Kapnisis, Spyridon - Nikolaidis, Ioannis

Round 2.5
Individual men champ. 2010


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.a3!? This move became a trend after Zvjaginsev's wins! White wants to give the pawn in exchange for rapid development. (5.Bf4 is the main move.)

5... Ba5!? Black doesn't have to take the pawn! (5... Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 dxe4 7.Qe2 (7.Be2 Qa5 8.Bb2 e3 9.Qd3 c5 10.O-O-O Nf6 11.Qxe3 O-O 12.Nh3 Nd5 13.Qd3 c4 14.Qxc4 Ne3 15.Qd3 Nxd1 16.Rxd1 Qc7 17.c4 Nd7 18.Qe4 Re8 19.Bd3 Nf8 20.Nf4 f6 21.Nh5 Qf7 22.g4 Rb8 23.f4 b6 24.Rg1 Ba6 25.Qf3 Rec8 26.g5 Bxc4 27.Bxh7+ Nxh7 28.g6 Qb7 29.gxh7+ Kh8 30.Qg3 Be2 31.Nxf6 gxf6 32.d5 e5 33.Qh4 Rf8 34.fxe5 Qxh7 35.Qf2 Bc4 36.exf6 Rf7 37.Rg4 Rc8 38.Rh4 Bd3 39.Rxh7+ Bxh7 40.c3 Re8 41.Kd2 b5 42.Qf4 Re4 43.Qb8+ Bg8 44.Qxb5 Rh4 45.Qe2 Rfh7 46.Qe5 Bf7 47.Qg3 Rxh2+ 48.Kc1 Bxd5 49.c4 Bf7 50.Qd6 1-0 Zvjaginsev,V (2674)-Belov,V (2589), Ramenskoe 2006) 7... exf3 (7... c5!? This is a possible improvement!) 8.Nxf3 Nf6 9.Qe3 Nbd7 10.Bd3 b6 11.O-O Bb7 12.Qg5 Rg8 13.a4 c5 14.Ne5 h6 15.Qg3 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Nd7 17.Bxh6 Qc7 18.Rxf7 O-O-O 19.Bh7 Rh8 20.Rxg7 Qc6 21.Bg5 Rde8 22.Rd1 Nf8 23.Bg8 Kb8 24.Bf6 Rh6 25.Qg5 Rh3 26.Rxb7+ Qxb7 27.gxh3 1-0 Zvjaginsev,V (2675) -Kharitonov,A (2514), Tomsk 2006)

6.Nge2!? This is a novelty according to my database! Kapnisis has used 6.Bf4 against Lirintzakis 2008! (6.Bf4 Ne7 7.Qd2 O-O 8.h4 c5 9.Nge2 Nbc6 10.O-O-O cxd4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Nc6 13.Qc5 d4 14.Bb5 Bb6 15.Qh5 Bd7 16.Ne2 f6 17.Bc4 Kh8 18.e5 f5 19.Qg5 Qc7 20.h5 Rac8 21.Kb1 Bc5 22.Qg3 a6 23.Nc1 Be7 24.Bb3 b5 25.Nd3 a5 26.h6 g6 27.Bg5 Qd8 28.Bxe7 Qxe7 29.Qh4 g5 30.Qe1 Rb8 31.c3 Rfc8 32.Rc1 dxc3 33.Rxc3 b4 34.axb4 Nxb4 35.Nxb4 axb4 36.Rxc8+ Rxc8 37.Qd2 Kg8 38.Rd1 Rc7 39.Qd4 Kf7 40.Qb6 Bc8 41.Rd6 Rb7 42.Qc5 Bd7 43.g4 fxg4 44.fxg4 Kg6 45.Qc1 Kxh6 46.Qh1+ 1-0 Kapnisis,S (2405) -Lirindzakis,T (2360), Kallithea 2008)

6... Ne7 7.Be3 This is White's idea. The bishop goes to e3 so Ng6 is not a tempo!

7... O-O! 8.Qd2 (8.Qd3 Is also possible!)

8... Nd7 Black's position is very flexible and waits White to take decision! After 9.0-0-0 Black could try to exploit the pawn on a3!

9.Ng3 Kapnisis tries to keep his options open! 0-0 remains in the table! (9.O-O-O b5! White has the attack)

9... dxe4 A human move with a clear strategical plan! (9... f5 This is a transposition since a3 Ba5 was inserted at move 8. 10.exf5 Nxf5 11.Nxf5 exf5 12.Bd3 Nf6 13.O-O Nh5 14.Bg5 Qd6 15.Rae1 Be6 16.Qf2 h6 17.Bd2 Bc7 18.Qh4 Bf7 19.Bxf5 g5 20.Qh3 Qf6 21.Ne2 Ng7 22.Bd3 h5 23.g4 Bg6 24.f4 hxg4 25.Qxg4 Bxd3 26.cxd3 gxf4 27.Bxf4 Bxf4 28.Rxf4 Qe7 29.Ref1 Qe3+ 30.Kh1 Qxd3 31.Rg1 Qh7 32.Qg2 Rae8 33.Rg4 Rf7 34.Nf4 Qh6 35.Rg6 Qh7 36.Nh5 Ree7 37.Qg4 Kf8 38.Nxg7 Rxg7 39.Qf5+ Rgf7 40.Qc8+ Re8 41.Rg8+ 1-0 Timofeev,A (2670)-Riazantsev,A (2656), Moscow 2008) (9... e5!? 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.O-O-O Qc7 unclear position)

10.fxe4 e5! 11.Bc4?! After this loss of time Black puts comfortably his knight on e5! (11.O-O-O! is very dangerous for Black! 11... exd4?! (11... Nf6! unclear position) 12.Bxd4 Ng6 The human plan gets in trouble! 13.h4! c5 singular move 14.Bf2 Qf6 15.h5 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Ne7 (16... Nge5 17.Nf5 White has the attack) 17.h6 g6 18.e5! Qe6 19.Ne4 White has the attack)

11... exd4 12.Bxd4 Ng6 13.Ba2 Nde5 14.O-O-O Bg4 15.Rdf1 Qd7 (15... Bb6!? Black need this exchange to improve his position!)

16.Qe3 Rfd8 (16... Rad8!?)

17.Bxe5 Nxe5 18.Nf5 Bxf5 (18... Qc7! 19.Kb1 Bxf5 was more accurate for Black! 20.Rxf5 (20.exf5 Ng4) 20... Rd7!)

19.exf5 (19.Rxf5 Bc7 20.Rhf1 Rf8 unclear position)

19... Ng4! 20.Qf4 Qd4! Both players are in time trouble!

21.Ne4? (21.Nd5! Qxf4+ (21... Rxd5 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 23.Qxg4 Qa2 24.c3 Bxc3 25.bxc3 Qa1+ 26.Kc2 Qa2+ equal chances, quiet position 27.Kd3?? Rd8+ 28.Ke4 (28.Ke3 Qd2+ 29.Kf3 Rd3+ 30.Ke4 Qe3#) 28... Qc4+ 29.Kf3 Rd3+ 30.Ke2 Rd4+ Black has a decisive advantage) (21... Qd2+ 22.Qxd2 Bxd2+ 23.Kxd2 Nf6 24.Re1 Nxd5 25.Kc1 Kf8 equal chances, quiet position) 22.Rxf4 Ne3 23.Nxe3 Bd2+ 24.Kb1 Bxe3 25.Re4 equal chances, quiet position)

21... Ne3! 22.c3 singular move Qd3 23.Bb1 Nxg2! 24.Bxd3 Nxf4 25.Bc4 Nd5 26.Rf3 Re8?! (26... Bc7 Black has a moderate advantage)

27.Nd6! Re7?! (27... Re5 Black has a slight advantage)

28.f6 (28.Bxd5! cxd5 29.f6 equal chances, quiet position)

28... Nxf6 29.Nf5 Rd7 (29... Re4!? 30.Nd6 Rxc4 31.Nxc4 Bc7 White has sufficient compensation for material deficit Black could try for a win here!) (29... Rae8 With the same idea!)

30.Nxg7! equal chances, quiet position Kxg7 31.Rg1+ Kh8 32.Rxf6 Bc7 33.h4 Rg8 34.Rd1 Re7 35.Rxf7 1/2-1/2