Thursday, October 23, 2008

Joel Johnson Annotates

NM Joel Johnson - ARZ (2211) – Ilan Meerovich - CHC (2131) [B20]
ICC 60 30 u Internet Chess Club, 10/22/2008, Board 3
1.e4 d6 No need to panic. Based on my research, I am sure that he wants to play a Sicilian and this move does not change my opinion of that fact.

2.d3 g6
3.g3 Bg7
4.Bg2 Nf6
5.f4 0–0
6.Nf3 c5 Ah, yes, all is well now.
7.0–0 Nc6
8.h3

8...d5 Even though this is the best move in the position for Black, I felt comfortable playing against this line. The move that I spent the most time on here was 8. ... b5.

9.e5 Nd7
10.c3 e6 Even though this is a solid move, I was happy to see it. Practically speaking, it seemed better for him to counter with 10. ... Nb6 and 11. ... Bf5. Part of the problem with e6 is that Black has to play very precise to avoid having his Bishop on c8 becoming locked out of the game.

11.Na3 a6
12.Nc2 b5
13.d4 c4 Black continues to play moves that make it more and more difficult to free his locked in light-squared Bishop on c8. And, even though it would appear that the situation is a wash because of my locked in dark-squared Bishop on c1, I plan on making kingside Pawn advances that will provide my Bishop with some real future value.

14.Qe1 My goal now is to secure the queenside, then turn my full attention to building up a kingside attack.

14...a5
15.a3 Rb8
16.Kh1 Qe7
17.Bd2 Rb6
18.g4 Ndb8
19.Qg3 b4
20.axb4 axb4
21.Ne3 bxc3
22.bxc3

22...f5
23.exf6 Bxf6
24.Rae1 Qc7
25.Ne5 Nxe5
26.fxe5 Bg7
27.Rxf8+ Bxf8
28.Rf1




28...Rb2? I had expected him to play 28. ... Bg7, after which I had planned on playing g5, followed by Ng4 and Nf6 with a growing advantage.

29.Qf4 My intention is to play Nd5! on the next move, but it is also very good here. One of the lines I was looking at here was 29. ... Bg7 30. Nd5! ed5 31. Bd5 Kh8 32. Qf8!! Bf8 33. Kg7 Rg8#.

29...Qe7




30.Nxd5 exd5
31.Bxd5+ Black resigns
All moves lead to checkmate, for example:
31. ... Be6 32. Be6 Kh8 33. Qf8 Qf8 34. Rf8 Kg7 35. Rg8#;
31. ... Kh8 32. Qf8 Qf8 33. Rf8 Kg7 34. Rg8#;
31. ... Kg7 32. Qh6 Kh8 33. Rf8 Qf8 34. Qf8# 1–0

2 comments:

Mark Ginsburg said...

White said,

"8...d5 Even though this is the best move in the position for Black, I felt comfortable playing against this line. The move that I spent the most time on here was 8. ... b5."

8...c4!? merits close attention.

Anonymous said...

Bonin has a big gut.