Kindred’s Special: Challenging more Principles

We are told in no uncertain terms that one should rarely think of developing the Queen early in the game. In the following game played in the recent Chicago Open, GM Jaan Ehlvest topped the field and demonstrates that, given the circumstances, an early Queen sortie especially in rather unusual positions definitely raises the temperature of a titanic struggle on the 64.

White: GM Jaan Ehlvest      versus     Black:  GM Alexander Shabalov

                                        English Opening, Irregular

1.c4  b6!?

This ultra-sharp idea is a cornerstone of Shabalov’s style. Historically speaking 1…e5,  1…Nf6, 1…g6 or 1…c5 are commonly played to open the play for Black.  Such a choice almost dictates the deployment of the Bishop along the h1-a8 diagonal and permits White to conjure up a remedy to prove its position to be compromised somewhat.

2.Nc3  Bb7  3.e4  e6  4.d3  Bb4.

Here, the former US Champ ignores Emmanuel Lasker’s advice to develop Knights before Bishops–or at least one Knight.

5.Qg4!

A bit out of the ordinary in an original set up. Perhaps Black was taken by surprise with such a sally that seems as the game goes is not bad at all.

5…Qf6  6.Nge2  Qg6  7.Qh3  Ne7  8.a3  Bxc3+  9.Nxc3  f5.

This is often played in the black setup where 1…b6 is essayed. Ehlvest now decides to suggest to his opponent an Q-exchange that leaves him with the two-bishops and endgame edge.

10.Qg3  Qxg3  11.hxg3  Nbc6  12.Be3  O-O-O  13.O-O-O  h6  14.f3  d5.

Black strikes the center with support of the pawn by the Bishop.

15.cxd5  exd5  16.Bf2  Rhf8  17.exf5  d4.

A mistake would be 17…Nxf5 due to 18.d4 when White will enjoy pressure on the King-side with hopes of some Rook action by Rh5 in the future. Of course, 18…Rfe8 19.g4 Ne3 20.Bxe3 Rxe3 would eliminate the bishop pair. Kind of complex for you maybe but suffice it to say that the chances would be similar as that of the game.

18.Ne4  Nxf5  19.Re1  Na5  20.g4  Nd6  21.Nd2  c5  22.Rh5  Rf7  23.Bg3  Kd7  24.b3.

White’s solid play makes it difficult for Black to find a plan that offers winnable chances while keeping fairly level.

24. … Re8  25.Rxe8  Nxe8  26.b4  Nf6?

This turns out badly in the end. I would play following my square-count theory 16…cxb5  17.axb5  Nc6 and if 18.b5 Nb4>Nd5. At least he has those a/b pawns vs. the White b-pawn and active Knight placement along with a tactical shot after 18.Nb3 Bxf3!!

27.Rh1  cxb4  28.axb4  Nc6  29.b5  Nd8.

Now the idea of …Nb4 is no good because White wins the d-pawn after 30.Nb3.

30.Nc4  Re7  31.Nd6  Ke6  32.Nf5  Rd7  33.Bf2 Ke5  34.Be2  g6  35.Bg3+ Kd5!

Setting a little trap that on 36.Rxh6 gxf5  37.Rxf6 fxg4  38.fxg4 Kc5 leaving the White pawn structure weakened.

36.Nxh6  Kc5  37.Kd2  Ne6  38.Be5  Nd5  39.Ng8  Nef4  40.Nf6  Nxf6  41.Bxf4  Nd5  42.Be5  Nc3  43.Rh6  Kxb5  44.Rxg6  Nxe2  45.Kxe2  a5  46.Rg7  Rxg7  47.Bxg7.

Here is another feature when discussing principles. Often you read that the Bs/opposite colors increases drawing chances.  Not so in this instance as Ehlvest recognizes that the peculiar ending reached is, in fact, a winning position for him.

47…Kc5  48.g5  Kd5  49.g6  b5  50.Bf6  Bc8  51.Bd8  a4  52.g7  Be6  53.Be7  Bg8  54.g4  Ke5  55.Kf2  Ke6  56.Bf8  Kf6  57.f4 Bd5  58.Bc5 Kxg7  59.Bxd4+ Kg6  60.Bc5  Bb3  61.d4  Bd1  62.Kg3  Black resigns.  (1-0).

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