[Event "Tromso ol (Men) 41st"] [Site "Tromso"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Greet, Andrew"] [Black "Ftacnik, Lubomir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D76"] [WhiteElo "2431"] [BlackElo "2571"] [Annotator "Llewellyn, Alan"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2014.08.02"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "NOR"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2014.09.17"] [WhiteTeam "Scotland"] [BlackTeam "Slovakia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "SCO"] [BlackTeamCountry "SVK"] {Andrew Greet is down as being English in the records but here he plays for Scotland against Slovakia at the Olympiad in 2014 in tromso, Norway. The Olympiad is like the Olympics of Chess where teams from different nations come togther to compete. In this game it could be called 'The March of the b-pawn' as several inconspicious moves by Lubomir cost him dearly.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 {the fianchetto Variation, Grunfeld Defence Main Line.} 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 a5 11. Qe2 e5 12. Nxe5 Nxe5 13. dxe5 Bxe5 14. e4 Be6 15. f4 Bxc3 {It is usually not a good idea to swap off the fianchettoed dark squared Bishop in such positions as it is often needed in defence. After g6 has been played, the weakness on squares h6 and f6 can often prove fatal without the Bishop 'at home' on g7. But now that the Bishop has gone awol, because the pawns setup on h2,g3,f4 limit whites own dark squared Bishop, then Andrew finds a different method of gaining the advantage.} 16. bxc3 Bd5 17. Qf2 Bc6 18. Ba3 Na4 19. Rad1 Qf6 20. Qd4 Qxd4+ 21. cxd4 b5 $2 {it looks a good idea to play b5-b4 and then Nc3 but it is just too weakening to do so, especially along the c-file. Andrew seizes on the mistake.} 22. Rc1 Ra6 23. Bf1 $6 (23. d5 $3 b4 24. Bf1 Rb6 25. Rxc6 Rxc6 26. Bb5 $3 Rc3 27. Bxa4 Rxa3 28. Bxe8 Rxa2 $18 {although Black has strong pawns to compensate after Bb5 and Bc4 White should win.}) 23... Rc8 24. d5 Bd7 25. Bc5 c6 26. d6 { This was the same b-pawn that was on b2 originally, it has been transformed almost Clark Kentish into Superpawn.} Raa8 27. e5 b4 28. Red1 Be6 29. Rd2 Nxc5 30. Rxc5 a4 31. Bc4 $3 {The Bishop on e6 is an important defender, so swap it off???} Bxc4 32. Rxc4 Rab8 (32... b3 $142 33. Rb2 Rcb8 34. Rc3 Kf8 35. axb3 a3 36. Ra2 Rb4 37. Kf2 Ke8 $16) 33. Kf2 $3 {White is not afraid of the Black pawns they are so disjointed and a desperate b3 is easily answered by axb3 axb3 and then Rb2, so White having bungned up the position now seeks to centralise his King. Note- this can only be done when their are few pieces left that would otherwise gang up on the King and either harrass it or checkmate it.} Kf8 34. Ke3 Rb5 35. Rb2 c5 36. Ke4 h5 37. h3 Ke8 38. g4 a3 39. Rb3 hxg4 40. hxg4 Kd7 41. Kd5 {This position is completely won for Andrew, its hard to say where Lubomir went wrong exactly, 21...b5? didn't help but with sublime play by Andrew and a ton of patience, it is only a matter of advancing the Kingside pawn phalanx and Black is lost so Lubomir decides to activate his Rook on c8 in desperation. This is exactly the right thing to do this game is so instructive in its nature, but it normally wouldn't be enough to save anyone, especially against a International Master of Andrews stature.} Rh8 42. Rxc5 Rb7 43. Rc4 Rh2 44. Rcxb4 Rxb4 45. Rxb4 Rd2+ $1 {An intermezo that stops the threat of Rb7+ being so overwhelming but again its just a sticking plaster on a broken leg.} 46. Kc4 Rxa2 47. Rb7+ Kc6 48. Rxf7 Rf2 49. Rc7+ $1 {The aim is to get the Rook back to c1.} Kb6 50. Kd5 a2 (50... Rf1 51. Rc2 Ra1 52. d7 Rd1+ 53. Ke6 a2 54. Rxa2 Kc7 55. Rc2+ Kb7 56. Rc8 Kb6 57. d8=Q+ Rxd8 58. Rxd8 $18) 51. Rc1 Rxf4 (51... Rc2 $3 52. Ra1 (52. Rxc2 $2 a1=Q 53. Ke6 Qa8 54. Ke7 Qh8 55. e6 Qh4+ 56. Kf7 Qxg4 57. d7 Qh4 58. Rh2 $1 Qxf4+ 59. Ke8 Qa4 60. Rc2 Qb5 61. e7 Kb7 62. Rf2 Kc7 63. Kf8 Qxd7 64. e8=Q Qxe8+ 65. Kxe8 $18) 52... Kb7 53. Ke6 Rd2 54. d7 Kc7 55. Rc1+ Kb6 56. Rc8 $18 {just gets to the same position as in the move 50... variation.}) 52. d7 {its all over now, atleast one if not two pawns will Queen, including, probably, Superpawn.} 1-0