My apologies to Fed and Bryan in advance for any offense. Obviously they are 100 times stronger than me, etc.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Bd6
First of all, doesn't 6...Bd6 look slightly weird to you? Blocking the center pawn and all....
My understanding of the point behind this move is that it's kinda to annoy white by attacking h2, thus preventing 0–0 unless white is willing to spend time on either Nf3 or h3. And also to stop a quick f4. Generally to control dark squares in the center and on the kingside. And that black's a long way off from playing ....d5 anyway.
In response, sometimes white plays Qg4, attacking g7. And in response to that, black sometimes plays Be5, or sometimes g6, or sometimes both and then Bg7.
But white can also play more normally with Be3, Qe2 and 0-0-0. Or cautiously with Nf3 and 0-0.
7.Qd2 Nakamura played this against Goletiani and it looked like the point was to play f4 and then castle kingside.
But now, this is definitely funny, right?
I guess the bishop might be uncomfortable on d6 after white plays f4, and black has already gotten something for the "wasted" tempo since white's queen is misplaced. But I was watching this game live at the Marshall and I was thinking
huh. sometimes I don't have any idea what's going on.
ok. now we fast forward and they play completely normally and get a very standard hedgehoggy type position. Except the white pawn in on c2 instead of c4 ... wait, does that mean it's not a hedgehog? or maybe it's not a maroczy bind?! I don't really know these things.
8.Qe2 d6 9.0–0 Nf6 10.f4 Nbd7 11.Kh1 b6 12.Bd2 Bb7 13.Rae1 Nc5 14.b4 Nxd3 15.cxd3 0–0 16.Rc1 Qd8 17.Be3 Rc8 18.Nb3
Ok, so this move is either:
1. designed to stop Na4, which would pressure the b6 pawn, or
2. designed to stop white playing b5, which would sort of fix b6 and perhaps give the white knights some queenside access. Of course maybe both.
Anyway, without looking, predict how many moves this bishop stays here.
Also check out this absurd computer line at the end of which fritz and rybka both somewhat prefer black but I would assess as "completely out of the question": 18...d5 19.e5 Bxb4 20.exf6 Bxc3 21.Rxc3 Rxc3 22.Bd4 Rc6 23.fxg7 Re8 24.Qh5
19.Rc2 e5 20.Rfc1 Bb7
fast forward again: 21.a3 exf4 22.Bxf4 Qd7 23.Qf2 Bd8 24.Nd4 g6 25.h3 Re8 26.Qf3 Nh5 27.Nd5 Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Bxd5 29.exd5 Re1+ 30.Kh2 Bf6 31.Nc6 Nxf4 32.Qxf4 Bg7 33.Qf2 Re8 34.Qxb6 Qf5 35.Qxa6 Qf4+ 36.g3 Qf1 37.Qa7 h5 38.Rf2 Re2
Right? Of course.