Baltic Defense:

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Baltic Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D06"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "12"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Bf5 {The Baltic defense} 3. cxd5 $1 {Black tries to solve the development of what is often their most problematic piece, the lightsquare bishop, right away, but in doing so they don't reinforce their center with a pawn. with this capture white takes advantage of black's play and gets an advantage in the center} Bxb1 $5 {here black must part with the bishop, otherwise white develops with Nc3 and takes control of the center} ({the alternatives give white an easy advantage} 3... Qxd5 $6 4. Nc3 $16) ({or} 3... Nf6 $6 4. Nc3 Nxd5 {and now white is better after both} 5. Qb3 $14 {attacking the unattended queenside lightsquares} ({and} 5. f3 $14 {preparing e4})) 4. Qa4+ $1 {A key inbetween check, with this white defends the a pawn so that it wont hang and require defense after ...Qxd5, in this way black can't develop with ...Nc6 to pressurize d4 unless they offer a pawn} c6 $5 {a must in order to create counterplay} (4... Qd7 5. Qxd7+ Nxd7 6. Rxb1 {is simply better for white with the bishop pair and better center as in...} Ngf6 7. Nf3 Nb6 8. e3 Nbxd5 {1-0 (41) Euwe,M-Tylor,T Weston 1926 black gets their pawn back but white has all the trumps in the position} 9. Bd3 e6 10. a3 $14) 5. dxc6 (5. Rxb1 Qxd5 6. Nf3 Nd7 {is also playable, white is a bit behind in development but should they manage to mobilize without allowing counterplay they will standa bit better with their bishops}) 5... Nxc6 6. Rxb1 {a tabiya for the baltic defense. now black can get their pawn back and enter a worse ending with ...Qxd4 or play the more cunning ...e5 threatening ...Bb4+ first.} -- ( 6... Qxd4 {black can also take their pawn back right away but it is rather toothless as the resulting endings are favorable for white} 7. Qxd4 Nxd4 8. e3 $1 Nc6 (8... Nc2+ $143 {patzer sees check, patzer gives check, but this is not helpful} 9. Kd1 Nb4 10. Bb5+ Nc6 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 {white forces a structural weakness in the enemy camp}) 9. b4 $1 (9. Bb5 Rc8) 9... e6 10. a3 Bd6 11. Nf3 ( 11. Bb2 $143 $6 Be5 $1 {the exchange of white's bishop pair should be avoided without good reason}) 11... Nf6 (11... Nge7 12. Bb2 f6 13. Bd3 $14) 12. Bb2 Ke7 (12... O-O 13. Bd3 Rfd8 14. Ke2 $14) 13. g3 Rac8 14. Bg2 Rhd8 15. Ke2 $14 { 1-0 (43) Ehlvest,J (2615)-Rausis,I (2495) Riga 1995 CBM 047 (Chekhov)}) (6... e5 $5 {/\ ...Bb4+, this, with the threat to check white's king and attacking the center is black's best hope for some play} 7. Bd2 $1 {best, white should simply give back the pawn, avoid the check and any danger that comes with it, and consolidate the position in which they have the long term advantage of the better minor pieces} ({don't play} 7. dxe5 $4 {blundering} Bb4+ $1 $19) 7... Qxd4 (7... exd4 {has also been played} 8. g3 {[%csl Gf1] in this middlegame position, white has the better structure and their unopposed light square bishop will be very powerful on the long diagonal, thus they have the upper hand} Bc5 9. Bg2 Nge7 10. Nh3 $5 {an interesting idea, white delayed development of the knight and now puts it on a strange square, but the knight can head to a good post on d3} (10. Nf3 $144) 10... O-O (10... d3 $6 11. Qc4) 11. Nf4 Bb6 12. O-O Re8 13. Rbc1 Qd7 14. Rfe1 Rad8 15. Qb5 Qd6 16. a4 $16 d3 17. e3 Ng6 18. Bxc6 Nxf4 $2 19. Bxe8 Ne2+ 20. Kg2 Nxc1 21. Rxc1 a6 22. Bxf7+ $1 Kxf7 23. Qb3+ Qd5+ 24. Qxd5+ Rxd5 25. f4 Bd8 26. Kf3 Bf6 27. Rc7+ Ke6 28. Rxb7 Rc5 29. Ke4 {1-0 (29) Rapport,R (2509)-Lejlic,S (2362) Sarajevo 2010}) 8. Qxd4 Nxd4 (8... exd4 9. g3 {is also better for white, whose lightsquare bishop is very strong}) 9. e3 $1 Nc6 (9... Nc2+ {doesn't help the defender} 10. Kd1 Nb4 11. Bb5+ $14) 10. Bb5 {a thematic idea, white threatens to convert their bishop pair into a long lasting pawn weakness in the opponent's camp, following } Bd6 (10... Rc8 {avoids Bxc6 but white retains advantages in the position and can continue developing with} 11. Nf3 {pressuring the center} f6 {[%cal Ga2g8] black's lightsquares are weakened, and white has the only lightsquare bishop.} 12. Ke2 Nh6 13. Rhc1 Nf7 14. Bc4 $14 {was better for white but eventually drawn in 1/2-1/2 (63) Dreev,A (2570)-Malaniuk,V (2635) Tilburg 1993}) 11. Bxc6+ {white weakens the black structure and can count on a stable edge} (11. Nf3 Nge7 12. Ke2 $14 {is also good for white 1-0 (49) Moiseenko,A (2419) -Reprintsev,A (2470) Alushta 1999}) 11... bxc6 12. Nf3 $14 {here a quick draw was agreed in 1/2-1/2 (12) Nogueiras Santiago,J (2580)-Shirov,A (2685) Luzern 1993 but it's clear that white has a risk free edge} (12. Ne2 $144 Nf6 13. Rc1 Kd7 14. Nc3 $14)) *
A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [SourceDate "2016.03.19"] {WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION} 1. g4 e5 2. f3 Qh4# {PLEASE EXCUSE MY BLUNDERS!} *