Hoang, T. – Hernandez, A. King's Indian Attack

Hoang, Truman  – Hernandez, Andres

A08 King's Indian Attack

HCA Winter Open Tampa (2), March 26, 2011 [Notes by Hoffer]

This is another masterpiece from ten-year-old Truman Hoang. He thoroughly dominates an opponent rated 600 points higher and three times his age!

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6

The Accelerated Dragon doesn't have the best reputation, yet we must assume Black is comfortable with it.


There are more possible chess games than atoms in the foreseeable universe. The Sicilian compromises a high percentage of them with complex variations you sometimes need to know 30 moves deep to survive the latest improvement played last week in Wijk aan Zee. A safe alternative to avert the main lines of the Sicilian is the King's Indian Attack which is most usually entered by playing 3.d3. Fischer's fingerprints abound throughout this variation.

3…Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.0–0 e6 6.d3 Nge7 7.Nbd2

A reasonable move. White has three other interesting choices:

A) 7.d4!?N Back in 2005 I tried this experimental a pawn sacrifice here to gain rapid development and open lines for attack against a couple of WIMs with spectacular results: 7…cxd4 8.c3! dxc3 9.Nxc3 0–0 (9…d5 10.exd5!) 10.Qd6 Qb6 (10…a6 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bf4 Qb6 13.Rab1 Qb4 14.Qd1 b5 15.Bd6 Qa5 16.b4 Qd8 17.a4 Bb7 18.axb5 axb5 19.Qe2 Qb6 20.Bc5 Qd8 21.Rfd1 Ba6 22.Rd2 d5? (22…Qc7 23.Qe3±) 23.exd5+- exd5 24.Ng5!! fxg5 25.Nxd5 Qc7 (25…Nf5 26.Ne7+! Ncxe7 27.Qe6+ Rf7 28.Rxd8+ Rxd8 29.Qxa6+-; and not 25…Nxd5?? 26.Bxd5+ Kh8 27.Bxc6 Qc7 28.Bxa8 Rxa8 29.Rbd1 Rg8 30.Rd7+-) 26.Nxc7 Hoffer-Sasha, Internet 2005) 11.Rd1 a6 12.a3 Qa7 13.Bf4 b5 14.Rd3 (14.Rac1!) 14…Bb7 (14…Qb8!?) 15.Be3 Qb8 16.Rad1 Rd8? (16…Qxd6 17.Rxd6) 17.Bb6! Qxd6 18.Rxd6 Nc8? (18…Rdb8 19.Bc7 Bc8 20.Bxb8 Rxb8 21.g4!?) 19.Rxc6!!+- Bxc6 20.Bxd8 Hoffer,M-Zigangirova,S, Internet 2005;

B) 7.c3

a) 7…d5 8.Qe2 0–0 9.e5 f5?! 10.exf6 Bxf6 11.Bh6 Re8 12.g4?! (12.Bf4) 12…e5 13.h3 Qc7?! (13…b5!?) 14.c4 e4? (14…Be6 15.Nc3 Bf7 16.Rfe1) 15.dxe4 dxe4 16.Ng5 Nd4 17.Qxe4 Bd7 18.Nc3 Bc6 19.Qd3 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Rad8 21.Nge4 (21.Rae1±) 21…Qc6 22.Rfe1 Kh8? (22…Bh4 23.g5 Nef5 24.Nd5 Re6 25.b4) 23.Rad1± Ndf5? 24.Nd5+- Nh4+ 25.Kf1 Ng8 26.Nexf6 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Nxf6 28.Qc3 1–0 Fischer,R-Rodriguez,R, Meralco Clock Simul 1967;

b) 7…b6 Black deferred playing …d5, which was a little unsettling as I was wondering what he was up to. My opponent, International Master Ron Burnett of Tennessee, is one of the strongest players in the South. Ron was the inaugural winner of the US State Champion of Champions. He was 38-years-old at the time of this game. I recall how back around 1991, young Ron would put on his Reeboks and jump on a Greyhound bus taking his 2500 rating around the country. He arrived late to a tournament in Miami, took a half-point bye and still won the tournament ahead of such luminaries as GM Eduard Gufeld, IM Boris Kogan, and SM Gary Sanders! 8.Na3 0–0 9.Qb3!?N (9.Re1; or 9.e5 ) 9…d5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Be3 Bb7 12.Rad1 Kh7 13.Rfe1 Rc8 14.c4!? (14.d4 dxe4!? (14…cxd4 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 e5 (16…Bxd4 17.Rxd4) 17.Be3 d4 18.cxd4 exd4 19.Nb5) 15.dxc5 Nd5 16.Nd4 Na5 (16…Nxe3? 17.Nxe6 Na5 18.Rxd8 Rfxd8 19.Nxd8 Nxb3 20.Nxb7 Nxg2 21.Kxg2 Nxc5 22.Nxc5 Rxc5 23.Rxe4+-) 17.Qa4 bxc5 18.Ndb5 (18.Nb3 Nxb3 19.Qxb3 Qb6 20.Bxe4÷) 18…Bc6 19.c4 a6 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Bxc5 Bxb5 22.Qb4÷) 14…d4 15.Bd2 e5 16.Re2!? (16.Bh3 Rb8 17.Nh4÷) 16…Rb8 17.Qa4 Nc8 18.Bh3 Nd6 19.Nb5 a6 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.Rb1 a5 22.Qb3 Ne7= 23.Rd1 f5 24.Bg2 fxe4 25.dxe4 g5?! (25…Bc8 26.Ne1 Nc6 27.a3 (27.Rc1 Be6µ) 27…Be6) 26.Qd3! Ng6 (26…g4 27.Ne1 Qe6 28.b3÷) 27.Bh3 Bc8 28.Bf5! Rb7 b1) 28…Qf6 29.Bxc8 Rbxc8 30.Ne1 Qe6÷; b2) 28…Bxf5 29.exf5 Rbe8 (29…Ne7? 30.f6+ Ng6 31.fxg7 Kxg7+-) 30.Rde1 Rf7 31.fxg6+ Qxg6 32.Qxg6+ Kxg6 33.Nxe5++-; 29.h4 g4? (29…Rbf7 30.g4 gxh4 31.Nxh4 Bxf5 32.Nxf5 Qc6 33.Kg2÷; 29…gxh4 30.Nxh4 Bxf5 31.Nxf5 Qf6 32.f3) 30.Nh2± h5 31.f3! gxf3?! (31…b5 32.cxb5 c4 33.Qxc4 Bxf5 34.exf5 Rxf5 35.fxg4 hxg4 36.Qd3 e4 37.Qxe4 (37.Rxe4? Rf3! 38.Nxf3 Qxg3+ 39.Kh1 gxf3 40.Re2 fxe2 41.Qxe2 Rxb5 42.Bg5 Rxb2 43.Qxb2 Qf3+ 44.Qg2 Qxd1++-) 37…Rbxb5 38.Be1 Rbe5 39.Qc2 (39.Qxg4!? Qe6 40.Rxe5 Nxe5 41.Qh3 Nd3 42.Nf1 Nxb2 43.Rb1 d3 44.Bf2 Qf7 45.Be3 Nc4 46.Qg2÷) 39…Qe6 40.Rxe5 Nxe5 41.Bf2 (41.Bxa5 d3 42.Rxd3 Nxd3 43.Qxd3 Kh8÷) 41…d3 42.Rxd3 Nxd3 43.Qxd3 Bxb2 44.Nxg4 Qg6 45.Qe2 Bg7 46.Be3 Rf7) 32.Qxf3+- Kg8 33.Qxh5 Bxf5 34.exf5 Ne7 35.Qf3 d3 36.Bc3 Nxf5?? (36…Rd7 37.g4 Ng6 38.Re3 Nf4 39.Qe4 Re7 40.Nf3+-) 37.Qxb7 Nxg3 (37…e4 38.Rxe4 Bxc3 39.bxc3 Qxg3+ 40.Kh1+-) 38.Rg2 Rf7 39.Qc8+ Rf8 40.Qg4 1–0 Hoffer,M (2527)-Burnett,R (2303), Internet 2005;

c) 7…0–0 8.d4 d6 9.dxc5 dxc5 10.Qe2 b6 11.e5 (11.Na3!?) 11…a5 12.Re1 Ba6 13.Qe4 (13.c4!?) 13…Ra7 14.Nbd2 Bd3 15.Qh4 Nd5 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.a4 Rad7?! (17…h6 18.Bf1 Nde7 19.Bxd3 Rxd3 20.Kg2 g5 21.Nc4 Ng6 22.h4) 18.Bf1 Bxf1 19.Kxf1 Nde7 20.Nc4 Nc8? (20…Nd5 21.Bg5 Rb8) 21.Bg5 N6e7 22.Nfd2 h6 23.Bxe7 Rxe7 24.Ra3 Rc7 25.Rb3 Rc6 26.Ne4 Bf8 27.Ke2 Be7 28.f4 Kf8?! (28…h5±) 29.g4 Ke8?! 30.Rf1 Rd5 31.Rf3 Rd8? (31…Kf8±) 32.Rh3+- Bf8?! 33.Nxa5! Rc7 34.Nc4 Ra7 35.Nxb6 Nxb6 36.Rxb6 Rda8 37.Nf6+ Kd8 38.Rc6 Rc7 39.Rd3+ Kc8 40.Rxc7+ Kxc7 41.Rd7+ Kc6 42.Rxf7 c4 43.Nd7 Bc5 44.Nxc5 Kxc5 45.Rc7+ Kd5 46.b4 1–0 Fischer,R-Durao,J, Havana 1966;

C) 7.Re1 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.d4 cxd4 10.cxd4 d5 11.e5 Bd7? 12.Nc3 Rc8 13.Bf4 Na5 14.Rc1 b5 15.b3 b4 16.Ne2 Bb5 17.Qd2 Nac6 18.g4 a5 19.Ng3 Qb6 20.h4 Nb8 21.Bh6 Nd7 22.Qg5 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Bxh6 24.Qxh6 Rc8 25.Rxc8+ Nxc8 26.h5 Qd8? (26…Nf8 27.Qg5) 27.Ng5 Nf8 28.Be4!! FISCHER BRINGS ALL THE PIECES INTO THE ATTACK! 28…Qe7 (28…dxe4? 29.N3xe4 …– 30.Nf6++-) 29.Nxh7! Nxh7 30.hxg6 fxg6 31.Bxg6 Ng5 (Not 31…Qg7 32.Bxh7+ Qxh7 33.Qxe6+ Qf7 34.Qxc8++-; nor 31…Nf8 32.Nh5! Nd7 33.g5 Ba6 34.Nf6+ Nxf6 35.exf6 Qd7 36.f7++-) 32.Nh5 Nf3+ 33.Kg2 Nh4+ 34.Kg3 Nxg6 35.Nf6+ Kf7 36.Qh7+ 1–0 Fischer,R-Panno,O, Buenos Aires 1970


7…d5 8.Re1 b6 9.c3 a5 10.a4 Ba6 (10…Ra7 11.exd5 exd5 12.Nb3 d4 13.cxd4 cxd4 14.Bg5 0–0 15.Rc1 h6 16.Rxc6 hxg5 17.Rc4 Ba6 18.Rc1 Nd5 19.Nbxd4 Nb4 20.Nc6 Nxc6 21.Rxc6 Rd7 22.Qb3 Bb7 23.Ne5 Bxe5 24.Rxe5 Bxc6 25.Bxc6 Rxd3 26.Qb5 Rd2 27.Re3 Qf6 28.Rf3 Qxb2 29.Rb3 0–1 Stripunsky,A (2543)-Kaidanov,G (2638), Los Angeles 2003) 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Nc4 0–0 13.h4 Qc7 14.h5 Rad8 15.Qe2 Rfe8 16.hxg6 hxg6 17.Ng5 e5 18.Qe4 Bb7 19.Qh4 Nf6 20.Ne4 Nh7 21.g4 Rxd3 22.Bf1 Rd7 23.Re3 Nd8 24.Rh3 Bxe4 25.Qxh7+ Kf8 26.Bh6 f6 27.Re1 Qb7 28.g5 fxg5 1–0 Kaidanov,G (2620)-Zapata,A (2580), New York 1993


8.Re1 b6 9.e5 d5 10.Nf1 Qc7 11.Bf4 d4 12.Qd2 Re8 13.Bh6 Bh8 14.h4 Bb7 15.N1h2 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Bxg2 17.Nxf7! Qc6? (17…Kxf7 18.Kxg2 Qc6+ 19.Kg1 Nf5) 18.Nxh8 Bh3 19.f3 Kxh8 20.g4 Nd5 21.Qg5 (21.Qe2 e5 22.Qf2 c4 23.Qg3+-) 21…e5 22.Rxe5 Ne3?! (22…Qd6 23.Rae1 Ne3± transposes to the game without White having the resource of 23.Qf4) 23.Re1?! (23.Qf4 Qd7 24.Re1 Kg8 25.c4+-) 23…Qd6 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Qf4 Qxf4 26.Bxf4 h5 27.Bxe3 Fischer chooses a potential Rook ending over Knight vs. Bishop. (The Rooks come off the board with 27.Kf2!? hxg4 28.Bxe3 Rxe3 (28…dxe3+ 29.Kg3 e2 (29…gxf3 30.Kxh3 f2 31.Re2+-) 30.fxg4 Bf1 31.Nxf1 exf1Q 32.Rxf1+-) 29.fxg4 Rxe1 30.Kxe1 Bg2 31.b3+-) 27…dxe3 28.g5 Bd7? (Black could have obfuscated the issue by virtually forcing a Rook ending with 28…c4 29.dxc4 Rd8 30.Nf1 Bxf1 31.Kxf1 Rd2 32.Rxe3 Rxc2 33.Re6 Kg7 34.Re7+ Kf8 35.Rxa7 Rxc4 36.Ra6 Rc1+ 37.Kf2 Rc2+ 38.Kg3 Rxb2 39.Kf4+-) 29.Nf1 Bc6 30.Rxe3 Rxe3 31.Nxe3 Bxf3 32.Kf2 Bb7 33.Kg3 Kg7 34.Kf4 Kf7 35.Ke5 Ke7 36.Nd5+ Kf7 37.Kd6 Bc8 38.Nf4 Bg4 39.Kc7 Bf3 40.c3 b5 41.d4 cxd4 42.cxd4 b4 43.d5 Bxd5 44.Nxd5 Ke6 45.Nf4+ Kf5 46.Nxg6 Kxg6 47.b3 Kf5 48.Kb7 Kg4 49.g6 Kxh4 50.g7 1–0 Fischer,R-Mednis,E, US Open Cleveland 1957 which was Bobby's first major title versus masters.


Black could try to slow things down to a grinding halt with the boring yet flexible: 8…d6 9.Re1 e5 10.a3 13.Nb3!? b6 14.Be3 f5 15.b5 Na5 16.Nxa5 bxa5 17.Qa4 f4 18.Bc1 g5 19.Bb2 Ng6 20.Qxa5 Bh3 21.Qa4 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 fxg3 23.fxg3 Qg4 24.Ng1 Rf7 25.Rf1 Raf8 26.Rxf7 Rxf7 27.Qd1 Qe6 28.c4 Nf8 29.a4 Bf6 30.a5 Bd8 31.Bc3 Qg6 32.Qd2 Ne6 33.Rf1 Rh7 34.Qf2 h5 35.Qf5 Qe8 36.a6 Rh6 37.Qf2 h4 38.Qf3 hxg3 39.hxg3 Qg6 40.Qg4 Qh7 41.Nf3 Rg6 42.Kf2 Qf7 43.Rh1 Qg7 44.Ke2 Rf6 45.Rh2 Rg6 46.Ne1 Qd7 47.Qh5 Qg7 48.Nc2 Nf8 49.Ne3 g4 50.Nf5 Qf6 51.Nh6+ Rxh6 52.Qxh6 Qf3+ 53.Kd2 Qxg3 54.Kc2 Qf4 55.Qh8+ Kf7 56.Bd2 Qf3 57.Qh5+ Kg8 58.Bh6 Be7 59.Bxf8 Kxf8 60.b6 1–0 Umudova,N (2183)-Vasilevich,T (2368), Crete 2007

9.Re1 b6 10.e5

This was a difficult choice which turned out good for White due to Black's questionable response.

One always has to be alert for a chance to favorably pry open the diagonal. Here it seems to be the best way to obtain a small but lasting advantage. 10.exd5! exd5 (10…Nxd5!? 11.Nc4 Bb7 (11…Qc7 12.a4 Ba6 13.Na3 Rad8 14.Nb5 Qd7 15.d4 cxd4 16.cxd4 h6 17.Bd2 Nde7 18.Qc1 Nf5 19.d5 exd5 20.Bh3 Bb7 21.Nh4 Nce7 22.Bb4 Rc8 23.Qb1 Qd8 24.Nxf5 Nxf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Nd6 Qf6 27.Nxb7 Rfe8 28.Nd6 Rxe1+ 29.Qxe1 Rc2 30.Ne8 Qxb2 31.Nxg7 Kxg7 32.Rb1 Qd4 33.Rd1 Qe4 34.Qxe4 dxe4 35.a5 Rc4 36.Bd2 b5 37.Be3 a6 38.Rd6 1–0 Kaidanov,G (2555)-Gurevich,I (2510), Reno 1992) 12.a4 Qc7 13.a5= Rab8 14.axb6 axb6 15.Ng5 Ra8 16.Rxa8 Rxa8 17.Qe2 Nd8 18.h4 h6 19.Ne4 Ra2 20.Qc2 Ra8 21.Kh2 Bc6 22.Ne3 f5 23.Nxd5 Bxd5 24.Nd2 Bxg2 25.Kxg2 Qc6+

26.Kg1 Nf7 27.Qb3 Ra1 28.f4 g5 29.hxg5 hxg5 30.Nf1 gxf4 31.gxf4 Qf3 32.Qxe6 Qg4+ 33.Kh1 Qf3+ 34.Kg1 Qg4+ 35.Kh1 Qf3+ ½–½ Golubev,M (2545)-Prang,E (2310), Muenster 1994) 11.Nb3! forcing Black into the unenviable choice of allowing White to post a Nd4 or Black accepting a permanently backward pawn at d5. Either way, Black is strategically busted. 11…h6 (11…c4? 12.dxc4 dxc4 13.Nbd4±) 12.d4 c4 (12…a5 13.a4! (13.dxc5 a4 14.Nbd4 bxc5 15.Nxc6 Nxc6 16.Be3 a3!) 13…c4 14.Nbd2 Re8 15.b3 cxb3 16.Qxb3) 13.Nbd2 Be6 14.Ne5 Rc8 15.Ndf3 b5 16.h4 Re8 17.Bf4 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Qb6 19.Ng4 h5 20.Ne3 f6? (20…a5) 21.Re2± Bf7 22.Qc2 Rcd8 23.Rae1 Kf8 24.b3 Rd7 25.bxc4 dxc4 26.Qb2 b4 27.d5 Rc8 28.d6+- Nc6 29.Nd5 Bxd5 30.Bxd5 bxc3 31.Qxb6 axb6 32.Bxc6 Rxc6 33.Re8+ Kf7 34.R8e7+ Rxe7 35.Rxe7+ Kg8 36.d7 1–0 Oratovsky,M (2485)-Lahav,E (2365), Israel 1996


Opening the long diagonal for White's fianchettoed Bishop this early seems counterproductive.  10…Qc7 11.Qe2 Ba6 12.Nf1 d4 (12…Rad8!? 13.Bf4 h6 14.h4 Kh7= 15.N1h2 Nf5 16.Bh3 Qe7 17.Ng4 Bb7 18.Ngh2 b5 19.Bxf5 exf5 20.a4 a6 21.axb5 axb5 22.d4 c4 23.e6 Rde8 24.exf7 Qxf7 25.Ne5 Nxe5 26.Bxe5 Bxe5 27.dxe5 d4 28.e6 Qc7 29.cxd4 Bd5 30.Ra6 Be4 31.d5 Bxd5 32.Qe5 Qxe5 33.Rxe5 Be4 34.Rxb5 Re7 35.Rd6 Kg7 36.f3 Bd3 37.Rbb6 Kf6 38.Kf2 Rfe8 39.f4 Be4 40.Nf1 Rxe6 41.Rxe6+ Rxe6 42.Rxe6+ Kxe6 43.Ke3 Kd5 44.Nd2 h5 45.Nf1 Bg2 46.Nd2 Be4 47.Nf1 ½–½ Spirek,A (2080)-Lechtynsky,J (2430), Most 2004) 13.c4 b5 14.b3 bxc4 15.bxc4 Rab8 16.h4 Qa5 (16…h5 17.Bf4 Qa5 18.Ng5 (18.N1d2) 18…Qa3 19.Rad1 (19.Ne4) 19…Rb2 20.Bc1? (20.Rd2!) 20…Rxe2 21.Bxa3 Rxa2? (21…Rxe1=) 22.Bxc5 (22.Ra1!±) 22…Rb8 23.Ra1 Rbb2 24.Rxa2 Rxa2 25.f4 Rb2? (25…Ra5 26.Bd6) 26.Ne4 (26.Ra1±) 26…Bb7 27.Nd6 Ba8 28.Be4 f5? (28…a5) 29.Bh1 (29.exf6! Bxf6 30.Bh1 e5 31.fxe5 Bxe5 32.Nb5!!+-) 29…a5 30.Ra1 Bf8 31.Nb5 Nc8 32.Bxf8 Kxf8 33.Nc7+- Bb7 34.Nxe6+ Ke7 35.Nc5 Ba8 36.Ra3 Nb6 37.Nb3 a4 38.Nc5 Nb4 39.Bxa8 Nc2 40.Nxa4 Rb1 41.Nxb6 Nxa3 42.Nd5+ Ke6 43.Nc7+ Kd7 44.Nb5 Nxb5 45.cxb5 Rxb5 46.Kf2 Rb2+ 47.Ke1 Rb1+ 48.Ke2 Ke7 49.Bd5 Rb5 50.Bc4 Rb8 51.Nd2 Rb7 52.Bb3 1–0 Martinez Gonzalez,A (2352)-Barcelo Pujadas,P (2244), Son Dameto 2003) 17.Bg5 (17.h5 h6 18.N1h2 Bb7 19.Ng4 Kh7 20.Nf6+ Bxf6 21.exf6 Ng8 22.Bf4 Rbd8 23.Rab1 Nb4 24.hxg6+ fxg6 25.a3 Qxa3 26.Ra1 Qb3 27.Rxa7 Nc6 28.Rxb7+ Qxb7 29.Ne5 Rc8 30.Qe4 1–0 Dragojlovic,A (2409)-Muslija,I (2251), Crikvenica 2007) 17…Qc3 (17…h6 18.Bf6!) 18.h (18.N1d2!) 18…Nf5 19.Rac1 (19.Reb1) 19…Qa3 20.g4 Rb2? (20…Nh6) 21.N3d2! Nfe7 a) 21…Nb4 22.gxf5 Nxd3 23.fxe6 fxe6 24.hxg6 h6 (24…hxg6 25.Qg4 Bc8 26.Bf6 Bxf6 27.exf6! Rxf6 28.Ne4 Rf7 29.Qxg6+ Kf8 30.Qh6+ Ke7 31.Qg5++-) 25.Qg4! Rf5 26.Qh3 hxg5 27.Be4!+-

11.cxd4 cxd4 12.Nc4

12.Ne4 Bb7 13.Nf6+ Bxf6 14.exf6 Nd5 15.Bg5

12…Rb8 13.Bf4

13.a4 a6 14.Bd2

13…Nd5 14.Bg5 f6?

After this lemon, Black is strategically busted. 14…Qd7 15.Qd2 b5 16.Na5 Nxa5 17.Qxa5 h6 18.Bd2 Ne7 (defending d4) 19.Rac1

15.exf6± Bxf6 16.Qd2 Rb7 17.Re2 Rbf7 18.Bh6

Not bad, yet White could have gained a huge advantage by continuing with his plan to double Rooks on the e-file which could have facilitated outstanding posts for his Knights. 18.Rae1 Be7 19.Bxe7 Rxe7 20.Ng5 Rfe8 21.Ne4 Rf8 22.a3 Nc7 23.Ned6 Bd7 24.b4±

18…Bg7 19.Nce5

Obvious and good! 19.Ng5!? (intending Ne4 with an eye on d6) 19…Re7 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Rae1±

19…Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Rc7

By sacrificing the Exchange, Black could have eliminated the Ne5 and activated his Nd5-f4 with counterplay. However, White can simply return the Exchange for an easily won pawn ending. 20…Bxe5 21.Bxf8 Bf4!? 22.gxf4 Rxf8 23.Re4 Qf6 24.Rc1 Ba6 25.f5 Qxf5 26.Rxd4 Nf4 27.Rc7 Qg5 28.Rxf4 Qxf4 29.Qxf4 Rxf4 30.Bh3 e5 31.Be6+ Kh8 32.Bc4 Bxc4 33.dxc4 Kg8 34.Kg2 Rf7 35.Rxf7 Kxf7 36.b4 Ke7 37.Kf3+-

21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Rc1 Bb7 23.Ree1

23.Rc4 Qd6 24.Qe1±


23…Rxc1 24.Qxc1 Qd6 25.Qc4 Ne3 26.fxe3 Bxg2 27.Kxg2 Qxe5 28.Qxd4 Qxd4 29.exd4±


Setting up a nice combination which Black fails to notice. 24.Rxc7+ Qxc7 25.Nf3± would have been better had not Black missed White's threat at d4.


Black forges ahead oblivious to the danger. 24…Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Qf6 26.Qe1±


A fine way to crown a splendid performance by young Truman!


Black has lost his way in a difficult position.

25…Qxd4?? 26.Rxc7+; White also threatens …25…– 26.Nxe6+;

25…Bc8 26.Rxc7+ Qxc7 27.Nxe6+ Bxe6 28.Rxe6 Nxa2 29.Rc6 Qd8 30.Qe3 Rf6 31.Qe5 Nb4 32.Rc7+ Kg8 33.Rb7 Qd6 34.d4+-

26.Rxc7+ Qxc7 27.Nxe6+ Rxe6 28.Rxe6 Bc8

28…Bxg2 29.Kxg2 Qb7+ 30.f3+-

29.Re1 Nc6

29…Bf5 30.Qg5 Qd6 31.Re7+ Kg8 32.Ra7+-

30.Qc3+  1–0

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