Garry Kasparov: two days in Milan

We've got it! I mean the full program of Kasparov's visit in Milan, on June 30 and July 1. Here it is... As I've already written, Garry will be a special guest of "La Milanesiana", an important cultural event to take place in the main city of Northern Italy. He will speak about "Competitions" at "Dal Verme theater" (Via San Giovanni sul Muro 2) on June 30, starting at 9 p.m., and take part in an "Aperitif with the author" at Sala Buzzati (via Balzan 3) on July 1, starting at 12 a.m. After the "Aperitif", he will be at Romagnoli bookshop, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., to sign copies of his bestseller, "My great predecessors" (Italian edition of the first five volumes). I hope I will be in Milan on Saturday evening, at least, and have the chance to ask some questions to Garry. What would you ask? I'm waiting for your advices: write me at dario@strababos.it (I have some ideas, anyway...).
Turkish GM Suat Atalik, Serbian GM Ivan Ivanisevic and Israeli GM Michael Roiz lead by half a point (on 1.5/2) over the field in the "Gorenje 2007" tournament, held in Valjevo (Serbia). Atalik drew with Dusko Pavasovic in round 2, while Ivanisevic easily reached a level position with Black pieces against Karpov and Roiz crushed Viorel Iordachescu. Predrag Nikolic and Branko Damljanovic also made a draw, while Stojanovic stroke back after round 1 loss and won against Kiril Georgiev. Official site: www.chessdom.com.

Roiz,M (2605) - Iordachescu,V (2587) [A17], Valjevo 14.6.2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0–0 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Qxc3 d6 7.e3 e5 8.d4
It should sound strange, but this is a rare move. 8.b4 and 8.d3 are more common.
8...Re8 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.b4 Bg4
A good alternative is 10...Nbd7; the game Liberzon-Taimanov, Yalta 1962, continued 11.Bb2 e4 (11...b6 12.Rd1 Qe7 13.Be2 Bb7 14.0–0 Rad8 15.Rfe1 c5 16.b5 a5 17.Nd2 Qe6 18.f3 Nf8 19.Nf1 Ng6= Forintos-Kupreichik, Kirovakan 1978) 12.Nd4 Ne5 13.h3 Bd7 14.Be2 Qc8 15.g4 c5 16.Nb3 cxb4 17.axb4 h6 18.Rg1 Nh7 19.h4 f6 with equal chances.
11.Bb2 Nc6
Iordachescu said after the game this is a very bad move that destroyed his game. He should be right, but this is not the losing move at all :-)
This looks to be a new move. The game Steiner-Rothamn, New York 1946, soon ended after 12.b5 Bxf3 (12...e4 13.bxc6 exf3 Baburin-Graf, Novosibirsk 1989, 14.Rg1 Re6 15.cxb7 Rb8 16.h3 Bf5 17.gxf3 and White has better chances) 13.gxf3 Nd4?? (13...Nb8 followed by ...Nbd7=) 14.0–0–0 1–0
12...Qe7 13.f3 Bh5 14.Be2 a5
14...Rad8 was probably a bit more more precise.
15.b5 Nb8 16.a4 Nbd7 17.g4 Bg6 18.Nb3
White has no hurry to start an attack by h2-h4, g4-g5 and so on.
18...b6 19.e4 h5 20.Ba3 Qe6 21.c5
White is gaining more and more space after each move.
This leaves White all the initiative. 21...Rad8 22.c6 (22.g5 Qh3! 23.gxf6 Nxf6 24.Bb2 Qg2 25.Rf1 Qxh2 with a drawish position) 22...Nxe4!? 23.fxe4 Nf6 was a good attempt to find some counterplay, although Roiz would have the better chances anyway.
22.h4 Ndf8 23.g5 Rad8 24.Bc4
24.Rc1 was even stronger.
24...Qc8 25.Bd5 Ne6
25...Bf5 was an alternative to be considered.
26.cxb6 Rxd5??
26...cxb6 27.Qxc8 Rxc8 28.Nd2 was obviously better for White, but the text move loses on the spot.
27.exd5 Nf4 28.Qc6?!
Why not 28.bxc7 ?
28...cxb6 was the only good move again.
29.d6 Nf8 30.dxc7 Nd3+ 31.Kd2 Qf5
Black's position is hopeless: he should resign immediately.
32.Qc4+ Kh7 33.b7 Qxf3 34.c8Q Qf2+ 35.Kc3 Nb2 36.Rac1 Ne6 37.Qxe8 Nxc4 38.Qxg6+
White can even sacrifice two Queens!
38...Kxg6 39.b8Q Ne3 40.Qe8+ Kf5 41.Qd7 Qf3 42.Kb2 1–0
And Black finally resigned.

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