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Here is GM Laylo's crucial last round win against GM Gavrilov that
enabled him to tie for 1st at the 2011 Aeroflot Open B

[Event "Aeroflot Open 2011 B"]
[Site "Moscow, Russia"]
[Date "2011.2.16"]
[Round "9"]
[White "GM Laylo, Darwin"]
[Black "GM Gavrilov, Alexei"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "2516"]
[BlackELO "2484"]


Annotations by Caissa's Father

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nf3 Nc6

7. O-O Bf5

The move 7... Bf5 is known as the Lesser Simagin variation of the
King's Indian Defense Fianchetto System. Black-s strategic plan is
similar to that of Panno's variation, but he hopes to profit from
his omission of ...a6 and the insertion of the developing move...
Bf5. GM Raymond Keene, in his Book " The Complete King's Indian "
has the following comments about Black-s set-up:

" A provocative sortie which is not often played, although it is
something of a speciality of the Dutch GM Jeroen Piket. Black
positively invites White to gain space and time by attacking the
bishop but hopes that in the process White will over-reach himself.

8. d5 Na5 9. Nd2 c6 10. e4 Bg4 11. Qa4 cxd5 12. cxd5 Bd7

13. Qb4 Qc7

In the game Jasnikowski, 2460 vs. Malisauskas, 2570- Katowise Fibak
Open 1993, Black opted to exchange queens by 13... Ob6 14.Qb6 axb4
15. a4 Rfc8 and went on to win the ending in 59 moves. Fritz instead
suggest 13... Ng4 so that Black's knight and dark bishop can add
pressure to the queenside supported by a later ... Rc8.

14. e5 Ne8 15. e6!?

This daring move played a crucial part in the outcome of this game.
The drawback is that the e6 pawn would be over extended and can be
subject to attack by black's other pieces. More prudent is 15.f4
Bf5 then 16. Nf3 whereby White completes his development while
maintaining his Kingside pressure.

fxe6 16. Bh3 Nf6 17. dxe6 Bc6 18. Nde4 Nxe4 19. Nxe4 Qb6 20. Qe1

White cannot afford to exchange queens as he has yet to complete
his development and while Black's 2 bishops are ideally placed.
White's last move it seems was a blunder as White's rook at f1
has nowhere to go after 20... Bb5. Black must have been smiling
at this position but White is cooking something...

20...Bb5 21. Be3 Qd8 22. Ng5 Bxf1 23. Qxf1 Nc6 24. Bg4 Ne5

25. Qh3 h6 26. Nf7

From nowhere, White has suddenly whip-up a kingside attack.


26... Qa5 is th only way to maintain the initative and parry White's
threat. Then if 27. Bxh6 Nxg4 28. Qxg4 Qf5! However, this move is
difficult to find over the board.

27. exf7+ Kh7?

Best for Black is to return the exchange by 27... Rxh7 28. Be6 Qf8
and the game will probably end in a draw. It seems that Black is
still playing for a win without realizing the precarious position of
his king.

28. Be6 Qa5 29. Rc1?!

White falters. Best is 29. f4! with a further f5 on sight in order
to further weaken Black's kingside.

29... d5?

The only move to regain the intiative is 29... Qe5! followed by
Rad8 and the eventual push d5. The queen is centralized and can
help defend Black's Kingside.

30. Rd1 Rad8?

The final blunder. 30... Qxa2! 31. Rd4 Qb1+ 32. Kg2 h5
33. Rh4 Bh6 34. Rxh5 Qe4+ 35. Kg1 Qb1 +36. Kg2 Qe4 + with
perpetual check. How would now White proceed with his attack?

31. Rd4!

Probably Black overlooked this move. The rook cannot be taken by the
bishop because of Qxh6 mate.

Rd6 32. Rh4 g5 33. Qf5+ Kh8 34. Rxh6+! Bxh6 35. Bd4+

Black resigns. 1-0

Nice attacking game by GM Laylo.

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