Chess notes

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff
Globe Correspondents / December 5, 2009

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We could have saved today’s game for our weekly brevity game published on Mondays, but instead here is a current game from Germanys famous team league, known as the Bundesliga. The game is Christopher Renner of Germany v. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania.

It is normally hard to lose a game quickly as White, but in this game Renner gets his pieces tangled up with his seventh and eighth moves. Other moves are not helpful either, especially the 13th in which White takes doubled pawns. Black’s 14th and 15th are a common way to acquire a decisive advantage.

a) The normal move here is 7.h3. For example: 7.h3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nd4 9.Nce2 e5 10.c3 Nc6 11.f4 b6 12.Nf3 exf4 13.Bxf4 Ba6 14.O-O with a slight edge for White, Ljubojevic Sunye, Brazil, 1981.

b) White should either play 8.h3 or 8.Nge2.

c) Suddenly White is in real trouble! The f2 and b2 points are coming under heavy fire, and 10.c3 runs into 10. . .Ne5! 11.Nf4 Ne6!

d) Obviously 12.cxd4 exf4 is difficult for White. Less obvious is that 12.Nd5 also fails: 12. . .Nc2+! 13.Kd1 (13.Qxc2 Qxf2+ 14.Kd1 Qxg2 wins for Black) 13cxd3!! and now 14.Nxb6 allows 14Nxf2#.

e) The threat of . . .Nc5-d3 is deadly.

f) This simply fails as a defense, so perhaps White had to try 14.Ke2 Be6 15.b3, although then after 15. . .Qa6 the threat of 16Bxc4+ looks pretty devastating.

g) Black threatens 17. . .Ba4 18.Rc1 (or 18.Rb2) 18Nd3+, and there is no good defense. For example, 18.Ke2 Be6 wins the c-pawn and continues the attack.

Annotations by grandmaster Patrick Wolff, a two-time US champion who offers chess exercises and more at

Renner Nisipeanu Bundesliga 2009/2010 Closed Sicilian

Renner NisipeanuRenner Nisipeanu
White BlackWhite Black
1. e4 c59. Bd2 Qb6! (c)
2. d3 Nc610. Nf4 c4!
3. g3 g611. c3 e5!!
4. Bg2 Bg712. Nfh3 (d) Ne6 (e)
5. Nc3 d613. dxc4 Nc5
6. Be3 Nf614. Qc2 (f) Qxb2
7. Qc1?! (a) Nd4!?15. Rc1 Qxc2
8. Nce2? (b) Ng4!16. Rxc2 Bd7 (g) 0-1