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  A short (forced) draw in the Chigorin


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Wed Aug 10 2011 4:26PM | edited: 4:31:13 | MsgID: 14618308

I had a short draw in the Chigorin defense lately, which I want to share with you.
[[1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 Bxf3 5.exf3 e6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bb5 Bb4 8.Qa4 Qd7 9.O-O Nge7 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bd2 a6 12.Rfe1 O-O-O 13.Bxa6 bxa6 14.Qxa6+ Kb8 15.Qb5+ Ka8 16.Qa4+]] 1/2-1/2
The main positions of the line are:

Analyse position

10.Bg5 played by Gurevich in 1992 against Miles. Weakens the Kingside and (prerequisite for our analysis’ target) provokes a Queenside castling.

Analyse position

11…a6 is a novelty, seemingly an ordinary move, but in association with the next White's move …

Analyse position

White threatens 13.Qxb4 Nxb4 14.Bxd7. If 12…O-O 13.Qxb4 axb5 (13…Nxb4 14.Bxd7 wins) 14.Qxb5 and Black is a pawn up.
I think it’s a useful weapon, especially against a stronger opponent.
What are your thoughts?

Playable game scores in this posting
Playable game #1