GN Gopal (2174)
Pontus Carlsson (2376)
Wch U20 41st (4)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 g6 The young Dragon specialist defintely has fire in his eyes!
6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Bc4
The famous Yugoslav attack, a throughly-analyzed relic of the Siclian Defense.
8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O (9. g4!? was once used by then World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov against GM Anthony Miles (in Phillips & Drew 1982) with great effect. White's idea was the forgo castling and to quickly expand on the kingside.)
9... d5!? is tricky, but white can gain a comfortable edge in this line.
8... Nc6 9. Qd2 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 Both sides are required to be very precise in this line since one tempo could mean the difference between mating or getting mated.
11. Bb3 Ne5 12. h4 h5 Useful move attempting to keep the deadly h-file closed. The black Dragon has been slain many a time when the dreaded h-file resulted in white rooks firing missles down the kingside. Here Karpov demonstrates in his crush of GM Viktor Korchnoi.
12... Nc4 13. Bxc4 Rxc4 14. h5 Nxh5 15. g4 Nf6 16. Nde2 (16. Kb1 Re8!? 17. Bh6 Nxe4!)
16... Qa5 17. Bh6 Bxh6 18. Qxh6 Rfc8 19. Rd3 R4c5 20. g5 Rxg5 21. Rd5! Rxd5 22. Nxd5 Re8 23. Nef4 Bc6 24. e5! Bxd5 25. exf6 exf6 26. Qxh7+ Kf8 27. Qh8+ 1-0 Karpov,A-Kortschnoj,V/Moscow 1974 (27)
13. Bh6?! 13. Bg5 Nc4 14. Qe2 (14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. e5!?)
14... Na5 is a tested line.
13... Bxh6 14. Qxh6 Rxc3!
The thematic sacrifice in the Dragon. Black's usual plan is to wreck the king's shelter and exert pressure on the weakened queenside. In countless games, black's pawn structure wins the day... that is, if he can avoid getting mated.
15. bxc3 Qc8!? Besides attacking c3, perhaps Carlsson would to reserve the right to play Nc4. It also keeps an eye on white's g4, h5 or g4, Nf5 ideas.
15... Qa5 16. f4 (16. Kb1 Rc8 17. g4 Nc4 is a tested line with mixed results.)
16... Qxc3 17. Ne2 Qe3+ 18. Kb2 Nxe4! (18... Neg4 19. Qxg6+ Kh8 20. Bxf7!)
16. g4 In the immortal words of Morpheus, "Here we go!"
16... Qxc3 17. Kb1 a5 18. gxh5 Carlsson is counting on the weakened white king to conjure up mating threats. Meanwhile, the h-file is blocked which gives him a bit more time to pursue his own agenda.
18... a4 19. Ne2 19. Bd5 Nxd5 20. hxg6 and black seems to have nothing better than 20... Qb4+ (20... Nf6 21. g7! Ng6 22. gxf8=Q+ Nxf8 23. Rd3 Qb4+ 24. Ka1 Ng6 25. h5)
21. Ka1 Qc3+ 22. Kb1 Qb4+ 23. Ka1=
19... Qxf3 20. hxg6 axb3!
Again the difference in the position is the closed h-file. It's amazing that black's attack accelerated so quickly.
21. g7 bxc2+ No Dragon player would ever think of playing any other move. White threatens mate, so black has to keep attacking.
22. Ka1 22. Kxc2 gives black the tempo he needs to get at the exposed king. 22... Rc8+ 23. Kb1 Nh7 stops white cold and the white king remains dangerously exposed.
22... cxd1=Q+ 23. Rxd1 Ng6 24. gxf8=Q+ Nxf8 25. Rg1+ Ng6 26. e5 Qxe2 27. exf6 This is now called "hope" chess.
27... Qe5+ 28. Kb1 Bf5+
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