*DDG Miniature of the Year*

### Jyrki Heikkinen - Marco Bongiovanni (ICCF 2278),
TGT corr., 1999

**1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 dxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 exf3
8.Nxf3 Bd6**
This Keres Variation is nowadays the "official" DDG bust,
recommended by Watson and Schiller among others.

**9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.O-O O-O 11.Bg5 Bxb5**

Not good. Better alternatives are h6, a6 or Re8.

**12.Nxb5 Qb6 13.Bxf6 Qxb5**

**14.Ng5!! 1-0**

### Analysis

Black thought it was best to resign without facing any of these:

A) 14...gxf6 15.Nxh7

- 15...Kxh7 16.Qh5+ Kg7 17.Qg4+ Kh7 18.Rf3 Bf4 19.Rh3+ Bh6 20.Qf4 mates.
- 15...Qb4 16.Nxf6+ Kg7 17.Qh5 Rh8 18.Ne8+ mates.
- 15...Rd8 16.Qg4+ Kh8 (16...Kxh7 17.Rf3) 17.Nxf6 +-.

B) 14...h6 15.Bxg7! hxg5 (15...Kxg7 16.Qg4!) 16.Bf6 Nd7 17.Qh5 Nxf6
18.Qxg5+ +-.

C) 14...g6 15.Nxh7 Kxg7 (15...Re8 16.Qd2) 16.Rf3 Qd7 17.Qd3 +-.

D) 14...Qc4 15.Qh5 Qd3 16.Bxg7 Qg6 (16...Kxg7 17.Rxf7+ Rxf7
18.Qxf7+ Kh6 19.Rf1) 17.Qxg6

- 17...hxg6 18.Bxf8 Bxf8 19.Rxf7! Bh6 20.Raf1 Bxg5 21.Rf8+ mates.
- 17...fxg6 18.Bxf8 Bxf8 19.Rxf8+ Kxf8 20.Ne6+ Ke7 21.Nc7 +-.

E) 14...Qb4 15.Qh5 h6 16.Bxg7 +-.

F) 14...Nd7 15.Nxh7 Kxh7 16.Bxg7 +-.

### The dream move

The way I found 14.Ng5 was a funny incident. Having analyzed the
position after the move 13...Qxb5 for maybe half an hour, I had
decided to reply 14.Nh4.

When I was in bed, the position suddenly came to my mind, and so
did the aggressive move 14.Ng5. Without a chessboard, I was able to
picture the main variation 14...gxf6 15.Qh5 fxg5 16.Qxg5+ Kh8 17.Qf6+
Kg8 18.Rf5, which looked like a win for White.

In the following day, I checked the variation on the chessboard.
First I found that 15...Qd3 seem to spoil it, but then came another
bomb: 15.Nxh7! instead of 15.Qh5 keeps the attack going on.

Later on it turned out that my first option was probably as strong
as 14.Ng5. I had thought that **14.Nh4 gxf6 15.Nf5 Bxh2+ 16.Kxh2
Kh8** is better for Black, but two of my chess friends convinced me
that **17.Qh5** decides the game. Due to deep combination trees,
Fritz first believed that Black has better game, but with a little
help, it finally agreed that White is winning, e.g., **17...Qxb2
18.Rae1 Nd7 19.Re2! Qb6 20.Rf3 Rg8 21.Rh3 Nf8 22.Qxf7 Qd8 23.Re8**
+-.

DDG News 1/2000,
Jyrki Heikkinen (ed.)