[Event "34. Open Untergrombach A-Turnier"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.01.06"] [Round "6"] [White "Ikonnikov, Vycheslav"] [Black "Shishkin, Vadim"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A16"] [WhiteElo "2545"] [BlackElo "2469"] [Annotator "GM Davor Rogic"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 {So, Gurnfeld Indian again.} 4. cxd5 {First sign of unambition whites attepmts in this game. This is more or less logical because Vyacheslav has half a point more in the penultimate round against the #2 in this tournament. The more common move is 4.d4} (4. d4) 4... Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 ({After} 5... Nb4 {white is clear better with} 6. d4 {for example...} Bg4 7. Qa4+ {and winning.}) 6. dxc3 (6. bxc3 {Sharper but white plays more safly and tries to secure his leading postion on the tournament table.}) 6... Qxd1+ {What else, Black can simply equilze with exchange of queen. Some try of complication can be like boomerang.} (6... Nd7 $6 7. Bc4 Bg7 $2 8. Bxf7+ $1 Kxf7 9. Ng5+ {and white is winning.}) 7. Kxd1 {This line has been played a few times by Tigran Petrosian when he was in his best years, but today it is chosen usually because of tournament and match position, actually like in this game too.} f6 (7... Bg4 8. Be2 Nd7 (8... Nc6 {/\ 9...0-0-0}) 9. Be3 e5 10. Nd2 {1/2 (10) Petrosian,T-Botvinnik,M Moscow 1963 Mega 2015 [Bulletin]} (10. h3 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Bc5 $10)) 8. Be3 e5 9. Nd2 (9. Bc4 Nd7 10. Nd2 Bc5 11. Ke2 Bxe3 12. Kxe3 Nb6 {1/2 (12) Petrosian,T-Kortschnoj,V Leningrad 1960}) 9... Be6 10. Bc4 Bxc4 11. Nxc4 Nd7 {Same manoveur for same exchange. Position is absolutly drawish.} 12. Kc2 Bc5 13. Rhd1 Bxe3 14. Nxe3 O-O-O {Simply and logical. There is no weak point in the black camp so this is very hard to create any.} 15. f3 Rhe8 {Little misterious but still nothing wrong. More logical seems to me} ( 15... c6 16. Nc4 Nc5) 16. Rd2 Nb6 17. Rxd8+ Rxd8 18. a4 a5 19. b4 {White try to make somthing but too late. The postion is dead draw.} axb4 20. a5 b3+ { Good intermetzzo move to try to make better pawn structure.} 21. Kxb3 Nd7 22. Kc4 {White wants to play a6 to change one of the queenside pawn.} c6 23. h4 h5 24. a6 bxa6 {Good and safe. Worse will be try to complicate with} (24... b5+ $6 25. Kb4 Kc7 26. g4 Ra8 27. c4 {and white has the upper hand.}) 25. Rxa6 Kb7 26. Ra2 Kc7 27. Ra7+ Kb6 28. Ra1 Kb7 {They can make draw here too.} 29. Kb3 Nc5+ 30. Kc2 Kc7 31. Nc4 (31. Ra7+ {Was better try but after} Nb7 {position is still draw.}) 31... Ne6 $4 32. g3 $4 {Maybe this is wrong move entry... (Remark: annotation was hard to decipher on both score sheets.)} (32. Ra7+ { Logical and winning one. It is hard to bealive that GM miss such oportunity.} Kb8 33. Rf7 Rf8 34. Re7 Nf4 35. g3 Ne2 36. Rg7) 32... Nc5 33. Ra5 Nd3 $2 34. Ra1 $2 (34. Ra7+ {Again...}) 34... Nc5 35. Ra5 Nd3 36. Ra1 1/2-1/2