e6 16. e5 $3 {Another pawn sacrifice,
freeing the e4 square for his pieces.} dxe5 (16... Nxe5 17. Bxf6 exf5 18. Nd5
$18) 17. Ng3 {White's 3 pawns down(!). What's surprising is that he doesn't
seem to have any immediate threats, but if you look closely, black can barely
move any of his pieces or pawns!} Be7 (17... Nh7 18. Bh4 f5 19. Nxh5 Bh6 20.
Ne4 $3 $16 {And black's pawn mass seems incredibly useless! Taking the N would
lead to a devastating attack after 21.Bxe4.} fxe4 $2 21. Bxe4 Nhf8 22. Qxg4 $18
) 18. Qd2 Nc5 {This seems to lose pretty quickly, but it wasn't easy to find a
move for black.} (18... Bb4 19. Bxf6 Nxf6 20. Qh6 Bxc3 (20... Be7 21. Qh8+ Bf8
22. Qxf6 $18) 21. Qxf6 Qb6 (21... Bd4 22. Nxh5) 22. b3 $18 Bb4 (22... Bd4 23.
Nxh5 $18) 23. Nxh5 $18) (18... Qb6 19. Nge4 $5 (19. Bxf6 {This is interesting
also, but probably not as good.} Nxf6 20. Qh6 Nd7 (20... Bd7 $2 21. Qh8+ $18) (
20... Ba3 $2 21. Qh8+ Ke7 22. Na4 Qc7 23. bxa3 $18) 21. Qh8+ Nf8 22. Nce4 Bd7
23. Nf6+ Bxf6 24. Qxf6 Nh7 25. Qh8+ (25. Qh4 $2 Qxf2) 25... Nf8 26. Qf6 $11)
19... Nxe4 20. Nxe4 f6 21. Bh4 $1 {And this positions looks really difficult
for black.} Ba3 (21... f5 22. Bxe7 fxe4 (22... Kxe7 23. Qg5+ $18) 23. Qg5 Qxf2
24. Bxe4 $18) 22. c3 $1 (22. Qxd7+ {This is a flash queen sacrifice, but I
think a draw is the most white can get.} Bxd7 23. Nxf6+ Kf7 $8 24. Rxd7+ Kf8 $8
(24... Kg6 $4 25. Be4+ Kh6 26. Rh7#) 25. Rxb7 Qd4 26. Nh7+ Kg8 27. Nf6+ Kf8 28.
bxa3 Qd1+ 29. Kb2 Rc8 {White doesn't have time for the final stab.} 30. Be4
Qd4+ 31. Kb1 Qd1+ 32. Kb2 Qd4+ 33. Kc1 Qa1+ 34. Kd2 Qd4+ 35. Ke2 Qc4+ 36. Ke1
Qc3+ 37. Ke2 Qc4+ 38. Bd3 Qc6 39. Be4 $11) 22... f5 23. b3 f4 (23... fxe4 $2
24. Qg5 $18) 24. Qc2 Kf8 (24... f3 25. Nf6+ $1 Nxf6 26. Qg6+ $18) 25. Ng5 $18 {
With a winning attack for white.}) 19. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 20. Nxh5 Be7 (20... Nd7 21.
Qh6 Ke7 22. Nxf6 Nxf6 23. Qg5 $18 {Winning, as 24. Ne4 can't be stopped.}) 21.
Ng7+ {Black resigned. He's getting checkmated.} (21. Ng7+ Kf8 22. Qh6 Bd6 23.
Qh8+ Ke7 24. Qe8+ Kf6 25. Nh5+ Kg5 26. Qg8+ Kf5 27. Qh7+ Kg5 28. Qg7+ Kf5 29.
Qf6#) 1-0

 

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