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Re: c3 d3 Italian
Reply #1 - 08/17/10 at 09:47:54
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To me it looks quite simple. If you want a draw, play 11.Re1. If you don't play 11.N3h2, unless you have found a refutation.

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C52-C54: c3 d3 Italian
08/16/10 at 09:15:24
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I am referring to the Italian where White opts for the contemporary structure with c3 and d3, whatever it is called (various names have been given such as giuocco pianissimo, "the italian regretted").

I have picked up John Emms' recent book to expand my 1 e4 repertoire.

I was attracted to a very recent game played at the Gyorgy Marx Memorial between GM Ray Robson and GM Peter Acs.

The game: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.Bb3 O-O 7.O-O Ba7 8.h3 d6 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Bc2 Qc8 11.Re1 Bxh3 12.gxh3 Qxh3 13.Nf1 Qg4+ 14.Kh1 Qh3+ 15.Kg1 Qg4+ 16.Kh1 Qh3+ 17.N3h2 Bxf2 18.Re2 Ng4 19.Qd2 f5 20.Rxf2 fxe4 21.Bb3+ Kh8 22.Rf7 Rxf7 23.Bxf7 e3 24.Qg2 Nf2+ 25.Kg1 Qxg2+ 26.Kxg2 e2 27.Bd2 exf1=Q+ 28.Rxf1 Nxd3 29.Bd5 Re8 30.b4 Nd8 31.Rf3 Nb2 32.Ng4 c6 33.Bf7 Rf8 34.Bb3 Rxf3 35.Kxf3 h6 36.Be3 b5 37.Bb6 Nb7 38.Be6 Na4 39.Bc7 Nxc3 40.Bc8 Nd5 41.Bb8 Nd8 42.Bxd6 Nf7 43.Bc5 h5 44.Nf2 Ng5+ 45.Kg3 e4 46.Nd1 Nf3 47.Bxa6 h4+ 48.Kg4 Ne5+ 49.Kxh4 Nd3 50.a3 Nxc5 51.bxc5 e3 52.Nb2 e2 53.Nd3 b4 54.Ne1 bxa3 55.Bxe2 Ne3 56.Bc4 Nxc4 57.Nc2 a2 58.Kg5 Kh7 59.Na1 Na5 60.Kf5 Kh6 0-1

I thought it was a speculative piece sac by Peter but it seemed to work!!

I have checked the database (TWIC from 1995 onwards 952,062 games)) and there is no games with 10...Qc8. There is a game with 10...Qd7 (from 2008 Dresden Olympiad which went 11 Nh2 d5).

But to backtrack: Is it good for White to play 10 Bc2? The database suggests 10 Re1 (50 games with a 53% score) while 10 Bc2 (12 games and 45.8% score).

10 Re1 allows W's light-sq bishop to be exchanged: 10...Bxb3 11 Qxb3 and now 11...Rb8 leads to two wins by Black (Aronian (Mainz Rapid 2007) and Ippolito 2001). 11...Qd7 leads to draws by White and only a win by a 2297 Elo White player.

Going further back, Emms covers this in Ch 2 pg 60 using Bologan-Heberla, Eur Ch Plovdiv 2008 game but after 6 Bb3 0-0, Emms suggests 7 h3! He only examines 7 Bg5!? and 7 Nbd2!? but not 7 0-0. Back to 7 h3, Emms suggests if Black plays 7...Ba7, then White should play Tiviakov's 8 Bg5!

Putting the Robson-Acs game through the engines, Fritz 11 does not think much of 13 Nf1 preferring 13 Re2 but Rybka likes 13 Nf1.

Playing through the game, I thought that the pieces sac worked in the sense that the White's Kingside is split wide open. It seems there is also a draw by repetition happening and Black forced White to deviate first to avoid the draw. Robson played 17 N3h2. But this allows Bxf2 and there are no more pawns on f-h files! Acs goes on to sac another piece. But Fritz seems to think that White is better after the sac ...

Are the sacs good enough? Material-wise, Acs ends up being a pawn ahead.

Or is this a game where White lost in the endgame in particular 55 Bxe2 lost the game?

Any comments, guys?
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