Modern Chess with the Clanking Digital Monsters

Vladislav Artemiev (RUS) 2697 versus

Alan Pichot (ARG) 2552

Aeroflot Open 2018 round 01


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 Nc6 4. g3 Nf6 (Houdini & Stockfish prefer an immediate 4…d5) 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qe2 6 Nbd2 is most often played, yet Komodo Stockfish prefer immediate castling) Be7 7. O-O (The most often played move but there is disagreement between the Big Three, with the Dragon choosing 7 c3; the Fish 7 Bf4; and the escape artist 7 e5) O-O 8. e5 Nd7 9. c4

b5 (There is a reason this move has been rarely played, yet is has been played by top GMs. 9…Nb6 and d5 have most often been the choice, but Komodo considers 9…a6 best) 10. cxb5 (SF plays cxd5) Na5

11. Nc3? (This is the kind of ‘natural’ move from which one must not play as it hands over the advantage to the opponent. Both Houdini & Fish advocate 11 Qc2, a move that has yet to be played by a human. An alternative would be 11 Nfd2, as in Kryvoruchko v Svetushkin below) a6 12. Bf4 (Dragon & Fish prefer bxa6) axb5 13. Nxb5 Ba6 14. Nc3 Nc6 15. h4 Qb6 (Fish & Dragon play 15…h6; Houdini Nd4) 16. b3 (The choice of Stockfish-16. Rfd1 Nd4 17. Qd2 Rfb8 18. Rdb1 1/2-1/2, Alexander Stripunsky (2536) v Axel Bachmann (2653) 2017 World Open)

We are now in uncharted territory. My thinking is development has been almost completed with only finding a good home for the rooks needed for completion.

16…Rfe8? (Black could have retained a small advantage with 16…h6; Qa5; or Nb4, according to Stockfish. Komodo would play 16…Qd8)

17. Rac1? (17. Nxd5! is given by the Stockfish program at ChessBomb, with the following amazing line, 17…exd5 18. e6 Nce5 19. exd7 Nxd7 20. Rfe1 Nf6 21. Qd2 Bc8 22. Be3 Be6 23. d4 cxd4 24. Qxd4 Qb7 25. Ne5 Ne4 26. Rec1 Bb4 27. Rc2 f6 28. Nd3 Ba3 as the only way for white to retain an advantage)

17…Qa5 (SF gives, in order, 17…h6; Qb7; Qa7; & Nb4, as holding a small advantage)

18. Rfd1 (Once again SF gives 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. e6 Nf6 20. exf7+ Kxf7 21. Ng5+ Kf8 22. Qe6 Nd8 23. Qf5 Nf7 24. Bxd5 Nxg5 25. hxg5 Bc8 26. Be6 Bxe6 27. Qxe6 Nh5 28. Bd6 g6 29. Rxc5 Qd8 30. Bxe7+ Qxe7 31. Qc4 Rxa2 32. g4 Ng7 33. b4 holding the game in balance)

18…Nd4 (Nb4 or h6) 19. Qd2 (Qe1!) Bf8 (Qb6!) 20. Na4 (g4; Qe1; & Qe3 with an equal game)

Nxf3+ ((20… Qxd2 -+) 21. Bxf3 Qxd2 22. Rxd2 Reb8 23. Bg2 Rb4 (h6=) 24. Rdd1 (Be3 +=) Bb5 25. Nc3 Bc6 (Ba6) 26. Rc2 g6 (Bb7) 27. Ne2 Bb5 28. Nc1 Ba6 29. Be3 Nxe5? (h5 or Be7) 30. Bxc5 Rbb8 (Bxc5) 31. Bxf8 (+-) Kxf8 32. d4 Nd7 33. Bf1 Rb4 (Nf6)

34. Rc6? (34. Bxa6 Rxa6 35. f3 Nf6 36. Kf2 Ra3 37. Ke3 Rb8 38. Nd3 Ne8 39. g4 Rba8 40. Rdd2 Nd6 41. Kf4 Kg7 42. Rc6 Ne8 43. Nb4 Nf6 44. Rdc2 h5 45. g5 Ng8 46. Rc8 Rxc8 47. Rxc8 Ne7 48. Rb8)

34…Bb7 (Bxf1 holds white to a small advantage)

35. Rc7 Ke8 36. Nd3 Rb6 37. Nc5 Bc8 38. Rd2 Kd8 39. Nxd7 Bxd7 40. Rc5 h6 41. f4 Ke7 42. Kf2 g5 43. Ke3 Kd6 44. Rcc2 Rg8 45. Rg2 Rb4 46. Bd3 f6 (f5 is better) 47. Rcf2 (fxg5 fxg5) e5 (f5) 48. hxg5 exd4+ 49. Kd2 hxg5 50. fxg5 fxg5 51. Rf6+ Kc7 52. Rh2 (Rgf2) Rbb8 53. Rf7 (Kc1 or Bf5)
Rbf8 54. Rfh7 Kd6 55. R7h6+ Kc7 56. Be2 Ra8 57. a4 Rgb8 58. Bd1 Bf5 59. Rf6 Be4 60. Rhh6 Rf8 61. Rc6+ Kb7 62. Rb6+

Ka7? (This move is a huge mistake. The most amazing thing about modern Chess is that players today have ‘clanking digital monsters’ that show a line proving what a large difference there can be between two similar moves. To play Chess well at the top-level players must make PRECISE moves. The difference now is that one can, at the touch of a button, see a line produced by the ‘clanking digital monster’ illustrating how much difference there is, when ‘back in my day’ we would argue endlessly over such moves, and produce far worse lines. I recall human World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen saying in an interview that he only looked at Chess on a board and pieces when he was with other humans. Humans playing Chess today should be far superior to those from the BC (Before Computer) age. Check out this line if you do not believe me: (62… Kc7 63. Rhc6+ Kd8 64. Rb7 Rh8 65. Bg4 Rh2+ 66. Kc1 Rh1+ 67. Kb2 Rb1+ 68. Ka3 Ra1+ 69. Kb4 R8xa4+ 70. bxa4 Rb1+ 71. Kc5 Rxb7 72. a5 Rc7 73. Rxc7 Kxc7 74. Kxd4 Kc6 75. Be2 Bf5 76. Ke5 Be4 77. Bf1 Kb7 78. Bb5 Ka7 79. Kd4 Kb7)

63. Ra6+ Kb7 64. Rhb6+ Kc7 65. Rc6+ Kb7 66. Rab6+ Ka7 67. a5

Rfc8? (Black was no doubt losing but this move lets go of the rope completely. The only move to continue the game was to EXAMINE ALL CHECKS!) 68. Re6 Re8 69. Ra6+ Kb7 70. Reb6+ Kc7 71. Rc6+ Kd7 72. Bg4+ Ke7 73. Rc7+ Kf8 74. Rf6+ Kg8 75. Be6+ 1-0

I would like to thank the ChessBomb for making this information available to people, like me, who have no CDM (Clanking Digital Monster)!

Lastly, I would like you to know that I played over this game on a board with pieces one can touch, and move about, while taking notes, before going to, as I think of it, Da Bomb’. I will admit to finding about half of the better moves given by Da Bomb, and would be ashamed to print most of the “variations” found with my brain. At my age, and with my simple understanding, I am thrilled when somehow finding the first moves of most of these variations.

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