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The Fabulous 90s: The Swiss Teams

July 4, 2009

N’oublie pas La Suisse

You’ve heard of the French teams and the famous Bundesliga, the German teams.  And the 4NCL.  But what about Switzerland?

Switzerland actually also has a very active chess league, A, B, and C divisions with many strong players in the A group:  Yusupov, Andrei Sokolov, Robert Huebner, Danny King, and so on, and so forth.  Here is a collection of games from the 1999 season (I was in Basel from ’99 to 2000 and played for Riehen, a suburb of Basel).  Maybe some of the ones presented here aren’t  (yet) in Chessbase!

On To the Games!

[Event “Swiss Team 99”]
[Site “Wollishofen vs Zuerich”]
[White “Umbach, A.”]
[Black “Atlas, Valery”]
Black is an IM from Austria.
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B81”]
[WhiteElo “2270”]
[BlackElo “2428”]
Sicilian, Keres Attack

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4 One of my favorite lines to analyze, the Keres Attack.

6…h6 (!) The most circumspect.

7. h4 Be7 8. Bg2 Nc6 9. g5 hxg5 10. hxg5 Rxh1+ 11. Bxh1 Nh7 12. f4

Decision time.  ....Nf8 or ...e5?

Decision time. ....Nf8 or ...e5?

12…Nf8!? A very interesting position that is about balanced.  Black also had the nice 12… e5! 13. Nf5 Bxf5 14. exf5 Qb6! with equal chances, for example, 15. Qg4 Nb4! 16. Be4 d5! 17. a3 dxe4 18. axb4 Bxb4 19. fxe5 Qd4 20. Bd2 Rd8 21. O-O-O Bxc3 22. Bxc3 Qxd1+ 23. Qxd1 Rxd1+ 24. Kxd1 g6 25. fxg6 fxg6 26. Ke2 Nxg5 27. Ke3 Kd7 28. Kf4 Nf7 29. Kxe4 Ke6 and a drawn ending!  This violent central counter-blow crops up quite often in Keres Attack variations and typically leads to very sharp situations.  In this case, without the 14…Qb6! resource, 12…e5! would not have had its desired effect.  But the crux of the position is that white’s king has been opened by the early kingside pawn advances.

13. Be3 Bd7? Here black had the simplifying 13… Nxd4! 14. Qxd4 e5 15. fxe5 Bxg5 16. Bxg5 Qxg5 17. exd6 Qh4+ 18. Ke2 Qh2+ 19. Qf2 Bg4+ 20.
Bf3 Bxf3+ 21. Kxf3 Qxd6 and he is fine.

14. Nf3 Qa5 15. Nd2 Rc8 16. Nb3 Qc7 17. Qd2 Qb8 18. Nb5 a6 19. N5d4 b5 20. O-O-O b4 21. Kb1 Qc7 22. Bf3 Nxd4 23. Nxd4 a5 White is just better here.

24. f5 a4 25. Rc1? 25. Be2! a3 26. fxe6 fxe6 27. Nb5 and white has a big edge.

25… a3 26. Qxb4? Correct was the safe 26. b3! e5 27. Ne2.

26… axb2 27. Qxb2 e5 28. Nb3 d5 Also black had 28… Qc3! 29. Qxc3 Rxc3 30. Re1 Bxg5 31. Bxg5 Rxf3 32. Bd2 g6 33. fxg6 Nxg6 34. Bb4 Rf6 35. Na5 Ne7

29. exd5 Bxf5 30. Bd2 Nd7 31. Re1 Bxc2+ 32. Ka1 Qa7 33. Rc1? The last straw.  White should have tried 33. Rh1! Ba3 (33… Bf5 34. Rc1 Rxc1+ 35. Qxc1 Qf2 36. Qc8+ Bd8 37. Ba5 Qf1+ 38. Kb2 Qb1+ 39. Ka3 (39. Kc3? Qc2+) 39… Nb6 40. Qc3 Qd3 41. Qxd3 Bxd3 42. Bxb6 Bxb6 43. Nd2 Be3 44. Ne4 Bxe4 45. Bxe4 Bxg5) 34. Rh8+ Nf8? (34… Bf8!) 35. Qxe5+)

33… Ba3 Now it’s just over.

34. Qxc2 Rxc2 35. Rxc2 Qg1+ 36. Bc1 Bxc1 37. Rxc1 Qe3 38. Bg4 Nb6 39. d6 Kd8 40. Rc2 Qg1+ 41. Kb2 Qxg4 0-1

GM Michele Godena (ITA) playing for Mendrisio (in Swiss/Italian Alps) – GM Vadim Milov (playing for Biel)  Sicilian Alapin

[ECO “B22”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 dxe5 12. dxe5 Qa5 13. Rb1 Rd8 14. Qe4 Qxc3!
Black should grab a pawn for his troubles.

Pawn munch - now what?

Pawn munch - now what?

15. Rb3?! The correct move is the somewhat paradoxical 15. Be3! – it’s funny that white can seek compensation in the ending in the following wild line: 15…Nd4 16. Ng5 Qc2 17. Rfd1 Qxe4 18. Nxe4 Nc6 19. Rxd8+ Nxd8 20. Rd1 Nc6 21. f4 b6 22. Nd6 Bxd6 23. Rxd6 Bb7 24. Rd7 Na5 25. Be2 Bd5 26. a4 and by some strange immutable chess law white is all right even though he’s still down the gambitted pawn!   In passing, note it takes good intuition to switch from attacking the king with queens on to pressing in an ending with queens off.   But in this position that was the best course.

15… Qa5 16. Bg5 h6 17. Be3 Qa4 18. Rc3 Rd1 19. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 20. Bf1 Qd5 21. Qf4 Qxa2 22. Qg4 Kf8 23. Qe4 Kg8 24. Qg4 Qb1 25. Rd3 Qb4 26. Qg3 Kf8
27. Nd4 Nxd4?
A huge inaccuracy. 27… a5! leaves white hurting big-time.  Now white is right back in it.

28. Rxd4 Qb1 29. Rg4 g5 30. h4! Bd7 31. hxg5 If 31. Rc4 Bc6 32. hxg5 h5 and we get a motif similar to the game.

31… h5 32. Rf4 Qg6 On the apparently dangerous 32… Bb5! 33. g6 Bxf1 34. Rxf7+ Ke8 35. Rg7 Rd8! 36. Kh2 Qf5 37. Rxe7+ Kxe7 38. Bg5+ Kf8 39. Bxd8
Qg4! is a nice neutralizing move.  Black has a small edge in the ending.  After the text, the key moment is reached.

33. Bd4?? This awkward move loses.  White had to play 33. Rd4!  achieving total coordination and putting black in a bind. Then, 33…Rd8 34. Bd3 Qg7
35. Rh4 Ba4 36. Be4 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Bc6 38. Bxc6 bxc6 39. Rxh5 and white is doing great.  Now the game turns 180 degrees.

33… Bc6 34. Bd3 Qxg5 35. Qh2 Rd8 36. Be3 Rxd3 37. Rxf7+ Kxf7 0-1

[Event “Swiss Team 1999”]
[Site “Lucerne vs Winterthur”]

[White “Yusupov, Artur”]
[Black “Forster, Richard”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B06”]

Here’s an upset of a former WC candidate.

1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 a6 5. Nf3 b5 6. Bd3 Nd7 7. O-O
(7. e5! immediately is correct)

7…c5 8. e5! This is still strong. 8… cxd4 9. Be4 Rb8

Which way to take back on d4?

Which way to take back on d4?

10. Nxd4 The computer finds the dangerous line 10. Qxd4!? Nc5 (10… Nh6? 11. Qa7! Qb6+ 12. Be3! Qxa7 13. Bxa7 b4 14. Nd1 is the whole point, and white wins!) 11. Bc6+ Bd7 12. Bxd7+ Qxd7 13. Qb4 Nh6 14. Be3 Ne6 and black hangs on.  The text is also strong.

10… dxe5 11. Nc6 Qb6+ 12. Kh1 Ngf6 13. Nxb8 Qxb8 14. fxe5 Yusupov misses his first chance to deal with his young opponent’s impetuous play.14. Bc6! Qc7 15. Bxd7+ Bxd7 16. Qe2 exf4 17. Bxf4 Qc5 18. Rae1 Be6 19. Qe5 Qxe5 20. Bxe5 O-O 21. a3 and there is very little doubt white will convert.

14… Nxe4 15. Nxe4 Nxe5 16. Bf4 Qb6 17. Qe2 O-O 18. Rae1 Qc6? Black should play the solid 18… Nc6! 19. c3 Be6 20. b3 Bf5 and he is fine.

19. Nd2?! Yusupov is making an uncharacteristic number of inaccuracies in this game.  Correct was 19. Ng5! Bb7 20. Rf2 Nc4 21. Qxe7 and white will win.

19… Bb7 20. Rf2 Qc5 21. Nb3 Qb6 22. Be3 Qc7 23. Bd4 Rd8 24. h3 Rd5 25. c3 Strong was 25. Qe3  a5 26. Qf4 e6 27. c3 a4 28. Nd2.

25… a5 26. Qe3 e6 27. Qf4! a4 28. Nc1 After the simple 28. Nd2! h6 29. Nf3 g5 30. Qg3 f6 31. Bxe5 fxe5 32. Qg4 White will win with no problems.

28… g5! 29. Qxg5? Not well timed.  Safe and correct was 29. Qg3! h6 30. Nd3 f6 31. a3  and again, white wins with no problems.

29… Ng6 30. Qg4 h5! 31. Qe2 Nf4 32. Qe3 e5 33. Bb6? A bad blunder.  On 33. Qg3! exd4 34. Rxf4 dxc3 35. bxc3 Rd2 36. Re8+ Kh7 37. Ne2 Qd7 38. Rd8!!  Qxd8 (38… Bxg2+ 39. Qxg2 Qxd8 40. Rxf7 Qg8 transposes) 39. Rxf7 Bxg2+ 40. Qxg2 Qg8 41. Qe4+ Kh8 42. Rf5 Bh6 43. Rxh5 Qf8 and black is in a passive situation.

33… Qc6 34. Rg1 Rd6 35. Ba7 Rg6 36. Qf3? White had to try 36. Kh2 Nxg2 37. Qc5 Qe4 38. Qb4 Qd5 39. Qc5 Qd7 40. Rgxg2 Bxg2 41. Rxg2 Rxg2+ 42. Kxg2 Qd2+ 43.
Kf3 Qxc1 44. Qxb5 and the fight continues.

36… Qc8 37. Qe3 Nxh3 Black also could win with the sadistic 37… h4!

38. Rd2 Nxg1 39. Kxg1 Bh6 0-1

[Event “Swiss Team 1999”]
[Site “Lucerne vs Winterthur”]
From the same match as Yusupov-Forster,  we see another game involving a former WC Candidate, Robert Huebner!

[White “King, Danny”]
[Black “Huebner, Robert”]

[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C17”]
French Winawer, …Ba5 line

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. Nf3 c5 6. a3 Ba5 7. dxc5 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nd7 9. Bd3 Nxc5 Black has a comfortable game but he’s not better yet.

10. O-O Bd7 11. Rb1 Qc7 12. Rb4 Ng6 13. Re1 Nxd3 14. cxd3 a5 15. Rb1 O-O 16. Be3 Rfe8 17. Bd4 b5 18. Nd2 Qd8 19. Nf1 Qe7 20. Ra1 b4 21.
axb4 axb4 22. Qd2 bxc3
The dangerous try 22… b3!? 23. g3 Reb8 24. f4 Bc6 25. Qb2 Bb5 26. Qxb3
Bxd3 27. Rxa8 Rxa8 28. Rd1 Bc4 29. Qb6 still seems to be equal.

23. Bxc3 h6 24. d4 Bb5 25. Ng3?! 25. g3! Qg5 26. Qxg5 hxg5 27. Bb4 and it’s drawish.

25… Qh4 26. Rxa8 Rxa8 27. Rb1 Careful is 27. Qb2 Bc4 28. Ra1 Rxa1+ 29. Qxa1 and white is holding on.

27… Bc4 28. h3 Nf4 29. Qe1 Ra3 The next note shows this move might not be good.

30. Rb7 (not sure if this was played or Rb8) Kh7 (this makes more sense if Rb8 was played on  move 30 but the bulletin says 30. Rb7) 31. Qb1+ If the game score is correct, white missed a chance here with 31. Rxf7! Nd3 32. Qb1 Rxc3 33. Qb7 Qg5 34. Nh5! and his attack is faster! Somehow I doubt that could have happened.

31… Nd3 32. Bb2 Ra2 33. Rb3 Rxb2! Black forces a very pleasant ending.

34. Rxb2 Qxd4 35. Rd2 g6 36. Nf1 Qc3 37. Qc2 Qa3 38. Ne3 Nxe5 39. Ng4? It’s not good to simplify this way.  White should hang tight with 39. Qb2 Qd6 40. Qd4! and await events.
39… Nxg4 40. hxg4 Qa1+ 41. Rd1 Qf6 42. Re1 Qd4! Black methodically trades queens and continues to seek chances, but it’s not over yet.

43. Qd1 Qxd1 44. Rxd1 g5 45. f3 Kg6 46. Kf2 h5 47. gxh5+ Kxh5 48. g3 Kg6 49. f4? Here white can put up tough resistance with the unusual defensive wall 49. Ra1 e5 50. g4! creating problems.  For example, 50…f5 51. Rb1 fxg4 52. fxg4 d4 53. Rb4 Be6 54. Kf3 Bd5+ 55. Ke2 Kf6 56. Rb6+ Be6 57. Kf3 Ke7 58. Rb5 and we’re just dancing around now.

49… Kf5 50. Kf3 f6 51. Rh1 d4 52. g4+ Kg6 53. Rh8 Bd5+ 54. Kg3 gxf4+ 55. Kxf4 e5+ With the beautiful pawns free to advance, it’s now quite over.

56. Kg3 Be4 57. Rd8 Kf7 58. Kf2 Ke7 59. Rb8 Bc6 60. Kg3 Ke6 61. Rf8 e4 62. Rc8 Kd5 63. Kf4 e3 64. Rb8 Kc4 65. Rc8 e2 66. Rxc6+ Kd3 67. Re6 Kd2 0-1

I lost something similar to Huebner in the Swiss Teams 1999, an agonizing ending where I was ground down slooooowly. Robert was very nice post-mortem, taking as much time as I needed to understand some of the reasons I went down in flames.

Next up we have Yusupov gaining revenge vs. Hungarian GM Kallai.

[Event “Swiss Team 1999”]
[Site “Bern vs Lucerne”]

[White “Kallai, Gabor”]
[Black “Yusupov, Artur”]

QGD

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 Artur Yusupov’s beloved QGD.

6. Bg5 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Bd3 Re8 9. O-O c6 10. Qc2 Nf8 11. Rab1 Bd6 12. Bf5?! This doesn’t do much.

12…Ng6 13. b4 a6 14. a4 b5!? 15. Bxc8 Rxc8 16. axb5 axb5 17. Ne2 h6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Nc1 Nh4 20. Nxh4 Qxh4 21. g3 Qh3 22. Nd3 h5! 23. Qe2 White is also suffering in a line like 23. Ra1 h4 24. Ra7 Re6 25. Re1 hxg3 26. fxg3 Rce8 27. Ne5 Bxe5 28. dxe5 Qh5 29. Rf1 Qxe5 30. Rfxf7 Qxe3+ 31. Qf2 Qc1+ 32. Kg2 Rg6! – it’s often surprising to the amateur how black can get attacks in such staid openings.  The secret is that black systematically shifted units to the kingside, trading off key white defenders.

23… Re6 24. Qf3 h4 25. Rfe1 Rce8 26. Rbc1 hxg3 27. hxg3 Rh6 28. Ra1 Ree6 29. Qg2 Qf5 30. Nc5? It’s a mistake to let black get rid of this knight.  But what should white do?   The following surprising line offers resistance: 30. Ra8+ Kh7 31. Ra3 Reg6 32. Rc3 Rh5 33. Rec1 Rh3 34. Rxc6 Rgxg3 35. fxg3 Rxg3 (at first glance, this appears crushing) 36. Rxd6 Qf3 37. Rc2 Qd1+ 38. Kh2 Rxg2+ 39. Rxg2 Qxd3 40. Rg3! and white can fight on due to immediate threats to black’s king.  Black is better but not winning yet.

30… Bxc5 31. bxc5 g5! 32. g4 32. f3 g4! 33. f4 Rh3 34. Kf2 b4! is crushing.

32… Qh7!  Black’s initiative is decisive.  Too many heavy pieces participating and not enough white defenders, very instructive.

33. Qg3 White is helpless.  In another nice line, 33. Ra8+ Kg7 34. Rd8 b4 35. Rd7 b3 36. Rb7 Rh4 37. Rxb3 Reh6! mate in 10! at the most! –  38. Kf1
Rh1+ 39. Ke2 Qc2+ 40. Kf3 Rf6+ 41. Kg3 Rh3+!! – beautiful! –  42. Kxh3 Qh7+ 43. Kg3 Qh4 mate!

33… Rh3 34. Qb8+ Kg7 35. Kg2 Qe4+ Mate in 7!   White resigned.

0-1

For example, 36. Kf1 (36. Kxh3 Qf3+ 37. Kh2 Rh6+ 38. Kg1 Rh1 mate) 36… Qxg4 and mate.

Next we have another former WC Candidate, GM Andrei Sokolov, making short work of a Swiss International Master.

[Event “Swiss Team 1999 A Division”]
[Site “Reichenstein vs Bois Gentil”]

[White “Sokolov, Andrei”]
[Black “Landenbergue, Claude”]

[ECO “B93”]
Sicilian Najdorf, 6. f4.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e5 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. a4 Be7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O exf4 11. Kh1 Nc5 12. Bxf4 Bg4 13. Qe1 Bh5 14. Bc4 Rc8 15. e5 dxe5 16. Nxe5 Qd4! 17. Ne2!? White sharpens play to the outmost and sets black difficult challenges.  Black immediately plays a second-best continuation, justifying white’s minor gamble.

17…Bxe2?  Conceding the bishop pair and getting a bad game without a struggle.  Black must take: 17… Qxb2! 18. Ng3 Bd6 and he has enough defensive resources in all lines as Rybka shows.

18. Qxe2 Ne6 19. Bg3 Ng5 20. c3 Qc5? A blunder. 20… Qe4! 21. Rae1 Qxe2 22.  Rxe2 Bd6 23. Ba2 and white has a significant edge, but it’s not over.

21. b4 Sokolov does not have to be asked twice.  White is now just winning.

21…Qc7 If 21… Qb6 22. Bh4! Ne6 23. Bxf6 Bxf6 24. Nd7 Qc6 25. Bxe6 fxe6 26. Nxf8 and wins.

22. Ng6 Qxc4 23. Nxe7+ Kh8 24. Qe5 Rfe8 25. Rxf6 Qxc3 26. Qxc3 Rxc3 27. Rf5 f6 28. Re1 Rd8 29. Rd5 A rout. 1-0