Lalic, Bogdan, The Independent (London, England)
Croatia's leading grandmaster an-notates one of his victories from last month's Chess Olympics.
White: B. Lalic (Croatia)
Black: J. Nogueiras (Cuba)
This was in the last round after my run of six draws. Unlike those games, however, this one began at 10am and Nogueiras does not like to play in the morning.
1. d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Bd6
An old line that has come back into fashion recently. The alternative is 6. . .dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5.
7. e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Bxe4 c5
The modern way of handling the position. The older plan was to aim for e5, which always seems to leave White with a useful lead in development.
10. 0-0 Qc7 11. Bc2! A new and strong idea, getting the bishop out of the way before it is attacked by a knight. Instead 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.Bc2 b6 13.Qe2 Bb7 14.Rd1 a5 15.Be3 Rc8 16.h3 0-0 left Black with's problems.
13. Re1 0-0 14. Ng5 Nf6 15.Qd3 g6
A necessary weakening of the black squares. 15. …