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[Event “European Team Championships “]
[Site “Crete”]
[Date “2011.11.04”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Carlsson, Pontus”]
[Black “Sokolov, Ivan”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C45”]
[WhiteElo “2502”]
[BlackElo “2648”]
[Annotator “P,Carlsson”]
[PlyCount “89”]
[SourceDate “2005.06.17”]

1. e4 {This game is from the European team Championships in Greece.
Strenghten by our good result in round 1 when we were on the verge to beat
France we were looking forward to the match against Holland. They have a very
strong team with Anish Giri, King Loek and Ivan Sokolov on the first three
boards. I had therefore counted on getting to play another strong GM and I was
not about to be dissappointed since a commited Ivan Sokolov waited on the
other side of the board.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {This far we were both in our
preparations and now it was time for me to step out of Ivans preparations with
my old child love the Scotch.} 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 {Here Ivan went into some
thoughts before he played 4.-Nf6. He did that because he plays 4 moves in this
position and he wanted to play the move where he thought that I where worst
prepaired.} Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Ne4 {This move was a surprise for me. I
just had a brief memory about some mainline starting with 7.Nd2 but I decided
to not try to test my memory and to play something different. I had 20 minutes
of thoughts before I played} 7. Qf3 {My idea is that the pawn on c6 should be
hanging if black playes d5 and white takes it en passant.} Ng5 {Blacks plan in
this variation is to play the night around to e6 where it stands very well to
support the advance of the central pawns. The play is very similar to the old
Berlin Defence.} 8. Qg3 Ne6 9. Bd3 d5 10. O-O {White avoids to clear the
centre to not help black to develop. His plan now is f4-f5} Bc5 {to stop f4}
11. Nd2 $1 {A good move with the idea to disturb blacks strong bishop.} (11.
Nc3 $5 O-O 12. Na4 Be7 13. f4 f5 $1 {was another possibility that also seems
to be slightly better for white.}) 11… O-O 12. Nb3 Bb6 13. Bf5 $5 {
A interesting move. I wanted to be able to play Bh6 and then threaten Bxe6.
Another idea behind the move is to at the right moment be able to exchange of
the night on e6 followed by Be3 to take control over the dark squares.} Kh8 {
Ivan wanted to remove all whites Bh6 ideas.} (13… c5 14. Bh6 Qe7 15. c4 $1 {
is a strong temporary pawn sacrifice in order to stop blacks central pawns.
The idea is very thematic with the bishop on b6 that risks to be enclosed.}
dxc4 16. Nd2 Ba6 17. Ne4 {gives white a strong attack.} Kh8 (17… c3 18. Bxg7
$1 Nxg7 19. Nf6+ Kh8 20. Qh4 h5 21. Qg5 {and white wins}) 18. Qh3 gxh6 19. Qxh6
f6 20. exf6 Qf7 21. Bxe6 {with a clear white advantage.}) (13… f6 14. a4 $1
a5 (14… fxe5 $2 15. Bxe6+ Bxe6 16. a5 {and white wins}) 15. Qh3 Ng5 16. Bxg5
Bxf5 17. Qxf5 fxg5 18. Qe6+ Kh8 19. Qxc6 {with a white advantage.}) 14. c3 Nc5
(14… c5 {is the natural move that black wants to play but} 15. Qh3 $1 g6 (
15… h6 $4 16. Bxh6 $1 {and white wins.}) 16. Bxe6 Bxe6 17. Qg3 {gives white
good play on the dark squares.}) 15. Bc2 {white absolutely don’t want to
exchange the light square bishops since the white bishop is cleaarly more
active and a serious threat on the b1-h7 diagonal.} f5 {A must since otherwise
white will play Bg5 and Qh4 with a decesive attack.} 16. exf6 (16. Nxc5 $1 Bxc5
17. b4 $1 Be7 18. a3 c5 19. Rd1 Be6 20. Be3 {is the computers suggestion and
it was clearly a better alternative. The idea is to play on dark square
domination.}) 16… Qxf6 17. Bg5 Qf7 18. Nxc5 {Not the best move but
considering the course of the game I’m happy that I played it.} (18. Be3 $1
Nxb3 19. axb3 Bf5 20. Bxf5 Qxf5 21. Bd4 $1 {is a key move} Bxd4 (21… Qd7 22.
b4 $1 {so that black can’t play c5}) 22. cxd4 {and in this position white is
better since his structure is slightly better and because of that it is easier
to attack blacks weak pawns on the c and a- file.}) 18… Bxc5 19. Qh4 h6 (
19… Bf5 $1 20. Bxf5 Qxf5 21. Be7  g5 $3 {a very strong idea of Ivan
that I hadn’t seen at all during the game. Later in the evening over a glas of
wine Ivan told me that he completely had underestimated my queen sacrifice and
therefor was very angry with himself that he didn’t go for this variation.} (
21… Bxe7 22. Qxe7 Rf7 23. Qc5 $1 {was my planned variation. White has a
small but clear advantage in this position since his pawn structure is clearly
better than blacks. He will have the usual problems to guard the a and c-pawns.
}) 22. Bxg5 Rae8 $1 {For the pawn black has oppened lines and he now planns
Re2 to enter the second rank and put pressure on whites weakest point- f2.
Also pay attention to the black bishop that now is a major force in the game.}
23. b4 Bb6 (23… Re4 $1 {an important intermidiary move} 24. Qg3 Bb6 25. Be3
Rg8 26. Bxb6 Rxg3 27. fxg3 Qe5 28. Bd4 Rxd4 29. cxd4 Qxd4+ 30. Kh1 Qxb4 {leads
to unclear play. White runs no risk of loosing but the question is whether he
can win or not. Most likely the black pawns on the d and c-file saves the draw.
}) 24. Be7 $1 Rf7 25. Bc5 {with a white advantage}) 20. Rae1 $1 Kg8 (20… Ba6
$2 21. Bxh6 $1 gxh6 22. Qxh6+ Kg8 23. Re6 {and white wins was my planned
variation}) 21. Be7 $1 {just like always white wants to exchange the dark
square bishops and then use that he has the better structure.} g5              22.
Bxf8 $3 {A very strong queen sacrifice that gives white control over the game.
For the Queen white gets total control over the dark squares and a very
dangerous initiative thanks to his development advantage.} gxh4 23. Bxc5 Bf5 (
23… Be6 24. Re5 h3 $2 (24… Re8 $2 25. Rfe1 Bd7 26. Rxe8+ Bxe8 27. Re7 Qh5
28. Bh7+ $1 Kf8 29. Rxc7#) 25. Re3 {nu white puts the rook on e3 when the g3
square is available. because of this black must keep his pawn on h4.} Bf5 (
25… hxg2 26. Rg3+) 26. Rg3+ Kh7 27. Rf3 $18) (23… h3 $2 24. Re7 Qf6 25.
Bh7+ Kh8 26. Bd4 {and white wins}) 24. Re7 $1 {a obvious but strong
intermidiary move.} Qg6 (24… Bxc2 $1 25. Rxf7 Kxf7 26. Re1 Kf6 {was the best
try. White still has very good winning chances even after a rook exchange
since he can easily win the h4 pawn and after doing that he should be able to
advance with the kingside pawns to create 2 free pawns that he will support
with his king and bishop.}) 25. Bxf5 Qxf5 26. h3 $1 {A nice move to play that
removes all blacks possibilities for counterplay with h3. After seeing this
move my teammate Nils Grandelius said that he was sure that I was going to win.
Whites plan now is very simpel. He will put the bishop on d4 and then doubble
on the e-file. If possible then he will also do b4 to have total control over
the dark squares.} Rf8 27. Rfe1 $1 {easy and good. Activity is more important
then the c7 pawn.} Rf7 28. Re8+ Kh7 29. Bd4 (29. b4 {so that black doesn’t
even have c5 was probably even stronger.}) 29… Qc2 30. R8e2 (30. Rh8+ $1 Kg6
31. Re6+ Kf5 32. Rhxh6 Qc1+ 33. Kh2 Qf4+ 34. g3 $1 hxg3+ 35. Kg2 $1 {Was a
shorter way to the victory and of course the way to play but I had some time
troubble and therefore missed the variation.}) 30… Qd3 31. Re8 {to earn some
time} c5 $5 32. Bxc5 Qc4 33. Bd4 c5 34. Rc8 $1 Qxa2 35. Bxc5 Qxb2 (35… Qc4
36. Re6 d4 37. Rxh6+ Kxh6 38. Bf8+ Rxf8 39. Rxc4 {leads to an easy winning
rook endgame for white.}) 36. Bd4 Qd2 $2 (36… a5 {Was suggested as a
improvement at a swedish chess blogg, but it doesn’t matter white is winning
anyway after} 37. Kh2 $1 {profylaxis so there won’t be any check on c1. White
will then plan R1e6 followed by Rh8.} Qb7 38. Rce8 Qc7+ (38… a4 39. R1e6 Qc7+
40. Kg1 {and white wins}) 39. g3 $1 hxg3+ 40. fxg3 Qb7 41. Rh8+ Kg6 42. Re6+
Kf5 43. Rhe8 Qb2+ 44. Re2 Qb7 45. R8e6 Qc7 46. R2e5+ {and white wins}) 37. Rh8+
Kg6 38. Rg8+ Kh7 39. Rh8+ {the usual repitition to earn time on the clock.} Kg6
40. Re6+ $1 Kf5 {and having reached the time control I had enough time to find
the win. Unfortunatly i could also see that both Hans Tikkannen and Stellan
Brynell were completely lost against Anish Giri and Daniel Stellwagen. There
was still some slight hopes that Grandelius could win against Loek Van Wely to
save the draw.} 41. Rhxh6 $1 Qc1+ 42. Kh2 Qf4+ 43. g3 hxg3+  44. Kg2
$3 gxf2 45. Rhf6+ {And Ivan resigned. Later Nils needed to cancel the winning
tries and we lost with the closest mariginal possible 2,5 – 1,5. Unfortunatly
we had to many close losses with 2,5 – 1,5 and in the middle of the tournament
when we had lost against croatia with 2,5 – 1,5 we felt like a part of the
swedish soccerteam in world cup 1990 when they lost all matches with 2-1. Even
if the final result of the tournament was not what we had hooped for our young
and new players got valuable experience that can be important next time at the
Olympiad in Turkey.} ({Here white could still blunder with} 45.
Re5+ $4 Qxe5 46. Rh5+ Kg6 and black wins}) 1-0

[Event “Olympiad Turin”]
[Site “Turin”]
[Date “2006.06.01”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Avrukh, Boris”]
[Black “Carlsson, Pontus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E46”]
[WhiteElo “2633”]
[BlackElo “2433”]
[Annotator “,P.Carlsson”]
[PlyCount “80”]
[SourceDate “2005.06.17”]

1. d4 {This was a big test for me playing my first Olympiad for the Swedish
national team and against a top GM and author of many famous books like Boris
Avrukh.} Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 {The Nimzo Indian Blacks idea is to give
white a double pawn on c3 and than use his better pawn structure in the long
run. But he does not want to strike on c3 before a3 comes in order to not
loose a tempo.} 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 {A tricky white setup in order to not get a
double pawn if black takes on c3. Now white plan to threaten the black bishop
with a3.} Re8 6. a3 Bf8 7. d5 {white takes terrain in the centre} (7. e4 $5 {
is the other option} d5 $1 {is a strong and necessary black reply in order to
not give white free hands with his strong center.} 8. e5 Nfd7 {and black plan
to destroy whites center with c5!} 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nxd5 c5 11. dxc5 Nxe5 {
gives black very good compensation for the pawn due to his better development.}
12. b4 (12. Be3 Bg4 13. h3 (13. Qb3 Na6 $1 {was seen in the game Imamov –
Gerasimov (2008) Black has good play since he will recover the c5 pawn and he
still has much better development than white that have problems with his king
and undeveloped pieces.} 14. Rc1 Rc8 $1 {and white can not hold the c5 pawn})
13… Bf3 $3 {is dangerous for white} 14. gxf3 $4 Nxf3#) 12… Bf5 {and white
has big problems to protect himself against the threat of Nd3 check}) 7… d6
8. g3 Nbd7 9. Bg2 Ne5 $1 {A good move with the idea to try to use the holes,
particulary f3 on whites light squares.} 10. b3 exd5 11. cxd5 Bg4 $1 {another
good move trying to target the f3 hole.} 12. f4 Ned7 (12… Nf3+ $4 {would
have been a big misstake due to} 13. Kf2 {and the knight is trapped}) 13. Qc2
Bxe2 14. Kxe2 (14. Nxe2 {was probably both better and safer but I think Boris
underestimated my next move.}) 14… c6 $1 {a good move to destroy whites
centre while he still has the king left in the centre.} 15. dxc6 bxc6 16. e4 (
16. Bxc6 Rc8 17. Bxd7 (17. Bf3 d5 $1 18. Rd1 Qa5 19. Bb2 (19. b4 $2 Bxb4 $1)
19… Qb6 20. Rd3 d4 $1 {and due to the pin from e8 to e2 white is in trouble})
17… Qxd7 {leaves black very active with many threats against the white
position.} {for example} 18. Bd2 Qg4+ 19. Kf2 Ne4+ {and white is in trouble})
16… Nc5 17. Be3 d5 $1 {another good move and another break in the centre
trying to open up the position in order to expose the white king.} 18. e5 Ng4
19. Bd4 f6 {black continues with is open up the position strategy.} 20. Bxc5
fxe5 $3 {a very strong move with tactical points} 21. Kf3 (21. Bxf8 exf4+ 22.
Kd2 Qg5 23. h4 Qh6 {gives black a winning position due to the bad position of
the white king and the discovery threat of pawn f3 check}) 21… e4+ $3 {
another serious blow for white. The knight on g4 is now poisoned. Boris
thougt for a long time here before he played} 22. Ke2 (22. Kxg4 h5+ $1 23. Kxh5
g6+ $1 24. Kxg6 (24. Kg4 Qd7+ 25. Kh4 Qh7+ 26. Kg5 Qh5+ 27. Kf6 Qf5# {is mate})
24… Re6+ 25. Kh5 Qe8+ 26. Kg4 Rg6+ 27. Kh4 Rh6+ 28. Kg4 Qg6# {also leads to
mate}) 22… Bxc5 23. Nd1 Bb6 24. Bh3 (24. Qxc6 Rc8 25. Qb5 Rc2+ 26. Kf1 Nf2 {
would have been a disaster for white}) 24… Qd7 25. Rc1 Rac8 26. Ke1 h5 27.
Nb2 d4 {White is powerless against blacks central pawn avalanche.} 28. Qc4+ Kh7
29. Rd1 d3 {A generally good idea with passed pawns is to push them as far as
possible since even if they cannot queen the are very disruptful for the
opponent since they steal good squares from his pieces and demand non stop
attention.} 30. Rf1 Rcd8 31. Rd2 Be3 32. Rg2 Bd4 33. Na4 Qf5 34. Rd2 Be3 35.
Ra2 Bb6 36. Bxg4 hxg4 37. h3 e3 38. Rh2 (38. hxg4 d2+ 39. Kd1 (39. Ke2 Qxg4+
40. Rf3 d1=Q# {also leads to mate}) 39… e2+ 40. Qxe2 Qb1# {leads to mate})
38… gxh3 39. Rfh1 d2+ 40. Kd1 Qb1+ {and Boris resigned and very sportsly
congratulated me to a good game which of course was nice to hear from a top
Grandmaster as an upgoing junior.} (40… Qb1+ 41. Ke2 d1=Q+ 42. Rxd1 Qxd1# {
is mate}) 0-1

[Event “Malmö Open “]
[Site “Malmö”]
[Date “2005.12.18”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Ringdahl-Hansen, T.”]
[Black “Carlsson, Pontus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B76”]
[WhiteElo “2306”]
[BlackElo “2435”]
[Annotator “,P.Carlsson”]
[PlyCount “56”]
[SourceDate “2005.06.17”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 {The dragon always leads
to uncompromising play and has been a favourite of mine since young years.} 6.
Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 {This is a typical hit in the
Sicilian where black normally wants to open lines and diagonals for his pieces.
} 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. Qxd5 {All this had been played
before and was a line that I had prepared deeply. For the pawn black gets what
he wants, open lines and diagonals towards the white king!} Qc7 $1 14. Qc5 (14.
Qxa8 Bf5 15. Qxf8+ Kxf8 {Is known to be better for black} 16. Bd3 (16. c3 Bxc3
$1) 16… Qe5 $1 {Is an important point}) 14… Qb7 15. Qa3 (15. Bd4 $2 Bf5 $1
16. Bxg7 Rfc8 $1 {and black wins}) 15… Bf5 16. Bd3 Rab8 {to force white to
weaken his kings position with b3.} 17. b3 (17. c3 $2 Bxc3 $1 18. Qxc3 (18.
bxc3 Bxd3 19. Rxd3 Qb1+ $19) 18… Rfc8 19. Bc4 Rxc4 20. Qxc4 Qxb2#) 17… Qc6
$1 {This was my new and well prepared move. The idea is to get the queen to
the dark squares from where it can start to penetrate whites position.} (17…
Rbc8 {Was the popular move at this time and there was a game between Ivanchuk
and Fedorov that my opponent were trying to copy.} 18. Bxf5 gxf5 19. Rd3 Qc6
20. c4 Qf6 21. Rhd1 $1 {was the continuation of that game and black did not
manage to prove compensation for the pawn.}) 18. Bxf5 Qc3 $3 {The point with
Qc6 black sacrifies a piece for the attack. I think that many dragon experts
had found this move probably more or less at the same time. Then when you have
found a good novelty like this you just wait for someone to fall into the trap.
The first one that got to play it was the German IM Polzhin. I on the other
hand had to wait until 2005 before I could use my analysis.} 19. Bd3 Rbc8 $1 {
to stop Qc5} 20. Bf2 {with the idea of Be1 to chase the queen away.} (20. Rhf1
$1 Rfd8 21. Rf2 Rxd3 $1 22. Rxd3 Qxd3 23. Qxe7 (23. Qxa7 Qc3 24. Kd1 Qa1+ 25.
Ke2 Rxc2+ 26. Bd2 Bd4 27. Qb8+ Kg7 28. Qf4 (28. Rf1 Rxd2+ $1 29. Kxd2 Qxf1 {
and black wins}) 28… Bxf2 29. Kxf2 e5 30. Qe3 Qd4 {wins for black}) 23… Bf8
$1 24. Qg5 h6 $1 25. Qf4 Ba3+ 26. Kb1 Qd1+ 27. Bc1 Re8 $1 {with the idea of Re1
} 28. c3 (28. Qd2 Re1 29. Qxd1 Rxd1 {and black wins}) 28… Re1 29. Rc2 g5 $19
30. Qd2 Qxd2 31. Rxd2 Rxc1#) (20. Rhe1 $2 Rfd8 21. Re2 Qa1+ 22. Kd2 Bc3#) 20…
Rfd8 {with the idea of Rxd3} 21. Be1 Qa1+ 22. Kd2 Rxd3+ $1 23. cxd3 Bh6+ $1 24.
Ke2 (24. f4 Bxf4+ 25. Ke2 Qe5+ $1 26. Kf1 (26. Kf3 Qe3+ 27. Kg4 h5+ 28. Kh4
Bg5#) 26… Rc2 27. Bd2 Be3 $1 28. g3 Qf5+ 29. Kg2 Bxd2 30. Rhf1 Bg5+ 31. Kh1
Qd5+ 32. Kg1 Qg2#) 24… Qe5+ $1 25. Kf1 Rc2 $1 26. Bd2 Bxd2 27. Qxa7 Be3 28.
Qa8+ Kg7 (28… Kg7 29. Qe4 Rf2+ $1 30. Kg1 (30. Ke1 Qc3+ 31. Rd2 Qxd2#) 30…
Rxf3+ 31. Qxe3 Qxe3#) 0-1



[Event “Påskturneringen”]
[Site “Norrköping”]
[Date “2003.04.21”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Revelj, Oscar”]
[Black “Carlsson, Pontus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E32”]
[WhiteElo “2055”]
[BlackElo “2442”]
[Annotator “,Pontus”]
[PlyCount “108”]
[SourceDate “2005.06.17”]
[TimeControl “240+2”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 {The Nimzo Indian always leads to interesting
positions and it has been my main defence against 1.d4 for many years. The
play normally leads to strategic play where god positional knowledge decides
upon the result instead of tactics like in the sicilian.} 4. Qc2 {The idea
with Qc2 is to avoid the double pawn on c3.} O-O 5. a3 {Whites plan is to gain
the bishop pair that could be a long term advantage.} Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 {Black
on his side tries to use the time that white has spent in the oppening on
capturing the dark squared bishop. He wants to attack the white center and
particulary c4 with the idea of b6- Ba6- d6- Nbd7- c5 and Rc8} 7. Bg5 d6 8. Qf3
$5 c6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Qxf6 gxf6 {An interesting endgame have arisen. By first
look one might believe that white stands clearly better due to the black
double pawn on the f-file but this is not true. Black has alot of flexibility
in his position and the double f-pawn can advance to f5 where it will control
the important e4 square. And to white it is not really clear what black will
do which makes it difficult for him to find the optimal setup.} 11. Nf3 $6 {It
is better for white to develop the knight to c3 through e2 where it stands
better since from c3 the knight controls the d5 and e4 squares which is more
important than the e5 and d4 squares.} Bb7 {Blacks main plan is to play Bb7-
Nd7- f5- Rfd8-Rac8 and c5} 12. e3 Nd7 13. Be2 Rac8 14. O-O {Now the white king
is far away from the center which is an important factor in endgames.} Rfd8 {
Black wants to keep his flexibility as long as possible. White should all the
time be guessing which pawn move black finally will play. Sometimes black
wants to play d5, sometimes c5 and sometimes Ba6 followed by d5.} 15. Rfd1 (15.
e4 $6 {is a good illustration of how blacks flexible approach works out.} d5 $1
(15… c5 {would be met by} 16. d5 $1 {taking space and closing the b7 bishops
diagonal.}) 16. Nd2 (16. exd5 cxd5 17. cxd5 Bxd5 18. Rfc1 Nb8 $1 {Gives black
the advantage due to whites isolated pawn on d4.}) 16… c5 17. exd5 cxd4 18.
Ne4 Nc5 19. Nxf6+ Kg7 20. Nh5+ Kh6 21. Ng3 exd5 22. Nf5+ Kg5 23. Nxd4 dxc4 {
with an advantage to black because his pieces are more active.}) 15… f5 $1
16. Rac1 Kf8 $1 {Before black comits any actions the king is brought closer to
the centre where it should be in the endgame.} 17. b4 c5 $1 {Now it is time
for action and to stop white from playing c5.} 18. dxc5 dxc5 19. Rd2 Ke7 20.
Rcd1 Bxf3 $1 {A good exchange of minor pieces. Blacks plan now is to get a god
knight against a bad bishop. There is good chances for this scenario to
happen since whites bishop already have problems to find a good diagonal. The
white pawn on c4 is restricting its movability.} 21. gxf3 cxb4 22. axb4 Ne5 $6
{Blacks plan now is to exchange both rooks and create a passed pawn on the
a-files which together with the more active king and superior knight will be
enough to win the game.} (22… a5 $1 {Was the move to create a passed pawn on
the a-file.} 23. bxa5 (23. Rb2 Ra8 {also give black the advantage. He could
continue with exchanging on b4 and than transfer the king to c7 where it
safeguards the b6 pawn. Than put the knight on c5 and activate the rooks.})
23… bxa5 24. Ra1 Rc5 {gives black the advantage due to his passed pawn and
the superity of his knight compred to whites bishop.}) 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Rxd8
$2 {A very bad exchange. White had to keep the rooks on and to attack blacks
a-pawn.} (24. Ra1 $1 Rd7 (24… Ra8 $2 25. f4 $1 {with the idea Bf3}) 25. c5 $1
bxc5 26. f4 $1 Nc6 27. Bb5 Rc7 28. Bxc6 Rxc6 29. Rxa7+ Kf6 30. bxc5 Rxc5 {
leads to a drawn rook endgame.}) 24… Kxd8 25. Kf1 $6 (25. b5 $1 {was a
better try} f4 $1 26. Kf1 (26. exf4 Ng6 27. f5 exf5 28. Bd3 Kc7 $1 29. Bxf5 Kd6
30. Kf1 Kc5 31. Bd3 h6 32. Ke2 Ne5 {and black wins since he will be able to
capture whites queenside pawns.}) 26… Kd7 27. Ke1 Kd6 28. Kd2 Kc5 29. Kc3 f5
$1 {a so called prophylactic move that prepares the fixation of the white
double pawns.} 30. Kb3 h6 $1 {to get the tempos right and keep the white king
on the worse b3 square when Nf7 is comming.} 31. Kc3 h5 32. Kb3 Nf7 $1 33. Kc3
(33. exf4 Nh8 34. Kc3 Ng6 35. Bd3 Nxf4 36. Bf1 h4 37. Bd3 Nh3 {and black wins})
33… Ng5 34. Kb3 (34. Kd3 e5 35. exf4 exf4 36. h4 Nf7 37. Kc3 Ne5 38. Bd3 Ng6
39. Bxf5 Nxh4 40. Be4 Kd6 41. Kd4 Ke6 42. Bd5+ Kf5 43. Bc6 Kg5 44. Ke4 Nf5 45.
Bd7 Nd6+ 46. Kd5 Nb7 47. Kc6 Nc5 48. Bh3 h4 {and black wins due to the
weaknesses of the f2 pawn}) 34… Nh3 {and black wins}) 25… a5 $1 {Finally!
now black has a clear advantage in the endgame due to the passed pawn and the
knights superity over the lights squared bishop.} 26. bxa5 bxa5 27. Ke1 Kc7 28.
f4 Ng4 $1 {using the fact that the pawn endgame is easily winning for black
due to his passed pawn.} 29. h3 (29. Bxg4 fxg4 30. Kd2 Kc6 31. Kc3 Kc5 32. Kb3
f5 33. Kc3 a4 34. Kd3 Kb4 35. Kd4 a3 36. c5 a2 37. c6 a1=Q+ {and black wins})
29… Nf6 30. f3 $6 {After this move black never have to worry about any Bh5
moves.} Kc6 31. Kd2 Kc5 32. Kc3 Ne8 33. e4 {Now a new target is created, the
f4 pawn!} Nd6 34. Bd3 f6 35. exf5 (35. Bc2 fxe4 36. fxe4 e5 37. fxe5 fxe5 38.
Bd3 h6 39. h4 a4 40. Bc2 a3 41. Bd3 a2 42. Kb2 Kd4 43. c5 Kxc5 44. Kxa2 Kd4 45.
Bc2 Nxe4 46. Kb2 Ng3 47. Kc1 Ke3 48. Kd1 Kf2 $1 {And the e pawn wins the game
for black.}) 35… Nxf5 36. Bc2 h6 {All pawns are now put on black squares so
that whites bishop can not target them.} 37. Ba4 Nh4 38. Bd1 f5 $1 {The f4
pawn is beeing fixed so it can not advance. This is normally how to handle
double pawns. First fixate them so they can not advance and than capture them.
} 39. Kb3 Ng2 40. Be2 Nxf4 41. Bf1 h5 {intending to fix the white h-pawn on h3
with h4.} 42. Ka4 Kb6 43. Kb3 h4 44. Kc3 Kc5 45. Kb3 e5 46. Ka4 e4 $1 {the
e-pawn is enough for winning so black sacrifies the a5 pawn.} 47. fxe4 fxe4 48.
Kxa5 e3 49. Ka4 e2 50. Bxe2 Nxe2 51. Kb3 Nf4 52. Kc3 Nxh3 53. Kd3 Nf4+ 54. Ke3
h3 $1 {and white resigned since any king move is answered by h2 when the pawn
can not be stopped.} 0-1


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