Blagoevgrad BUL, 73rd Men Ch Blagoevgrad BUL (1.6), 12.02.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.Re1 d6 7.c3 Na5 8.Bb5 c5!?
Creative idea. Black avoids the advance of the pawns on the queen's flank (it is not sure if they might not become a target) and wants to use the position of the Bb5 in order to win some time. 9.Nbd2 The first official game in my base saw: [9.Ba4 Qc7 10.Nbd2 Nd7!? this is the idea 11.Nf1 Nb6 12.Bc2 Nc6 13.Ne3 Bf6 14.a4 Be6 with good play for Black in 0–1 Malaniuk,V (2485)-Kupreichik,V (2480)/Sverdlovsk 1984/EXT 1999 (34)] 9...Bd7 10.Bxd7 Qxd7 11.Nf1 Nc6 12.Ne3 d5 [12...Rfe8 looks safer.] 13.Nf5 Bd8 [Or 13...dxe4 14.dxe4 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 Bd8 (15...Nxe4 16.Re1 Nd6 17.Nxe7+ Nxe7 18.Rxe5 with advantage) 16.Nd6 and White has a pull] 14.Bg5 g6 On: [14...h6 I intended- 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Ne3 fighting for the d5 square …16...Ne7 17.exd5 Nxd5 18.Nc4 Nf4 19.Ncxe5 Bxe5 20.Nxe5 Qd5 21.Re4 with a pawn ahead] 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Ne3 d4 17.Nd5 Bg7 18.Qb3White's chances look better in the coming struggle. My initiative on the queen's flank and the center develops faster. 18...Kh8 Black goes away from the possible fork on e7. [18...dxc3 19.bxc3 Ne7 20.Rab1 (20.Reb1 b6 21.a4 (21.c4 is also an edge) ) ] 19.Qb5 b6 20.a4 Rad8?! [Better is 20...dxc3 21.bxc3 Rad8 22.Rab1 f5 when everything is possible] 21.cxd4 exd4 22.b4 f5 Julian seeks practical chances with direct attack, and this works well against me. The conventional: [22...cxb4 23.Rec1 Ne5 24.Nxe5 Bxe5 25.Nxb4± leads to a solid plus for White without much counter play for Black.] 23.bxc5 fxe4 24.dxe4 a6