Annotated Game #13 from the 1998 New York Open

annotations by NM Steve Mayer

GM Georgiev, Kiril  (2675) - GM Ibragimov, Ildar  (2595)  [B92]

1998 New York Open (Round 6)    19.03.1998


I talk with Victor Bologan after the round; he asserts that he could have gained the advantage in his game with Miesis with better opening play, but also that he had a win after the piece sac.

Could be. I’m not changing my annotations, though.

The amateur players spend lots of time enjoying the game. The working GMs spend lots of time thinking about the game. Want to find the win? So do I, so I’ll ‘check it out’ when I get home. But what does Miesis have to say? Dunno; I haven’t met the man.

Bologan, by the way, continues to impress me as a very ‘down to earth’ fellow who knows a lot of chess. He realizes, I suspect, that every tournament is just the creation of a new normative ranking system.

Earlier in the day, a friend with a gift for puns and anagrams pointed out that the name ‘Ibragimov’ can be rendered as ‘I brag, I move." Nothing personal intended toward GM Ibragimov; I’m sure he’s well-mannered and very professional.

Georgiev continued to ‘just play chess’ and leave the bragging to the guys not on board one. Let’s see how he did it this time.


1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e6 4. Bxc4 c5 5. Nf3 a6 6. O-O Nf6 7. Bb3

There are so many options here for White...this is definitely a point where Black needs to draw up a deep plan to meet the 7th move- which ever move White plays- to ensure that he gets his ‘fair share’ of play.

Ibragimov must have rushed his move, for his position is soon without any winning prospects- and few drawing prospects- at all.

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7....b5 8. a4 b4

No! This just isn’t how one plays such positions!

Did Ibragimov think that White’s queen knight would be placed worse at c4 than at c3?

9. Nbd2 Bb7 10. e4

Adding central iniative to his other advantages. Ibragimov may have thought that Georgiev couldn’t play ‘technical positions’ as well as the ‘complications’ he’s reveled in this tournament.

Karpov said it best: "There is no style in chess." And he may or may not have added ‘just good moves and bad moves.’

10....cxd4 11. e5 Nfd7 12. Nc4 Be7 13. Qxd4 Nc5

And this helps...how?

14. Qxd8+ Kxd8

I take it that Black is strategically lost. Anyone disagree? Continue playing...

15.Bc2 Nbd7 16. b3 Bd5 17. Nfd2 f6

Easing his central space disadvantage but opening up more prospects for Georgiev’s better developed pieces.

18. exf6 Bxf6 19. Rb1 Ne5 20. Nb6 Rb8 21. a5

‘The hits just keep coming here at WKIR." (I apologize to those unfamiliar with how U.S. radio stations identify themslves.)

21....Nc6 22. Ndc4 Nd4 23. Be3

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Wow! Another fine move that would send the ‘mere masters’ in the Open section running for the hallway to brag about. (Assuming that one of us were to even find it.) Let’s face it...Georgiev sees pieces and pawns and all sorts of other ‘chess things’ in a different manner than even the typical grandmaster.

23....Bxc4 24. Nxc4

Although I assume that we are in agreement that he does like adding the bishop pair to his trophy room.

24....Ke7 25. Rfd1 Rhd8 26. Kf1

‘Limiting’ the Nd4. "We’ll allow no simplification before it’s time."

21....g6 27. Rd2 Ke8 28. Bf4 Rb5 29. Nd6+ Rxd6 30. Bxd6

Game over. We can ‘pretend’ all we wish that a minor piece and a rook in ‘such’ a position is ‘almost’ worth a rook, but this isn’t ‘such’ a position and Georgiev isn’t one to lose through anything ‘silly.’ Sure, everyone plays like ‘an idiot’ on occasion but Georgiev (and Milov) are starting to look unbeatable by anyone other than themsleves (or each other.)

30....Rxa5 31. f4 Kf7 32. Be5 Nc6 33. Re1 Nxe5 34. fxe5 Bg5 35. Rd4 Ra3 36. h4 Bh6 37. Rc4 Nxb3 38. Rxb4 Nd2+ 39. Ke2 Ra2 40. Rb7+ Kg8 41. Rc7 Ra5 42. h5 Bf4 43. hxg6 hxg6 44. Kf2 Rxe5 45. Rxe5 Bxe5 46. Rd7 Nc4 47. Bxg6 Nd6 48. Re7 Bd4+ 49. Kf3 e5 50. Re6 Nc4 51. Rxa6 Kg7 52. Bd3 Nb6 53. Ra7+ Kf6 54. Rh7 Nd5 55. g3 Kg5 56. Rd7 Nf6 57. Rg7+ Kh6 58. Rg6+ Kh5 59. g4+ Kh4 60. Be4 Nd7 61. Rh6+ Kg5 62. Rh5+ Kf6 63. g5+ Ke7 64. Rh7+ Ke6 65. Kg4 1-0