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  • THE CHESS COMBAT SIMULATOR

  • THE CHESS COMBAT SIMULATOR

    Je roe n Bosch

    2006 New In Chess - the Netherlands

  • 2006

    Published by New In Chess, Alkmaar, The Netherlands

    www .newinchess.com

    All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a

    retrieval system or ttansmiued

    in any form or by any means, electtonic, mechanical, photocopying. recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission from the

    publisher.

    Cover Design: Steven Boland

    Production: Joop de Groot

    Proofreading: Rene Olthof

    Printing: A-D Druk BY, Zeist

    Printed in the Netherlands

    ISBN-10:

    ISBN-13:

    90-5691-186-4

    978-90-5691-186-7

  • CONTENTS Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 How to Use this Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Round 1 Combat 1 - Kasparov-Shirov ....................................... 1 0 Combat 2- Kramnik-Naiditsch .................................... 1 5 Combat 3- Grischuk-Kotsur ....................................... 19 Combat 4- Akopian-Onischuk ..................................... 24 Combat 5- W iersma-Sokolov ..................................... 29 Combat 6- Motylev-lskusnikh ..................................... 34 Combat 7- Euwe-Kotov .................................... . ..... 38 Combat 8- Van den Doel-Sosonko .................................. 43 Combat 9- Beliavsky-Kovchan ..................................... 48 Combat 10- Van Wely-Sokolov .................................... 53 Your Round 1 Performance ........................................ 58

    Round2 Combat 1I - Nielsen-Karjakin ..................................... 59 Combat I2- lvanov-Filippov ...................................... 63 Combat I3- Karpov-Lautier ....................................... 68 Combat I4 - Timman-Bosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 3 Combat I 5- Ponomariov-Kramnik ................................. 78 Combat I6- Kasparov-Vallejo ..................................... 84 Combat I7- Khalifman-Marin ..................................... 90 Combat I8 - Glek-Frog ........................................... 95 Combat I9- Adams-Kasimdzhanov ................................ 98 Combat 20- Van Wely-Delemarre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 03 Your Round 2 Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 08

    Round3 Combat 2I - Hodgson-Sukharisingh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 09 Combat 2 2 - Movsesian-Borriss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I I 3 Combat 23 - Ponomariov-Kramnik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II7 Combat 24- Kasparov-Morozevich ................................ 122 Combat 25- Malakhov-Dvoiris ................................... I28

  • Combat 26- Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I33 Combat 2 7 - Ljubojevic-Smeets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I3 8 Combat 28- Van Haastert-Glek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I43 Combat 2 9 - Dreev-Vallejo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I48 Combat 30- Kramnik-Sokolov . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 53 Your Round 3 Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 59

    Round4 Combat 3I - Euwe-Capablanca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I60 Combat 3 2 - Tiviakov-Kulaots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 66 Combat 3 3 - Ibragimov-Tate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 72 Combat 34- Lputian-Kasparov ................................... 17 6 Combat 35- Luther-McShane .................................... 180 Combat 36- Lupulescu-Timoschenko ............................. I85 Combat 3 7- Nijboer-Bosboom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I90 Combat 38- Nikolic-Van der Sterren .............................. I95 Combat 39- Onischuk-Hertneck ................................. 200 Combat 40- Polgar-Zviagintsev ................................... 204 Your Round 4 Performance ....................................... 209

    RoundS Combat 4I - Khalifman-Polgar ................................... 2 I 0 Combat 4 2 - Sadvakasov-Van Wely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 I 5 Combat 43 - Conquest-A.Sokolov ................................. 220 Combat 44- Topalov-Adams ..................................... 224 Combat 45- Sakaev-Kasparov .................................... 23I Combat 46- Topalov-Kamsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Combat 47- Vaganian-Meins ..................................... 24I Combat 48- Lagowski-Potapov ................................... 246 Combat 49- Dautov-Patriarca .................................... 250 Combat SO - Anand-Timman ..................................... 255 Your Round 5 Performance ....................................... 260

    Your Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26I

    Index of Openings .............................................. 262

  • PREFACE How should you train and improve your chess results? While the urgency of this question may vary depending upon whether you are a beginning chess player, an aspiring junior, a club player or a seasoned professional, the question itself will be familiar to all chess players. Traditional and accepted forms of chess training include the solving of tactical exercises, analysing your own games (preferably with an experienced trainer) , analysing the games of strong players, studying (theoretical) endgame positions, and so on and so forth. If done in a proper and serious way all these forms will be beneficial.

    Yet, these methods are also artificial to some extent - you are given the assignment to mate in four moves, you calculate, and yes it works! But how often did someone tell you to mate in four during a chess game? Similarly, analysing games in the comfort of your home (or chess club) , perhaps even with some computer software humming in the background, is a far cry from the tournament hall where you have to find the best move in a tense situation against a real-life opponent. Indeed, it is not for nothing that the world's most famous chess trainer Mark Dvoretsky has noted that: 'Training is more effective, the more successfully the atmosphere of a real tournament game is imitated.'

    The Chess Combat Simulator aims to recreate the circumstances of a real chess game. In this book you will find 50 instructive games. Your task is to find the best move. This may be the start of a strategical operation, the beginning of a combination, a pawn sacrifice to open

    files, an intermediate move, a move to complete your development, or simply the recapturing of material. You don't have a clue, just like in a real tournament game.

    This type of ' solitaire chess' is not new. In the Netherlands, for example, there was a series of such books co-authored by Max Euwe. From the 50 games in this book some 40 games were previously published in a different format in the periodical of the Dutch Chess Federation: Schaakmagazine. The origin of this book may be traced to the festivities celebrating the first decade of the Max Euwe Centre in 1996 when I was asked by the editor-in-chief of Schaakmagazine if I wanted to write a column along the lines of Euwe's books. This may explain why there are two games played by Euwe in The Chess Combat Simulator. Still, the vast majority of the selected games was played in the period 1996-2006. A period very much dominated by Garry Kasparov who features in six games.

    More important than your performance in each of these 50 Combats is your actual performance in a club or tournament game. It is my firm conviction that you will significantly increase your chess-playing skills by working through the games in The Chess Combat Simulator.

    Jeroen Bosch Nijmegen, October 2006

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  • HOW TO USE THIS BOOK This book is divided into 5 Rounds of 1 0 Combats each. At the end of each Round there is scorecard to keep track of your results. At the end of the book there is a scoresheet for comparing your Average Round Combat Performances per Round.

    Start in Round 1 with Combat 1. Play through the opening moves up to the diagrammed position. The commentary will provide you with some basic information for the upcoming battle. When you have reached the diagrammed position you are told whether to play with White or Black. Take up your position behind the board.

    Now, you cover the next page with a

    sheet of paper and you try and guess the right move. When you are sufficiently sure of your move (if you want to perform under time pressure: place a chess clock next to your board), you write it down, and lower the sheet of paper. You execute the move that was actually played in the game, you do the same with 'the opponent's' reply, and the whole process starts again.

    A competitive element is added by the points that you can score for each move. Points may also be scored for alternative moves , so even if you did not opt for the game continuation you may still earn something. At the end of each game you

    50-Points Combat Scoring Table Score 46- 50 Points Performance > 2500 Sco