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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #15 - 10/16/10 at 17:21:49
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Jones annotated these games using Timofeev games as main game and other as notes in latest update.
He thought that the move played in the game white won was most critical and offered improvments there for black while still slightly prefering white.
  
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #14 - 08/20/10 at 10:44:19
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TonyRo wrote on 08/19/10 at 15:26:14:
MNb's posts probably deserves an amendment (with no offense to him intended) that the updates are welcome, but the games should be attached in PGNs to save space and such. I have no problem with it being presented like this, as it's easy to copy and paste them into Chessbase, but for some reason (I just can't remember), Tony doesn't like to see them posted like this.


No worries, no offence taken. I only do my unpleasant duty as a moderator.
Game scores are allowed if
1) they are hard to find (thumb rule: not in TWIC and Megabase);
2) are accompanied by verbal explanation (why is ...Rd4 and R8d5 so strong?);
3) are accompanied by concrete analysis (do an attempt to find the best reaction for White).
Combining these three is even better. If you still want to draw attention to an important game without any comment it suffices to give the name of the players, the event and the year.
Main reason is readability.
(Yes, putting them in a file is also allowed)
  

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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #13 - 08/19/10 at 16:46:09
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Interesting games, if Timofeev plays Rd4 if is possible the best way to go since he is one of the main gurus in the Bjerring variation.
  
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #12 - 08/19/10 at 15:26:14
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MNb's posts probably deserves an amendment (with no offense to him intended) that the updates are welcome, but the games should be attached in PGNs to save space and such. I have no problem with it being presented like this, as it's easy to copy and paste them into Chessbase, but for some reason (I just can't remember), Tony doesn't like to see them posted like this.
  
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #11 - 08/19/10 at 13:35:04
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Hmpf, just giving game scores without comments is against the policy of this forum, especially when the games easily can be found in well known sources like TWIC.
  

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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #10 - 08/18/10 at 16:04:43
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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1
Rd4 21. Re5 R8d5 was played in three recent games and seems to improve on 20.-c5.

[Event "ZH-2010-0-00424"]
[Site "Lechenicher SchachServer"]
[Date "2010.06.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Schild, Reinhard"]
[Black "Ortiz, Manuel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2082"]
[BlackElo "2205"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "2010.05.27"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1
Rd4 21. Re5 R8d5 22. Rxd5 Rxd5 23. Re1 Qf2 24. Qb4 Qxg2 25. Bc4 Qg5+ 26. Kb2
Qf6+ 27. Qc3 1/2-1/2

[Event "7th CHN-RUS"]
[Site "Ningbo CHN"]
[Date "2010.08.07"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Wang Hao"]
[Black "Timofeev, Arty"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2724"]
[BlackElo "2690"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[EventDate "2010.08.05"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "CHN"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2010.08.09"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2
O-O 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1
Rd4 21. Re5 R8d5 22. Re2 Qd8 23. Rhe1 a5 24. Re4 a4 25. Rxd4 Rxd4 26. Re2 Qa5
27. Kb1 Qc3 28. Qb2 Qc5 29. g4 a3 30. Qc1 Rd8 31. h3 Rd4 32. Re4 Rxe4 33. Bxe4
Bd5 34. Bxd5 cxd5 35. f4 Qe7 36. g5 d4 37. h4 Kg7 38. Qd2 Qe4 39. Kc1 Qh1+ 40.
Qd1 Qe4 41. Qf1 h5 42. Qf2 Qh1+ 43. Kd2 Qa1 44. f5 Qc3+ 45. Kd1 Qa1+ 46. Ke2
gxf5 47. Qxf5 Qxa2 48. Qe5+ Kg8 49. Kd2 Qb2 50. Qe8+ Kg7 51. Qe5+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "36th Open"]
[Site "Badalona ESP"]
[Date "2010.08.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Corrales Jimenez, F."]
[Black "Gonzalez Perez, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2574"]
[BlackElo "2403"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2010.08.02"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2010.08.09"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1
Rd4 21. Re5 R8d5 22. Rhe1 Rxe5 23. Rxe5 Rh4 24. Qe7 Qg1+ 25. Kb2 Qd4+ 26. Ka3
Rxh2 27. Rxe6 fxe6 28. Bc4 Qf4 29. Bxe6+ Kh8 30. g3 Qxf3 31. Bf7 1-0


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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #9 - 07/05/10 at 12:02:59
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If someone of the forum is not a subscriber I can mentioned that Bjerring variation appears to be in trouble line a line starting with

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1
c5 21. Bc4 Rd2 22. Bxe6 fxe6 23. g3 *

I still think that black can hold the position but technique
and patience is needed. To bad since this subvariation served my great during the years.

  
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #8 - 06/21/10 at 04:04:44
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Besides Bragesjö's suggestion 18.-Rd7 Black has three other tries that are worth looking at:

1.) 18.-Rfe8 19. Bd3 c5 20. Qa4 Rb8 21. b3 Red8 22. Qa6 Qc7 23. Rxe6 fxe6 24. Qxe6+ Kg7 25. h4 Re8 26. Qc4 Qe5 27. Kb1 (Becerra - Gallego, Linares 1997), and now Black could have got an equal game by 27.-Rb4

2.) 18...Qd4 19. Bd3 c5 20. Re4 Qf2 21. Re2 Qd4 22. Qc3 Qxc3 23. bxc3 c4 24. Be4 Rd6 25. Rd1 Ra6 26. Kb1 Rb8+ 27. Ka1 Rb5 28. Rb1 Rba5 29. Rb2
1/2-1/2 Broniek,M (2269)-Evans,G (2343)/Lechenicher SchachServer 2009


3.) 18...Rd4 19. h4 h5 (this could be an improvement over Fedorowicz's 19.-Rd5) 20. g4 Rfd8! 21. Be2 (21. gxh5 Qc7 22. Qe3 Qa5 23. a3 Qd5 with compensation)  21... R4d5 22. Bc4 Ra5 23. Qc3 Bxc4 24. Qxc4 Rd4 25. Qc3 (25. Re8+ Kg7 26. Qc3 Qb4 27. Qxb4 Rxb4 28. a3 hxg4 =) 25... Rxa2 26. b3 Qb4 27. Qxb4
1/2-1/2 McLeod,S (2206)-Krupa,B (2111)/Lechenicher SchachServer 2010


[Event "Linares Anibal op 4th"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Becerra Rivero, Julio"]
[Black "Gallego Jimenez, Victoriano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2510"]
[BlackElo "2395"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Re1 Rfe8 19. Bd3 c5 20. Qa4
Rb8 21. b3 Red8 22. Qa6 Qc7 23. Rxe6 fxe6 24. Qxe6+ Kg7 25. h4 Re8 26. Qc4 Qe5
27. Kb1 Rbd8 28. h5 gxh5 29. f4 Qd4 30. Qxd4+ cxd4 31. Rxh5 h6 32. Ra5 Re7 33.
Ra6 h5 34. Rg6+ Kf8 35. Rh6 Rg7 36. Bg6 Rd6 37. f5 Ke7 38. Rxh5 Kf6 39. Rh3
Rgd7 40. Rd3 Re7 41. Rd2 Re1+ 42. Kb2 Re3 43. g4 Kg5 44. Bh5 Rg3 45. Rf2 Re3
46. Bf7 d3 47. cxd3 Rexd3 48. Be6 Rd2+ 49. Rxd2 Rxd2+ 50. Ka3 Rd4 51. b4 Rxg4
52. Ka4 Rg3 53. b5 Kf6 54. Kb4 Ke5 55. a4 Kd6 56. a5 1/2-1/2

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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #7 - 01/14/10 at 21:44:29
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Thanks a lot! I'll look into that.

The option to get the Queen to the d-file also explains why 18...Rd7 followed by 19...Rfd8 should be better than 18...Rd4 and then 19...Rfd8 (instead of Fedorowicz's 19...Rd5).

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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #6 - 01/14/10 at 09:15:39
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When I looked at this position the first time was when Pontus Carlsson face it in swedish elite a few years ago and played a direct Rd5 and I thought that Bc4 was an improvment that looked realy good for white.

I also does not see any differeces by losing a temo, a white pawn to h4 does not weaken whites position.

I analysed with Rybka 2 a few years ago coming to the conclusion that the move 18 .. Rd7 was blacks best option, intening to double at d file and play c5(after Bd3, h4 without Bd3 Queen to dfile) but white can get a slighlty better endgame by accurate play.

EDIT I asses this as whites most dangerous try agianst the Bjerring variation
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #5 - 01/13/10 at 20:33:56
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Hello,

bragesjo wrote on 11/24/09 at 23:34:24:
an other critical line is the rare and underrated 18 Re1


I have a question about this 18.Re1 line, and specifically about a short comment that Chris Ward wrote regarding the game Kamsky-Fedorowicz, Philadelphia 2009 (in his analysis on Alekseev-Caruana, Biel 2009, featured in the September update).

Fedorowicz played 18...Rd4 instead of Rd5, and the argument was that after 18...Rd5 19.Bc4 Ra5 20.Qc3 Bxc4 21.Qxc4 Rb8 22.b3 Rxa2 23.Re7! Black is forced to play the defensive 23...Rf8, which according to Chris "wasn't what Black originally had in mind". Indeed, the two outings of this line in my database are won by White, so I figured hat 18...Rd4 was an improvement, intended to rule out Bc4.

However, after Kamsky's 19.h4 Fedorowicz put the rook on d5 anyway, which was answered by 20.Bd3. The game finally ended in a draw.

Now I am wondering, however, whether White couldn't play in the exact same manner as mentioned above, only with the move h4 for free, i.e. 18...Rd4 19.h4 Rd5 20.Bc4 Ra5 21.Qc3 Bxc4 22.Qxc4 Rb8 23.b3 Rxa2 24.Re7 Rf8.

Is h4 a liability for White, or am I missing some possible black improvement in this line? If not, isn't 18...Rd5 directly without losing  a tempo just better? And how would you assess Black's chances?

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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #4 - 11/24/09 at 23:34:24
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The line you gives is one of the critical lines, an other critical line if the rare and underrated 18 Re1.
In recent GM practise black gets a draw without any difficulties after Rd5. One model games is Fedorchuk-Timofeev 2009. It also appears that Bd5!? as in Vocaturo - P Carlsson 2008 is playable with the idea of preventning any exchange sacs at e6 but there might be some serious improvments for white to get a slightly better positon.

Blacks strutural weakness is often compensated by active pieces and potential attacks agianst queenside, (and sometimes even kingside pawns) where Rooks , Queen and Bishop can easely target whites king. Also blacks pieces are in more attacking position than whites. But I agree that Petroff might be a more simple way to get a draw Smiley. Several players like Kasimdzhanov actually swithes between Dragon and Petroff. At the subscrition section of this site they conclude that this line has put out 9 0-0-0 mainline as a serious winning try as white is struggeling for any advantage at all.

EDIT

On Rogozenkos disc Dragon 2 Khalifman recommended this system for black (primary recommendatrion and mainline e5 secondary recommendation) and called the line an interesting pawsacrifice where black hopes that hes better development will give him enough counter for the pawn and that it seemed to be true. But he did not discusses the line in high detail.

Also, this line had an article in Chessbase Magazine 114 but there has been lots of developments since that article, and mostly positive for the black side.

While Dearing in Play the Sicilian Dragon main recommendation was e5, he mentioned the line in passing, showing a few variations, and wrote that he would be confident in playing either side in this variation and he assest the position as pretty equal.
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #3 - 11/24/09 at 19:59:49
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Hi all

I still don't really understand why Black is doing ok in this line. After the moves:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2
O-O 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19.Rhe1 Ra5 20.Qc3 Rxa2 21.b3 Ra5 22.Kb2,
which appears to be the critical line, to me Black just seems to be clearly worse: White is much better co-ordinated, the pawns on a7 and c6 can become rather weak, and in many lines the Rxe6 sacrifice is strong. In addition, it seems to be a game with only 2 results, and the Petroff is a much better way of accomplishing this. So I ask the question: Why is this line playable at the top level?
  
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #2 - 11/23/09 at 20:28:19
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Today the match between Dominuez and Smerdon continued in form av tie break rapidplay games.
Domuniuez first returned to Bc4 yugoslav (including allowing Chinsese) where Smerdon came ut with an new interesting plan and white could not get through  anywhere so draw was agress after repeting the same position.In game number two white choosed a solid 0-0 line where black could have eqaliced  at once by d5 as in in Kamsky-Radjabov (i think). Smerdon had the draw in the endgame but white had better moves before.

Also, Shabalov played Dragon and won agianst Baklan in the Carlsen/Radjabov (origianlly invented by Rogers) line Bxd4 agaisnt Experts vs Sicilian line.
but tat game would be little mroe out of topic than it alreay is. If hope Ward and Jones annototates the Yugoslav attack games between Dominueuz and Smerdon.

[Event "World Cup"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2009.11.23"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Dominguez Perez, L."]
[Black "Smerdon, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B78"]
[WhiteElo "2719"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2009.11.21"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. Bb3 Ne5 12. Kb1 Re8 13. h4 h5 14. g4 hxg4 15.
h5 Nxh5 16. Bh6 e6 17. Rdg1 Qf6 (17... g3 {is the alternative} 18. Rxh5 gxh5
19. Rxg3 Ng6 20. Nf5 Bf6 21. Nxd6 Rc6 22. Nxe8 Bxe8 {with double edged play})
18. fxg4 Bxh6 19. Qxh6 Qg7 20. Qe3 Nf6 21. g5 Nh5 22. Ndb5 {criticla line} Bxb5
23. Nxb5 Red8 24. Qxa7 Nf3 25. Rg2 Qe5 {never considerd this move before but
it looks rather strong} 26. Qe3 Ne1 {excelent move} 27. Rxe1 Qxb5 {with has
perhaps the more pleasent position but it is realy difficult to make progress,
especaily after the knight exchanges. Whites Bishop is starring at at brick
wall but blacks Knight looks also out of play} 28. c3 Qe5 29. a3 {white fins
no direct way of progress so he take stime out to fortify hes kings position} b5
30. Ka2 Kg7 {the kings is better plaed at g7 than g8 since Rh8 is not playalbe
if white should try any sacs at h file} 31. Rf1 Rc7 32. Qf3 Ra8 33. Rh1 Rh8 34.
Rd1 Rd8 35. Rh1 (35. Rg4 {is a computer suggestion but} Rc5 36. Ka1 Rd7 37. Kb1
Rc8 38. Bc2 Rdd8 39. Rf1 Rc7 40. Bb3 {and white makes no progress}) 35... Rh8
36. Rd1 Rd8 37. Rh1 1/2-1/2

[Event "World Cup"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2009.11.23"]
[Round "1.6"]
[White "Dominguez Perez, L."]
[Black "Smerdon, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B73"]
[WhiteElo "2719"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2009.11.21"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. Be2 O-O 8.
O-O {feeling out of luck in both Bc4 yugoslav and 9 0-0-0 yugoslav Dominquez
castles short!} Nc6 9. Qd2 Bd7 (9... d5 {eqalices at once} 10. exd5 Nxd5 11.
Nxc6 bxc6 12. Rfd1 Qc7 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. c3 Rb8 15. h3 Bf5 16. b3 Rfd8) 10.
Rfd1 {never seens this move before but it is in Fritz 12 opening book} Rc8 11.
f3 a6 12. a4 Ne5 13. Nd5 e6 (13... Nxd5 14. exd5 Qc7 15. Qb4 Rfe8 {looks
almost like Adams-Carlsen} 16. c3 e6 17. dxe6 Bxe6 18. f4 Nc4 19. Nxe6 Rxe6 20.
Bxc4 Qxc4 21. Qxc4 Rxc4 22. Kf2 f5) 14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15. b3 d5 16. f4 Nc6 17. e5
Bg7 18. Nxc6 Bxc6 {the position has switrhc opening into a frensh like
position where all knihgts has been traded away. White has mroe space as well
as the more active pieces} 19. Bd4 f6 20. exf6 Bxf6 21. Qe3 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 Qf6
23. Re1 Kg7 24. Bd3 Rce8 25. g3 Kg8 26. Qe5 (26. Bf1 Qe7 27. Bh3 {looks good
for white}) 26... Qxe5 27. Rxe5 Kf7 28. h4 h5 29. Kf2 Kf6 30. Ke3 a5 (30... b5
31. axb5 axb5 32. Rb4 Ra8 33. Rg5 Rg8 34. Kd4) 31. c3 Rb8 32. c4 b6 33. cxd5
Bxd5 34. Bc4 Bxc4 35. bxc4 Rfd8 36. Rb5 Rxd4 (36... Rdc8 37. Kd3 Rc6) 37. Kxd4
Rd8+ 38. Kc3 Rd6 39. c5 bxc5 40. Rxc5 Rd1 {loses by force} (40... Rd5 {is at
elast a draw} 41. Kc4 (41. Rc8 Kf5 42. Rc6) 41... Kf5 42. Rc6 (42. Rxd5+ exd5+
43. Kxd5 Kg4)) 41. Rxa5 Ra1 42. Kb2 Rg1 43. Rg5 Rg2+ 44. Kb3 Rg1 45. a5 Ra1 46.
Kb4 Rb1+ 47. Kc5 Ke7 48. a6 1-0
  
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Re: Latest word in Bjerring variation
Reply #1 - 11/21/09 at 20:18:31
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Interesting game played today, black was better at various points where Dominiuez diverting from hes usual Bc4 yugoslav and played 9 0-0-0 experts line where he faced Bjerring variation and nearly lost.

[Event "World Cup"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2009.11.21"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Dominguez Perez, L."]
[Black "Smerdon, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2719"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2009.11.21"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O (9. Bc4 {
was Dominiquez reply when he meet Carlsen as well as when he meet Radjabov})
9... d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 (12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. Qxd5 {
is playable} Qc7 14. Qc5 (14. Qxa8 {is a common move at internet and is  in
fact both greedy and bad, black gets a strong attack} Bf5 15. Qxf8+ Kxf8 16.
Rd2 h5 17. Be2 {is only move} (17. Bd3 Qe5 {black is better}) 17... Kg8 18. Kb1
Qb8 19. Bd4 Qf4 20. Rhd1 Bxd4 21. Rxd4 Qxh2 22. Bf1 h4 {Rybka preferces black})
14... Qb7 {black has compensation}) 12... Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3 Bxe3+ 15.
Qxe3 Qb6 {the Bjerring variation, black perhaps most solid line vs Experts vs
Sicilian line} 16. Qxe7 {critical test} (16. Qxb6 axb6 17. a3 Be6 {
draw in for example Alekseev-Svidler 2008 and Bacrot-Grischuk 2008}) 16... Be6
17. Bd3 (17. Qa3 Rad8 {
is main line and white can choose between the rare Re1 and the mainline Bd3}) (
17. Kb1 c5 18. Qh4 Rab8 19. b3 Rfc8 20. Bc4 Qb4 21. Kc1 Qa3+ 22. Kb1 Qb4 23.
Kc1 Qa3+ 24. Kb1 {draw}) (17. b3 {is bad becouse of} a5 {with a stong attack})
17... Qe3+ {interesting move} (17... Bxa2 18. b3 (18. h4 c5 19. h5 c4 20. hxg6
cxd3 21. gxh7+ Kh8 22. Rxd3 Rfd8 {unclear, Rybka3 slightly favors black}) 18...
Bxb3 19. cxb3 Qxb3 {is mainline, Rybka calls is a draw}) 18. Rd2 (18. Kb1 Bxa2+
{is black point}) 18... Rfe8 19. Qh4 (19. Qf6 {is better} Rad8 20. Qc3 (20. h4
Bf5 21. h5 Bxd3 22. h6 Kf8 23. Qh8+ Ke7 24. Qc3 Rd5 25. Qa3+ Kd8 26. cxd3 Kc7 {
unclear}) 20... Bf5 21. Rhd1 Bxd3 22. cxd3 {unclear, white has a pawn but
black has the safer king and the more active rooks}) 19... Bxa2 20. Qf2 (20.
Rhd1 Rab8 21. Qa4 Bd5 {black is slightly better}) (20. b3 Qe5 21. Rdd1 Bxb3 22.
cxb3 Qc3+ 23. Bc2 Re2 24. Rd8+ Rxd8 25. Qxd8+ Kg7 26. Qd3 Qa1+ 27. Bb1 Qb2+ 28.
Kd1 Rxg2 29. h4 h5 {white has a peice but black ha the better chanses}) 20...
Qe5 {black is better now} 21. Be4 (21. c3 Bb3 22. Bc2 Bxc2 23. Rxc2 a5 {
black is better}) (21. g4 Qa5 {black is better}) (21. h4 Be6 22. Kb1 Rab8 23.
c4 Bf5 {black is better}) 21... Rab8 22. Qd4 (22. c3 Qa5 {
with a strong attack eg} 23. h4 Rxe4 24. fxe4 Bb3) 22... Qa5 23. Rd3 Qg5+ (
23... Rb4 24. Qd6 Bd5 25. Ra3 Ra4 26. b4 Qxb4 27. Qxb4 Rxb4 28. Bxd5 (28. Rxa7
Bxe4 29. Re1 c5 30. fxe4 Rbxe4 31. Rxe4 Rxe4 32. Kd2) 28... cxd5 29. Rxa7 Re2)
24. Rd2 Red8 25. Qc3 Rxd2 26. Qxd2 Qf6 {the start of a deep plan} (26... Qe5
27. c3 Bc4 {black is better}) 27. c3 Rd8 28. Qe3 Qe5 {
blacks point of the manouver} 29. g3 (29. f4 Qa5 {black wins}) (29. Rd1 Rxd1+
30. Kxd1 Qxh2 31. Qxa7 Qh1+ 32. Kc2 Qxg2+ 33. Kc1 Qg5+ 34. Kd1 Bb3+ 35. Ke2
Bc4+ 36. Kd1 Bd5 {black has good winning chanses}) (29. Qxa7 Qf4+ {
is black point}) 29... Bb3 30. Re1 (30. Qxa7 Qg5+ 31. Kb1 (31. f4 Qh5) 31...
Qd2 32. Ka1 Bd5 33. Qa4 Rb8 {black wins}) 30... Qa5 31. Bb1 Qa1 (31... Qd5 {
is a good winning try. Rybka claims that black is almost a half pawn better})
32. Qe7 Qa5 33. Qe3 Qa1 34. Qe7 Qa5 1/2-1/2
  
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10/28/09 at 14:12:32
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Looking at some recent highlevel encounters from EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2009
I noticed this Dragon game. However, I got a new computer and when I finnaly found my Fritz disc it is unreadable
so I can not insert comments.  A thing about this game is that Alekseev was white and he has played many recent games
agianst the Bjerring variation and choosing different sub variation every time.

Here comes that game

[Event "17.ETCC 2009"]
[Site "Novi Sad, Serbia"]
[Date "2009.10.23"]
[Round "2.11"]
[White "Alekseev, Evgeny"]
[Black "Stanojoski, Zvonko"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2492"]
[PlyCount "116"]
[EventDate "2009.10.22"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2
O-O 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1
Ra5 21. Qb2 c5 22. Re4 c4 23. Bxc4 Bxc4 24. Rxc4 Qe3+ 25. Kb1 Rad5 26. a4 Qe2
27. g3 Qxf3 28. Re1 Qg2 29. Qc3 Qxh2 30. Rc8 Rxc8 31. Qxc8+ Kg7 32. Qc3+ Kh6
33. Kb2 Rg5 34. Re3 Qg1 35. Rf3 f5 36. Qc7 Qd4+ 37. Ka2 Rg4 38. Rf1 Qd5 39.
Qxa7 Rxg3 40. Rf2 Rh3 41. a5 Qe5 42. Rf1 Qc3 43. Kb1 Qb4 44. Qb6 Qxb6 45. axb6
Re3 46. Kb2 Re6 47. c4 Rxb6 48. c5 Rb8 49. Kc3 g5 50. b4 g4 51. Kc4 g3 52. c6
Kg5 53. b5 f4 54. c7 Rc8 55. b6 g2 56. Rg1 f3 57. Kd4 Kf4 58. b7 f2 1-0

And here comes a earlyer game where black improves over the above mentioend game

[Event "10th Karpov"]
[Site "Poikovsky RUS"]
[Date "2009.06.04"]
[EventDate "2009.06.03"]
[Round "2"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Sergei Rublevsky"]
[Black "Vugar Gashimov"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2702"]
[BlackElo "2730"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7
7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6
12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3 Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7
Be6 17. Qa3 Rad8 18. Bd3 Rd5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. Rde1 c5 21. Bc4
Rd2 22. Bxe6 fxe6 23. Rd1 Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25. Kxd1 c4
26. Qe7 Qg1+ 1/2-1/2
  
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