White: GM Vitali Golod
Black: FM Peter Bereolos
2006 North American FIDE Invitational
Round 2


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5!? I hadn't played the Benoni for awhile, but wanted to test out a move in the Modern Main Line. 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. h3 Bg7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. Nf3 b5 10. Bxb5 Nxe4 11. Nxe4 Qa5+ 12. Nfd2 Qxb5 13. Nxd6 Qa6 14. N2c4 Nd7 15. O-O Ne5!?

Instead of the more usual 15... Nb6 I first ran into this move with the White pieces against Nick Barber in the 2003 Knoxville City Championship. Although I won that game, I didn't get much out of the opening and further investigation convinced me to try it from the other side. 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. Nxc8 Raxc8 18. Re1 18. Bh6 Rfd8 was roughly equal against Barber 18... Qf6 19. Qg4 h5 19... Bd4 has been played a couple of times and seems a bit better than the text as the White queen is not allowed easy access to the strong c4 square. Recovering the pawn with 19... Bxb2?! 20. Bxb2 Qxb2 allows the White pawn to advance 21. d6 with clear advantage to White 20. Qc4 Rfd8 21. Rb1 better is 21. Be3 Bxb2 22. Rad1 with a slight advantage to White

21... Bd4 now this move is not necessary. Black could immediately equalize with 21... Qf5 22. Be3 Rxd5 22. Be3 Qe5 23. Bxd4 Qxd4 24. Qa6 Qxd5 25. Re7

25...Rc6? 25... Rb8 prepares ...Rb6 and seems to hold since 26. Qxa7 26... Ra8 is equal. and 26. Rxa7 Qf5 27. Qf1 Rd2 28. b3 c4 even looks better for Black. 26. Qxa7 Rf6 27. Rbe1 Qd4 27... Ra8 28. Qxa8+ Qxa8 29. Re8+ Qxe8 30. Rxe8+ Kg7 is difficult for Black to hold, but perhaps was the last practical chance. He now regroups his pieces and methodically exploits the extra pawn. 28. R7e2 Kg7 29. Qa3 Rdd6 30. Qe3 Qc4 31. b3 Qb5 32. Qc1 Qb4 33. Rd1 Qf4 34. Rc2 Rxd1+ 35. Qxd1 Rd6 36. Qe1 Re6 37. Re2 Rxe2 38. Qxe2 Qc1+ 39. Kh2 Qf4+ 40. g3 Qd4 41. h4 Kf8 42. Qe3 Qd5 43. a4 Kg8 44. Kg1 Qd1+ 45. Kg2 Qd5+ 46. Qf3 Qe6 47. Qb7 g5 48. a5 gxh4 49. a6 h3+ 50. Kh2 h4 51. Qb8+ Kh7 52. a7 Qf5 53. a8=Q Qxf2+ 54. Kxh3 Qf5+ 55. Kh2 Qf2+ 56. Qg2 hxg3+ 57. Qbxg3 [1:0]