Barbera International Open (Round 1)

July has begun and about 70% of my pupils are on the vacations till September. That means that I have a little time to play chess and relax a bit. My first tournament is International Open of Barbera. Organizers are always providing nice conditions and I am trying to participate in this tournament every year. Hotel Campanile is quite nice and huge shopping center next to it makes life very comfortable.

But, let’s go back to tournament battes. I’ll try to analyze my games and tell the story of every round. Every titled player hopes for easy start of the tournament but not for this time. In the first round I got young player from India with 2205 FIDE rating. Everybody knows that even most inexperienced child from India can become a very difficult opponent. Fortunately, for me, everything ended quite well.

Raja 2205Aroshidze 2535    [B84]
Barbera, 04.07.2015

1.e4 c5

First move is done after almost 7 months of pause in my playing career. Recently I decided to dedicate all my time to the coaching and I don’t play much.

2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6

I also like to play Taimanov, but this time I wanted to went for more sharp play.

5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2

Not the main move. Normally Bishop goes to d3 in this structures. My opponent told me that he prepared classical scheveningen systems with Qe1-g3 maneuver. That’s why he tries to transpose to the Be2 lines.

6… Nf6 7.0–0 d6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4

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9… 0–0

I would like to play 9…b5 but it is too early and Black’s position too unprepared.10.e5! dxe5 11.fxe5 Qxe5 12.Bf4! Qc5 13.Bf3± winning the material.


I don’t think that it is a good move. My opponent is still trying to get classical Scheveningen position with Qe1-g3, but it is not going to happen as b8 knight is not developed yet and it may go to d7 square. White should go for crazy complications after 10.g4!? or just continue with 10.Bf3 (avoiding advance of b7 pawn) Nc6 11.a4 Re8 12.Kh1 Bd7 13.Nb3 b6 14.g4 Bc8 15.g5 Nd7

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board of analysis

and we see another famous position with quite perspective chances for Black. These structures are well-known from the last game of Karpov – Kasparov match when Garry had become the World Champion for the first time.


This is the key. Now it is a perfect moment to advance b pawn.


Already does not work 11.e5 as Black will just take the pawn dxe5 12.fxe5 Qxe5 and there is no Bf4 anymore. In case of 13.Bf3 Black has important intermediate move

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board of analysis

13… Bd6! 14.g3 and only now Ra7=/+ with an extra pawn. We can see why Bd6 was an important move if White takes on e6 now: 15.Nxe6!? (15.Ndxb5 is just losing after Bc5–+) 15…Re7! and Black wins more material.

11.Bf3 is possible, but Black already has an advantage after: Bb7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Nfd7

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board of analysis

14.Bxb7 Qxb7 15.Qg3 Kh8!=/+ pawn e5 is very weak.

11…Bb7 12.Bf3 Nbd7

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White tries to stop Nd7-c5 which was quite disturbing after 13.Qg3. For example:  Nc5 14.e5 (maybe White need to go for complications after 14.f5!? e5 15.Nb3 Na4!? 16.Nxa4 bxa4 17.Nd2=/+, however, Black’s position is preferable) 14…dxe5 15.fxe5 Nfe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 Bxe4=/+

Typical alternative was: 13.g4 but now Black may strike immediately in  the center 13… d5 or just keep regrouping the pieces with 13…Nb6!

13…Rfe8 14.Kh1 Bf8

14…e5!? is also good, but first I wanted to achieve maximal harmony in my piece location

15.Rd1 Rac8 16.g4? 

This flank attack is dubious because of typical counter-strike in the center

16… d5!

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It is hard to recomend something to White but his last move is just a blunder. 17.exd5 was the normal continuation. However, after 17…exd5 18.Nd4 (18.Qd2? Nxg4!) 18…Nb6 19.Qf2 Nc4 Black has decisive advantage: 20.Bc1 Nxa3–+

17…Nxg4! -+ 18.Bg1 Nh6 19.Nd4 f6!

Sooner or earlier Black will need to open the center, so it is good to do it immediately.


Does not give anything 20.f5 as Black may simply take the pawn 20…Nxf5 21.Nxf5 exf5 22.Nxd5 Nxe5–+

20…Nxf6 21.Bf2 Nf5 22.Qd2 Nd6 23.Qc1 Nc4 24.f5?

White is already lost, but he could still play on after: 24.Nce2 g6–+

24…e5 25.Ne6

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25… Rxe6! 

Now game quickly ends.

26.fxe6 d4 27.Bxd4 exd4 28.Rxd4 Bxf3+ 29.Rxf3 Qc6 30.Qf4 Ne5 0–1

Life becomes harder as in the second round I again got another opponent from India. This time IM Sharma Dinesh K. Fide rating 2362. Now I’ll rest and try to play chess.

1 Comment

  1. Levan, you should show this analysis to your opponent, he may be insterested

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