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Volkov, Sergey. (2554) - Sakaev, Konstantin. (2627) [E25]
FIDE WCh /New Delhi ITA (1.2) 28.11.2000

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. dxc5
In the early 90s Alexei Shirov gained a lot of victories, playing 8. Qd3. However, the ways to the equation for Black were found since there. The move 8... b6 was recognized as a strong answer. For example, in the game Shirov - Karpov, Biel 1992 White played 9. e4 Ba6 10. Qd2 Bxf1 11. Kxf1 Ne7 12. Ne2 Nbc6 13. dxc5 Qc7! 14. Qf4 e5 15. Qg4 O-O and after 16. Kf2? Na5 17. cxb6 Qxb6+ 18. Be3 Qc6 19. Rhd1 Nc4 Black has received advantage and won with 39 moves. Better is 16. Bh6!? Ng6 17. h4 with approximately equal chances.
In a couple of weeks after this game I played in Kecskemet with the international master Zoltan Siklosi. I managed to achieve a victory with a novelty 10. c4!?. Schipkov-Siklosi, Kecskemet 1992 - 8. Qd3 b6 9. e4 Ba6 10. c4 Nf6 11. dxc5 Nbd7 12. cxb6 Qxb6 13. Be3 Qc7 14. Qc3 O-O 15. c5! Bxf1 16. Kxf1 Rfc8 17. Rc1 Qc6 18. Ne2 Rc7 19. Kf2 Rac8 20. Rhd1! h6 21. Rd6 Qa8 22. c6 Nb8 23. Nd4 Ne8 24. e5! Re7 25. Qa5 Nc7 26. g4 Kh7 27. g5 Nd5 28. gxh6 Nxe3 29. Kxe3 Kxh6 30. c7 Black resigned. 1-0.
8...Qa5 9. e4 Nf6
9... Nc7 deserves attention. Anyway, Sergey did not achieve an advantage in the Memorial Chigorin after 10. Qd4 f6 11. Qb4 Nc6 12. Qxa5 Nxa5 13. Rb1 Bd7 14. c4 Ba4 15. Rb4 Bb3 16. Nh3 O-O-O 17. Be2 Ba2 18. Nf4 Rhe8, Volkov-Ulko, St.-Petersburg 2000.
10. Be3 O-O 11. Kf2
Now Volkov makes king's move regularly. Formerly he, as well as other chessplayers, played 11.Qb3 usually. For example, after 11. Qb3 Nfd7 12. Nh3 Qc7 13. Qb5 b6 14. Rd1 Nxc5 15. Bxc5 Ba6 16. Qa4 Bxf1 17. Bxf8 Bxg2 18. Kf2 Bxh1 19. Bd6 Qd8 20. Bc7 Qh4+ 21. Bg3 Qe7 22. Rxh1 Nd7 23. Rd1 Nc5 24. Qc6 Re8 25. Kg2 e5 26. Qd6 Black resigned, Volkov - Yakovich, St.-Petersburg 1998. Two games were played in this year. In the game Ivanchuk - Van Wely, Monaco 2000 White has a small edge after 11. Qb3 Nc6 12. Bb5 e5 13. Ne2 Be6 14. Bc4 Bxc4 15. Qxc4 Rac8 16. Kf2 Rfd8 17. Rab1 Rd7 18. a4 Qd8 19. Rb5 Rcc7 20. Rhb1. The game Arencibia-Hansen, Istanbul 2000 drawn quickly after 11. Qb3 Nfd7 12. a4 Qc7 13. Qa3 b6 14. cxb6 axb6 15. Nh3 Ba6 16. Bxa6 Nxa6 17. O-O Nac5 18. Qb4 1/2-1/2. In a final position White has an extra pawn.
11...Nfd7!?
A new interesting continuation. If 11...b6, then 12. cxb6 axb6 13. Ne2 Nbd7 14. c4 Ba6 15. Nd4 Rfc8 16. Qb3 Qe5 17. Be2 Bb7 18. Rad1 with an advantage to White, Volkov - Tunik, St.-Petersburg 1999.
After 11...Nc6 12. Qb3 Qc7 13. Ne2 e5 14. Rb1 Na5 15. Qb4 Be6 16. Ng3 Rfc8 17. Bb5 Rab8 18. Rhd1 a6 19. Be2 Nd7 20. Nf5 Nxc5 21. Nd6 h6 22. c4 Kh7 23. Nxc8 Rxc8 24. Bd2 b6 25. Be3 Nd7 26. Bxb6 Nxb6 27. Qxb6 Qxb6+ 28. Rxb6 Nxc4 29. Rxa6 Nb2 30. Rd2 Rb8 31. Ra5 Bc4 32. Rc5 Bxe2 33. Kxe2 Black resigned, 1-0, Volkov - Maceia, Batumi 1999.
12. Rb1
The correct way. The c5-pawn constrains a Black's position, therefore it requires protection.
12...Rd8 13. Rb5 Qxa3 14. Ne2 Nc6 15. Nd4?!
A risky move, which leads to success. Interesting is 15. Qc2, an attempt to arrange a hunt for the black queen.
15...e5?!
Better is 15...Qxc3! 16.Rb3 Qa5 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Qc1 Qc7 19.Be2 and White has some compensation for a pawn.
16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Rb1 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Qxa6 19. Qd6








   
19...Nb6?!
White has an advantage with Black's passive defence too, but the automatic win is not guaranteed in this case. 19... Qc8 could lead to the enthralling draw 20. Rhd1 a5 21. Rd2 a4 22. Rbd1 a3 23. Bg5 f6 24. Qe6+ Kh8 25. Bxf6 gxf6 26. Rxd7 Rxd7 27. Rxd7 Qxd7 28. Qxd7 a2 29. Qxc6 a1Q 30. Qxf6+ with perpetual check.
20. Qxc6 Rac8 21. Rbd1!
A strong move emphasizes White's advantage.
21...Qa2+ 22. Kg3 Re8 23. Qb5 Qa4 24. Qb4 Qxb4 25. cxb4 Nc4 26. Bf2 Rb8 27. Rd7 Rxb4 28. Rc1 Rc8 29. Rxa7 Nb2 30. Rd7 h5 31. c6
The powerful passed pawn decides.
31...Kh7 32. c7 Nc4 33. Bc5 Ra4 34. Rxf7 Kg6 35. Rd7 Kf6 36. Rb1
Black resigned. 1-0










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Volkov, Sergey (2554) - Sakaev, Konstantin (2627) [E25]
FIDE-Wch k.o./New Delhi/Teheran (1.2) 2000

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. dxc5 Qa5 9. e4 Nf6 10. Be3 O-O 11. Kf2 Nfd7 12. Rb1 Rd8 13. Rb5 Qxa3 14. Ne2 Nc6 15. Nd4 e5 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Rb1 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Qxa6 19. Qd6 Nb6 20. Qxc6 Rac8 21. Rbd1 Qa2+ 22. Kg3 Re8 23. Qb5 Qa4 24. Qb4 Qxb4 25. cxb4 Nc4 26. Bf2 Rb8 27. Rd7 Rxb4 28. Rc1 Rc8 29. Rxa7 Nb2 30. Rd7 h5 31. c6 Kh7 32. c7 Nc4 33. Bc5 Ra4 34. Rxf7 Kg6 35. Rd7 Kf6 36. Rb1 1-0


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