Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A nice win in the 3-minute pool on ICC

Not often that I play or beat such super strong players. Generalisimus is one of the strongest blitz players on ICC over the last 3-5 years. His real name is Rauf Mamedov from Azerbaijan and he has a FIDE rating of 2660. He was also on of the participants in the recently concluded World Blitz Chess Championship in Moscow.

White: Generalisimus (GM)
Black: Zibbit (FM)
ICC 3-minute pool

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7

The so called Morozevich variation. Romanishin was one of the first players to employ it regularly but Morozevich really put it well on the map and it is one of the main continuation for black these days in the Tarrasch.
4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Nf6 6.Qe2 a5 7.Ngf3 0–0 8.e5 Nfd7 9.h4

The first moment of interest. I am out of book, my knowledge has ended. I want to play Nxc5 if possible but unfortunately that would be met with the violent 10.Bxh7! A sacrifice that everyone should know! I think I found a playable solution

9...f5 10.g4 Nxc5 11.gxf5 Nxd3+ 12.cxd3 Rxf5 13.Nd4 Rf7

Here I was happy with my position. I have the bishop pair, my position seems solid and it is difficult for white to find a shelter for his king. Next I bring my pieces out naturally in a "french" sort of way increasing the pressure with every move.

 14.N2f3 Nc6 15.Bd2 Qb6 16.Bc3 Bd7 17.Rg1 Raf8

Not having done anything special my pieces co-ordinate very well. The queen, the knight on c6 and soon the bishop on b4 put pressure on b2 and d4 and the rooks are very useful on the f-file, pinning the f3 knight and making it very difficult for white to find moves.

 18.0–0–0 Bb4 19.Qe3

If  19.Ng5 which looks threatening I have... Bxc3! (19...Rxf2?? 20.Qh5±) the key point of Bxc3 is removing defence of b2 thereby enabling me to play Rxf2 next!


19...Bc5–+ is the move the computer likes and it looks close to just winning for black. The simplfication that I chose looks more human and I think most players would have gone for that in a blitz game. I get two pieces for a rook and an overwhelming position.


Here Mamedov missed his last chance to complicate with 20.Rxg7+!! Kxg7 (20...Kh8 21.Qh6) 21.Nxe6+ Bxe6 22.Rg1+ Kh8 23.Qxb6 even here I think black is in control and stands better.

20...Qxe3+ 21.fxe3 Rxf3–+

22.Rde1 Bxc3 23.bxc3 Nxe5 24.Kd2 Rf2+ 25.Re2 Rxe2+

I missed the easy 25...Nf3+ but in my defence I saw it a couple of moves later and at this point in 3-minute games the main focus is not to flag!

26.Kxe2 Bb5 27.Kd2 Nf3+ White resigns 0–1


  1. Heyas Zibbit!
    Nice game against Mamedov!This variation is very interesting!
    Continue the excellent job!

    Best wishes,


  2. Thanks. Difficult line. I have some problems when white plays differently but it's interesting.