Wednesday, March 2, 2011


This is the 2nd part of IM Marlo Micayabas's personal account of his comeback tourney, the 2008 Bradley Open where he tied for 1st. To view Part I just click

By IM Marlo Micayabas

After a draw in my previous game, I dropped to playing on board 3 against chess expert Zakhar Maymin. I overdid my tardiness in this game, so I started with 10 minutes already used up on my clock. I'm starting to convince myself that showing up late for a game is not always such a great idea.

Saturday, August 9, 2008, 6:10PM

[Event "Bradley Open 2008"]
[Site "Bradley, USA"]
[Date "2008.8.9"]
[Round "3"]
[White "IM Micayabas, Marlo"]
[Black "Maymin, Zakhar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "2339"]
[BlackELO "2170"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5

Again, avoiding mainstream theory in 3.Nc3 or 3.Nd2 and hoping to find my way along positional grounds.

3... c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nc6

Reverting to lines starting with 4... Nc6. Also possible was 7... Bb5 exchanging off Black's "bad" Bishop. Play might continue 8.0-0 Be2 9.Qe2 Nc6 10.Be3 Nge7 11.Nc3 Nf5 with equal chances as in Hofman - Psakhis, Benasque 1994.

8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nc3 Nf5 10.Na4 Qc7

This is a passive move. The recommended move here is 10... Qa5 meeting 11.Bd2 with 11... Bb4.

11.b3 Nb4 12.a3! Bxa4 13.bxa4 Nc6

Black had succeeded in getting rid of his "bad" Bishop and saddled White with doubled a-pawns. However, he has fallen too far behind in development enabling White to seize the open c-file.

14.g4! Nfe7 15.Bd2 Ng6 16.Rb1! Be7 17.Rb3! 0-0 18.Qb1 Rab8 19.Bd3 Rfe8 20.Rfc1 Qd7 21.Rbc3 Rbc8 22.Qc2

White has completed lining up his heavy artillery on the c-file. Invasion comes next.

22... Rc7 23.a5! Bd8

If 23... a6, then 24.Bxa6!

24.a6 Nge7 25.Bxh7 Kf8 26.Bd3

Black resigned as he is a pawn down in a difficult position.

In this round, GM Alexander Ivanov netted his 3rd straigh win, while GM Sergei Kudrin was held to a draw by a talented young expert Andrew Ng. GM Michael Rohde bounced back from his loss to Kudrin with a win to rack up 2 points.

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