Coffee Break Chess
GM Alexander Baburin's online newsletter
Time really flies and another 2 weeks have gone since CBC No. 16. I am going to play in Bavaria soon and therefore I would like to share with you some latest news before I go away.
My Web page. The site has been up for about 4 weeks now and it is evolving very nicely. My Webmaster Michael Dooley devotes a lot of time and effort to the site and he has done a great job! The main problem is that the site already has so much quality chess content, that it might be hard to find time to read it all! :-) If you do not believe me, see it for yourself at http://ababurin.tripod.com/. New chess puzzles are added every week, the Collector's Corner has taken off nicely and recently we added new links, as well as Chess Wonders section.
International Chess Auctions. I am starting a new venture with my business partner James Hayes of Kilkenny, Ireland. We will host international chess auctions on a regular base. First auction will take place in Dublin on the 16th of January 2000. We accept various lots and invite potential sellers and buyers to take part in the auction. Our aim is to provide quality service and to make selling and buying chess items more convenient for chess collectors. We will help with free advice to those, who think of starting collecting. Jim has a vast experience in this field, but he has stopped collecting himself to avoid any possible conflict of interests. You can find more relevant information on our Web site: http://chessauction.tripod.com/. We will update information on that site regularly, but if you have any troubles accessing the site at any time, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com You are also welcome to get in touch with me regarding your participation in our auctions - I hope to hear from you soon!
New interesting links. Internet does not stop surprising me - there are many very good chess pages on it and here I would like to mention a few: http://www.forthnet.gr/chess - Manolis Stratakis has a very rich in content page, which will appeal to the fans of chess composition.
http://www.msoworld.com/ has a lot to offer about various games (not only chess!). It also covers the latest Mind Sports Olympiad, which took place in London in August 1999.
Chess Archaeology - http://www.chessarch.com/arch.shtml - is another very curious site. It is run by Nick Pope and offers lots of interesting stuff for those interested in chess history. If you would like to play chess by e-mail, you perhaps should visit the site of by Andres Valverde - http://www.ectool.nu/. He offers a program called ECTool, as well as some other chess programs. Happy surfing on the Net - I will give more links in the next issue!
Happy-end of my Indian saga. My regular readers might remember that in March 1999 I played in Commonwealth Championship in Bikaner, India. There GM Miles and I did not receive our appearance fees, which got wide publicity in chess press. Thus, it would be only fair to inform that the organisers have finally paid both Tony Miles and me.
Annotated game. Two weeks ago 4NCL (British team league) started again in Birmingham. I won both my first games and one of them I would like to show now. I recorded time, spent by both players and will use some of that data here.
1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Nc3 My opponent played this move instantly, but he probably did not know the line, as later he began to spend a lot of time. 6 4 e4 b5 5 a4 b4 6 Nb1? First mistake - much better is 6 Na2, attaching the b4-pawn. Then the following wild game is interesting: 6...e5 7 Bxc4 exd4 8 Qb3 Qe7 9 Nf3 c5 10 Bg5 Nf6 11 0-0 h6 12 Bd5 hxg5 13 Bxa8 g4 14 Nd2 Be6 15 Qg3 Qd8 16 e5 Nh5 17 Qd3 Qh4. Black won after 18 Nc1 Nf4 19 Qg3 Qg5 20 Re1 Nh3+ 21 gxh3 Qxd2 22 Ne2 Qxb2 23 Nf4 Qc3 24 Qg2 b3 25 Rab1 c4 26 Rec1 Qb4 27 Bd5 gxh3 28 Qf3 Nd7 29 Nxe6 fxe6 30 Bxe6 Nxe5 31 Qe4 Bd6 32 Rxc4 Nxc4 33 Bxc4+ Kd8 34 Bxb3 Re8 35 Be6 Rxe6 in Eingorn-Kharlov, Moscow 1991. Usually Black plays 6...Bb7 7 f3 e6 8 Bxc4 c5 and then, for example, 9 Ne2 Nc6 10 Be3 cxd4 11 Nxd4 Qb6 12 Nf5 Qc7 13 Ng3 Bd6 14 0-0 Nge7 15 f4 0-0 16 e5 Nxe5 17 fxe5 Bc5 18 Bxc5 Qxc5+ 19 Rf2 Qxc4 20 Qd7 Nd5 21 Qxb7 b3 22 Nc1 with a draw in Schipkov-Baburin, Gyor 1990. 6...Bb7 This position is similar to the one arising after 3 e4, except that Black has a pawn on b4 here. Thus 6...e5?! won't be good now, as after 7 Nf3! exd4 8 Bxc4 Black does not have check on b4, which he has in the 3 e4 line. This means that he would seriously falling behind in development. 7 f3? Again, this move was played very (too!) quickly... I thought that 7 e5 was necessary. 7...e5! 8 dxe5 Qxd1+ 9 Kxd1 Nc6 10 Bxc4 0-0-0+! Alas, nothing is new in chess nowadays! Annotating this game I found the following example: 10...Rd8+ 11 Nd2 Nxe5 12 Bb3 Bc5 13 Nh3 Ne7 14 f4 Ng4 15 Ke2 0-0 16 Bc4 Nf5 17 Kf3 Nf6 18 Ng5 Nd6 19 Bd3 h6 20 Nh3 Ndxe4 21 Bxe4 Nxe4 22 Nxe4 f5 23 Be3 Bxe4+ 24 Ke2 Bxe3 25 Kxe3 Bxg2 0-1 Levacic-Semkov, Cannes 1989. 11 Nd2 White could not play 11 Kc2? because of 11...Nd4+!. The same knight's jump would be also very unpleasant for White after 11 Ke1?! Nd4!. 11...Nxe5 12 Be2 Here I thought for 9 minutes. My first intention was to play 12...f5, challenging the e4-pawn, which obstructs my b7-bishop. But White can play 13 Kc2. Then I asked myself - what White's want to play anyway? Having found the answer (he wants to play Kc2 & Nc4), I played the decisive: 12...b3! Now White cannot untie his pieces, as 13 Kc2 is no longer possible, while 13 Ke1 will be met with 13...Bb4. 13 f4 This is forced, but now the b7-bishop becomes a monster! 13...Ng6!-+ There is no need to be smart - the line 13...Nf6 14 fxe5 Nxe4 is possible, but not necessary. 14 Nh3 Nf6 15 Ng5 Nxe4 16 Ngxe4 Bxe4 17 Bxa6+ Kb8 18 Rf1 Bc5 19 g3 Rhe8 0-1
White's forces are in really bad shape...
Have a nice weekend - I will be back in about 2 weeks time!
Alexander Baburin, Dublin.
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