Guest Speaker! – International Master DANIEL NARODITSKY – Live Blitz Against William

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Hi everyone. You may remember a while back where I played a Blitz game against Daniel Naroditsky back in June. Well he recorded his end of the game, but he never had a chance to send it to us because he was so busy … until now.

If you want to say my end of the commentary click here:


IM Daniel Naroditsky Vs William Stewart – Chesscube Blitz Game: Daniel opens with d4 and I respond with the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense. Naroditsky plays the Be2 line, quickly moving to Bf3 to establish firm control of d5. Karpov employed similar plans with be2-bf3, and g3 nearly 40 years ago – attempting to reduce black’s dynamic tactical possibilities and allow white to attempt a positional grind based on his slight space advantage and better static pawn structure. I think I employed an inaccurate grouping of my pieces with 14. …Rfd8?! – better was 14. …Qc4 to put more pressure on white’s e4 pawn and on the c-file as well. I wasn’t terribly impressed by 17. g4, as it seemed to be more of a weakness than a strength for white. I think a better plan for white is to either trade off the rooks or play the immediate nd5. Also possible for white is 17. f4!? I could have played an interesting exchange sac with 18. …Rd4!?, taking firm control of the d-file or the dark squares. 22. …Bxe3?! was unnecessary and inaccurate, with 22. …Kg8 to be preferred. Also, 28. …Nd4 could have been a mistake, maybe 28. …Nf4+ 29. Kf1 Qc6 – to stop 30. Qxc3 with 30. …b5. At this point, we entered a time scramble and I was unable to break through white’s position. A solid game by Naroditsky.


[Event “?”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2011.06.08”]
[Round “?”]
[White “ImNaroditsky”]
[Black “NMStewart”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Game in progress”]
[Opening “Sicilian: Najdorf, Opocensky variation”]
[ECO “B92”]
[NIC “SI.11”]
[Time “13:59:02”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. Be3 Nbd7 10. a4 b6 11. Bf3 Bb7 12. Qe2 Rc8 13. Rfd1 Qc7 14. g3
Rfd8 15. Bg2 Nc5 16. Nxc5 dxc5 17. g4 h6 18. f3 c4 19. Bh3 g5 20. Bf1 Rxd1
21. Rxd1 Bc5 22. Kg2 Bxe3 23. Qxe3 Kg7 24. Be2 Nh7 25. Nb1 Nf8 26. Na3 c3
27. b3 Ne6 28. Bc4 Nd4 29. Rxd4 exd4 30. Qxd4+ f6 31. Qxc3 h5 32. gxh5 Rh8
33. Qe1 Rd8 34. Bd3 Qf4 35. h3 f5 36. Qc3+ Kh7 37. Qf6 Qd2+ 38. Kf1 Qd1+ 39.
Kf2 Qd2+ 40. Be2 Qd4+ 41. Qxd4 Rxd4 42. Ke3 Rd6 43. Bd3 Re6 44. Nc4 f4+ 45.
Kf2 b5 46. axb5 axb5 47. Na3 Ba6 48. Nxb5 Bxb5 49. Bxb5 Kh6 50. Bc4 Re8 51.
b4 Rb8 52. b5 Rd8 53. Bd3 Kxh5 54. Ke2 Rd6 55. c4 Rb6 56. c5 Rb8 57. b6 Kg6
58. Bc4 Kf6 59. Bd5

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