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Laurie Delorme (Marseille)  Almara Skripchenko (Clichy) French Team Championship, Round 11/Board 8 Mulhouse, 5 June 2011
Hollander Game: Rat Defense (Catalan Opening) (Dutch Defense/IlyinZhenevsky Variation)1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 00 6.00 d6 7.b3 If 7.Nc3 then:
 If 7...Qe8 then:
 If 8.b3 Qe8 9.Bb2 Na6 transposes into the notes for White's ninth move.
 a) 8.Qc2 Qh5 9.b3 Nc6 10.Ba3 Bd7 11.d5 Nd8 12.Rad1 Rf7 13.dxe6 Nxe6 14.Nd5 gives White a slight advantage in the center.
 If b) 8.Re1 Qg6 9.e4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 fxe4 11.Rxe4 Nc6 then:
 If 12.Qe2 Bf6 13.Bd2 e5 14.dxe5 then:
 If 14...Nxe5 8.b3 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 then:
 16.Bc3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 c6 18.Rd4 Rf6 19.c5 dxc5 20.Rd8+ Rf8 21.Rxf8+ Kxf8 22.Re1 gives White a slight initiative with the threat of 23.Qe7+ Kf8 24.Qd8+ that must be answered before it is executed (P. H. NielsenBoe, Danish Ch, Nyborg, 2001).
 16.Bb4 Bf6 17.Bc3 Bf5 18.Re3 Bxc3 19.bxc3 c6 is equal (LautierMaury, Op, Paris, 1988).
 If 14...dxe5 15.Bc3 Bf5 16.Nh4 Bxh4 17.Rxh4 Rae8 then:
 18.Qe3 h6 19.b4 Qf6 20.b5 Nd8 21.c5 c6 22.Ra4 cxb5 23.Rxa7 gives White a slight advantage in space and the initiative (YakovichDyachkov, Russian Club Cup, Maikop, 1998).
 18.Bd5+ Kh8 19.Qe3 Nd4 20.Bxd4 exd4 21.Qxd4 gives White a slight advantage in space and the initiative (SubaGarcía López, Op, Seville, 1994).
 12.Re1 Nb4 13.Re2 e5 14.dxe5 Bg4 15.Qb3 Qd3 16.Qxd3 Nxd3 17.Re3 Nxc1 18.Rxc1 gives White an extra pawn (NeikirchMinev, Bulgarian Ch, Bulgaria, 1954).
 If 7...a5 then:
 If 8.Re1 Ne4 9.Qc2 then:
 If 9...Nxc3 then:
 10.bxc3 Nc6 11.e4 e5 12.exf5 Rxf5 13.Be3 Qe8 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.Nd2 is equal (MarkusS. Williams, Euro Ch, Warsaw, 2005).
 10.Qxc3 Bf6 11.Qc2 Nc6 12.Rd1 g5 13.d5 Nb4 14.Qd2 g4 15.Ne1 is equal (VayserGilmshin, Corres, 2002).
 If 9...Nc6 10.Nxe4 Nb4 11.Qb1 fxe4 12.Qxe4 e5 then:
 If 13.dxe5 Bf5 14.Qxb7 Rb8 15.Qa7 then:
 If 15...c5 16.exd6 Bxd6 17.Bg5 Qc8 18.Nh4 Bh3 19.Rad1 Nc6 then:
 20.Bxh3 Qxh3 21.Qa6 leaves Black a Rook to the good (N. PedersenS. Williams, IT, Aarhus, 1998).
 20.Bd5+ Kh8 21.Bxc6 Qxc6 22.Be7 Bxe7 23.Qxe7 Rfe8 24.Qg5 leaves White up by three pawns (H. J. PlaskettS. Williams, British Ch, Hove, 1997).
 15...Nc2 16.Bd2 dxe5 17.Bc3 e4 18.Rad1 Qc8 19.Nd4 gives White two extra pawns (van WelyComas Fabrego, IT, Pamplona, 1998).
 13.g4 exd4 14.a3 Na6 15.Qxd4 Nc5 16.h3 Be6 17.Qc3 Bf6 18.Qc2 gives White an extra pawn and Black a slight edge in space (KavalekJamieson, Ol, Buenos Aires, 1978).
7...a5 8.Bb2 Qe8 9.Qc2 If 9.Nc3 Na6 then:
 If 10.a3 Bd7 11.Ne1 c6 12.Nd3 then:
 12...Nc7 13.e4 fxe4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 gives White a small advantage with a great deal more space; Black has the "little center," a Rook on the open ffile and the Queen ready to spring into action (SosonkoDückstein, IT, Zürich, 1984).
 12...Bd8 13.e4 e5 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.Qe2 gives White a small advantage in space (LarsenF. Olafsson, Match, Reykjavik, 1956).
 10.Re1 Qg6 11.e3 Rb8 12.a3 Bd7 13.Qc2 Kh8 14.Rad1 c6 15.Ne2 b5 16.c5 d5 17.Ne5 Qe8 gives White a little more space and a better center (N. PertRubingh, Op, Hoogeveen, 2003).
9...Nc6 10.a3 (N) 10.Nbd2 Qg6 11.Rae1 Bd7 12.a3 Rae8 13.e4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 Qxe4 16.Rxe4 gives White a slight advantage in space ( MiedemaWhitehead, Masters, Gibraltar, 2009).
10...Bd8 11.Nbd2 White has a slight advantage in space.
11...e5 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.e4!? This move is too aggressive. It allows Black to open the center to her advantage.13.Rad1 e4 14.Nd4 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 Be7 16.c5 continues to give White a slight advantage in space.
BLACK: Almira Skripchenko
WHITE: Laurie Delrome Position after 13.e2e4 13...f4! But Black doesn't open the center. This move doesn't look like much now, but it palys a major part in the drama later. The game is equal with a slight tilt to Black.
 13...fxe4 14.Nxe4 Qh5 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.Rfe1 remains equal.
14.Qc3!? White will later regret not having exchanged on f4.
 If 14.gxf4! exf4 15.e5 Ng4 16.Qe4 Be6 17.Nd4 remains equal.
14...Nh5!? When playing the Dutch, Black almost always keeps h5 available for the Queen.
 14...fxg3! 15.hxg3 Ng4 16.c5 Be6 17.Qd3 Qh5 gives Black a fair advantage in space concentrated on the kingside.
15.b4! White seizes her opportunity.
15...Bf6! Black does well to eschew the pawn exchange.
 If 15...axb4!? 16.axb4 then:
 If 16...Rxa1 17.Rxa1 then:
 17...Bf6 18.b5 Ne7 19.Ra7 Ng6 20.Qb3 gives White more space.
 17...b5 18.cxb5 Nd4 19.Nxd4 exd4 20.Qc5 leaves White a pawn up with far greater activity.
 If 16...Rb8?! 17.b5 then:
 17...Nd4 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.Qxd4 gives White a better center and command of the dark long diagonal; White is pressuring the g7 pawn with a latent threat of mate and also threatening to win the Rook with 20.Qa7!.
 17...Ne7? 18.Qxe5 Bg4 19.h3 Bd7 20.g4 gives White an extra pawn more freedom.
16.b5 The game remains equal.
 If 16.bxa5!? Rxa5 17.Nb3 Ra7 then:
 18.Nc5 Bg4 19.Qd2 b6 20.Nd3 Qe6 21.Qc2 Rd8gives Black a slight edge with more activity and healthier pawns.
 18.Rab1?! Bg4! 19.h3 Bxf3 20.Qxf3 fxg3 21.fxg3 Be7! wins the apawn.
16...Nd8 17.a4 White takes a local advantage in space on the queenside.
17...g5! Black, of course, is staking her chances on the othe flank, where she already has active pieces.
18.Ne1 This is obviously prophylactic.
 If 18.c5 Nf7 19.Nc4 g4 then:
 20.Nfd2 Qe7 21.Nxa5 f3 22.Bh1 Ng5 gives Black the advantage, but White has counterplay on the queenside. White has an extra pawn, but the material advantage is only on paper as White's Bishop at h1 is entombed.
 20.Nfxe5?! f3 21.Bh1 Qe6 22.Rfd1 Ng7 23.b6 Re8 is equal.
18...g4! Black prepares to entomb the Bishop. There is little White can do about it.
 If 18...Ne6 19.Nd3 Nd4 20.Rfe1 then:
 20...fxg3 21.fxg3 Bg4 22.Nf2 Be6 23.Nb3 gives White a small advantage by driving Black's Knight out of the center.
 If 20...g4? then White wins after 21.gxf4 exf4 22.e5 Bg7 23.Qxd4.
19.Nd3 If 19.Nc2 then:
 19...Ne6! 20.Ba3 Rf7 21.Rfe1 is equal.
 If 19...f3!? proves premature after 20.Bh1 Ne6 21.Ba3 Rf7 when:
 If 22.h3! Nd4 23.Nxd4 exd4 24.Qd3 then:
 24...Qe5 25.hxg4 Nxg3 26.Nxf3 Qxe4 27.Qxe4 Nxe4 28.Rae1 liberates the Bishop.
 24...Rg7 25.Rfd1 Qe5 26.hxg4 Bxg4 27.Nf1 Be6 28.Bxf3 gives White an extra pawn and Black a little more space; White's Bishop is out of prison.
 If 22.Rfe1 Rd7 23.Nb3 then:
 23...Ng5 24.Ne3 Qg6 25.Nd5 Nxe4 26.Qc2 is equal.
 23...Qg6 24.c5 Ng5 25.Bc1 Nh3+ 26.Kf1 is equal.
BLACK: Almira Skripchenko
WHITE: Laurie Delrome Position after 19.Ne1d3 19...f3!20.Bh1 The Bishop is entombed and remains so until it is exchanged ten moves hence.
 20.Bxf3 gxf3 21.Nxf3 Bg4 22.Nd2 doesn't give Black enough compensation for the material sacrifice to make it worthwhile.
20...Ng7 20...Ne6 21.Qc2 Nhg7 22.c5 Nd4 23.Bxd4 exd4 24.Rad1 is even in space, but White is still a virtual piece down.
21.c5 Nf7 21...Nge6 22.Qc4 Nf7 23.h3 h5! keeps the Bishop entombed.
22.Rfe1 Be6 23.h3 h5! Black keeps the Bishop locked up.
24.Nf4 Ng5 25.Nxe6? White is desperate for some freedom for her pieces, but if she is going to sacrifice one, she should sacrifice that Bishop.
 25.Nd5 Bxd5 26.exd5 e4 27.Qc2 Bxb2 28.Qxb2 Nxh3+ gives Black a strong advantage concentrated on the kingside; White is very much alive, but the door is shut tighter on the Bishop than ever.
 If 25.Nd3? Nxh3+ 26.Kf1 h4 then:
 27.gxh4 then Black wins easily after 27...Qh5 28.c6 bxc6 29.Ba3 Rfd8 30.Qxc6 Rac8.
 If 27.Bxf3 then Black wins after 27...gxf3 28.gxh4 Qh5 29.Re3
BLACK: Almira Skripchenko
WHITE: Laurie Delrome Position after 25.Nf4e6:B 25...Nxh3+!! The sacrifice  if it can even be called that  is a sham. Black wins a pawn.
 If 25...Qxe6!? then:
 26.h4! Nh3+ 27.Kf1 Rad8 28.Nc4 Be7 gives Black only a slight advantage in space.
 26.hxg4 hxg4 27.Rad1 Kf7 28.c6 bxc6 29.Qxc6 Qxc6 30.bxc6 Rh8 leaves the Bishop entobed while Black uses the hfile to build an attack on the White King.
26.Kh2 Qxe6 White has been been playing vitually a piece down since Black's 19th move. Now Black has, in addition, an extra pawn and more space.
27.Rf1 27.Ba3 Be7 28.c6 Bxa3 29.Rxa3 bxc6 30.bxc6 Nxf2 leaves White two pawns to the good.
27...Ng5 28.Rfe1 Rfe8 29.Nxf3 29.Rac1 Nh3 30.Rf1 h4 31.c6 b6 32.Qc4 hxg3+ leaves White two pawns to the good.
29...gxf3! Black is a whole piece to the good and White's Bishop at h1 still isn't going anywhere . . .
30.Bxf3 . . . except back in the box.
30...Nxf3+ 31.Qxf3 That takes care of White's entombed Bishop, but Black still has a piece to a pawn.
31...Rad8 32.Rh1 Rf8 33.Qe3 Qc4 34.Ra3 Qc2 If 34...Bg5 then:
 35.Qb3 Rxf2+ 36.Kh3 Qe6+ 37.Qxe6+ Nxe6 magnifies Black's material advantage.
 If 35.Qxg5 then Black wins easily after 35...Rxf2+! 36.Kh3 Qe6+ 37.g4 Qxg4+ 38.Qxg4 hxg4+.
35.Rb3 Be7 If 35...Bg5 then after 36.Qe1! Rxf2+ 37.Kh3 Rdd2 White must lose her Queen or submit to mate in two.
36.Bxe5 Qxf2+ A quicker win is 36...Rxf2+ 37.Kh3 Rd1 38.Qxf2 Qxf2 39.Rxd1 Qf7.
37.Kh3 Qxe3 38.Rxe3 Bxc5 Black is still a piece to the good.
 Ordinarily, White would have resigned by now. At the time this move was made, Clichy still had a chance to draw Marseille and take the title. Mlle. Delrome therefore took one for the team kept playing until Marseille was safely ahead.
BLACK: Almira Skripchenko
WHITE: Laurie Delrome Position after 38...Be7c5:p
 The rest requires no comment.
39.Rc3 Bd6 40.Bxd6 cxd6 41.Rc7 Rf7 42.Rhc1 Re8 43.Rc8 Rfe7 44.R1c7 Rxc7 45.Rxc7 Rxe4 46.Rxb7 Rxa4 47.Ra7 Rb4 48.Rxa5 Kf7 49.Ra7+ Kf6 50.Rb7 Nf5 51.b6 Rb3 52.Rb8 Rxg3+ 53.Kh2 Rg7 54.Rf8+ Kg5 55.Rb8 d5 56.b7 d4 57.Kh3 Kf4 58.Kh2 h4 01
