Petr Marusenko v Jeremy Menadue
South Wales International 2014, Rd.6
Jeremy Menadue is a regular participant in the strong British Championship qualifier in Cardiff. Here he annotates one of his games from the 2014 event.
White is a veteran Ukrainian IM, a regular and popular competitor at Hastings and the South Wales International.
3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 (4...e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 )5.Nf3 Bf5 6.h3 e6 7.g4 Be4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Bd3 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 0-0 11.Kg2 Qe7 12.h4 Nd7 13.a3 Bd6 14.c5 Bc7 15.Bxe4 dxe4 16.Nd2 e5 17.Nxe4 exd4 18.Qxd4 f5 19.gxf5 Rxf5 20.f4 Nxc5 21.Ng3 Rd5 22.Qc4 Qe6 23.Kf3 Bxf4 24.Ne4 Bxe3 25.Kxe3 Nxe4 0-1 Marusenko-Cooksey (Penarth 2013)
Played to avoid the immediate ..dxc4 but blocks in the Bc1
Probably the simplest way to play the position, get the B outside the pawn chain. More interesting and complicated is 4...Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 Nbd7 8.0-0 Bd6 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Qxe4 0-0 12.Bg5 Be7 (12...Nf6 13.Qe2 Be7 14.Rad1 h6 15.Bh4 Qa5 16.Ne5 Rad8 17.b3 )13.Bf4 Re8 14.Rfd1 Qb6 15.Qc2 a5 16.Rac1 Bf6 17.c5 Qd8 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Qc7 20.Rd6 Nf8 later 1-0 Marusenko-Anderson (Hastings 2013)
To some extent the game is now about black playing for e5 and whether white could play Ne5.
Flexible, considering Ba3 as well as e5 and linking the rooks. 9...Re8
With a slight bang
Black relies on having a few pieces in front of the white king.
This unusual pin creates some odd tactics19...Bg6
Ready to sacrifice but missing the astonishing resource 19...dxe3! 20.g5 winning ? but now the amazing move 20...Nd5!! 21.Rxd5 Qc6!! 22.Qa5 (22.Qxc6 bxc6 maintains a crazy balance) 22...b6 23.Qb5 Qxb5 24.Bxb5 exd2 25.Rxd2=
Going for the simpler option again. 21.Qxb7
Draw offered in relief!
White, convinced he was better for general reasons, better co-ordination but has kingside weaknesses.
Draw agreed with 16 mins v 2 ! for 9 moves - black can take on a2 but e6 looked too dangerous. The only really interesting game I played from the 9 rounds.
Notes by Jeremy Menadue