May 22, 2001

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Alexander Kochyev

International Grandmaster from 1977.

Best results in the competitions:

The champion of the USSR among the youth: 1972.
The champion of Europe among the youth: 1975-1976.
The world champion among the youth teams (national team of the USSR): 1980 (Mexico), 1981 (Austria).
The holder of a Cup of European Champions in 1979 as a member of Club "Burevestnik".
The winner of different international tournaments, including:
Kapfenberg, Austria (1976) - 3rd place.
Dortmund, Germany (1977) - 1st-2nd place .
Gaver, France (1977) - 2nd-3rd place.
Hastings, England (1978-79) - 2nd-5th place .
Reggio-Emilia, Italy (1979-80) - 1st place.
Sombor, Yugoslavia (1980) - 1st-2nd place.
Stari-Smokovets, Czechoslovakia (1983) - 1st place.
Tallinn, Estonia (1985) - 3rd-6th place.
Dresden, Germany (1986) - 3rd place.
Shibenik, Yugoslavia (1988) - 1t-5th place.

Polugaevsky L. - Kochyev A.
The Championship of the USSR. Major League. 1977
King's Indian Defense

1. c4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Nc3 e5 5. Nf3 Nd7 6. Be2 Ngf6 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 c6

One of the variants of the Old Indian Defense was demonstrated which will be always popular!

9. Bf1 a5 10. Rb1 exd4 11. Nxd4 Re8 12. f3 d5

Another possibility here 12...Ng4 with a difficult game.

13. cxd5 cxd5 14. Ndb5 dxe4 15. Nd6 exf3

You can see a very important novelty here, at that time the retreat of the Rook on f8 was considered necessary, after which the odds are in the favor of White. Black try to attack by means of sacrifice.

16. Nxe8 Ng4 17. Ne4

Black threatened with unpleasant 17...Qb6+.

17...Qh4 18. h3 f2+ 19. Nxf2 Qxf2+ 20. Kh1 Bd4

Tempting continuation, but probably it would be better 20...Be5.

21. Be2 Nc5

Now on 22.Rf1 follows and the Black win.

22. Bg5!

White take under control the square h4. In case of "natural" 22.Nd6 there was a variant 22...Nd3 23.Bd3 Qg3!

22...Ne3 23. Bxe3 Qxe3 24. Rf1 Qg3 25. Nf6+ Kg7 26. Nd5 Ne4 27. Bf3 Nf2+ 28. Rxf2 Bxf2 29. Qd2

After all the hardships the situation of  Black is better, but White still have the chance thanks to a good position of the pieces. In the process of playing the game came to a draw.

29...Bxh3 30. Qc3+ Kh6 31. Rf1 Ba7 32. Qc1+ g5 33. Qc7

33...Qh4 34. gxh3 Qxh3+ 35. Qh2 Qxh2+ 36. Kxh2 f5 37. Ne7 g4 38. Nxf5+ Kg5 39. Bxb7 Rd8 40. Ng3 Rd2+ 41. Kh1 Rxb2 42. Bg2



"Before the endgame the gods have placed the middlegame!"

"The essence of chess is thinking about what chess is."
David Bronstein.

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