The annual Open Greek Championship takes place in Kavala. After five rounds the amiable GM Alberto David was leading with a perfect score. Yesterday he made his first draw against the talented American R. Hess, and was caught by the Indian Sandipan Chanda.
The decisive three rounds are to be played.
My ex-student George Ketzetzis has sent me his nice effort against the top-seeded Russian GM. After some great chess, he completely outplayed his opponent, but the time-trouble led to abrupt finish of the game.
Ketzetzis,George (2222) - Belov,Vladimir (2627) [B18]
Kavala Open 2009 Halkidiki (3), 03.08.2009
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nh3 [6.N1e2 Nf6 7.Nf4 e5 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.dxe5 Qa5+ 10.Bd2 Qxe5+ 11.Qe2 Nbd7 12.0–0–0 Qxe2 13.Bxe2 Bc5= Novikov-Belov 1/2–1/2 2009] 6...e6 7.Nf4 Bd6 8.h4
8...Bxf4?! A dubious move. Black gives white the good bishop for the knight and also helps him a lot with his development. [8...Qc7 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.Ne4 Bf4=] 9.Bxf4 h6 10.Bd3!?N [10.h5!? Bh7 11.Bd3 (11.Qg4!? Qxd4 12.Rd1?! (12.c3!?) 12...Qxb2 іs betetr for Black) 11...Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nf6 13.0–0–0 with strong initiative] 10...Bxd3 [10...Qxd4 11.Be3 Qd5 12.Bxg6 fxg6 (12...Qxd1+ 13.Rxd1 fxg6 14.Ne4±) 13.Qe2 is slight edge for White; However- 10...Ne7 was better. 11.h5 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 and I have only slightly better position] 11.Qxd3 Nf6 12.0–0–0 [12.Qa3?! Qxd4 13.Be3 (13.Ne2?! Qe4) 13...Qg4! (13...Qd8!? 14.Rd1 Nbd7 15.Bc5 is unclear (15.0–0 Qe7=) ) 14.Rd1 Nbd7 15.Rd4 Qg6 16.0–0 c5 And black manages to castle.] 12...0–0 13.Ne2!? [13.Kb1 is also an advantage] 13...Qd5?! [13...Nd5 14.g4‚; 13...Na6! Black must create some threats on the queenside. 14.g4 Qd5! 15.c4 Qe4 Exchanging the queens.] 14.Nc3! Qa5 15.g4± White starts activity on the kingside while black has achieved nothing. 15...Nd5 [15...Nxg4?! 16.d5!! Was my idea as the queen remains cramped. 16...Nxf2
17.Qg3!! (17.Qd4? In the game I thought that this is the best move.. 17...Qb6!turns the tables in Black's favour- I had totally forgotten this move.) 17...Nxd1!? 18.Bxh6! f6 only move 19.Rg1 (19.Qxd1!? cxd5! (19...gxh6?? 20.Rg1++-; 19...exd5 20.Bxg7! is a strong attack for White) 20.Qg4! with excellent compensation) 19...Nxc3! 20.Rxg7+ Kh8 21.bxc3 Qxd5 22.Qg1 Qf5 only move 23.Re7 (23.Rxb7 Rg8 24.Bg7+ Kh7 25.Bxf6+ Nd7!! 26.Rxd7+) 23...Rg8 only moves 24.Bg7+ Kh7 25.Bxf6+ Kh6 26.Qxg8 Qf1+ 27.Kb2 Qb5+=; b) 17...Nxh1?? 18.Bxh6! f6 19.Rg1 Rf7 20.dxe6 Re7 21.Qxf6±; ) 17...Nxh1 (17...Nxd1?? 18.Bxh6 g6 19.Qe5 f6 20.Qxe6+ Kh8 21.Qe7+-) 18.Rxh1 Kh7 again an only move (18...Qd8 19.Rg1 g6 20.Bxh6 Qf6 21.Ne4 Qd4 22.Ng5!+-) 19.Rg1 g6! (19...Rg8
20.Ne4!! Nd7 21.Ng5+! hxg5 22.hxg5 Rgf8 23.Qh3+ Kg6 24.Qd3+ f5 25.gxf6+ Kxf6 26.Bd6!+-) 20.Ne4 Nd7 21.h5! Rg8 22.Bxh6 Qxd5 (22...Qxa2 23.Ng5+! Kxh6 24.Nxf7+ Kh7 25.Qf4!!+- Qa1+ 26.Kd2 Qa5+ 27.Ke2 Qa6+ 28.Kf3+-) 23.Ng5+ Kxh6 24.Nxf7+ Kh7 25.hxg6+ Kg7 26.Rd1 Nc5 27.Rxd5 exd5 with an advantage] 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.Kb1 Nd7 18.c4! Qa5 19.Bd2! The queen has to leave the fifth file so that black can not answer Qf5 after the g5 push. 19...Qd8 20.g5 h5 21.Bc3 Nb6 22.b3 A prophylactic move, so that my bishop will not be moved from his ideal position. 22...Qe7 23.Rhg1 [23.Qe2!? a5 24.d5±] 23...a5 24.g6 [24.d5!? exd5 (24...cxd5? 25.Qd4+-; 24...e5 25.f4!+-) 25.Rde1! Qd6 26.g6±] 24...a4 [24...Qxh4?! 25.Rh1! Qf6 26.Rdg1+-] 25.d5! e5 [25...axb3 26.Qd4!+-] 26.d6 Qf6 [26...Qe6? 27.gxf7+ Rxf7 28.Rg6 Qe8 29.Rdg1+-] 27.f4!!+-
27...axb3? [27...Qxf4 28.Rdf1 Qh2 29.Qf5!+- (29.Rh1 Qg2 30.Rhg1=) ] 28.Bxe5 bxa2+ 29.Ka1 Qe6 30.gxf7+! [30.Bxg7? Was my second thought. 30...Kxg7 31.gxf7+ Kh6! (31...Kxf7 32.Qh7+ Ke8 33.Rge1+-) 32.Qd4 Rxf7 33.f5! Qxf5 34.Qxb6 Qf6+ 35.Qd4 Qxd4+ 36.Rxd4=] 30...Rxf7 31.Rg6 Qxc4 [31...Qf5 32.Rxg7+ Kf8 33.Rdg1!+-] 32.Qg3! Kf8 33.Re1?! [33.Rxg7! Ke8 34.Qg6+- With mate in some moves would have been the easiest finish.] 33...Nd7 34.Rxg7 Nf6 35.Bxf6?? 50 seconds on the clock [35.Rxf7+! This variation, I saw after the game in the analysis room, in just two minutes.. 35...Qxf7 (35...Kxf7 36.Bxf6! Rg8 37.Bg7+-) 36.d7! Ng4
37.Qa3+!!+-] 35...Rxf6 36.Rge7 I pressed the clock in 00.1 and immediately resigned... 0–1