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Aljechin-Chatard-Attack

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ♘c3 ♘f6 4. ♗g5 ♗e7 5. e5 ♘fd7 After

6. h4 we enter the Aljechin-Chatard Attack. It cannot be recommended to accept the pawn sacrifice because White gets good compensation after that.

6... h6! 7. ♗xe7

7. ♕h5 Uses the pin to stop the exchange of the bishops and to attack on the kingside. 7... a6 stops the knight from coming to b5. ( 7... c5 8. ♗xe7 ♕xe7 9. ♘b5+/= ) 8. ♘f3 c5 If the queen is placed on h5, Black should create play on the queenside before castling. 9. dxc5 ♘c6 Black attacks White's center. 10. O-O-O

a) 10... ♘xc5 11. ♖h3 b5 12. ♘d4 ♘xd4 13. ♖xd4 ♗b7 14. ♖f4 g6 15. ♗xe7 ♕xe7 16. ♕d1 b4=/+ 17. ♘e2 ♘e4 18. ♖hf3 O-O 19. ♖e3 ♕c5 20. ♘d4 ♕c7 21. f3 ♕xe5 22. ♘e2 ♖fd8 23. ♕e1 a5 24. fxe4 dxe4 25. g3 ♖d6 26. ♔b1 ♖ad8 27. ♘c1 ♖d1 28. ♕f2 f5 29. ♗e2 ( 29. ♖e1 g5 30. ♖f3 ) 29... ♖1d2 30. ♘b3 ♖2d7 31. ♕e1 a4 32. ♘c1 ♕c5 33. ♗d3 exd3 34. ♘xd3 b3 35. ♖f2 ♕b5 36. ♖xe6 bxc2+ 37. ♖xc2 ♗e4 38. ♖xe4 fxe4 39. ♘c1 ♕f5 40. ♕e3 h5 41. ♖f2 ♕e6 42. ♖f4 ♖d1 43. ♖f2 ♖c8 44. ♖c2 ♖h1 45. ♖xc8+ ♕xc8 46. ♕g5 ♕c6 47. ♕d8+ ♔f7 48. ♕g5 ♖h2 49. ♕f4+ ♔e6 0-1 Mammadov,Z (2449)-Anton Guijarro,D (2559), Maribor 2012

b) 10... ♕c7 11. ♗xe7 ♘xe7 12. ♕g4 O-O

7. ♗e3 c5 8. ♕g4 ♖g8N A new idea which I find more attractive than ...g6 or ...Kf8. ( 8... ♔f8 9. ♘f3 cxd4 10. ♗xd4 ♘c6 11. O-O-O )

a) 9. ♘f3 cxd4 Forces White to recapture with the bishop. 10. ♗xd4 ( 10. ♘xd4 ♘xe5 ) 10... ♘c6=

b) 9. f4 cxd4 Black captures on d4 before moving the b8-knight, because the bishop is not a good blockading piece on d4. 10. ♗xd4 ♘c6 11. ♘f3 ( 11. O-O-O ♘xd4 12. ♖xd4 ♘c5 13. ♘f3 ♗d7 14. ♔b1 ♕b6 ) 11... ♕a5 And Black gets his typical counterplay on the queenside. 12. O-O-O ♗b4 13. a3 ( 13. ♔b1 ♘xd4 14. ♘xd4 ♗xc3 15. bxc3 ♘c5 ) 13... ♗xa3 14. bxa3 ♘xd4 15. ♘xd4 ♕xc3 16. ♘b5 ♕e3+

c) 9. O-O-O

c1) 9... ♘c6 10. dxc5 ( 10. ♘f3 )

c2) 9... cxd4 10. ♗xd4 ♘c6 11. ♘f3 ♘xd4 12. ♖xd4 a6 13. ♔b1 ♕c7 ( 13... b5 14. ♗d3 g6 15. ♖e1 ♗b7 16. ♕f4 ♗c5 17. ♕xh6 ♗xd4 18. ♘xd4 ♕e7 ) 14. ♕g3 g6 15. ♗d3 b5 ( 15... ♘b8 16. ♖g4 ♘c6 17. ♕f4 h5 18. ♖g3 ♗d7 ) 16. ♘e2 ♗b7 ( 16... b4 ) 17. c3

d) 9. dxc5 White gives up the centre which leads to a dynamic postion. 9... ♘xe5 10. ♕g3 ♘bc6 11. O-O-O ♕a5 The resulting postion is unclear. At the moment White's king is better placed, but Black has a solid centre and harmonious pieces. The game could continue 12. ♗b5 ( 12. ♔b1 ♗xc5 13. ♗d2 ♕b4 14. ♗f4 ♘g6 15. ♗c7 h5 ; 12. f4 ♘d7 )

d1) 12... ♗d7 13. ♘ge2 ( 13. ♗f4? d4 ; 13. f4 a6 14. ♗e2 d4 15. ♗xd4 ♘xd4 16. ♖xd4 ♕xc5 ; 13. a3 d4 14. ♗xd4 ♘xd4 15. ♗xd7+ ♘xd7 16. ♖xd4 ♗xc5 ) 13... a6 14. ♗xc6 ♘xc6 15. a3 ♗xc5 ( 15... O-O-O 16. ♖xd5 ) 16. ♘xd5 exd5 17. ♖xd5 b6 18. ♗xc5 bxc5

d2) 12... a6 13. ♗xc6+ ♘xc6 14. ♘f3 ( 14. ♘ge2 ♗d7 ) 14... ♗xc5 ( 14... ♗d7 15. ♘d2! ♕d8 ) 15. ♗xc5 ♕xc5 16. ♖he1 ♘e7 17. ♘e5 ♕d6 18. f4 b5

7. ♗f4 protects the pawn on e5 and plans Qg4 to make use of the weakness on h6. For this reason Black should not castle kingside anytime soon. 7... c5 This move is possible because the dark-squared bishop has not been exchanged and is still controlling the d6-square. 8. ♕g4 ( 8. ♘b5 a6 9. ♘d6+ ♗xd6 10. exd6 cxd4 ) 8... g6 After ...g6 Black leaves the king in the centre at least for a while. Now Bllack should aim for counterplay on the queenside. ( 8... O-O? 9. ♗xh6 ; 8... ♔f8 )

a) 9. dxc5 ♘c6 10. ♘f3 ( 10. O-O-O a6 11. ♘f3 ♘xc5 leads to the same variation as after 10.Nf3..)

a1) 10... ♘xc5 11. a3 ( 11. ♗b5 ♗d7 ; 11. O-O-O a6 ) 11... h5 12. ♕g3 ♕a5 13. ♗d2 ♕b6 14. b4 ♘e4 15. ♘xe4 dxe4 16. ♗e3+/=

a2) 10... a6 11. O-O-O ( 11. ♗e3 ♘xc5 ; 11. ♗e2 ♘xc5 ) 11... ♘xc5 12. ♔b1 ( 12. ♗e3 ♕c7 13. ♔b1 b5 ; 12. ♕g3 b5 13. ♗e3 ♕c7 ; 12. ♘d4 ♘xd4 13. ♖xd4 b5 ) 12... b5 13. ♗d3 ♘xd3 14. ♖xd3 ♗d7 15. ♘e2 ♘a5 16. ♗c1 ♕c7 17. ♘ed4 ♖c8

b) 9. O-O-O ♘c6 10. ♘f3 leads to the variation after 9.Nf3.

c) 9. ♘f3

c1) 9... cxd4 10. ♘xd4 ( 10. ♘b5 ♗b4+ ) 10... ♘c6 11. ♘cb5 ♘dxe5 12. ♕g3 f6 ( 12... ♘xd4 13. ♘xd4 ♘c6 ) 13. ♗xe5 ♘xe5 14. f4 ♘f7 15. f5

c2) 9... ♘c6 10. O-O-O c4 ( 10... cxd4 11. ♘b5 ) 11. ♗d2 b5 12. ♘xb5 ♖b8 13. ♘d6+ ♗xd6 14. exd6 ♕b6 15. b3 ♘b4 16. ♗xb4 ♕xb4 17. ♕f4 ♕a3+ 18. ♔b1 cxb3 19. cxb3 ♖xb3+ 20. axb3 ♕xb3+ 21. ♔c1 ♕c3+ 22. ♔b1=

7... ♕xe7 8. ♕g4

8. f4

a) 8... c5? 9. ♘b5 Once again, White tries to bring his knight to d6. 9... O-O 10. ♘c7 ♘xe5 11. ♘xa8 ♘ec6 12. ♘f3+/=

b) 8... O-O This allows White to attack Black's kingquickly. 9. g4! c5

b1) 10. g5 cxd4 ( 10... h5 11. ♕xh5 cxd4 12. ♗d3 g6 13. ♗xg6 fxg6 14. ♕xg6+ ) 11. ♕xd4 h5

b2) 10. dxc5

c) 8... a6 The most precise move. It stops Nb5 and prepares ...b5 with an expansion on the queenside. White needs to decide where to put his queen. He can either play Qg4 and place it on the kingside, or choose Qd2 to stay in the centre.

c1) 9. ♕d2 b5 ( 9... c5 10. O-O-O ♘c6 11. ♘f3 b5 ) 10. ♘f3 c5 Black continues his development on the queenside without castling. 11. g4 ( 11. h5 ♘c6 ) 11... ♘c6 12. O-O-O

c11) 12... ♘b6 13. dxc5 ( 13. ♕f2 c4 ) 13... ♕xc5 14. ♘d4 ♘xd4 15. ♕xd4 ♕xd4 16. ♖xd4 h5 ( 16... ♗d7 ) 17. g5 ♗d7 18. b3 ( 18. g6 fxg6 19. ♖g1 ♔f7 20. ♗d3 ♖h6 ) 18... g6 19. ♔b2 ♔e7=

c12) 12... b4

c13) 12... c4 13. f5 ♘b6 14. ♕f4 ( 14. ♘e2 exf5 15. g5 ♕b4 ) 14... b4 15. ♘e2 a5 The position is complicated and both sides have equal chances. ( 15... c3 16. b3 )

c2) 9. ♘f3 c5 10. ♕d2 b5 leads to the variation after 9.Qd2.

c3) 9. ♕g4 9... O-O 10. ♘f3 ( 10. O-O-O c5 ) 10... c5 11. O-O-O ♘c6 leads to the main line after 8.Qg4.

8. ♕d2 a6 9. f4 ( 9. O-O-O b5 10. f4 b4 11. ♘a4 ♗b7 12. b3 ♗c6=/+ ) 9... b5 This was already analysed after 8.f4.

8... O-O 9. f4

In case of 9. O-O-O White has no time to stabilize his centre after 9... c5 10. f4 ( 10. ♘f3 ♘c6 and the pawn on e5 gets under attack.) 10... cxd4 11. ♘b5 ♘c5 12. ♗d3 ( 12. ♘xd4 ♘e4=/+ ) 12... ♘c6=/+ .

9... c5 10. ♘f3 ♘c6

10... a6 often leads to the same postion after 11. O-O-O ♘c6

11. O-O-O

11. ♖h3? cxd4 12. ♖g3 f5−+

11. ♘b5 cxd4 12. O-O-O f6 ( 12... ♘c5 )

11... a6

11... f5 12. ♕g6!

11... cxd4 12. ♘xd4 ♘xd4 13. ♖xd4 f6

12. ♔b1

12. ♖h3 cxd4 13. ♘xd4 ♘xd4 14. ♖xd4 f6! 15. exf6 ♕xf6 16. ♕d1 ♘b8!

12. dxc5

a) Another interesting option is 12... f6 13. exf6 ( 13. ♘a4 ♘xc5 14. ♘xc5 ♕xc5 ) 13... ♘xf6 14. ♕g6 ( 14. ♕g3 ♘h5 15. ♕f2 ♖xf4=/+ ) 14... ♕xc5=/+ 15. ♖e1 ♗d7 16. ♘e5 ♗e8 17. ♕d3 ♘xe5 18. fxe5 ♘g4 19. ♘d1 ♖c8 20. ♖h3 ♘f2 21. ♘xf2 ♖xf2 22. ♗e2 ♖xg2 23. ♕d1 ♕f2 0-1 Sukandar,I (2349)-Ni Hua (2637), Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt 2012

b) 12... ♘xc5 13. ♗d3 f5=/+

12... cxd4

12... b5 13. ♘e2 c4 14. ♖h3 f5 15. ♕g6 ♘b6 16. ♖g3 ♔h8 17. ♖h3= ( 17. ♘g5 hxg5 18. hxg5 ♕e8 19. ♖h3+ ♔g8 20. ♕h7+ ♔f7 21. ♘g3 )

13. ♘xd4 ♘xd4 14. ♖xd4 f6

14... b5

15. exf6 ♘xf6


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