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Fragments of my games from 2010 Chicago Open

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on June 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

In some of the games of the recent Chicago Open I sacrificed an exchange for initiative, in others just had some instructive moments. Let's start with round one. I played with black against Vaja Ashish(2176). In the opening I sacrificed a pawn for initiative and the following position arose after 31.Rg3.


Find Black's plan!


In round four I played with Black against Shankar Gauri(2289)



This endgame position looks dangerous for Black as White threatens with 41.Rf8. Is it possible to create counter play? 


In round 5 I played with white against young talented player Michael H Bodek(2219).


Black has just played 17...Nxd5. What is the best recapture? Confirm your evaluation by variations.


In round 6 I played with white against Tatev Abrahamyan(2290). In the opening I made two inaccurate moves and Black obtained a good position. However her last move 22...h6 was wrong.



Is it worth exchanging the bishop? Calculate 23.Bxf6.


In round 7 I played with black against GM Nikola Mitkov(2509) and the following position arose after the opening:



Does 11.Bxf7 work?


In round 8 I played with White against IM Goran Vojinovic(2447). Soon we reached the following "http://vmikhalevski.webs.com/mikvoj.php.png" /> 


White to move. How would you continue?


Finally in round 9 I played with black against GM Georgy Kacheishvili(2587). The following interesting position arose after  24.Rfb1:



Black to move.


Later in the game we reached the following "http://vmikhalevski.webs.com/kachmik2.php.png" />


Is Black in trouble? Confirm your assessment by variations. No computer help, please!


Enjoy!


Later I'll publish all the games in full.

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2 Comments

Reply kiwichess
5:04 AM on June 16, 2010 
your pgn of the chicago open is empty?!?!
Reply Victor Mikhalevski
8:25 AM on June 17, 2010 
kiwichess says...
your pgn of the chicago open is empty?!?!

thank you for letting me know. I hope to fix the problem soon and then I'll inform to all my members.