Tricky Endgame


I promised to write about Najdorf Memorial but again somehow I didn’t have much time 😀 and basically there was not much to say… I lost 7th round to relatively weaker opponent and it was kind over for me. I made draw in 8th round and won 9 round finishing the event with only 4/9 again loosing some ELO points. But I think it was very good training for me, I learnt few new things and what’s maybe much more important – I reminded myself bunch of interesting things I knew some years ago. As usual now I feel like I would play much better chess if I play next tournament but next month I’m doing some other stuff so I can forget everything again just to recall it during the next tournament 😉 That’s how it works when you don’t play regularly… and it’s not only with chess, it’s with everything, it’s life.

In order not to leave you with just some sad comments I’ll share with you one interesting endgame from the tournament. In 4th round I played White against Woman International Master Yuliya Shvayger (rated 2287). I got winning position after the opening but I managed to spoilt later just getting slightly better endgame.

P.Nguyen vs Y.Shvayger


It’s Black to move and it looks that even though c4 pawns is falling Black can create some counterplay as White has so many pawn islands.

30…Rd8? with interesting idea in mind should White take on c4 but it just runs to nice grip for White by force.

Correct was 30… Ra8 31. a4 (immediate 31.Rxc4?! is not good in view of  31…Ra3) Ra5 32. Rxc4 Ke6 and even though White won a pawn things are not that easy 33. e4 +/=


Black’s idea was that after 31. Rxc4? she could play 31…Ne5 32. Rc7+ Ke6 33. Kf2 (33. Rxh7?! Rd2 and Black will pick up some pawns while White’s king is very weak) 33… Rd2+ 34. Ne2 Kd6 35. Rc3 Rd1 and even though White is pawn up it’s hard to create any passed pawns, Black is very active so it would have ended most likely with a draw.

31… Ke8 32. Re6+ Kf7 33. Rd6 Ke8 34. a4! Fixing b6 pawn, Black is in kind of zugzwang 34…f5

Black couldn’t move the rook 34… Ra8?? 35. Rxd7; 34… Rc8?? 35. Rxd7; and if 34…Rb8? 35. Kf2 +- and Black is hopeless.

35. Kf2 Nc5 Black had to do this finally 36. Rxd8+ Kxd8 37.Nxb6 c3 (37…Kc7 38.a5!) 38. Ke2 h5P.Nguyen vs Y.Shvayger


Now I went a bit wrong with 39. Kf3

The fastest way to finish the job was straightforward 39. a5 Kc7 40. Nd5+ Kb7 41. Nxc3 Ka6 42. Nd5 Kxa5 43. Ne7 picking up kingside pawns.

39… Nd3!? and things became very tricky but I managed to keep everything under control. 40. a5

It was  easy to spoil the position playing passive 40.Ke2 Nb4 and now still 41.a5 Kc7 42.Na4! wins but one could go 41.Kd1? Kc7 42.Nc4 h4 (42…Kc6 43.Na3!) 43.Na3! and probably White still wins but the mess was really unnecessary.

40…Nb4 (40… Kc7 41.Nd5+ Kb7 42. e4 +-) 41. e4! I worked out it well and the rest is very simple

41…f4 (41… Nxc2 42. a6 Nd4+ 43. Ke3 Nb5 44. exf5 +-) 42. Ke2 Nxc2 43. a6 Nd4+ 44. Kd3 Nb5 (44… c2 45. a7 c1=Q 46. a8=Q+ Ke7 47. Nd5+ Kf7 48. Kxd4+-) 45. Nd5 h4 (45… c2 46. Kxc2 Kd7 47. Nf6+ Kc8 48. Nxh5 Kc7 49. e5 $18) 46. Nxc3 Nxc3 47. a7 1-0



Rewal’s Sea Horse 2011


Currently I’m playing in Rewal, but again I play very bad chess… Just 2 out of 3 (2 draws with weaker opponents). I can say even that I play worst chess in my career, I mean my strength was weaker some years ago but I never played so badly in comparison to my level. The worst thing is I’m conscious about how bad my moves are. You’ll understand it after you watch my today’s game were I was completely winning and somehow didn’t win.

P.Nguyen (2378) – P.Sabuk (2199), Rewal 2011
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nc3 c6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Qc2 g6 8. e3
Bf5 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nbd7 11. Bh6 Ng4 12. Bf4 O-O 13. O-O Re8 14. Rab1 a5
15. Rfc1 Ngf6 16. h3 Bf8 17. Nd2 Bg7 18. Bg5 h6 19. Bxf6 Qxf6 20. a3 a4 21. Qc2
Nb6 22. b3 axb3 23. Rxb3 Ra6 24. Qb2 Na4 (24… Bf8) 25. Nxa4 Rxa4 26. Rxb7 Bf8
27. Nb1 Rea8 28. Rb8 (28. Rb6 Bxa3 29. Nxa3 Rxa3 30. Rcxc6) 28… Rxb8 29. Qxb8
Kg7 30. Qb3 (30. Qb6 Bxa3 31. Rxc6 Qf5 32. Nxa3 Rxa3 33. Qb2 Ra4) 30… Ra5 31.
a4 Ra6 32. Nc3 Qd8 33. Ne2 Qa8 34. Qc2 ?? {how is it possible I played like
that?} (34. Ra1) 34… Ba3 35. Ra1 Rxa4 36. Nf4 Ra6 37. Qe2 Ra7 38. g4 Bd6 39.
Rxa7 Qxa7 40. Nd3 Qa1+ 41. Kg2 Qb1 42. Qd2 Bc7 43. Nc5 Bd6 44. Nd3 Bc7 45. Qc3
Ba5 46. Qa3 Qc2 47. Qxa5 Qxd3 48. Qc7 Qe4+ 49. Kg3 Qe6 50. Qb8 etc.
(games was a bit longer but nothing interesting – dead draw) 1/2-1/2

Anyway I feel relaxed and there’re still 6 rounds to go, so maybe I’ll do better 🙂 I don’t think about chess too much.
Yesterday I played rapid and blitz tournament with pretty good results.



Unfortunately I was unable to connect to the internet recently that’s why I couldn’t post anything new.

At the moment I also don’t have comfortable connection thus I’ll just quickly tell about the results:

5. draw with Emil Mirzoev (2138) in the Pirc Defence

6. I beat International Master Grekh Andrey (2378) playing 1.f4!

7. victory over Vladimir Meleshko (2286) playing French Defence.

and I needed 1,5 point out of two last games to get the International Master norm, but unfortunately today I lost to International Master Zajarnyi Anatoli (2337). After the opening I got slightly better endgame but probably I played it too sharp and fall into some tactics and later it was very tough to play

Tomorrow I’m playing against WIM Adrenko Irina (2272) with Black and I don’t have any chance to get IM norm…

After the tournament I hope I’ll post something more interesting 😉

My next tournament is Najdorf Memorial in Warsaw. Here’s the starting list:

And I’m going to attack IM norm again…

2nd, 3rd and 4th round report

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At the beginning I would like to thank everyone for visiting my blog. Yesterday there were 76 views 🙂
Unfortunately I can’t write after each round because it’s not so easy to connect to the internet, anyway let’s concentrate on some chess.

In second round I beat very talented young player Volodymyr Vetoshko (13 years old, rated 2212). He surprised me in the opening, I must say it was very brave decision to play Leningrad Dutch against me since that’s one of my favourite openings and I play this regularly for couple of last years. I got an advantage but later there were some tactics and again mutual time trouble but finally I got him.

P.Nguyen – V.Vetoshko, Rodatychi 2011
1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2 Qe8 8. Nbd2
h6 9. Re1 Qf7 10. c4 g5 11. Qc2 c6 12. b4 Qh5 13. b5 f4 14. e4 Nh7 15. d5 Bxb2
16. Qxb2 cxb5 17. e5 g4 18. Nh4 Nd7 19. exd6 exd6 20. Re7 Qg5 21. Re6 Ne5 22.
Rxd6 fxg3 23. fxg3 Qe3+ 24. Kh1 Rf2 25. Rd8+ Nf8 26. Qb4 Nd3 27. Qd6 Rf7 28.
Ne4 Bf5 29. Nxf5 Rxd8 30. Nxe3 1-0

The third round was in the morning… and that turned out to be very bad for me. I played versus Moldavian International Master (and Woman International Master at the same time but not Woman GrandMaster, quite strange to me) Svetlana Petrenko (2209) and we played some line of the French Defence where I must have had good position but somehow I wasn’t in a best shape and got into the time trouble (again!) and just lost the game…

S.Petrenko – P.Nguyen, Rodatychi 2011
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. a3 f6 7. exf6 Nxf6 8. Bd3
Qc7 9. O-O c4 10. Bc2 Bd6 11. Re1 O-O-O 12. Qe2 Rhg8 13. Ne5 g5 14. Nd2 g4 15.
Nf1 Be8 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. Qxe6+ Bd7 18. Qe2 h5 19. Be3 h4 20. Qd2 g3 21. fxg3
hxg3 22. hxg3 Nh5 23. Bg5 Rdf8 24. Bh4 Nxg3 25. Bxg3 Bxg3 26. Nxg3 Rxg3 27. Re3
Rg5 28. Re8+ Rxe8 29. Qxg5 Re2 30. Bf5 Bxf5 31. Qxf5+ Qd7 32. Qf8+ Kc7 33. Rf1
Kb6 34. Rf7 Qg4 35. Qb4+ 1-0

In the fourth game, just after today’s dinner I faced another woman – Woman Fide Master Golubeva Oksana from Russia (2133). I went 1.e4 and played some sideline, the way I played was very artificial but it worked well for me. And this time there was no time trouble on my side! Here’s the game:

P.Nguyen – O.Golubeva, Rodatychi 2011
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Qf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Nge7 7. a3 Bd6 8.
Nge2 Be6 9. Bf4 a6 10. Bd3 Ng6 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. h4 O-O-O 13. h5 Nge7 14. b4
Rhe8 15. Na4 Ng8 16. c3 Nf6 17. h6 Ne4 18. hxg7 f6 19. O-O-O Na7 20. Nc5 Nxc5
21. dxc5 Qd7 22. Nd4 Qa4 23. Bc2 Qxa3+ 24. Kd2 Nc6 25. Nxc6 d4 26. Nxd4 Bb3 27.
Qd3 Rxd4 28. Qxd4 Qb2 29. Rc1 Rd8 30. Qxd8+ Kxd8 31. Rxh7 Bg8 32. Rh8 Qa2 33.
Rch1 Qd5+ 34. Kc1 Qg5+ 35. Kb2 Qxg7 36. Bb3 Kd7 37. Rxg8 Qe7 38. Ba4+ c6 39.
Bc2 1-0

Tomorrow I’m going to play Black against young Ukrainian guy – Mirzoev Emil (2138). He is doing pretty well in the tournament (3/4, 2 draws with IMs 2300+). The round is in the morning, I hope I’ll do better this time.

first blood


In the first round I met guy called Kigel Dmitry rated 2210. I got Black pieces and decided to play Modern or stuff like that. After a tough battle in the opening, just after 16 moves we were both in terrible time trouble. Position became very messy and I lost control over the position but I was playing according to my intuition and that was enough to finish the game with nice piece sacrifice and score a full point.

Forgive me I don’t share my annotations here but I’m still playing so I can’t give too many hints for my opponents. So here’s the game with deleted comments:

D.Kigel – P.Nguyen, Rodatychi 2011
1. Nf3 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Be3 b5 6. Nd2 Nd7 7. Nb3 Ngf6 8. f3
O-O 9. Be2 e5 10. d5 Nh5 11. O-O f5 12. Na5 Nf4 13. Kh1 b4 14. Nb1 Nf6 15. Nd2
N6h5 16. Qe1 Bd7 17. Bc4 Kh8 18. a3 bxa3 19. Rxa3 g5 20. exf5 Nf6 21. Ne4 Bxf5
22. Bxf4 gxf4 23. Nxf6 Bxf6 24. Bd3 Bh4 25. Qe2 Bd7 26. c4 Bg3 27. hxg3 fxg3
28. Qe4 Rf7 29. Kg1 Qg5 30. Rb1 Bf5 31. Qe1 Qh4 32. Bxf5 Rxf5 33. Qe4 Rf4 34.
Qd3 Raf8 0-1

Somehow I haven’t managed to get chessboard here and I don’t have time for this now.
You can copy and paste the moves into your ChessBase, Fritz or some other program.