Friday, 26 August 2011

Jan Markos - Li Chao, Universiade Shenzhen 2011, Round 6

Below is a game which I've analysed for SCN and I've decided to reproduce it here. This game is the perfect illustration of the difference between being well-prepared or not. To all those who still think that opening preparation isn't important, it's time to wake up!


  1. I don't like to play this with Black pieces, cannot win. Look how an amateur 2226 player drew against a super-grandmaster:

    [Event "Capablanca Memorial Elite 45th"]
    [Site "Havana"]
    [Date "2010.06.11"]
    [Round "2"]
    [White "Bruzon Batista, Lazaro"]
    [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "A16"]
    [WhiteElo "2226"]
    [BlackElo "2695"]
    [PlyCount "44"]
    [EventDate "2010.06.10"]
    [EventType "tourn"]
    [EventRounds "10"]
    [EventCountry "CUB"]
    [EventCategory "18"]

    1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. Ne5 Qd6 7. Nxc6 Qxc6
    8. Qxc6+ bxc6 9. g3 Bg7 10. Bg2 Be6 11. b3 O-O-O 12. Bb2 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Bxc3 14.
    dxc3 Rd6 15. f4 Rhd8 16. Kf2 c5 17. Rhc1 Rd2 18. Bf3 Rb2 19. Rcb1 Rxb1 20. Rxb1
    Rd2 21. Ra1 h5 22. Ke1 Rd6 1/2-1/2

  2. I'm pretty sure Bruzon is not a 2200+ amateur, he's a 2600 GM from Cuba but yeah, at top level, the GMs play this line as an equalising weapon.

  3. You're right, Google says! Unfortunately, it's amazing how the information from Internet can be with mistakes (like with the 2226 rating info I copied and pasted without double-checking).