|1. e4 c5 2. d3
A very good idea; Minasian will 'just play chess' with Georgiev. The text is an extremely
flexible method of entering a variety of Sicilians of the 'closed' nature.
Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. f4 d6 6. Nf3 Nf6
Okay, start the search for improvements here, folks. Georgiev 'knows' that this method of
developing the knight sets up Black for just the kind of mechanical attack that he faces
the rest of the game.
7. O-O O-O 8. h3 Rb8 9. g4 b5 10. f5 b4
Look at the knight at b1. Hasn't it moved twice? Didn't it play out to c3, get attacked by
b4 and then retreat to b1? It didn't, of course, so Minasian has three 'consecutive'
moves 'coming to him.' (He's on move and he's economized on two tempi.)
11. Qe1 Nd7 12. Qh4 e6 13. Bg5
Georgiev must have regretted not offering a draw earlier, but he still wished to win the
tournament. By the way, it's 'my understanding' that Kiril Georgiev's unofficial FIDE
rating after the New York Open is 2700! Congratulations, sir.
Georgiev hopes to set-up a 'firewall' of pawns across the third rank. Minasian decides
that the party is a BYOFT affair and is especially generous with the number of flame
throwers he brings to the attack.
14. Be3 Nde5 15. Nxe5
Clearing the f-file and swapping off a piece that wasn't likely to be so useful in White's
Nxe5 16. Nd2 a5 17. Nc4 Nf7
Defending the Black king position and not getting 'tricked' by nominalism. Instead, the
swap at c4 would have left the d-pawn exposed to attack on the d- file. Further,
Minasian's advantage would have been such that he would, in practice, have 'little to
fear' in the way of 'losing chances.'
18. Qg3 Rb7 19. Rf2 Re7 20. Raf1
Yep. Minasian shows great restraint in the way that he tenses the bow of the attack.
a4 21. g5
And now it's time for the better-developed side to make his attempt to crash through.
White's rooks and Bg2 are especially pleased with the way things are going.
exf5 22.exf5 fxg5
Georgiev needs complications and counterplay if he is to retain any realistic chances of
winning the tournament. At this point, he probably needs them simply to maximize his
23. f6 Rxe3 24. Nxe3 Bh6 25. Bd5
Not quite the 'end of the story,' but Minasian has a material advantage and a greater
collection of positional advantages, particularly in the area of piece activity.
Re8 26. Nc4 Be6 27. Qg2 Bf8 28. Re1 Bxd5 29. Rxe8 Qxe8 30. Qxd5
If you wish to improve your ability to 'win won games'- and who doesn't?- then you could
do worse than to spend an hour or two on the positions from moves 24-30.
Qc8 31. Kg2 g4 32. h4
Georgiev hoped that Minasian's king would decide to go 'au natural.' Instead, the emperor
dons concrete clothes (the pawns at g4 and h4), the better in which to participate in the
looming awards ceremony.
Qe8 33. Qe4 Qd7 34. Re2 a3 35. bxa3 bxa3 36. Qd5 Qd8 37. Re6 Qb8 38. Ne3
Qb2 39. Qa8 h5 40. Re8
Game over. There is no perpetual, no 'swindle' and Minasian can now 'always win' by taking
'everything off' at f8 and letting his stallion eat its fill.
Qxf6 41.Rxf8+ Kg7 42. Qe8 Qf3+ 43. Kg1 1-0
A very nice 'money game' by Minasian. Boxing fans might recall the first Holyfield-Tyson
fight. (The work of art, not the low comedy that followed in HT II.) Like Holyfield,
Minasian contained a very dangerous opponent and demonstrated his 'reach advantage' (half
point lead and having White) as he pushed Georgiev out of the center, braced him against
the side of the square and unleashed a series of venomously precise head shots. (As they
say in boxing, "Kill the head and the body dies." As 'they' also say in chess,