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Luther, T. (2544) - Gulko, B. (2622) [B09]
Corus B, Wijk aan Zee (5) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 Na6 7. O-O c5 8. d5 Bg4 9. a3 Nc7 10. Qe1 Bxf3 11. Rxf3 e6 12. dxe6 Nxe6
In the game Arakhamia, K. - Zaitshik, G., Tbilisi 1991 Black played 11... fxe6 12. Nh4 d5 13. e5 c4 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. Nxg6 hxg6 16. Bxg6 Bh4 17. Qd2 Rf6 18. f5 Bxf5 19. Bxf5 Rxf5 20. Rxf5 exf5 21. Qf4 d4 22. Qxf5 dxc3 23. Qg6+ Kh8 24. Qh6+ Kg8 25. Qg6+ Kh8 draw, 1/2-1/2. Deserving attention is 21. Qe2. Interesting is 22. Na2!? Bf6 (22... Qe7 23. Bd2 Ne6 24. Qxf5 Rf8 25. Qg4+ Ng7 26. g3 Bf6 27. Re1) 23. Qxf5 d3 24. Qg4+ Kh8 25. Be3 dxc2 (25... Bxb2? 26. c3!) 26. Qh5+ Kg8 27. Qg6+ Bg7 28. Qxc2 with an edge to White.
13. f5!
A novelty. An alternative is 13. Qh4 Nd7 14. Qxd8 Raxd8 15. Nd5 Nd4 (15... Nf6!? 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Bc4 Nc7) 16. Rf2 b5 17. c3 Nb3 18. Rb1 c4 19. Bc2 Ndc5 20. Be3 Rd7 21. Rd1 Re8 22. Re2 Kf8 23. Bxc5 Nxc5 24. Kf2 Rb8 25. Kf3 a5 26. Red2 f6 27. Ne3 Ke7 28. Nd5+ Kf7 29. Ne3 Rb6 30. a4 Bf8 31. axb5 Rxb5 32. Nxc4 Rc7 33. Rxd6 a4 34. Rb6 Rxb6 35. Nxb6 Rb7 36. Nxa4 Nxa4 37. Bxa4 Rxb2 38. Rd7+ Be7 39. Rc7 h5 40. Bc6 g5 41. Bd5+ Kf8 42. fxg5 fxg5 43. h3 Bd6 44. Rf7+ Ke8 45. Rf5 Rc2 46. e5 Rxc3+ 47. Ke4 Be7 48. Bf7+ Kd7 49. Bxh5 Rc4+ 50. Kd5 Rc5+ 51. Kd4 Rc2 52. Bg4 Kc6 53. Rf7 Bc5+ 54. Kd3 Ra2 55. Bf3+ Kb6 56. Rb7+ Ka6 57. Rg7 Kb5 58. Rxg5 Ra3+ 59. Ke4 Re3+ 60. Kf5 Re1 61. Rg4 1-0, Black resigned in Pokorna Reg - Gurieli N, Eu Team Ch (women), Batumi 1999. In my opinion the attack after 13. f5! is more engrossing than manoeuvres in an endgame.
13...Nd4 14. Rh3 c4
If 14...Qb6 then 15. Be3 gxf5 16. exf5 Rfe8 17. Rb1 Re5 18. Qg3 Nxf5 19. Bxf5 Rxf5 20. b4 Qc6 21. Bh6 Ne8 22. Qh4 Bd4+ 23. Kh1 d5 24. Bg7! h5 (24...Nxg7? 25. Qxh7+ Kf8 26. Qh8+ Ke7 27. Qxa8 or 24...Bxg7? 25. Qxh7+ Kf8 26. Qxf5) 25. Bxd4 cxd4 26. Qxd4 with an edge to White.








   
15. Bxc4!!
A nice rook sacrifice.
15...Nxc2 16. Qh4 Nxa1
After 16...Qb6+ 17. Kh1 Qd4 18. Bg5 Nh5 19. Rc1 (or 19. Rg1 Qxc4 20. f6 Rfe8 (20...Bh8 21.g4) 21. fxg7 Re5 22. Bf6) 19...Qxc4 20. f6 (after 20...Bh8 21. g4 h6 22. gxh5! hxg5 23. Qxg5 Qe6 24. Rf3 Nd4 25. hxg6! White wins) 20...Bxf6 21. Bxf6 Rfe8 22. Be7 White has a clear advantage.
17. Nd5 Nh5
Bad is 17... h5? 18. Bg5 Qa5 19. Ne7+ Kh7 20. Bxf7! Rxf7 21. fxg6+ Kh8 22. gxf7! (or 22. Qxh5+!! Nxh5 23. Rxh5+ Bh6 24. Rxh6+ Kg7 25. Rh7+ Kf8 26. Rxf7+ Ke8 27. Nd5 Qe1+ 28. Rf1 Qe2 29. h4 Rc8 30. g7 Qxf1+ 31. Kxf1 Kf7 32. Ne7 Re8 33. g8Q+ Rxg8 34. Nxg8 Kxg8 35. Bf4 winning) 22... Qb6+ 23. Re3 Nc2 24. Nd5 Qd4 25. Bxf6 Bxf6 26. Qxf6+ Qxf6 27. Nxf6 Kg7 (27... Nxe3 28. Ne8) 28. Rf3 winning.
18. Bg5 Qa5
If 18... Bd4+ then 19. Kh1 Qa5 20. g4 Qa4 21. b3 Qxa3 22. gxh5 Qb2 23. hxg6 Qb1+ 24. Kg2 Qg1+ 25. Kf3 Qd1+ 26. Kg3 Qg1+ 27. Kf4 Be5+ 28. Kf3 Qd1+ 29. Kf2 Bd4+ 30. Ne3 h5 31. Be2 and White wins. Or 18...f6 19. Ne7+ Kh8 20. Nxg6+ hxg6 21. fxg6, winning.
19. fxg6 Qc5+
If 19... Bd4+ then 20. Kh1 hxg6 21. g4 (or 21. b4, winning) 21...Qc5 22. e5!! Bxe5 (22... Bf2 23. Ne7+ Kh7 24. Qxh5+ gxh5 25. Rxh5+ Kg7 26. Bf6 mate) 23. gxh5 Qd4 24. Qxd4 Bxd4 25. hxg6 Kg7 26. Nf4! Rh8 27. Bxf7 Rxh3 28. Ne6+! Kh8 29. Nxd4 and White wins.
20. Be3 Qxc4 21. Ne7+ Kh8 22. Qxh5








   
22...Qf1+!
The only move. Boris Gulko was the USSR and USA Champion!
23. Kxf1 fxg6+ 24. Qf3 Rxf3+ 25. gxf3 Bxb2 26. Nxg6+ Kg7 27. Ne7 Nc2 28. Nf5+ Kh8
After 28...Kg8 29. Bf4 (or 29. Bh6, 29. Rg3+) 29...Nxa3 30. Rg3+ Kf7 31. Nxd6+ Kf6 32. Bg5+ Ke5 33. Nxb7 Nc4 34. Ke2 a5 35. Kd3 White has a clear advantage in the endgame.
29. Bh6 Rd8
If 29...Rg8 then 30. f4 Nxa3 31. Rb3 Nc4 32. Rxb7 a5 33. Ke2 a4 34. Kd3 a3 35. Ra7.
30. Rg3
30.f4! is strong, with the idea of Rb3.
30...Bf6
After 30...Nxa3 31. f4 Nc4 32. e5! Rd7 (32...Rg8 33. exd6 Rd8 34. Bg5 Rd7 35. Be7 a5 36. Nh6 Bg7 37. Nf7+ Kg8 38. Ne5 Nxd6 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7 40. Nxd7) 33. e6 Rd8 34. e7 Re8 35. Bf8 h5 36. Rg6 d5 37. Rd6 Nxd6 38. Nxd6 Rxe7 39. Bxe7 White wins.
31. f4 Nd4 32. Nxd4 Bxd4 33. e5! Re8
Also hopeless is 33...Rg8 34. e6 Bf6 35. f5 Rc8 36. Bg5 Bxg5 37. Rxg5.
34. Bg5 Rf8 35. Bf6+ Rxf6 36. exf6 Bxf6 37. a4 d5 38. Rb3 b6 39. Rb5 d4 40. Rd5 Kg7 41. Rd7+ Kg6 42. Rxa7
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Luther, Thomas (2544) - Gulko, Boris F (2622) [B09]
Corus-B/Wijk aan Zee (5) 2001

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 Na6 7. O-O c5 8. d5 Bg4 9. a3 Nc7 10. Qe1 Bxf3 11. Rxf3 e6 12. dxe6 Nxe6 13. f5! Nd4 14. Rh3 c4 15. Bxc4!! Nxc2 16. Qh4 Nxa1 17. Nd5 Nh5 18. Bg5 Qa5 19. fxg6 Qc5+ 20. Be3 Qxc4 21. Ne7+ Kh8 22. Qxh5 Qf1+! 23. Kxf1 fxg6+ 24. Qf3 Rxf3+ 25. gxf3 Bxb2 26. Nxg6+ Kg7 27. Ne7 Nc2 28. Nf5+ Kh8 29. Bh6 Rd8 30. Rg3 Bf6 31. f4 Nd4 32. Nxd4 Bxd4 33. e5! Re8 34. Bg5 Rf8 35. Bf6+ Rxf6 36. exf6 Bxf6 37. a4 d5 38. Rb3 b6 39. Rb5 d4 40. Rd5 Kg7 41. Rd7+ Kg6 42. Rxa7 1-0


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