
(1) BERDICHESKY R.  STULL N. [E73]
XIII.OL./Prel./2/5, 1998
[stull]
1.d4
Sf6
2.c4
g6
3.Sc3
Lg7
4.e4
d6
5.Le2
00
6.Lg5
Sbd7
7.Dc2
h6
8.Le3
e5
9.d5
Sc5
10.h4
c6
11.h5
cxd5
12.cxd5
Da5
13.Ld2
A serious alternative is 13. ..Kf1, which has the advantage of keeping open the d1h5 diagonal, thus robbing Black of his counterplay based on 16. ..Nh5. 13...Db4
14.f3
Db6
15.hxg6
fxg6
16.Le3
[ 16.Lb5
a6
17.Lc4
Ld7
18.b4
Dxb4!!
19.Sb5
Dxc4!
20.Dxc4
Lxb5
21.Dc3
Sfxe4!!
22.De3
Sd3+
23.Kd1
La4+
24.Ke2
Sf4+
01 N. LegkyA. David (Montpellier 1997)] 16...Sh5
17.Tb1
[ 17.Txh5?!
gxh5
18.Sb5
Ld7
19.Sxd6
Dxd6
20.Dxc5©
However White does not need to take any risk. He can try to improve his position slowly and systematically.] 17...Sf4
18.Lf1
a5
19.Lb5
g5
Black's knights look very active, but they risk also to be driven away. In this case Black must be ready to have sufficient counterplay elsewhere on the board. I would have liked to play 19. ..a4, but unfortunately it does not work.So I was forced to choose the only other active possibility. The text move occasionnally threatens ..g5g4, even at the cost of a pawn. 20.g3
Sg6
21.Td1
Tf6
Black needs already complicated manoeuvres, just in order to complete his development. Square f8 is evacuated for the knight, who prepares the development ..Bc8d7. I think this is the right decision. [ 21...g4?
22.Le2!
gxf3
23.Sxf3
Lg4
24.Sh2+/
] 22.Td2
Sf8
23.Tdh2
Ld7
24.De2
Lxb5
25.Sxb5
[ 25.Dxb5
Dxb5
26.Sxb5
Sfd7
27.Tc2
b6
28.g4
] 25...Sfd7
26.b3
Taf8
27.g4
This is already necessary, since Black was threatening to play himself .. g5g4. Both sides have now mutual weaknesses : Black's Bg7 is locked up and his Ph6 is weak, whereas White's Pf3 is weak and there are problems to get the Ng1 in an active position. I think that the position is almost balanced. 27...Da6
28.Tf2
Tc8
Square f8 is again evacuated for the knight, who is redeployed to g6. 29.Sh3
Sf8
30.00
Sg6
31.Dc4
b6
32.Sa3
Da7
[ 32...Dxc4??
33.Sxc4+/
] 33.Kh2
Tcf8
34.Db5
Probably White has nothing better. But after this move I was confident that I would obtain the draw which I was aiming at for many moves. The combination starting with 35. ..h5!! has already been prepared at this stage. 34...Sh4
35.Sg1
h5!!
Black is ready to sacrifice a pawn and an exchange, in order to force a draw.Initially I had planned 35. ..Qf7, then 38. ..Qg6 and then only 39...h5. But that appears to be rather slow. White can react in several ways, and I found no forced result. 36.Lxg5
[ 36.gxh5?
Df7
37.Lxg5
Sxf3+
38.Sxf3
Dxh5+/+
] 36...hxg4
37.Lxf6
[ 37.Lxh4?
Th6
38.Kg3
gxf3
39.Sxf3
Sxe4+
40.Kg2
Lf6=/+
] 37...Lxf6
38.fxg4
Sxe4
39.Tc2
Dh7
[ 39...Sg5
40.Txf6!
Txf6
41.De8+~~
] 40.Sh3
Sg5
[ 40...Sg6
41.Kg2
Sh4+
42.Kg1
Dg7
43.g5
Sxg5
44.Sxg5
Lxg5
45.Txf8+
Dxf8
46.De2
Df5
47.Tc4
Sf3+
48.Kg2=
] 41.Sxg5
Sf3+
White must now play 42. Kg3, since 42. Kg2 Qh2+ would lead to mate. After 42. Kg3 Black can give perpetual check in various ways. A truly interesting and exciting game. I would like to know if there exist any strong Chess playing programmes, running on the quickest computers, who can find the combination starting with 35. .. h5!! as well as the consequences of this. I mean: can such a programme " see " already at move 34 from White that Black has now a forced draw?! 1/21/2
