|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!
Later I'll publish all the games in full.