Treating blitz as classical chess: GM Zubov – GM Navara, Queen’s gambit, Blitz chess

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Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

Zubov, Alexander – Navara, David
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 c5 9. dxc5 bxc5 10. Be2 h6 11. Bh4 Nbd7 12. O-O dxc4 13. Nd2 Nd5 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Nxc4 Rab8 16. Qc2 Ba8 17. Rfd1 N7b6 18. Ne4 f5 19. Ned2 Qf6 20. b3 f4 21. Bf3 Nxc4 22. Nxc4 fxe3 23. fxe3 Qg5 24. Qe4 Nc7 25. Qe5 Bxf3 26. Qxg5 hxg5 27. gxf3 Rxb3 28. Kf2 Nd5 29. h3 Kh7 30. Rd2 Nc3 31. Kg3 Nd5 32. Kf2 a6 33. Re2 Nc3 34. Rec2 Ne4+ 35. Kg2 Nf6 36. Rc3 Rxc3 37. Rxc3 Nd5 38. Rc2 Rb8 39. Kg3 Rb3 40. e4 Nf4 41. Ne5 Rxa3 42. Kg4 Ra5 43. Kxg5 Nxh3+ 44. Kg4 c4 45. Nxc4 Nf2+ 46. Rxf2 Rc5 47. Ne3 Rc3 48. Ng2 Ra3 49. Nf4 e5 50. Ne6 Kg6 51. Rc2 Ra1 52. Rc6 Rg1+ 53. Kh3 a5 54. Kh2 Rb1 55. Ra6 Kf6 56. Kg3 Ra1 57. Nc5+ Kg5 58. Nd7 a4 59. Nxe5 a3 60. f4+ Kh5 61. Ra8 Rg1+ 62. Kf2 1-0

General concepts

Playing 2…e6 releases Black’s dark-squared bishop, while obstructing his light-squared bishop. By declining White’s temporary pawn sacrifice, Black erects a solid position; the pawns on d5 and e6 give Black a foothold in the centre. The Queen’s Gambit Declined has the reputation of being one of Black’s most reliable defenses to 1.d4. In this situation, White will try to exploit the passivity of Black’s light-squared bishop, and Black will try to release it, trade it, or prove that, while passive, the bishop has a useful defensive role.

An eventual …dxc4 by Black will surrender the centre to White, and Black will usually not do this unless he can extract a concession, usually in the form of gaining a tempo, by capturing on c4 only after White has played Bd3 first. In the Orthodox Line, the fight for the tempo revolves around White’s efforts to play all other useful developing moves prior to playing Bd3.

Tournament organized with support of Coca-Cola company, Rietumu Bank, Tolmets, Latvijas Balzams.


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