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Contents

other areas.’

Note to our subscribers: The back of our 58 Summer of Chess


previous issue, 2018/6, erroneously stated In another month packed with chess, the
2018/7. We apologize for any inconven- St. Louis Chess Club hosted the last two
ience this mistake may have caused. stops of the Grand Chess Tour. Tatev
8 Under the Flyover Abrahamyan allows our readers a peek
One of the world’s most unusual chess behind the scenes of the most active
clubs. chess club in the world.

10 NIC’s Café 74 Judit Polgar


Fortunately, Latvia’s Minister of Finance Is Fabiano Caruana the opponent that
has a chess background. And could that Magnus Carlsen had been hoping for?
be the Game of the Year? 77 Maximize Your Tactics
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12 Champions of the world Find the right moves.
TsLdMl jJ
The most successful countries at the 78 Searching for Fabiano Caruana j.j._J ._
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Chess Olympiad. He is the first American-born player
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since Bobby Fischer to play for the

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Why is it that Keith Richards always chess crown. And his rapidly growing
loved the piano? fan base has good reason to believe in

14 Double Gold for China


his chances. John Henderson profiles
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In a nail-biting finish China became
the big winner of the 43th Olympiad 84 Secrets of Opening Surprises
in Batumi. In a unique double strike, A ‘Fab’ surprise by Fabiano Caruana.
the Chinese were victorious both in the
88 The Blitz Whisperer
Open and the Women’s competition. What if the World Championship match
19 Celeb64: Charles Aznavour is decided in blitz games? Maxim Dlugy
provides insights and advice.
26 The Best of Batumi
With teams from 180 different countries, 94 Sadler on Books
the 43rd Olympiad in Batumi was a A golden age of chess books, that’s what
gathering of old and new friends from all we live in. Matthew Sadler underscores
corners of the world. his belief with a star-spangled review CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
of ‘the best way for chess fans to get to
42 Parham Maghsoodloo
Jeroen Bosch, Fabiano Caruana, Maxim
know Challenger Fabiano Caruana’ and Dlugy, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Anish Giri,
‘In 2022 I will play the world title match.’
more. John Henderson, Ding Liren, Parham
Says Iran’s big hope.
56 Short Stories 98 Batumi Watch Maghsoodloo, Dylan McClain, Maxim
Notkin, Judit Polgar, Matthew Sadler,
Jan Timman had a great time watching
He was one of the candidates in the Yu Shaoteng, Nigel Short, Wesley So,
the key games of the Olympiad.
FIDE elections, but withdrew his Sarunas Sulskis, Jan Timman, Peng
candidacy shortly before the vote. 106 Just Checking Zhaoqin
Our columnist explains why. What is Jan-Krzysztof Duda’s life motto?

S U B S C R I P T I O N S : p. 100 C O L O P H O N : p. 104 A7
Under the Flyover
I t must rate as one of the
world’s most unusual chess
clubs, but the street hangout
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for anyone who wants to play a
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shared love of the game, despite
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flyover from humble pavement Regulars at the Gariahat Chess Kolkata’s (formerly Calcutta)
beginnings near Golpark in 1985, Club range from government busier intersections.
has now attained the look and officials to Slumdog Millionaire- The club originally started out as
legitimacy of a club with 13 tables like street urchins, all with a an informal group of residents,

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assemblage of chess nerds meta- the tragic incident didn’t deter the Saha to the media, adding, e
morphosed into a registered club regulars. ‘Accidents can happen are chess players and we love the
that ‘opens’ around 3 pm every day. anytime, anywhere, so what’s the game.’ ■

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good’ Hollywood chess movie due story will resonate with audiences the
What are the odds? out late next year where the kids are same way it did with her. ‘This is what

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s Captain Louis Renault the true story. people write fiction about, and here it
would say, ‘I am shocked, South Florida entrepreneur Carla is, all true.’
shocked to find that Berkowitz was flipping through the
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here!’ No, not at Rick’s cafe, but rather one morning in 1997 when she came n Houston, Texas, the River
during the upcoming World Chess across an article that chronicled the Oaks Chamber Orchestra kicked
Championship match in London lives of students at Miami Jackson off their 2018-19 concert season
between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Senior High School as they competed with their ‘Games People Play’
Caruana. in statewide and national chess theme. And on opening night, on
World Chess (formerly known tournaments. Led by coach Mario 21 September, at the Miller Outdoor
as Agon) recently announced that Martinez, Jackson’s team of mostly Theatre, the dynamic ensemble
they had joined forces with Unibet, low-income, minority students unveiled the world premiere of
the premier Malta-based online became one of the best teams in the Maxime Goulet’s Checkmate – a new
gambling operator, for exclusive nation. score all based on the opening game
betting rights for the November title- The story resonated so deeply of the 1996 match in Philadelphia
with Berkowitz that she called the between IBM’s Deep Blue and Garry
coach and eventually bought the Kasparov.
life rights to the tale in hopes of Offering audiences a concert expe-
someday producing a movie. And rience like that of no other, Check-
while Berkowitz worked with a writer
on the script, Hollywood producer
Scott Rosenfelt says he unknowingly
stumbled across the same story. On
a trip to Miami in search of funding,
he also discovered that Berkowitz was
Unibet has seen a growing interest already working away on a film about
in betting on big chess events. the chess champs.
Eventually, the two decided to join
decider. Unibet previously sponsored forces to tackle the project together
the World Rapid and Blitz Champi- and now, more than a decade later,
onship in 2015, but this is the first their new movie, Critical Thinking World-renowned pianist Lara Downes
time in its 132-year history that the (named for Coach Martinez’s chess brushing up on her chess before a concert.
World Chess Championship match class), began filming in Miami in late
has signed a betting partner. September, with actor John Legui- mate is unique in being an interac-
Richard Østrøm, country manager zamo as the team’s coach, and is tive musical game of chess between
for Unibet Norway, said: ‘Since expected to be released in the fall of ROCO’s full 40-piece orchestra –
Magnus Carlsen became world 2019. Berkowitz, who befriended the led by conductor Paul Watkins –
champion, we have seen a large and chess players years ago, hopes their and world-renowned pianist Lara
growing interest in betting on big chess Downes. With the very singular
tournaments.’ He added: ‘We believe Downes representing Kasparov
that this year’s World Championship and ROCO playing the role of
showdown between Magnus Carlsen Deep Blue, the sequence of musical
and Fabiano Caruana will establish chess themes followed the chess moves
as a permanent fixture in betting.’ of this famous game – the first time
in a match that a reigning world
Miami Twice champion had lost to a computer –

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hey say in Tinseltown that with animation that contained actual
serendipity plays a big part in footage of the match being projected
how a movie gets made – and above the stage.
certainly serendipity played There were rave reviews and plenty
its part in the production and inspi- John Leguizamo confessed that it had of applauses from the appreciative
ration behind yet another new ‘feel- always been his wish to play a teacher. audience on the opening night – and

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project a ‘good luck’ tweet. ‘It’s fallen on Reizniece-Ozola, a char- ♘df6 12.♘bd2 ♘xd2 13.♗xd2
ismatic mother of four with serious ♕b6 14.♕d3 ♕xb2 15.♖ab1
Dirty laundry political ambitions, to help repair it. ♕a3 16.♕c2 ♘d5 17.♖b3 ♕a4

I
n recent years, the whole of the Luckily, she’s not easily discouraged: 18.♗xd5 cxd5 19.♘g5! g6
Baltic banking system has come “I’ve been very well trained by chess
under serious scrutiny after
gaining unwanted attention
to stay focused”, she jokes.’
T_L_.tM_
for what the media has dubbed the Game of the Year? jJ_._J_J

A
‘Russian Laundromat’, with billions s you can see in this issue, ._.l._J_
of dollars in dirty money from corrupt the Olympiad produced a _._J_.n.
former Soviet republics being system- fine har est of truly brilliant
games. How to play through
D_.i._._
Ding Liren’s masterpiece against Duda _R_._._.
without subdued or outright oohs I_Qb.iIi
and aahs? Or not be mesmerized by _._.r.k.
Sulskis’ daredevil play against Jobava?
Yet, as the last months of the year 20.♘xh7! The loose black queen is
are near, we suggest a further candi- the key to this imaginative and bril-
date for Game of the Year, a bril- liant king hunt. 20...♗f5 Of course,
liancy played during the Kortchnoi if 20... xh , 21. h wins the loose
Memorial Open in St. Petersburg this queen. 21.♘f6+ ♔g7 22.♗h6+!
summer. A tactical tsunami of scintil- ♔xf6 23.g4!! Threatening 24.g5
Latvia’s Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece- lating sacrifices that concluded with mate! 23...♗f4 There’s no oth-
Ozola focuses like a Grandmaster. a brilliant king-hunt leading to mate. er mo e, as 2 ... xc2 2 . f f5
The name of the victim was Saveliy 25.g5 is mate. ith 2 ... f , olubo
atically funnelled to Europe. The U.S. Golubov, an 18-year-old Russian IM. must have thought his opponent had
Treasury Department has intervened, The name of the creative attacker simply miscalculated the attack – but
and heavy censure has also come was David Paravyan, a 20-year-old there is one unbelievable move he’d
from institutions like the Organisa- Russian GM. Enjoy the tactical pyro- missed.
tion for Economic Cooperation and technics starting with 20. xh and
Development. culminating in Paravyan’s stunning
Interestingly, behind the intended showstopper of 2 . c . T_._.t._
financial clean-up in Latvia, there
David Paravyan
jJ_._J_.
operates the strategic mind of a chess
grandmaster, one who attracted world- Saveliy Golubov ._._.mJb
wide attention two years ago after she
St. Petersburg 2018 _._J_L_.
sensationally beat Hou Yifan, the
Petroff Defence
D_.i.lI_
Women’s No.1, at the Baku Olympiad! 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘f6 3.♘xe5 d6 _R_._._.
Key to the crackdown behind 4.♘f3 ♘xe4 5.d4 d5 6.♗d3 I_Q_.i.i
Latvia’s money launders is none
other than Minister of Finance Dana _._.r.k.
Reizniece-Ozola, who is also one
of her country’s leading WGMs. In 24.♕c7!! This stunning queen sac-
September, Reizniece-Ozola was the rifice takes the brilliancy into anoth-
sub ect of a ma or profile in the online er dimension. 24...♗xh6 There’s
magazine ozy.com, with reporter Dan no other way to meet the twin threats
Peleschuk claiming she is a game- of 25.g5 and mate and 25. xf mat-
changer in politics, and one who ing. 25.♕e5+ ♔g5 26.h4+ ♔xh4
many speculate could well become 27.♖h3+! ♔g5 f 2 ... xh 28. g
her country’s Prime minister in the mate. 28.♕e7+ Black resigned,
not-too-distant future. David Paravyan: a tactical tsunami faced with the forced mate 28...f6
Latvia’s reputation has taken a of scintillating sacrifices. 29. e xg 0. g mate.

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INfograPhIC

They Are the Champions of the World


Nearly every country has played in the Chess Olympiads, but only 22 have managed Cumulative total number of individual medals
to take home team medals, and only 10 have taken home golds. Several countries won by each country
have profited from the break-up of the former Soviet Union, notably Armenia and
Ukraine, which won every team gold medal from 2004 through 2012. Soviet Union 44 17 20 81
More than 120 countries have won individual medals, but the possibility of a United States 15 16 17 48
player from a lesser-known chess country earning such an honour may be past, as
beginning with the 38th Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, in 2008, board prizes Hungary 7 13 13 33
began to be calculated by rating performance instead of overall winning percentage.
England 8 12 9 29
DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN
Russia 11 8 9 28

Cumulative total Yugoslavia 9 9 10 28


number of medals
won by each country Germany* 7 5 15 27
Argentina 10 6 9 25
1 1 3 Poland 3 310 11 24
Gold Silver Bronze
Germany
1 1 1 Netherlands 3 3 8 10 21
Figures exclude 2 1
the first two Sweden Estonia Israel 4 4 10 3/17
unofficial 3 3 1 Czechoslovakia
Olympiads
(now Slovakia and France 7 7 45 16
Denmark the Czech Republic)
in Paris England Sweden 3 34 9 16
in 1924 and 1 2 3
in Budapest 1 1 Bulgaria 4 4 5 6 15
in 1926, Poland
the events Netherlands Czechoslovakia 5 6 4 15
in Munich 2 2 3
in 1936 and *Includes the former East Germany
in Tripoli Ukraine
in 1976, 3 7 2
but include
the competition 1 1
in Haifa in 1976. Hungary 1 Bosnia &
Bulgaria Herzegovina Soviet Union Russia

1 6 6

Yugoslavia** 18 1 6 3 3

6 6 8

United States 1
Its gold-medal total 2 1
includes the 1976 Olympiad, 1 1 Uzbekistan
when the Soviet Union and China
other Eastern Bloc Israel It has won two
countries boycotted. of the last three
1 Olympiads.
India

3 2 3 3

Argentina Armenia
Its three silver medals It won three of four
** Which are now the countries
of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & were in consecutive consecutive
Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Olympiads -- Olympiads, in 2006,
Montenegro, and Macedonia. 1950, 1952 and 1954. 2008 and 2012.

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Fair & Square
Lennox Lewis: ‘If you teach a kid Viktor Kortchnoi: ‘It is a gross in the European game for many
how to play chess he isn’t gonna overstatement, but in chess, it can decades.’
go out and and rob somebody or be said I play against my oppo- (The English journalist, writer,
do something bad, because he is nent over the board and against broadcaster and self-described
thinking five moves ahead.’ myself on the clock.’ ‘militant feminist’, during a recent
(Speaking with Good Morning interview on BBC’s Newsnight,
Britain host, Piers Morgan, on the WIM Ivette Garcia explaining why she voted for Brexit)
benefits of teaching chess to chil- Morales: ‘Don’t be
dren, as the two reminisced about afraid to fail, be Gov. Henry
their chess rivalry during their time afraid not to try.’ McMaster: ‘We’re
on The Celebrity Apprentice USA) (The leading in a very deadly
Mexican woman and important
Keith Richards: player’s inspirational social media game of chess with
‘I’ve always loved message, on the eve of leaving for Hurricane Flor-
playing the piano. the Batumi Chess Olympiad) ence. What team South Carolina is
I think one of the doing is staying one move ahead.’
reasons, being a Indian proverb: ‘Chess is a sea in (The South Carolina governor, as he
guitar player, your which a gnat may drink and an readied his state ahead of Hurricane
instrument is in a strange, a dif- elephant may bathe.’ Florence in early September)
ferent position. The piano, to me,
is laid out like a chess game.’ Nigel Davies: ‘I might add that Woody Allen: ‘To me, chess is like
(The legendary guitarist of the if a gnat studies in the right way, a ballet, except there’s no music,
Rolling Stones, in his Netflix docu- he may eventually become an no choreography, and the dancers
mentary, ‘Under the Influence’) elephant.’ kill each other.’
(The English GM on the Indian
Levon Aronian: ‘It’s risky, but as proverb) Alexander Grischuk: ‘For me
they say in Russia, the one who it’s strange to be in this building,
doesn’t risk doesn’t drink cham- Daniel Lozako- that is called “Hall of Fame”. I feel
pagne!’ (On playing 1.e4 to beat vich: ‘I no longer like there should be a separate
Sergey Karjakin in the opening take part in chess building called “Hall of Shame”.’
round of the Sinquefield Cup) tournaments, (After the opening ceremony of the
which I used to do. Sinquefield Cup, held in the Hall of
John Meacham: ‘A central thing There I learned Fame in St. Louis)
to remember here is that ever how to perceive and stand long
since 1962, which was the school tension curves, which is very Stormy Daniels:
prayer decision, the Supreme useful for me as a violinist.’ ‘Unless he’s had a
Court has been at the center (The 17-year-old Swedish violin- penis transplant,
of the conservative agenda for ist in an interview on his debut then I’m pretty
power. This was clearly advanced album with Bach concertos that he sure that’s a
as well by Roe v. Wade, but you recorded for the legendary DGG checkmate.’
didn’t have these kind of confir- label) (Speaking to BBC Newsnight’s Emily
mation battles. You have them Maitlis in early October on her ‘kiss
now, because every seat is seen as Magnus Carlsen: ‘Without the and tell’ book ‘Full Disclosure’, that
a chess piece in the struggle for element of enjoyment, it is not reveals an alleged affair between
power.’ (The Pulitzer Prize-winning worth trying to excel at anything.’ the former porn actress and Donald
biographer, speaking on CBS News Trump that includes a very graphic
on the latest US Supreme Court Julie Burchill: ‘My people have description of an intimate part of
nominee Brett Kavanaugh) been treated like dumb pawns his anatomy)

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Chinese men and women edge out closest rivals

Double Gold
for China

In an ultra-close and nail-biting finish, followed by frantic tiebreak


calculations, China became the big winner of the 43th Olympiad
in Batumi. In a unique double strike, the Chinese were victorious
both in the open and the Women’s competition. What’s more, both
their top boards, Ding Liren and Women’s World Champion Ju
Wenjun, also claimed individual gold medals. PENG ZHAOQIN,
three-time Chinese and 14-time Dutch champion, reports.

T
he news of the double China’s biggest broadcasting network, of their win, complete with a photo-
victory quickly spread all and on the front page of The People’s graph, appeared on the first page
over China. The successful Daily, the biggest newspaper in China together with an article about Presi-
chess players found them- and the official newspaper of the dent Xi Jinping’s ideas about the
selves in the evening news of CCTV, Chinese Communist Party. The news destiny of the human community!

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Champion Ju Wenjun. She had to lead


a team with two young mothers, Shen
Yang and Huang Qian, Lei Tingjie
Head coach Ye and the current Chinese Champion,
Jiangchuan (in dark 22-year-old Zai Mo. Showing strong
suit) with the Chinese will and extraordinary fighting spirit,
men’s and women’s they won one gold (Ju Wenjun) and
team at the closing two silver medals (Huang Qian and
ceremony in the Batumi Lei Tingjie). ‘All efforts paid off!’ they
State Musical Centre. happily concluded.

China’s double victory Ye Jiangchuan


was front-page news The Chinese success stems from
back home where The collective work. An intense 10-day
People’s Daily, the training session for all team members
official newspaper before the Olympiad provided focus.
of the Communist In addition, the coach of the men’s
Party, had a photo of team, Xu Jun, and Yu Shaoteng,
the winning teams chief coach Ye Jiangchuan, were also
next to an article constantly present. Ye is the General
about President Xi Secretary of the Chinese Chess Feder-
Jinping’s ideas about ation. He has a lot of paperwork to do
the destiny of the but ‘my heart is with the game’, as he
human community. says. Still, there may be some more
paperwork waiting for Ye, as he was
nominated as FIDE Vice-President
by the new FIDE President Arkady
ur la er fou h on in dif ul o en Dvorkovich.
Ye Jiangchuan is a very respected
and ne er a e u e are in e a figure, and it is my belief that he is one
of the major forces behind the Chinese
successes. His entire life has been
It was the first time since 1986, when all right’, he laconically commented, committed to chess – as a player, a
in Dubai the Soviet Union did the same, ‘It gave me lots of time to sit and think coach and a leader. In the early 1990s,
that a country won both sections, the carefully about all kinds of positions. as China’s number one GM, he gave up
Open – formerly known as the men’s – Besides, with my mother by my side, his personal aspirations to support Xie
and the Women’s competition. China’s I didn’t lose a single game.’ Apart Jun in her quest to become Women’s
head coach Ye Jiangchuang couldn’t from the youngest player on the team, World Champion. ‘It was a time when
suppress his happiness: ‘Our players 19-year-old Wei Yi, who only scored we spent around 10 hours per day on
were incredible. They fought on in diffi- 50%, the other members, Yu Yangyi, training’, he remembers.
cult moments and never gave up. We are Bu Xiangzhi and Li Chao, also put in After Xie Jun had achieved her
in ecstasy.’ The coach of the women’s solid performances. Just like his wife goal, Ye became a team leader, and
team, Yu Shaoteng, had never expected Huang Qian, who was playing Board for years he worked to establish the
such a miracle either. Two weeks earlier, 3 in the women’s team, Bu Xiangzhi Chinese Chess League. Since 2005,
they would have happily settled for one didn’t lose a single game. dozens of top grandmasters from all
golden team and a second or third place The big surprise, however, came over the world have been playing in
for the other team. from the women’s team, from which this strong league. ‘It was the foun-
The men’s team, led by Ding Liren, two former World Champions were dation of many new Chinese cham-
won the title for the second time. absent. World number one Hou Yifan pions’, Ye believes. The growing
Recovering from a hip fracture (from remained in England, pursuing her popularity of the game also brought
falling down from a bike four months university studies in Oxford, while Tan many sponsors, and the Chinese
ago during the Norway Chess tourna- Zhongyi could not come for personal Federation increasingly organizes top
ment), the Board 1 player still needed reasons. The burden to defend the matches and tournaments with GMs
the support of crutches to walk. ‘It was first board fell on reigning World from China and abroad.

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NOTES BY
During the Olympiad in Batumi, should try to attack on the kingside.
we had several conversations, as Ye
Ding Liren 10.♕d2 is also the engine’s choice.
Jiangchuan divided his time between 10...0-0 11.♕f4
the playing hall and the Expo hall Ding Liren Following my plan.
with the election booths and various Jan-Krzysztof Duda 11...♖b8 12.♘c3
book shops that had his warm atten- Batumi Olympiad 2018 (10) So far we had been blitzing out our
tion. He complained that the old Queen’s gambit Accepted moves and now, after thinking for
Russian chess books had become three minutes, he surprised me with
expensive, but he still bought them. In Round, 10 we met Poland, the his next move, which I guess was still
‘From time to time I need to give leaders at the time, and I played White part of his preparation.
lectures to the youngsters in the against Duda. I didn’t feel I was in a 12...f5
national team.’ must-win situation, because, after all, I had only prepared 12...♘b4, and
As the games of the day progressed, winning one game would be enough. now I thought for 20 minutes.
he would become nervous. ‘Can 1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘f3 d5 4.♘c3
dxc4 5.e4 b5
you hold my mobile for a moment?
I have to go inside to have a look
.tLd.tM_
j.j.l.jJ
at the games.’ During the match
China – Czechoslovakia, Ye criticized
TsLdMl.t .sS_J_._
Wei Yi’s play against Stocek. Wei Yi j.j._JjJ _._.iJ_.
had reacted unfortunately in an unfa- ._._Js._ ._Ji.q._
miliar position and Ye believed 13. g3 _J_._._. _.n._N_.
was a mistake. ‘I think White should
have played 13. ♗d3 and then g4, h4
._JiI_._ Ii._BiIi
and g5, opening up Black’s king’s _.n._N_. r.b._Rk.
position.’ The expert at work! Ii._.iIi
r.bQkB_R 13.♕g3
I have to keep the tension in the
T_._M_.t He repeats this risky line, which he
had also played against Wojtaszek,
centre and to try and improve my
pieces. I am threatening ♗h6 and
_._LlJ_J his teammate, in this year’s Polish perhaps ♘g5. Also, he cannot take on
JdSjJj._ Championship. d4: 13...♘xd4 14.♘xd4 ♕xd4 15.♗h6
_J_._._. 6.e5 ♘d5 7.♘xb5 ♘b6 8.♗e2 ♖f7 16.♗h5, and White wins a piece.
♘c6 9.0-0 ♗e7 10.♕d2
._._Ii._ I first checked what happens if I take:
13.exf6 ♖xf6 14.♕e4 ♗b7 15.♗g5
_.n._Ni. ♖g6 16.♗xe7 ♘xe7, and Black is fine.
IiIq._.i T_LdM_.t 13...♔h8 A very natural move.
_K_R_B_R j.j.lJjJ 14.♖d1 ♘b4 15.b3
Wei Yi-Stocek
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (5)
.sS_J_._ This is what I had calculated when
I played 13.♕g3.
China-Czech republic _N_.i._. 15...cxb3 16.axb3 a6
position after 13.g3 ._Ji._._
_._._N_. .tLd.t.m
China lost 1-3; their only defeat in the Ii.qBiIi _.j.l.jJ
tournament.
r.b._Rk. Js._J_._
Brilliancy _._.iJ_.
China’s number one, Ding Liren, the
first ever Chinese to cross the 2800
This was the new move that I had
prepared.
.s.i._._
barrier, showed outstanding play on So far, mainly 10.♗e3 had been _In._Nq.
Board 1, winning the gold medal with played here. But this will focus the ._._BiIi
a performance of 2873. His best game play on the queenside, when I believe r.bR_.k.
was against Jan-Krzysztof Duda from that with accurate play Black should
Poland in Round 10, a brilliancy for be able to equalize. I believe that with Here he had caught up in time again;
the ages. the pawn structure d4-e5, White we both had spent some 25 minutes

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here. I felt I had a pleasant position,


b t I had to find a plan to contin e my
attack. If there are further exchanges
on the queenside, the position might
become drawish, so I felt that moves
like 17.♘a4 or 17.♗a3 were not so
powerful and went:
17.♗c4
With the idea to prevent ...♗b7 and
possibly planning ♘e2 and ♘f4 and
perhaps ♘h5 next . I was very happy
abo t this move, b t with clear confi-
dence he played a move I had not
expected and which felt like a draw
o er.
NEW IN CHEss

.tLd.t.m
_.j.l.jJ
Js._J_._ Getting more popular by the day. Ding Liren signs a chess board shortly
_._.iJ_. before the start of his last game. In Batumi China’s number one extended
.sBi._._ his unbeaten streak in classical chess to ‘close to 90 games’.
_In._Nq.
._._.iIi
r.bR_.k. Having repeated moves, I tried to 22.d5 Played after a long think. I
check the other boards, but I could must say this is very risky.
17...♘c2 If he takes with 17...♘xc4 not see Li Chao’s position on Board
18.bxc4, I get a strong pawn centre:
18...♗b7 1 .♘e2 ♕d7 20.d5 exd5
4 (and I could not get up and go
there, because I cannot move without
.tLd.t.m
21.♗b2, with a clear advantage. crutches) and I could only see the _.j.l.jJ
18.♖a2 Better, but hard to decide other two games, which looked more .s._J_._
on, was 18.♖b1 ♘xc4 after 18...♕d7 or less equal, so I tried to play on. j._IiJ_.
1 .d5 is strong 1 .bxc4 ♖ xb1
20.♘xb1 ♗b7, and now I wo ld have
But what I played was not the most
accurate move. I should have met
.sB_._._
to find 21.d5 exd5 22.cxd5 ♗xd5 ♖b1 with ...♘c2, as st pointed o t. _In._Nq.
23.♘c3 c6 24.e6, and White has some 21.♖e2 ._._RiIi
kind of advantage. This was objec- I decided to put the rook on e2, _.bR_.k.
tively the best way to continue, but because I was focused on the
it’s not something that yo find easily d5-break. 22...exd5
during the game. 21...a5 To my mind it was better to take
18...♘b4 19.♖a1 ♘c2 20.♖a2 A very natural reaction. He wants to with the knight, because it would
♘b4 take on c4 and play ...♗a6. So I m st keep White from playing e6. So,
act immediately and I had calculated 22...♘4xd5 23.♘xd5 ♘xd5, and now
.tLd.t.m the d5 push when I decided to put my
rook on e2. I was not sure if I would
White has a wide range of options,
but none of them leads to an advan-
_.j.l.jJ have enough compensation, but tage: 24.♘d4 24.♖a2 c6 24.♗xd5
Js._J_._ I reasoned that I had two choices: it’s exd5 24...♗b7 is even better 25.e6
_._.iJ_. not about playing d5 or not, it’s about ♖xb3 26.♗b2 ♖xb2 27.♖xb2 ♗xe6,
.sBi._._ making a draw or not. If I don’t want
to have a draw by repetition, I have
and this is good for Black 24...♖b6 a
key move, protecting the c6-square)
_In._Nq. to play d5 and see what happens. But 25.♖ed2 with the idea of ♘xe6 , and
R_._.iIi I was pretty confident that at least maybe White can keep the balance.
_.bR_.k. I would have some attack. 23.e6

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Batumi (open) 2018 I didn’t see many tactical chances. worried about 28...♗d7, giving back
Pts Tiebreak
But White is actually better after the rook: 29.exf8♕+ ♖xf8 and I have
1 China 18 372.5
26.♘xd5 ♘6xd5 27.♗xd5 ♘xd5 to find 30.♘e6 (which I failed to do)
2 USA 18 360.5
28.♖xd5 ♖xb3 29.h4, because after 30...♗xe6 31.♗b2 ♕g6 32.♖xd6 f4,
3 Russia 18 354.5
29...♖b4 White has 30.♕g5. and this is about equal, according to
4 Poland 17 390
5 England 17 340 24...♕f6 the computer.
6 India 16 388
7 Vietnam 16 379.5 .tL_.t.m .tL_.t.m
8 Armenia 16 371
9 France 16 366 _.j._.jJ _.j._.jJ
10 Ukraine 16 337 .s.lId._ .s.nId._
11 Sweden 16 333 j._J_J_. j._._J_.
12
13
Czech Republic
Germany
16 331.5
16 317.5 .sB_._._ .sJ_._._
14 Austria 16 300.5 _In._N_Q _I_._N_Q
15 Azerbaijan 15 402.5 ._._RiIi ._._RiIi
16
17
Uzbekistan
Iran
15 341
15 337
_.bR_.k. _.bR_.k.
18 Hungary 15 321
25.♘b5 26...cxd6 This is what I had been
19 Egypt 15 298.5
Born out of necessity, as I had found worried about at first, but it turns out
20 Greece 15 295
21 Kazakhstan 15 289
a hole in my calculations. I spent 30 to be the critical mistake.
22 Mongolia 15 279 minutes on this difficult move and I also considered the better move
23 Canada 15 277 was very happy to find it. At this that he missed: 26...♗xe6 27.♘g5
24 Lithuania 15 272.5 point I was very nervous. ♗g8 28.♖e6, and thought this was
25 Spain 14 336.5 What I had missed was that after crushing, but after 28...♕a1 29.♘xf5,
26 Croatia 14 320.5 25.♘g5 h6 26.♘f7+ he just takes the 29...♘6d5 30.♘h4 ♘f4 it’s winning
27 Romania 14 320 knight, 26...♖xf7 (26...♔h7 27.♗g5) for Black.
28 Georgia 1 14 320 27.exf7 ♕xf7, and Black is fine. 27.e7 ♖e8
29 Norway 14 316.5 Then I next looked at 25.♗g5: After 27...♗d7 28.exf8♕+ ♖xf8
30 Belarus 14 301 29.bxc4 ♘xc4 White has the strong
31 Moldova 14 293.5
32 Slovenia 14 291 .tL_.t.m 30.♖d4 and is winning.
28.♘g5
33 Italy 14 279 _.j._.jJ
34
35
Switzerland
Australia
14 275.5
14 274
.s.lId._ .tL_T_.m
36 Montenegro 14 272.5 j._J_Jb. _._.i.jJ
37 Philippines 14 264.5 .sB_._._ .s.j.d._
38
39
Ecuador
Israel
14 229.5
13 351
_In._N_Q j._._Jn.
40 Netherlands 13 330.5 ._._RiIi .sJ_._._
185 teams, 11 rounds _._R_.k. _I_._._Q
ANALYSIS DIAGRAM
Suddenly, the lines just open for ._._RiIi
White. If he takes the knight with 25...♕xc3, _.bR_.k.
23...♗d6 Played quickly. The I trap his queen: 26.♖c1 ♕xc1+
computer suggests 23...♖f6!?, but (26...♕xf3 27.♕xf3 dxc4 28.e7 ♖e8 28...♕g6
neither of us considered this move. 29.bxc4 is equally good for White) Here I had been worried about 28...
24.♕h3 Actually, I didn’t calcu- 27.♗xc1 dxc4 28.♘g5 h6 29.♘f7+, h6 until I found the very impor-
late very carefully before I made this and this looks very good for White. tant move 29.♕h5 (my first inten-
move. I had seen Black’s next move, But then I realized that he can simply tion had been 29.♖xd6, but after 29...
but I had missed something. play 25...♕g6, and Black is much f4 30.♕h5 he has the amazing move
My first thought had been 24.♗f4, better. 30...♗g4, which turns the tables),
but after 24...♗xf4 25.♕xf4 ♕e7 25...dxc4 26.♘xd6 Not such a good when after 29...♗d7 (29...♖ xe7
I stopped calculating because the move. Objectively best was 26.♘g5 30.♕e8 is mate) I have 30.♖xd6, and
position looked a bit bland and h6 27.♘xd6 cxd6 28.e7, but here I was White is winning. I calculated all this

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before playing 25.♘b5, and when This is a mistake that makes my job
Celeb 64 John Henderson
I found this, I got very excited and easier.
became confident about the outcome. e had to play 31...♗d7 to stop ♖d8.
2 .♖xd6 f4 3 .♕h4 And now, after 32.♗d2 (32.♕h5),
After the match Wei Yi told me that there is the computer line 32...♕f5
White could have forced a draw 33.♕h5 cxb3 34.♖h6 (indeed, not
with 30.♖xg6 ♗xh3 31.♘f7+ ♔g8 so easy to foresee) 34...gxh6 35.♘f7+
32.♘h6+ ♔h8, which would have ♕xf7 (35...♔g7 36.♗c3+) 36.♕xf7
been enough to win the match. But ♘6d5 37.♗c1 ♘d3 38.♕xd5 ♘xc1
I was only following my calcula- 39.♕e5+ ♔g8 40.♖xc1 b2 41.♖b1,
tions and didn’t see this draw. Maybe and White is winning.
it was a good thing in the end, since 32.♖d8
we won the gold medals due to There are too many threats.
Sonneborn-Berger. 32...♗g6
3 ...♕b After 30...♕f5 I can force After 32...♘c6, 33.♕xf4 wins. Charles Aznavour
a draw with 31.♖e5. 33.♖xb8 ♖xb8 Au revoir then Charles Aznavour, the
popular French chanteur – hailed as
his country’s Frank Sinatra – and son of
.tL_T_.m .t._._.m Armenian refugees, who died recently
_._.i.jJ _._.i.jJ at the age of 94 after a long and
.s. ._._ .s._._L_ distinguished career. Not unsurprisingly,
j._._.n. j._._.n.
it was the Armenian connection that
.sJ_.j. .sJ_.j.
gave him his lifelong love for chess.
Born in Paris in 1924, after his parents
_I_._._. _I_._._. fled the Armenian Genocide, their
._._RiIi ._._.iIi apartment on rue de Navarin was
_ b._.k. _ b. .k. frequently used as a safe house during
World War II by Missak Manouchian,
3 .♖e the Franco-Armenian poet and
A good practical move. That’s what a 34.♕xf4 resistance fighter. Aznavour often
spectator on Chessbomb called it. Maybe he had overlooked this. Here related how, with nothing to do during
My first intention was to play he realized that he was losing (and his stay there, ‘Manouchian had fun
31.♕xf4, but after 31...♗d7 I would also his team), and I could see his teaching me how to play chess... and
have to find 32.♖f6!!, an amazing frustration. The rest is very simple. chess stayed a long time in my life.’
move: 32...gxf6 (32...♔g8 33.♖xb6 34...♖g8 35.♘f7 ♗xf7 36.♕xf7 Aznavour would play whenever he
♖xb6 34.♕f7+, and mate) 33.♕xf6+ ♘d7 37.e8♕ ♘f6 38.♗g5 could, and when he was appearing
♔g8 34.♕f7+ ♔h8 Black resigned. in nightclubs or on tour, he would
invariably spend time between
performances with a game or two with
.t._T_.m The golden couple his pianist. Chess even prominently
_._LiQ_J Huang Qian and Bu Xiangzhi are appeared on the cover of his 1960
.s._._._ married and have a young son. EP album, ‘Les Deux Guitars’, with a
j._._.n. They hail from different cities and portrait of Aznavour, head in hands,
.sJ_._._ live in both Chong Qing and Qing
Dao. In Batumi, Huang won her
deep in thought over a chessboard.
With the rise of Levon Aronian,
_I_._._. second Olympiad gold, while Bu Aznavour began to follow chess more
._._RiIi held the trophy for the first time. On closely again. This led to an invite to the
_ b._.k. WeChat, China’s biggest social media Zurich Chess Challenge in 2014 to make
platform, Bu Xiangzhi (he calls the first move in the game Aronian-
35.♖c2!!. And this one you’d have to himself ‘Dances with Wolves’ there) Nakamura. Aronian won, and tweeted:
find too. ery beautiful, like a move wrote: ‘It’s a miracle that we both ‘I dedicate this game to legendary
in a study. 35...♕xc2 36.♗b2+ c3 won, and I’m really happy. Thanks to Charles Aznavour, who visited me in
37.♗xc3+ ♕xc3 38.♕xh7 mate. my wife and son for always cheering Zurich.’
3 ...♗f5 me up.’

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Both of them contributed impres- An imaginative reply. It seems 11...e5?! Protecting the pawn with
sively, Bu scoring 7½ out of 10 and somewhat counterintuitive, but in ...f5 was no longer an option with
winning the bronze medal on Board fact the move a4 is incredibly useful the c8-bishop no longer guarding
4. Three times he was the match for a ...♘xc3 bxc3 scenario. the e6-square. With the game move,
winner. In Round 8, he defeated Loek 8...b6 Black saves his pawn, but with a
van Wely, securing a 2½-1½ victory Afterwards we blamed this move for knight stuck on b8 and the annoying
against the Netherlands. Black’s opening misery, but it turns pin on the a-file, the ensuing position
out that the culprit was the next one. is clearly not a happy one.
8...a5!? or 8...♗f5!? seem very logical The lesser evil was 11...c5, but after
NOTES BY
too, because White still has to prove 12.axb6 axb6 13.d5 e6 14.♘xe4 exd5
that 8.a4 was such a fantastic move. 15.♕xd5 there is little or no compen-
Anish Giri
9.a5 sation for the pawn.
12.♘xe4 exd4 13.exd4
Bu Xiangzhi
Loek van Wely TsLd.tM_
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (8) j._.jJlJ Ts.d.tM_
grünfeld-Indian Defence, .jJ_._J_ j._._JlJ
schlechter Variation
i._J_._. LjJ_._J_
._IiS_._ i._._._.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.♘f3 ♘f6 4.e3
g6 _.n.iN_. ._IiN_._
.i._BiIi _._._._.
TsLdMl.t r.bQ_Rk. .i._BiIi
jJ_.jJ_J r.bQ_Rk.
9...♗a6?
._J_.sJ_ A bit of a blunder, because when Loek 13...♗xd4
_._J_._. saw 10.♘xe4, he instantly regretted it. The b8-knight is such an issue that
._Ii._._ 9...♘xc3! 10.bxc3 ♗a6 would be not
at all bad here. White has no way to
no matter how Black captures on d4,
he is just totally lost. From here on in,
_._.iN_. exploit the x-ray along the a-file and I had no doubt about the outcome,
Ii._.iIi Black intends to slowly finish his although I have to say that Bu was
rNbQkB_R development, either with the normal not at his most ruthless starting from
...♘d7 or after preparing for it with here.
I was largely responsible for Loek van some useful moves like ...e6 and 13...♕xd4 is more natural, but after
Wely choosing this dodgy stuff, so ...♕c8. It is too early to say at this 14.♕xd4 ♗xd4 15.♖d1 Black will
I will not criticize him much here. point, but Black will probably pretty never finish his queenside devel-
5.♘c3 ♗g7 6.♗e2 0-0 7.0-0 ♘e4!? much solve his opening problems in opment and is facing a totally lost
A fun idea that was suggested to me this way. endgame after 15...♗g7 16.♗f3!.
by a family member of mine. Unfor- 10.♘xe4 dxe4 11.♘g5! 14.♗g5 A standard way to create
tunately, (because he lost, not because disharmony in Black’s camp.
14...f6
the idea is bad), I passed it on to Loek.
Ts.d.tM_
j._.jJlJ
TsLd.tM_ LjJ_._J_ Ts.d.tM_
jJ_.jJlJ i._._.n. j._._._J
._J_._J_ ._IiJ_._ LjJ_.jJ_
_._J_._. _._.i._. i._._.b.
._IiS_._ .i._BiIi ._IlN_._
_.n.iN_. r.bQ_Rk. _._._._.
Ii._BiIi .i._BiIi
r.bQ_Rk. When I saw this position, my hopes r._Q_Rk.
weren’t high. Something has clearly
8.a4!? gone wrong for Black. 15.♗e3

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Bu tries to cash out on his positional


advantage and win some material.
More ruthless was to go for an attack
with 15.♗h6! ♖e8 16.♗f3 ♗e5
17.♕b3 h8 18.♖fd1 ♕c7 19.c5!, and
Black is toast.
15...c5
he best attempt to stay a oat, since
taking on e3 leads to a lost endgame
by force 15...♗xe3 16.♕xd8 ♗xf2
17.♖ x f2 ♖ xd8 18.♘ x f6 h8
19.♗g4, and the b8-knight will not
live to see the sun shine.
16.♗xd4 cxd4 17.c5?!
A serious inaccuracy, although to say
that Black is left o the hook would
be overstating the case.
17.b4!, stopping ...♘c6, would leave
Black without a move and in a lost
position.
A unique moment: Golden couple Huang Qian and Bu Xiangzhi with the Nona Gaprindashvili
Ts.d.tM_ Cup (the trophy for the winning women’s team) and the Hamilton Russell Cup.

j._._._J
Lj._.jJ_
i.i._._. T_.d._M_ T_._._._
._.jN_._ j._._T_J j._._M_J
_._._._. ._S_QjJ_ ._._.jJ_
.i._BiIi i.j._._. i.j._._.
r._Q_Rk. ._.jN_._ ._.j.iS_
17...♗xe2?! It was anyway better
_._._._. _._._._.
to start with 17...bxc5, as it avoids the .i._.iIi .i._._Ii
option of 19. ♕c4 . r._R_.k. r._R_.k.
The computer, which sees every-
thing, finds that the best move is the 21...♘e5? 26.b4 26.♖ac1 wins rather trivially, it
prophylactic 17... h8!, when Black s This gives up an exchange as well, but seems 26...♖b8 27.♖xc5 ♖xb2 28.h3
chances to escape into a disgusting the main problem is that the c5-pawn ♘e3 29.♖xd4, and Black won t be in
endgame with some drawing chances will fall. time to set up some kind of drawing
are more realistic than before. 21...♕c8! was the only way to mechanism with rook and knight.
18. xe2 bxc5 19. c4 ! continue the battle, when White 26...♘e3 27. d2 e6 28.bxc5
A clever intermezzo that Black could should resist the temptation to win d5
have avoided by not taking on e2 first. the exchange 22.♕d5! ♘e7 23.♕c4!
19... f7
19... h8 20.♘xc5 is also bad news, as
♕c6 24.♘xc5 ♘f5, and hite has a
dominant position with the potential
T_._._._
♘e6 is coming. for an outside passer, but Black will j._._._J
20. fd1 continue to fight. ._._.jJ_
lso strong would be 20.♖fe1, or the 22.f4! ♘g4 i.iM_._.
energetic 20.b4!.
20...♘c6 21. e6!
Resourceful, but White ignores the
pseudo-gift and focuses on winning
._.j.i._
The point. Not only is the c6-knight the exchange. _._.s._.
under attack now, but White is also 23.♘d6! d7 24. xf7 xf7 ._.r._Ii
threatening 22.♘d6. 25.♘xf7 xf7 r._._.k.

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Anna Ushenina
Huang Qian
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (6)

._._._._
_._._._.
T_._.m._
_R_._Jj.
._._._._
_._._Ki.
._._._._
_._._._.
position after 105...♔f6

Theoretically speaking, this position


was a draw. But Huang Qian did
not give up and kept looking for
The high-spirited Chinese women’s team is ready for another round. Seated at winning chances, because we had
the board (l. to r.): Zhai Mo, Lei Tingjie, Huang Qian and Ju Wenjun. to win this match to draw level
with Ukraine in the standings. But
Ushenina defended well and we were
in trouble.
At this point, both Erwin l’Ami and 40.♔f1 106.♔f2 g4
I, who were still playing alongside Black finally pushed the pawn, before
Loek, started harbouring some false
hopes, because Black’s harmony in
._Tr._._ reaching the deadline of the 50-move
drawing rule!
the centre looks so seductive. But as j.i._._. 107.♔f1 ♔e6 108.♔f2 ♖d6
Bu shows with a couple of precise ._._.j._ 109.♔e3
moves, this was just an illusion. i.r._.jJ This is dangerous. It was safer to play
29.♖a4! ♘c4 30.♖c2 ♘e3
31.♖c1! ♖c8 32.c6!
._.jM_._ 109.♔f1 and keep the king on the first
and second rank.
_._S_._. 109...♖d5 110.♖b8 ♖d1
._T_._._ ._._._Ii 111.♖b6+ ♔e5 112.♖b5+ ♔f6

j._._._J _._._K_. 113.♖b6+ ♔e5 114.♖b5+ ♖d5


115.♖b8 ♖a5
._I_.jJ_ Black resigned. A delayed opening
i._M_._. fiasco and a crucial win for team China.
.r._._._
R_.j.i._ ■■■ _._._._.
_._.s._. Huang Qian played all games on ._._._._
._._._Ii Board 4 of the women’s team, with an t._.mJ_.
_.r._.k. outstanding 7½ out of 11 score (with
._._._J_
9 blacks!) and without losing a single
And the c-pawn decides. Black is game. ‘I felt honoured standing next _._.k.i.
unable to convert his passed d-pawn, to Kramnik on the stage receiving ._._._._
and if he decides to exchange it for an individual silver medal’, she said. _._._._.
White’s c-passer, he may as well According to coach Yu Shaoteng, her
resign. The rest is easy and was win in Round 6 over Anna Ushenina 116.♖b3?
executed flawlessly by Bu. was one of the most remarkable Why not 116.♔f2 ♖a2+ 117.♔f1 ?
32...♖c7 33.♔f2 h5 34.♖b4 g5 moments for the team (the notes to 116...♖a2
35.♖b7 ♖c8 36.♖d7+ ♔e4 37.c7 this and the next fragments are by Yu Now Black sees a chance!
♘d5 38.♖c5 ♘xf4 39.♖d8 ♘d3+ Shaoteng). 117.♖b5+ ♔f6 118.♖b6+ ♔g5

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reigning Olympiad champions USA Batumi (women) 2018


._._._._ led by Fabiano Caruana (2-2, four Pts Tiebreak

_._._._. draws) and then a nervous wait for 1 China 18 407


.r._._._ the final outcome began. s the last 2
3
Ukraine
Georgia 1
18 395.5
17 375
_._._Jm. games of the Olympiad concluded,
the Sonneborn-Berger tiebreaker 4 Russia 16 379.5
._._._J_ switched from 324.5-320.5 in favour 5 Hungary 16 372
_._.k.i. of the USA before the start of the last 6 Armenia 16 366
T_._._._ round, to 372.5-360.5 in favour of 7
8
USA
India
16 359.5
16 352.5
_._._._. China. This time it was China that
benefited from the tiebreaker system 9 Georgia 2 16 351.5
119.♖b8?? A fata l mista ke. and became the lucky winner! 10 Azerbaijan 16 347.5
Ushenina probably thought it would There was even more drama in the 11 Kazakhstan 16 346.5
12 France 16 315.5
be a draw anyway. The only defence women’s section. Ukraine had won
13 Spain 15 343.5
was 119.♖b ♖g2 120.♔d ♖f2 their match against the USA with a
14 Iran 15 340
121.♖c ♖f 122.♖xf gxf 12 .♔e score of 3-1. With 18 match points,
15 Vietnam 15 338.5
♔g 12 .♔f2 with a draw. Ukraine would win gold without
16 Poland 15 324.5
119...♖g2 Now Black is winning. needing any tiebreaks if Russia
17 Uzbekistan 15 316.5
120.♖g8+ ♔f6 121.♖f8+ ♔g6 managed to beat China. Aleksandra
18 Belarus 15 308
122.♔f4 ♖f2+ 123.♔e5 ♖e2+ Goryachkina produced her best
19 Slovakia 15 283
124.♔d4 ♖g2 125.♔e5 ♖xg3 game of the tournament and beat
20 Mongolia 14 332
126.♖xf5 ♖f3 127.♖f4 ♔g5 Shen Yang, while the game between
21 Czech Republic 14 326.5
128.♖a4 g3 129.♖a8 ♖e3+ Valentina Gunina and Huang Qian
22 Serbia 14 307.5
130.♔d4 ♖e1 131.♔d3 ♔g4 ended in a draw. Russia was leading 23 Romania 14 304.5
132.♔d2 ♖e7 133.♖g8+ ♔h3 1½-½. On Board 4, Lei Tingjie was 24 Turkey 14 299
134.♖h8+ ♔g2 135.♖g8 ♖e5 completely lost against Olga Girya, 25 Peru 14 292
136.♖g7 ♔h2 137.♖h7+ ♔g1 while the game on Board 1 was 26 Netherlands 14 291
138.♖g7 g2 heading for a draw. But Lei kept her 27 Cuba 14 288.5
cool and fought on until she broke 28 Germany 14 286
._._._._ her opponent’s nerves. Girya couldn’t
avoid perpetual check and had to
29 England 14 279
_._._.r. accept a draw.
30
31
Colombia
Slovenia
14 267
14 255
._._._._ 32 Switzerland 13 311
_._.t._. Lei Tingjie 33 Lithuania 13 299
Olga Girya
._._._._ Batumi Olympiad 2018 (11)
34 Israel 13 290.5
_._._._. 35
36
Indonesia
Latvia
13 289
13 283
._.k._J_ ._._._._ 37 Greece 13 279.5
_._._.m. t._._.jJ
38 Canada 13 272
39 Croatia 13 272
139.♖g8 ♖h5 140.♔e2 ♔h2 M_J_._._ 40 Austria 13 265
141.♔f2 ♖f5+ 142.♔e2 g1 _ _._Ii. 151 teams, 11 rounds
143.♖h8+ ♔g2 144.♖g8+ ♔h1
White resigned.
._. ._Ki
uang ian s e orts paid o and the jJ_I_._. 53.f6 gxf6??
match against Ukraine was won. This ._._.r._ Girya had been playing very well, but
was a very important turning point _._._._. makes a big mistake at the crucial
that helped the team stay in the race position after 5 ...♔a6 moment.
for the title. She should have played carefully here:
Lei Tingjie had been down two 53...c5, and Black still has chances to
The World Champion pawns in a completely lost position win .fxg7 . d6+ b6 ...
The last round of the 43rd Olympiad for a while, but she fought on and cxd .g a2 6. c + ♔a 7.♖f
ended dramatically. The Chinese managed to generate some counter- a1 .♖xb + ♔xb , and with no
men’s team tied the match against play against the black king. perpetual checks, White loses.

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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Ju Wenjun
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (11)

._.q._._
_._._._.
._.jD_M_
_._._J_.
._._._J_
_._.nSi.
._._.i._
_._._K_.
position after 71...♘f3

The position looks drawish, although


Black is a pawn up. There are a lot
of checks and it is hard for Black to
escape from them. White just needs
The prolonged and nerve-wracking battle between Alexandra Kosteniuk to defend carefully. But there was
and Ju Wenjun decided the fight for first place. little time left on the clocks.
72.♕b8?
A mistake, giving Black the opportu-
It’s also a draw after 56.♕f7+ ♔a8 nity to advance the d-pawn. White’s
._._._._ (56...♕c7 57.♕xb3+) 57.♕e8+ ♔b7 queen was perfectly placed on d8.
t._._._J 58.♕f7+ ♔c8 59.♕e8+ ♔b7 60.♕f7+. White could just stay put by moving
56...a2 57.♖f7+ ♔a8 58.♖f8+
M_J_.j._ ♔b7 59.♖f7+ ♔a8 60.♖f8+ ♔b7
her king from f1 to g2 and back, when
Black can hardly make progress.
_D_._.i. 61.♖f7+ Draw! 72...d5! 73.♔g2 d4 74.♘c2
._.q._Ki d3 75.♘e3 d2 76.♕d8 ♔f7
jJ_I_._. Russia was still leading 2-1, but the 77.♕c7+ ♔f6 78.♕d8+ ♔f7
._._.r._ mood had changed. Ju Wenjun fully
realized the importance of her game.
79.♕c7+ ♔e8 80.♕b8+ ♔d7
81.♕b7+ ♔d6 82.♕b6+
_._._._. She had to win to level the score in the

54.♖f5! Lei Tingjie grabs her last


match and for the team to draw level
with Ukraine, when the Sonneborn-
._._._._
chance! Black may have been hoping Berger tiebreak would decide. She _._._._.
for 54.gxf6? h5+ 55.♔h3 ♖f7, and kept playing strong moves and .q.mD_._
Black wins. putting pressure on her opponent. _._._J_.
54...♕b6 55.♕c4+ ♔b7 ‘Grinding down her opponent’, as
the Chinese say. Kosteniuk seemed
._._._J_
_._.nSi.
._._._._ exhausted and at some point she lost
a pawn. And Ju Wenjun showed her ._.j.iK_
tM_._._J amazing tenacity and fighting spirit. _._._._.
.dJ_.j._
_._._Ri.
._Q_._Ki ‘Kosteniuk seemed exhausted and at
jJ_I_._. some point she lost a pawn. And Ju
._._._._
_._._._. Wenjun showed her amazing tenacity and
56.♖xf6 fighting spirit.’

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82...♔e7 At this point, Kosteniuk d ♕ 9 . xd f3+ 9 .♔g ♕e


claimed a threefold repetition. It took
the arbiters nearly half an ho r to find
93.♕d7+ ♔g6 94.♕d6+ ♔h5 and
there are no more chec s) 88...♕c6 A no-nonsense S
qu
out the claim was wrong, and under- 89.♕e7+ ♔g6 90.♕d8 ♔f7 (with guide qu
standably Kosteniuk was unhappy z gzwang for hite ) 9 . xf5 h4+ se
abo t this. he seemed a ected and 9 .♔f ♕c4+ 93.♔g ♕c + 94.♔h re
could not focus on the game. f3+ 95.♔g ♕g mate. vo
f ter 8 ...♔e5 83.♕ b + ♔e4 ex
84.♕b + ♔e5 85.♕b + hite draws.
83.♕c7+ ♔f6 84.♕d8+ ♔g6
._._._._ re
ali
85.♘d5? _._._Dm. ien
A risky attacking attempt, as the ._.q._._ m
knight leaves the defence. _._ _J_. lis
85.♔f wo ld ha e been a draw.
._._._J_ qu
_._._Si. au
._.q._._ ._.j.iK_
ap
ali
_._._._. _._._._. en
._._D_M_ m
_._ _J_. 87.♘f4?? In time-pressure both eo
._._._J_ players made several mistakes, but
Kosteniuk makes the last one.
es
_._._Si. 87. e3 wo ld ha e sa ed the game
“The various parts of the book are m
ssu
._.j.iK_ and gained Russia the bronze medals.
all about piece coordina�on (..) It’s
au
obviously wri�en by a teacher who
_._._._. 87...♔h7! m
Zugzwang again for White! really wants his students to fully qu
85...♕f7? Missing a good chance. 88.♘e6 understand the subject ma�er (..) This qu
There were two ways to win: 88.♕d8 ♕b7 89. d5 d ♕ 90. f6+ book is highly valuable for both self- se
85... e + 86.♔f d3 87. e3 ♔g6 9 .♕xd ♔xf6 and the extra Na
improvers and trainers. I, for one, am
♕xe3 88.♕g8+ ♔f6 89.♕f8+ ♔e6 piece should be enough for Black.
90.♕e8+ ♔d6 9 .♕d8+ ♔c6 9 .♕c8+ 88...d1♕ 89.♘f8+ certainly going to use it in my trainings.”
im
♔b6 93.♕b8+ ♔c5 94.♕c7+ ♔b4 Bram Klapwijk, Schaaksite od
95.♕b7+ ♔c3 96.♕c6+ ♕c5 and
wins, or 85...♔h7 86. e3 ♕c6
._._.n._ “The wri�ng is clear and unclu�ered,
tae
lab
87.♕e7+ ♔g6 88.♕d8 ♔f7 and wins. _._._D_M with a consistent focus on the qu
86.♕d6+? ._.q._._ prac�cal player’s needs. I can’t think no
Returning the favour. Why not just _._._J_. of another book that would be more
ris
go bac to defend? 86. e3.
._._._J_ helpful to the average player who is
oc
_._._Si. om
._._._._ ._._.iK_
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Best of
Batumi
Olympiad new milestone in
rich chess history of Georgia

DAVID LLADA

Like no other chess gathering, Olympiads


give you the feeling that FIDE’s slogan is an
W
it h plea sa nt su m mer
temperatures and the lure
apt one. Gens una sumus. Yes, high-blown as of a traditional seaside
it may sound, that’s how it can feel. We are resort, Batumi welcomed
the Olympiad back to the Caucasus. Two
one family. With teams from 180 different years after chess players from all over
the world had strolled along the Caspian
countries, the 43rd Olympiad in Batumi Sea in Baku, they now could go for
relaxing walks on the sunny shores of
was no different. Old and new friends the Black Sea. With a wide variety of
natural and cultural attractions, a great
from all corners of the world met and the local cuisine and legendary wines,
Georgia is attracting more and more
competition was fierce. Memorable games foreign guests. Batumi used to be a
popular summer destination in Soviet
were played and a new FIDE president times, but today little reminds the visitor
elected, Arkady Dvorkovich, who created of those days. If you search carefully you
will find remnants of Soviet architec-
hope and expectation as he mapped out ture, but they are hard to find among the
high-rise luxury hotels that increasingly
his plans. DIRK JAN TEN GEUZENDAM dominate the skyline these days. The
majority of tourists are still Russians,
reports from the shores of the Black Sea. and Israelis tempted by the many

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The spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Chess Olympiad was held at Georgia’s
largest concert hall, the Black Sea Arena, that seats close to 10,000 people.

casinos, but it will only be a matter of promising young GMs started their and most of the participants were
time before many others will come. careers working for Garry Kasparov staying in centrally located luxury
Typically, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, during his matches against Anatoly hotels. Unfortunately, due to a last-
the Head of the Organizing Committee, Karpov. On the final day, Azmai- minute cancellation, several teams
stressed that the promotion of chess was parashvili, who was re-elected Presi- had to be relocated to other hotels.
just one aspect of having the Olympiad dent of the European Chess Union in These could only be found at some 40
in his country, and that his first and Batumi, was presented with a two- to 50 kilometres away, which meant
foremost wish was that the chess players volume work on his dual career as a that it took them more than two
would discover what a great country chess player and politician. hours to get to the venue and back
Georgia is to visit. This time, the Georgian team was every day.
Obviously he couldn’t, and didn’t, led by Baadur Jobava, the hero of the Other small discomforts were also
ignore the rich chess tradition of his Baku Olympiad. Unfortunately, the connected with the enormous size
country, in particular the historic imaginative Jobava failed to shine, of the Olympiad. The anti-cheating
achievements of the best Georgian and in the end the Georgian men measures included a thorough search
women players, most notably former had to settle for a disappointing 28th of everyone entering the venue, where
World Champions Nona Gaprindash- place. Again the Georgian success pens, phones, watches and any kind
vili and Maya Chiburdanidze. They came from the women. Led by Nana of computers were banned. Inevi-
were present at the venue every day, Dzagnidze, with a 2600 performance, tably, this caused long queues, and
giving countless interviews and making the eorg an omen fin hed th rd on the fir t day t a mo t au ed the
fir t mo e n ar ou mat he ma American team to lose their match
could also have pointed at himself and Uniform clothes by forfeit. Team USA arrived well
Giorgi Giorgadze, the President of the Thanks to the building boom, there in time, but had to wait so long to
Georgian Chess Federation, who as was no lack of hotel rooms in Batumi, be searched that they only reached

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their tables six minutes before they In fact, there are plans within FIDE halls, there was the EXPO, a vast
were going to be forfeited. In the to make uniforms or uniform ways space next to the press room with
course of the Olympiad, the situa- of clothing compulsory, not only stalls selling chess books, clocks and
tion improved, mainly because of because there is a feeling that this what not, where a lot of the conver-
the teams arriving even earlier, but would look better and help raise the sations were not about the favourites
also thanks to the great numbers of
friendly and helpful volunteers.
As the defending champions ‘The slogan of Makropoulos’ campaign
the Americans, led by Challenger
Fabiano Caruana, were generally was “dignity above money”, which as the
regarded as the top favourites for
the gold medals, and it was clear for election approached, seemed to primarily
everyone to see that they were again
setting their sights on first place.
say that what he lacked was money.’
The Americans were also among a
growing number of teams that had prestige of the sport, but also as part in the Olympiad, but about the FIDE
special uniform suits designed for the of the fight against cheating. When presidential elections. Here were the
Olympiad. The same went for Russia, players and captains are identically booths of the two main candidates,
China, Azerbaijan, India (for the first dressed it is much easier for the Georgios Makropoulos of Greece,
time since Turin 2006 led by Vishy arbiters to see which conversations – as the representative of the current
Anand again) and many others. for instance in the smoking sections FIDE leadership, and his challenger,
The Chinese even had a variety of outside the playing hall – are defi- Arkady Dvorkovich of Russia. The
specially designed clothes with them, nitely undesirable. third candidate, English grand-
ranging from casual shirts to suits. master Nigel Short, had no booth,
Apparently, they wanted to avoid the FIDE presidential elections probably because of lack of funds,
situation they had found themselves The Olympiad took place in two but perhaps also as a further indica-
in in Tromsø four years ago, when at inter-connected halls, one for the tion that he didn’t believe he could
the end of the Olympiad their ‘lucky top matches in both the Open and win and mainly hoped to support
shirts’ had begun to smell of success Women’s competition and one for Dvorkovich’s candidacy and prevent
too much. the remaining matches. Besides these the election of Makropoulos, whom
he had attacked openly many times
(Nigel Short describes his strategy in
his column in this issue).
For most of the delegates, team
captains and other passers-by it was
not hard to choose between the two
booths. In ‘Makro’s’ booth the main
attraction was a caricaturist who was
not very good and the occasional
small cup of wine, in Dvorkovich’s
booth, visitors could play chess, while
there was a seemingly endless supply
of wine, and also a seemingly endless
supply of goody bags (#newpeople
#newhorizons #newideas) filled with
chess sets and clocks.
The slogan of Makropoulos’ Fide-
ETErI KUBLAshVILI

forward campaign was ‘dignity


above money’, which, as the day of
the election approached, seemed to
Arkady Dvorkovich knew it would not be easy when he took primarily say that what he lacked
on former World Champions Maya Chiburdanidze and Nona to accomplish his plans was money.
Gaprindashvili in an offhand game in his election booth. The ‘money’ was also a reference to
the funds that Dvorkovich, former

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Deputy Prime Minister of Russia,


had undoubtedly been given in his
country to strengthen his chances,
and the support from Russian embas-
sies worldwide that promoted his
candidacy. Makropoulos’ criticism
of both must have sounded insincere
to many delegates, as there was wide-
spread belief that he had not been a
stranger to these strategies himself
when his former ally Kirsan Ilyum-
zhinov was still President.
In a last-ditch attempt, Makro-
poulos lodged a complaint against
Dvorkovich with the Ethics Commis- Georgios Makropoulos and Arkady Dvorkovich share a laugh at the General Assembly.
sion, hoping to exclude the Russian The Russian had the last laugh as he won the elections with 103 against 78 votes.
because of illegal interference in
the elections, but when this did not
have the desired effect either, the
Greek must have sensed that he was again it was a very close race till the plane of the President of the Russian
in trouble. While he could only pin very end, which was decided by the Chess Federation, Andrey Filatov.
his hopes on old friends and possible Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak system On the way back there were even two
anti-Russian sentiments, the number (almost always unsatisfactory in such ri ate lanes ing bac to ssia,
of pro-Dvorkovich delegates only cases). A race that looked even closer because Arkady Dvorkovich also had
rose. At a lavish party in Jasmine, a in the final standings, where the to one at his disposal. With a third place
restaurant-bar next to the Sheraton three finishers had e actl the sa e in the Open section and a fourth
Hotel where the FIDE Congress match results (8 wins, 2 draws and place in the Women’s, the feelings on
took place, Arkady Dvorkovich said 1 loss). But it was only really close board of these planes must have been
that he would raise the FIDE annual between China and the USA, who mixed.
budget from 2 to 5 million euro for had been playing at the top boards all
the next four years. The reactions through the Olympiad, while Russia Bringing out the best
from his listeners were a prelude to wor ed hard to fight their wa bac to Choosing from hundreds of games
the outcome of the elections the next the top after losing to the remarkable is a thankless task, but picking the
day. After Short had indeed with- Polish team in Round 4. Poland may absolute highlights turned out to
drawn his candidacy and expressed safely be called the revelation of the be not that complicated. We will
his full support of Dvorkovich, the Batumi Olympiad, and many felt that conclude these impressions from
race was run. With 103 against 78 they had deserved the bronze medals. Batumi with a selection of games
votes Arkady Dvorkovich was elected But China won, the USA didn’t you should not miss. And as often
FIDE President. complain that this time the tiebreak happens, being so special, they also
brought them second place, and brought out the best in the annotators.
Close finish Russia must have been relieved You have already seen Ding Liren’s
The election of Arkady Dvorkovich to claim third place. Before the evergreen against Duda and a fine
also drew enthusiastic and opti- Olympiad they had had a training e ort b iangzhi, another illar
mistic reactions from the majority session in Sochi and met with of the Chinese team, in the previous
of top players as they entered the Russian president Vladimir Putin Olympiad article. Ding Liren scored
final phase of the Olympiad. Once before ing to at i in the ri ate the best result on Board 1, ahead of
the leader of the American team,
Fabiano Caruana, whose excellent
‘ t a lavish party rkady vorkovich play in Batumi must have further
announced that he would raise the boosted his confidence for his atch
against Magnus Carlsen. One of his
annual budget from to million euro for victims at the Olympiad was the man
who Carlsen defeated to become
the ne t four years.’ World Champion.

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NOTES BY
Fabiano Caruana T_Ld.tM_ T_L_T_M_
_JjS_JjJ _J_.dJj.
Fabiano Caruana J_.lJs._ J_Jl.s.j
Vishy Anand
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (4)
_._._._. _._.s._.
Catalan Opening, Open Variation ._.i._._ ._.b.n._
_._.b.iN _.n._.i.
1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.♗g2 IiQ_IiBi IiQ_IiBi
dxc4 5.♕a4+
This move order against 4... dxc4 in
rN_.k._R _._R_Rk.
the Catalan was played by Anish Giri 9...e5 This is what his play is based 15...g5 I thought he might go
against Vishy Anand in Wijk aan Zee on, so he goes for it. 15...♖b8 to stop any ♘a4 plans, when
and I analysed it earlier in the year. 10.0-0 h6 The point is that Black I can make some semi-useful move
5...♘bd7 6.♕xc4 a6 wants to go ...♘g4, but if he does so like 16.a3 or 16.♖fe1.
immediately, 11.♗g5 attacks the That was a direction he could have
T_LdMl.t queen and Black loses time.
11.dxe5
chosen, but he chose the most direct
one.
_JjS_JjJ He forces me to take the pawn and let 16.♘d3 ♘xd3 Now, after 16...♗f5,
J_._Js._ him develop his knight, since after I have 17.e4, and at least he is not
_._._._. 11.♘c3 he would go 11...♘g4. pinning me, and after 17...♗g6 we
11...♘xe5 12.♘c3 ♕e7
._Qi._._ This is part of his set-up, together
have a complicated position. White
may be slightly better, but I think he
_._._.i. with ...c6. Because of my next move should have gone for this.
Ii._IiBi his queen has to clear the d-file.
rNb.k.nR T_L_T_M_
7.♗e3
T_L_.tM_ _J_.dJ_.
A new idea. I had noticed that there _Jj.dJj. J_Jl.s.j
was this bishop move instead of what J_.l.s.j _._._.j.
Anish did, 7.♕c2, after which Vishy _._.s._. ._.b._._
showed good prep and made an
easy draw after 7...c5 8.♘f3 b5 9.♘e5
._._._._ _.nS_.i.
♘d5 10.♘xd7 ♗xd7 11.♗xd5 exd5 _.n.b.iN IiQ_IiBi
12.dxc5 ♗c6 13.0-0 d4 14.♗f4 ♕d5 IiQ_IiBi _._R_Rk.
15.f3 d3 16.exd3 ♕xc5+ 17.♕xc5 r._._Rk.
♗xc5+ 18.♔g2 ♗d4 19.♘c3 ♔d7 17.♖xd3
20.♖ae1, ½-½. 13.♖ad1 ♖e8 He had missed this move. If I take
The text-move stops ...c5 and at least After the immediate 13...c6 I would with the queen, 17.♕xd3, he goes
leads to a very different kind of play. have gone 14.♘f4 anyway (although 17...♗e5 and this looks OK for him.
7...♗d6 there are also ideas with 14.♘a4), 17...♗e5 The only reasonable move,
Not going for ...b5 and ... c5 but for when he would most likely play since I am threatening 18...♗xf6,
...e5, which is another way to play. 14...♖e8 and transpose to the game. which he has to stop.
Black can go 7...b5 8.♕c2 ♖b8, but 14...♖d8 is also possible, but might The point is that 17...♗f5 loses to
he will be struggling to play ...c5. run into 15.♗b6, so e8 is the best 18.♗xf6, when after 18...♗xd3
It’s probably equal, but still quite square for the rook. 19.♗xe7 ♗xc2 20.♗xd6, I pick
complicated. 14.♘f4 c6 This is necessary, up two pieces and win. In case of
8.♕c2 because you have to be able to move 18...♕xf6 I have the important
First I get my queen out of the way. the c8-bishop and stop the option move 19.♖xd6, and after 19...♕xd6
8...0-0 9.♘h3 ♘d5 for White in some cases. 20.♕xf5 I have two pieces for the
Here the knight is better than on f3, 15.♗d4 rook, with a winning position.
as from h3 it often swings to f4. But 15.♘a4 runs into 15...g5 16.♘d3 18.♕d2
that said, 9.♘f3 is also a possibility, of ♗f5, and Black is very harmoniously Preserving the tension and trying to
course. placed. win the d-file, which is basically all

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I want in this position. I will go ♖fd1,


and the d-file combined with his ._.tT_M_
weakened kingside will give me some _J_._J_.
advantage. J_J_.sLj
I spent a lot of time trying to make
18.♖e3 work, but the problem is
_.d.i.j.
18...♘g4 19.♖e4 ♗f5 20.♖xe5 ♗xc2 ._.r.i._
21.♖xe7 ♖xe7. _.n._.i.
I was also looking at 18.♗xe5, but Ii. ._Bi
after 18...♕xe5 19.♖e3 ♕c5 20.♖xe8+
♘xe8 his knight is slightly displaced,
_._R_.k.
ANALYSIS DIAGRAM
but the queen is actually excellent on
c5. A) 23...♗h5, after which it looks
like he is overloading my rook; but
T_L_T_M_ I can step out of the pin 24.♔h1 and
after 24...♗xd1 (if he takes every-
_J_.dJ_. thing on d4 24...♖xd4 25.♕xd4
J_J_.s.j ♕xd4 26.♖xd4 I have a really better
_._.l.j. endgame) I have 25.♖xd8.
._.b._._ B) Another idea is 23...♘h5, trying
to play the knight to g7, or put
_.nR_.i. pressure on f4 in hopes of bailing out
Ii. IiBi in a tenable endgame.
_._._Rk. 21.♗xe5
This wins. Maybe he was hoping that
18...♗f5 The best move. He has to I would recapture with 21.gxf4, when
NEW IN ChEss

develop his bishop somehow. after 21...♗xd4+ 22.♖xd4 ♖ad8 we d


If he goes 18...♗xd4 19.♖xd4 ♗e6, get another version of the above.
I have 20.♖d1, and he doesn t get the
d-file and has a really lousy position.
19.e4 ♗g6 20.f4
T_._T_M_ Challenger Fabiano Caruana warmed up
with a silver medal on Board 1.
Very ambitious, but maybe not the _J_.dJ_.
best. J_J_.sLj
I could have played 20.♗xe5 ♕xe5 _._.b._.
21.f3, and here I have the d-file and
some advantage. But the position is
._._Ij._ but after 25...♗xf5 26.♕xh6, he has
26...♗g6.
not unmanageable for Black. _.nR_.i.
Ii. ._Bi T_._._M_
T_._T_M_ _._._Rk. _J_._J_.
_J_.dJ_. 21...♕xe5 22.gxf4 ♕c5+ J_J_._Lj
J_J_.sLj He has to give this check because of _.d._._.
_._.l.j. my threat 23.f5.
._._Ti._
23. h1 ♘xe4 After 23...♔h7, 24.e5
._.bIi._ would be very strong 24...♗xd3 _._._.r.
_.nR_.i. 25.♕xd3+, and I pick up the knight. Ii. ._Bi
Ii. ._Bi 24.♘xe4 ♖xe4 The tactical point _._._R_
_._._Rk. after 24...♗xe4 is that 25.♗xe4 ♖xe4
26.♕g2+ picks up his rook. 25...♖d4 e also had 25...♔h7, which
20...gxf4 This is a clear mistake. 25.♖g3 I had already seen this move is moderately tricky 26.♖xg6 ♖d4,
e should have played 20...♗xd4+ when I took on e5. I threaten to take and it looks as if he is escaping, but I
21.♖xd4 ♖ad8, and the play can his rook and if he moves his rook to have 27.♕c3 ♕xc3 (27...♖c4 28.♕g7
become very sharp, because I have somewhere other than to d4, I have f5. mate) 28.bxc3 fxg6 29.cxd4, and I end
22.e5 ♕c5 23.♖d1, and now I was also trying to make 25.f5 work, up a piece up.

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NOTES BY
26.♕e3 won the Silver Medal!
Wesley So This game was played in Round 3
T_._._M_ Wesley So
against the powerful Netherlands
team led by Super GM Anish Giri.
_J_._J_. Erwin l’Ami The day before, our team barely
J_J_._Lj Batumi Olympiad 2018 (3) escaped against the young and under-
_.d._._. ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence rated Georgia 3.
1.e4
._.t.i._ This was my second Olympiad as a I was feeling good. Erwin l’Ami plays
_._.q.r. player and the excitement is hard to the Sicilian and the Caro-Kann, too,
Ii._._Bi describe. The buzzing sound from but my teammates and I looked at his
_._._R_K hundreds and hundreds of players games and expected the reply 1...e5.
in the same venue is like electricity Erwin is a very well-prepared player,
This also wins, so Black resigned. and you feel as if your whole body because he has been a researcher and
The only way to do something is continually vibrating. Teams a second of Anish for a couple of years
against the renewed threat of 27. f5 is from all over the world sitting next now. In preparation for the game
26...♔h7, when I play 27.f5 anyway. to each other shoulder to shoulder I also looked at Anish’s openings ☺.
And now 27...♗h5 28.♖h3 picks up is thrilling, distracting and full of 1...e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 ♘f6
the bishop, while after 27...♗xf5 surprises. He also plays the normal Ruy Lopez
28.♖xf5, I can meet 28...♖d1+ (after From your seat at home, drinking a with 3...a6. I thought there was a good
28...♕xf5 29.♕xd4 ♕b1+ 30.♕g1, beer while monitoring your favourite chance that I would see it today.
important to notice, I am also up a chess engines, it seems simple, 4.d3
piece) with 29.♖f1 and end up with doesn’t it? Higher rated should auto- Black usually holds quite well in the
an extra piece. matically beat lower rated, right? But Berlin endgame. In the Olympiad,
■■■ playing chess like this takes nerves of for example, White scored a dismal
steel under really thick skin. It’s hard one loss and three draws in games in
On Board 2 for the United States, to even think, much less concentrate! which he chose to go for the endgame.
Wesley So was once again a formi- Mental energy zapping out into the 4...d6 A big surprise! Everyone plays
dable force. He scored 7½ points atmosphere was hitting everyone 4...♗c5 here, which seems simplest. I
from 11 games. In the match against indiscriminately with either brain didn’t see the logic of choosing 4...d6
the Netherlands, he played a pivotal freeze or brain melt. I felt our team today, unless Black had some special
role in the 3-1 victory of the USA, (myself specifically) could have done preparation just for me.
winning an instructive game against better, so I am very happy that we did 5.0-0 g6?! This seems dubious to
Erwin l’Ami. more than just survive and actually me. The main line is 5...♗d7, and I

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believe this is a better move-order.


hite has to spend time on ♖e1 in
order to get what we had in the game:
6.♖e1 g6 7.d4 ♗g7 8.d5 e7 9.♗xd7+
xd7, and here in many lines the
rook is not doing much on e1.
6.d4 ♗d I had this position back
in 2015, with an advantage against
akamura in a playo game in as
egas after 6...exd4 7.e5 dxe5 8. xe5.
That’s how I knew 5...g6 was dubious.
.d5

T_.dM .t
jJjL_J_J
ALINA L’AMI

._ j. J_
_B_Ij._. Wesley So didn’t mind adding some more tension by reading
._._I_._ a Jonathan Kellerman novel before the game.
_._._ _.
IiI_.iIi
r _R . mated on the kingside. I thought that T_.dM_.t
Gaining space and aiming for a
Erwin could castle now and lock up
the queenside with ...c5.
jJj _. .
favourable structure. Trading the ._.j._ j
light-squared bishops seems like a big
T_.dM_.t _._Ij.j.
achievement in the ensuing King’s
jJj . . ._I_Ij._
Indian-like structure, because it
hardly ever happens in that opening. ._.j._Jj _. ._I_.
...♘e 7... b8 has to be taken into _._IjJ_. Ii. . Ii
consideration.
._I_I_._ r._ _R .
.♗ d ♘ d 8...♕xd7 is possibly
preferable, when I have to spend time _._. I_. 15.c5!?
protecting the e4 pawn with ♖e1 Ii. ._Ii Attraction to the idea (plus perhaps
or ♕e2. lack can then finish his r _ _R . some miscalculation in the ensuing
lines) convinced me that I had to
sacrifice my pawn. The preparatory
e e d g bee 15.b4 or 15.♖c1 was better, but as
I said, I wanted to attack first
e g f ec e 15...♘ c5 16.♗ c5 d c5

e g e ee e d e ?
T_.dM_.t
kingside development, and later aim ♗f6 g5, to try to exchange the bad jJj._. .
for counterplay with ... h5 or ...c6. bishop, also seems like a solid plan. ._._._ j
.c4 ♗g 10.♗e3 6 He has to However, he has other more aggres- _.jIj.j.
spend a tempo on this, otherwise ...f5
will always be met by g5.
sive ideas.
12...f4 13.♗f2 g5 14.♘c3 ♘g6
._._Ij._
11.♘fd2 f5 12.f3 I don’t think Black has enough _. ._I_.
White has come out of the opening resources to launch a successful Ii. ._Ii
with a decent advantage. I have more mating attack, but just to be sure r._ _R .
space, and without the light-squared I decided to strike first and uickly.
bishops I’m not afraid of getting ence is the best defence 1 .♕b3

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The computer gives the ultra-sophis- only a pawn down with active pieces
ticated line 17.♕a4+ ♕d7 18.♕b3 b6 to boot. I was very pleased. T_._._.t
19.a4 0-0 20.a5, when the queen is 24...♔f7 25.♖f5+ j.j._.m.
worse on d7 than on d8. .jR_._.j
17...b6 18.d6 This is the only way
to prevent him from castling. I didn’t
T_._._.t _.sN_.j.
really have much of a choice but to sac j.j._M_. ._J_Ij._
a second pawn! .jD_S_.j _._._I_.
18...♕xd6 19.♘c4 ♕c6 _._._Rj. Ii._._Ii
The queen hides here, firmly shielded
by Black’s pawns. Two pawns is
._J_Ij._ r._._.k.
a lot of material to sacrifice, and q.n._I_. White should be winning easily here,
I was thinking that I could possibly Ii._._Ii since both black c-pawns will shortly
be worse if I didn’t act quickly. My r._._.k. fall. But as usual I managed to make
consolation is that his king remains the game much more difficult! Match
in the centre for the time being. He 25...♔g6 situation now: on our black boards
could also have gone for 19...♕e6, 25...♔g8 is apparently a better Fabiano made a comfortable draw
when I’d have to play accurately and defence to prevent the king from against Anish (Berlin Defence), while
concretely, starting with 20.♘b5. running into checks later. But it’s a Hikaru didn’t look like he’d have much
20.♖fd1 Now Black has many hard move to find! After 26.♘d5 he is trouble defending the endgame against
options. Almost every logical move is saved by 26...♕c5 (check!), and after Loek van Wely.
possible here, but when you have three 26.♕e7, by 26...♖f8. It’s just normal With White on Board 4, Sam Shankland
or four good moves, it’s not simple to instinct to put the pieces on more didn’t seem to have anything going
choose. Erwin now went astray. active squares. against Jorden van Foreest for most of
26.♘d5 ♕c5+ 27.♕xc5 ♘xc5 the game. But then disaster struck. In
28.♖f6+
T_._M_.t Gaining a crucial tempo. This is why
an endgame that should be drawn with
precise play, Jorden went for a combi-
j.j._.l. g6 is a bad square for his king. nation that resulted in his knight being
.jD_._Sj 28...♔g7 29.♖c6 trapped on the b2-square! It led to a
_.j.j.j.
._N_Ij._
_Qn._I_.
Ii._._Ii
r._R_.k.
20...♘f8?
If Black can get this knight to d4, he
is just winning, but it just won’t work.
21.♖d5 ♘e6 22.♘xe5 ♗xe5
23.♖xe5 c4 Mistakes often come
in pairs. Now Black loses the outpost
on d4, too. Well, it wasn’t an easy
decision to play 23...♔f7 and allow
the knight to be pinned, but appar-
ently it was better: 23...♔f7 24.♘d5
♖hd8 25.♖d1 ♕d6 26.♖f5+ ♔g7
27.♕c3+ ♘d4. I calculated up to here
during the game, and stopped. Now
28.h4 is a fine move, leading to a
better endgame in the ensuing lines.
24.♕a3 Such a fine turnaround!
BErEND VONK

Instead of being two pawns down and


facing a compact pawn structure, I’m

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totally lost endgame. This lifted some and was about to play ♔h2. ut in the I didn’t want to run into any check-
pressure o my shoulders, and at this end my courage failed. mates today.
point I was optimistic that we’d win 38...♖d8 39.♔e2
the match.
29...♖ e8 30.♖xc7+ I was busy
._.tT_._ 39.♔e1 is far stronger, according
to the computer. But it seems too
spending the majority of my time j.r._._. sophisticated to find.
looking for the forced win after .j._.n.j 39...♘e6 40.♖xc4 ♘d4+ 41.♔e1
30.♘ c7 ♖ec8 31.♖c1 ♖ab8 32.♖ c4 _.s._.j. 5
♔h7. ow 33.b4 wins. ut it’s not
._J_Ij.m
very practical, since what I played, or
30.♖c1, should be sufficient. _._._I_. ._.t._._
30...♔g6 Ii._._I_ j._._._.
r._._.k. .j._._._
T_._T_._ _._._.mJ
34.♘xe8
j.r._._. After 34.♔h2 g4 ( lack could easily
._RsIj._
.j._._Mj run into mate, for e ample: 34...♖e6 _._._Ij.
_.sN_.j. 35.♖h1 g4 36.♖g7 and mate 34...♘d3 Ii._._I_
._J_Ij._ 35.♘g4 h5 36.♖h1 looks pleasing, too. _._.k._R
Black could either get mated on h3 or
_._._I_. h7) 35.♖g7 g3+ 36.♔g1 h5 37.♘ e8 Finally we got past move 40 and had
Ii._._Ii ♖ e8 38.♔f1 lack can resign. 30 minutes added to our clocks. Time
r._._.k. 34...♖xe8 35.♔ 2? to reassess what was going on.
What I played doesn’t throw away the 42.♖c7
31. 4 win, but the simplest way was 35.♖d1. Threatening 43.♖h7, forcing lack to
I spent time looking for alterna- learly, rooks belong on open files. spend a tempo.
tives to 31.♖c1, when I saw the line 35...g4 42...♔g6
31.♖c1 ♖ad8 32.♖ c4 ♖ d5!! 33.e d5 This feels very natural. I threaten
♖e1+ 34.♔f2, and now 34...♘d3 is
a very pretty mate. I thought this
._._T_._ ♖h7, and he prevents me from doing
so.
was an elegant trick that Erwin had j.r._._. I think he could have defended better.
prepared. .j._._.j 42...h4 seems more tenacious. I’m
31...♖ad8 _.s._._. going to show one funny line here:
Black doesn’t have much in the way
of alternatives but to sac an exchange.
._J_IjJm 43.♖h3! is best, don’t ask why. 43...
a6, and now 44.a3! is best, again just
My idea was just to pick up his _._._I_. giving Black the move: 44...a5. After
vulnerable pawn with ♖c1. Ii._._Ik 45.a4! Black is apparently in some
32. 5+ r._._._. kind of ug wang. 45...♖d6 is met by
In fact, I shouldn’t have grabbed 46.♖c8, and moving the rook away
the exchange. I will never be able 36.♖ 1 from the d file is met by 46.♖h7 or 46.
to explain why I refrained from the Now my rook is going to be entombed ♖g7. ut if it were hite’s turn right
simple 32.♖c1, when life is as sweet here for a while. now, the win wouldn’t be clear-cut.
and rosy as can be. If I was Black, 36.♖g7 was my first intention, but 43.♖c3
I would probably just resign here: I changed my mind when I saw that It’s not hard to find blunders in this
32...♖ d5 (32...♖d6 33.♖ c4 a5 is his rook would get to the second rank. position: 43.♖ a7 ♘c2+ 44.♔e2
obviously far from any sort of fortress But the computer says that I can just ♘d4+ forces the draw, since 45.♔f1
) 33.e d5 ♘d3 34.♖1 c4 ♖e1+ grab some pawns: 36.♖g7 g3+ 37.♔g1 loses to 45...♖c8. r 43.♖h4 ♘ f3+
35.♔h2 ♘f2, and obviously hite ♖d8 38.♖g4+ ♔h5 39.♖ f4 ♖d2. 44.g f3 ♖d1+ 45.♔ d1 g2, when a
has both 36.♖c1 and 36.g4. I stopped calculating here. 40.♖g4! queen is coming up.
32...♔x 5 33.♘f6+ ♔ 4 ♖ b2, and now 41.♖d1, is the human 43...♔g5 44.♖d3
Here I had less than 10 minutes left way to win, but the computer gives Now I’m back on track. Trading
to make it to move 40 (though we 41.♖ g3 c3 42.♔h2 c2 43.♖g8 ♘d3 rooks looks like leading to a winning
also had 30 second increments, so no 44.♖c1 ♘ c1 45.♔h3, and mate. endgame, and otherwise Black has no
worries). I was trying to go for mate, 36...g3+ 37.♔g1+ ♔g5 38.♔f1 way to improve his position.

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Poland made a great impression, and so


._.t._._ did their first board Jan-Krzysztof Duda. T_LdM_St
j._._._. His final score was a negative one (minus- jJjJ_JlJ
.j._._._ 1), but a closer look at his games shows ._S_._J_
_._._.mJ how satisfied he could be. As he put it
himself, he almost played a Candidates
_._.j._.
._.sIj._ tournament, with three of his opponents ._I_._._
_._R_Ij. rated 2800+ and another five rated 2700+. _.n._.i.
Ii._._I_ The way he saved his skin against Levon Ii.iIiBi
_._.k._R Aronian will not easily be forgotten.
_RbQk.nR
44...h4 I was very surprised to 5...d6
see this, as I thought he had to go NOTES BY
I was wondering if it was worth
44...♘c2+ and take his chances in the inserting ...a5 here. On the one hand,
Jan-Krzysztof Duda
rook vs knight ending. my rook would be less passive on a8,
44...♘c2+ leads by force to the but on the other, I thought White’s
position I spent a long time calcu- Levon Aronian queenside play could be quicker, and
lating: 45.♔d2 ♖xd3+ 46.♔xd3 ♘e3 Jan-Krzysztof Duda the a-file would be occupied. As it
47.e5! ♘xg2 48.e6 ♔f6 49.♖xh5 Batumi Olympiad 2018 (8) transpired, Black can hardly play
♔xe6 50.♔e4 ♔f6. I was not 100% English Opening, Reversed Sicilian without ...a6, and I played it later.
sure what was going on here. The 6.b4 f5 7.b5 ♘ce7 8.d3
comp gives many easy wins, such as Before the game, I was fully aware that This surprised me a bit, because
51.a4 or 51.♖h8 right away. I guess Levon Aronian might play practically I thought he could have played with
all it requires here is good endgame any 1st move, and that it was way too the pawn on d2, keeping the option
technique, but I was concerned that hard for me to guess beforehand which of going d4 open. It’s not a big deal,
I’d overlook something. move that would be, so I only looked however.
45.♔d1 at 1.d4 and 1.e4, preparing some sharp 8...♘f6 9.e3 0-0 10.♘ge2 g5?!
Now Black can’t get out of the pin and variations that needed a lot of memoriza- I rushed this move, and pretty soon
all resulting rook vs knight endings tion. So, logically, after 1.c4 I was already regretted it. Probably the way to
should be lost. playing on my own. Not to be recom- go was to open the a-file and play
45...a5 46.a4 ♖d6 47.e5 ♖d8 mended against a 2780 guy ever ☺. ...c6-d5 a.s.a.p.
48.♖d2 1.c4 e5
No need to rush here; just making
sure to control his passed pawns.
After 1...♘f6 2.♘c3 e6 I’ve got bluffed
(out-prepared?) with the sharp 3.e4
T_Ld.tM_
48...♔h5 49.♖e1 h3 Flohr-Mikenas Variation far too many jJj.s.lJ
times. This is playable, of course, but ._.j.s._
._.t._._ only after some deep opening prep. _I_.jJj.
_._._._.
Vladimir Kramnik played this against
me in Dortmund, for example. I need
._I_._._
.j._._._ to warn the readers, however, not to use _.nIi.i.
j._.i._M this trick against me anymore, because I_._NiBi
I_.s.j._ next time I will be solidly prepared! _RbQk._R
2.g3 ♘c6 3.♘c3 g6 I quickly decided
_._._IjJ to choose the variation that I had had 11.f4
.i.r._I_ trouble breaking as White in my prep Perhaps not even necessary, but
_._Kr._. against Ivanchuk. The problem was that a logical move that stops Black’s
I hardly ever play the Closed Sicilian as kingside offensive. Here I realized
50.gxh3 White, and now I’m a full tempo down. that I needed to be careful, because
There is no need to go for 50.e6 ♘xe6 No wonder I got quickly and compre- in some variations I can be attacked
51.♖xe6 h2 52.♖e1, which looks like a hensively outplayed by Levon. myself.
funny position. 4.♗g2 ♗g7 5.♖b1! 11...exf4
50...♔h4 51.e6 ♘xe6 52.♖xe6 Played instantly and getting me out of 11...gxf4 12.exf4 felt uncomfortable
Black resigned. book. I had expected moves like 5.♘f3 to me. And after 11...h6 12.0-0 the
■■■ ♘f6 or 5.e3 d6 6.♘ge2. question is, what next?

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In an ideal world, Black would love


T_Ld.tM_ to get a rock-solid pawn on d5 after
jJj.s.lJ inserting ...h3 first, when White’s
._.j.s._ light-squared bishop on h1 would be
_I_._Jj. dead. In reality, it’s not possible, and
White is going to attack soon.
._I_.j._ 18.♘a4 ♖f7 I always liked these
_.nIi.i. kinds of moves, which defend
I_._N_Bi everything. But here Black is being
_RbQk._R outplayed, and is just marking time.
19.♗f2
12.exf4 12.gxf4 gxf4 (12...g4?! 13.h3, 19. b6! f8 20. f2 may have been
and White is better on both sides of super-accurate, but I didn’t like it.
the board 13.♘xf4 ♘g6 14.♘cd5 19...♘h5 20.♘b6 ♖a3
is also nice for White, but the game
continuation is simpler.
12...g4 13.0-0
._Ld._M_
_J_.sTl.
T_Ld.tM_ .nJj._._
jJj.s.lJ _I_._J_S
._.j.s._ ._I_.iJj
_I_._J_. t._I_.i.
._I_.iJ_ ._._NbBi
_R_Qr.k.
NEW IN ChEss

_.nI_.i.
I_._N_Bi Not the perfect place for the rook, but
_RbQ_Rk. here it cannot easily be harassed. After one move Jan-Krzysztof Duda
21.bxc6 bxc6 22.♘d4 hxg3 was already on his own. ‘Not to be
I think this position can be safely 23.hxg3 ♖a2! recommended against a 2780 guy.’
assessed as . lack lacks any Black’s position would collapse but
visible improvements, while White for this move. Black is of course still
is gaining more and more space. suffering, but at least he’s got some
Not seeing a clear plan, I decided to activity, activity he’s been chasing 24.♘xc8! was simple and strong. After
march with the h-pawn. for so many moves. Now White has a 24... xc8 25.♘e6 c3 26.♖e2! ♖xe2
13...h5 14.♖e1 h4 15.♗e3 Simple wide choice, and I think my opponent 27. xe2 hite is both more active and
and efficient development. 15...a6 made the wrong decision. positionally better.
Black can hardly play without this 24...♘xc6 25.♗xc6
move. Now White is not even obliged
._Ld._M_
to take on b5 with the a-pawn, but
what evon did is fine, of course. _._.sTl. ._Ld._M_
16.a4 axb5 17.axb5 c6 .nJj._._ _._._Tl.
_._._J_S .nBj._._
T_Ld.tM_ ._In.iJ_ _._._J_S
_J_.s.l. _._I_.i. ._I_.iJ_
._Jj.s._ T_._.bB_ _._I_.i.
_I_._J_. _R_Qr.k. T_._.b._
._I_.iJj _R_Qr.k.
24.♘xc6? Objectively, this move
_.nIb.i. is su cient for hite to get a better 25...♖xf2!
._._N_Bi endgame, but the position gets super- The point. Black sacrif ices the
_R_Qr.k. complicated, and only computers feel exchange and in return gets a
comfortable in it. monstrous dark-squared bishop and a

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powerful attack. I find this position to 28...♗b7!! – 29...♕g5 is losing, but White needs
be aesthetically very pleasing. Magic. The knight on f4 is hanging, to play super-accurately: 30.♘d5!
26.♔xf2 Of course, 6.♖e8+?? is very ♖e8+ is on the agenda, and Black is ♕h6 31.♘xf4 ♕h2 32.♘g2! ♕xg3
bad for White: 26...♕xe8 27.♗xe8 calmly developing another piece! 33.♖e2! ♖h7 34.♖e8+ ♔f7 35.♖xb7+
♗d4 28.♗xf7+ ♔xf7 29.♕e1 ♖b2+ Seeing nothing better than a perpetual, ♔g6 36.♖g8+! ♔f6 37.♖f8+ ♔g5
30.♔f1 ♘xg3+!, and Black wins. as happened in the game, I completely 38.♖ xf5+! ♔xf5 39.♕a5+ ♗c5
26...♗d4+ 27.♔g2 missed 29.♕a4!, which Levon calcu- 40.♕xc5+! dxc5 41.♗e4+ ♔e5
lated for quite some time. Luckily for 42.♖xh7, with a winning endgame.
._Ld._M_ me, the Armenian wasn’t in top form at

_._._T_.
the Olympiad, otherwise I could have
been punished for my recklessness.
._.d._M_
.nBj._._ 29.♗xb7 _B_._T_.
_._._J_S Basically a draw offer. Objectively, .n.j._._
._Il.iJ_ White should have gone for 29.♕a4!, _._._J_.
_._I_.i. ._Il.sJ_
._._._K_ ._.d._M_ _._I_.i.
_R_Qr._. _L_._T_. ._._._._
.nBj._._ _R_QrK_.
Here I thought my position was lost. _._._J_.
29...♘h5!!
When I first calculated this varia-
tion, I had in mind 27...♗xb6, but
Q_Il.sJ_ The point! The threat of ...♘xg3+ and
then spotted that both 28.♕b3 and _._I_.i. ...♕h4 is so strong that White can’t
28.c5 would win simply. Then I found ._._._._ avoid repetition.
27...♘xf4+ 28.♔f1 ♖h7, but 29.♕d2! _R_.rK_. 30.♔g2 ♘f4+ 31.♔f1 ♘h5
crushes. Only then did the truly ANALYSIS DIAGRAM 32.♔g2 ♘f4+
wonderful 28...♗b7 appear to me! Draw.
27...♘xf4+ 27...♗b7 is the same which is very hard to play in a real What can be said about this game?
thing, just with a different move game. White is under a huge attack, Definitely, I was under pressure
order. 28.♔f1 but somehow he is holding his own! during the entire game. I was
Levon mentioned two moves here, outplayed strategically in 10 moves.
._Ld._M_ which turned out to be the top choices
of the engine:
When things were looking really bad,
I managed to find a really spectacular
_._._T_. – 29...♔g7 30.♘d5!. Yet again this way to sharpen the game – something
.nBj._._ defensive resource: 30...♘h5 31.c5!! I’m very good at. It must be said,
_._._J_. ♘xg3+ 32.♔g2 ♗xc6 33.♕xd4+ ♕f6 however, that in better form, Levon
._Il.sJ_ 34.♕xf6+ ♖xf6 35.♔xg3 ♗xd5 36.d4,
and White has got a better endgame,
would possibly have crushed me.
After the sacrifices the position was
_._I_.i. which might be drawn, but I think it’s so beautiful that I couldn’t help but
._._._._ a difficult one to defend for Black over share it with the readers!
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At the Olympiad in Baku, Baadur I had reckoned with other stu too, 2... 5 3.♗b2 d6 4. 3 g6 5.d4
Jobava won the gold medal on Board such as 1.d4 d5 2.♘c3 ♘f6 3.♗f4, ♗g7 6.dx 5
1 in his inimitable original style. This which had helped him to beat Topalov
time, the most ‘Jobava-like’ game
he played was one he lost. Inspired
and Ponomariov in Baku on his road
to gold. Against Larsen’s move I had
TsLdM_S
by the interview that the Georgian conceived a smart idea to turn the _Jj._JlJ
gave after his success two years ago, tiresome preparation less boring... ._.j._J_
Sarunas Sulskis played what was 1... 5! j._.i._.
probably the most spectacular game
of this Olympiad.
Though it looks highly unusual, this
nonchalant response isn’t a novelty,
I_._._._
either generally or personally. I had _I_.i._.
used it some 10 years ago against . I_.iIi
NOTES BY
the then still active Czech GM Pavel r _Q BnR
Blatny in Pardubice. I swear I hadn’t
Sarunas Sulskis
intended at all to meet his 1.b3 with 6...♘d7
such f lagrant nonsense, but he Black is on firm ground for a tussle on
Baadur Jobava provoked me by turning up some the long diagonal.
Sarunas Sulskis 40-45 minutes late to the game. Sadly, After 6...♗xe5 I was worried about
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (4) there was no default time back then 7.♘c3, followed by ♘f3, and I would
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack in Pardubice... end up losing time withdrawing my
valuable bishop to g7.
In Round 4 of the Chess Olympiad,
the team of Lithuania, modestly
TsLdMlS During the game, I seriously consid-
ered 6...dxe5 as a worthy alterna-
seeded number 50, had to meet the _JjJjJjJ tive, but 7.♕xd8+ ♔xd8 8.♘f3 ♘d7
mighty, to our standards, Georgian ._._._._ 9.♘g5! ♘h6 10.♗c4 brings forth
first team seeded 14th . ven more j._._._. some first inconveniences.
7.♘ 3 ♘x 5 8. d2 ♘f6 9.0 0 0
intimidating than our respective
seeding, however, was the mighty
._._._._ 00
backing of the entire Georgian _I_._._. With simultaneous castling on
host nation. During the wonderful I_IiIiIi opposite wings, the prerequisites for
Opening Ceremony, numerous r Q BnR a bloody fight are set.
Georgian officials, the country’s 10.h3 ♘ d7
President included, contemplated the 2. 4
rich Georgian chess tradition, beauti-
fully embodied in Nona Gaprindash-
Jobava’s biggest mistake comes quite
early. I had thrown the rook pawn
T_Ld. M_
vili, Maya Chiburdanidze and other forward, mainly for team reasons. _JjS_JlJ
celebrities, implying they were on a The bulk of the Lithuanian players ._.j.sJ_
quest for a continuation. were really young and inexperi- j._._._.
Words can be elusive, but Georgia’s
agship team had a real person to rely
enced, having barely reached 20
years. Playing against heavy odds
I_._._._
on: the jovial virtuoso Baadur Jobava, with Georgia 1, I didn’t want them _In.i._I
who had stolen the show at the last to feel tense or doomed in the match. . I .iI_
Olympiad in Baku in 2016, winning The common-sense rule suggested _. R_BnR
the gold medal on Board 1. we should lose that match miserably,
Despite having played a few games which is why I decided to brutally This looks odd, but I had seen this
against Baadur and getting to know violate common-sense rules so early knight manoeuvre ...♘e5-d7-c5-e4
this joyful soul a bit in the process, on in the game. To my amazement, as a very young man in one of Vishy
I had found the interview with Baadur responded to sheer neglect Anand’s games far back in the day
Baadur by New In Chess 2016/7, and rudeness with the politeness of a in some Indian Defence line. As an
conducted right after his triumph in gentleman. Sorry, Baadur, it was the aspiring teenager, I was possibly
Baku, highly revealing and therefore wrong way to go... fascinated by it.
useful before our face-o . Instead, 2.e4 or 2.♗b2 a4 3.e4 were 11.g4 ♘ 5 12.♗g2
1.b3 alternatives to ignore Black’s pawn Baadur, naturally, puts e4 under lock
Jobava’s pet move. During my prep push. and key.

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‘Your young
12...♗e6 start wasn’t fun. Your young team-
Starting out on a wild king hunt teammates may mates may suddenly lose faith in
with the childish threat 13...♗xb3,
but I promise you that the next black
suddenly lose faith your actions and instead of regarding
them as bold, suddenly deem them
move will be that of a man...
13.♔b1
in your actions and just crazy.
15.♘xb5 ♗xb2 16.♔xb2 ♖b8
instead of regarding
T_.d.tM_ them as bold, suddenly .t.d.tM_
_Jj._JlJ _.jS_J_J
._.jLsJ_ deem them just crazy.’ ._.jL_J_
j.s._._. jNs._.i.
I_._._I_ storm. I was deeply focused and had
foreseen 14.g5.
I_._._._
_In.i._I _I_.i._I
.bIq.iB_ T_.d.tM_ .kIq.iB_
_K_R_.nR _.j._JlJ _._R_.nR
13...b5!? ._.jLsJ_ For the moment, things look reason-
In terms of courage, this double jJs._.i. able. I have saved the exchange,
sacrifice perhaps deserves a positive
assessment, but it is very risky.
I_._._._ deployed my rook against his king,
and his g5-pawn is hanging.
Bridges get burned and in order to _In.i._I 17.♘e2
keep his attack running, Black will .bIq.iB_ I had expected 17.f4, cementing his
need further heavy investments. _K_R_.nR pawn chain on the kingside, but
14.g5 Baadur was probably worried about
With this intermediate move, Baadur 14...♘fd7 the picture of his king’s knight & rook
certainly expected to throw a spanner 14...bxa4!? 15.gxf6 ♗xf6 16.♗xa8 being jobless in the heat of the battle.
in my calculation works: 14.♘xb5 ♕xa8 was another defying line I had planned 17...♘b6 anyway, with
♘fe4! 15.♕e1 ♗xb2 16.♔xb2 ♕f6+ I pondered, but ultimately rejected in the threat of ...♘cxa4+, followed by
17.♔b1 ♕xf2 and 14.♗xa8 ♕xa8 view of 17.♘d5 ♗xb2 18.♔xb2 axb3 ...♘c4+ looming over his royal family.
15.♘ge2 bxa4, and Black attacks, 19.♕d4. I felt this was playable, but 17...♕xg5 18.♘f4 ♘b6 19.♕d4
but at the cost of lavishly spending to play a rook down and to be threat- This central set-up was probably what
time to assess the risks of my king ened with checkmate in one from the he had had in mind when he gave me

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back the pawn. I should calm down defence lines and annoying me, but
now and defend the c7-pawn, and now that I know the result, I would
then, after advancing his pawn to h5 have gone 23... fb8, with strong play
or h6, he would assume control of the along the b file by way of compensa-
board again. tion.
24.exf4 ♕xf4 25.♖d2 ♖b8
.t._.tM_
_.j._J_J .t._._M_
.s.jL_J_ _.j._J_J
jNs._.d. ._ jL_J_
I_.q.n._ j._._._.
_I_.i._I ._._.d._
.kI_.iB_ _._._._I
_._R_._R ._I .iB_
_.k._._R
19...♘cxa4 ! No way, Baadur!
2 .bxa4 ♘xa4 26.♕c3?! Played rather quickly,
I had seen and painstakingly tried which surprised me given the
to make work the engine’s favourite complexity of the position.
2 ...c5, but found 21.♘xe6 fxe6 after I was planning to meet the greedy
21...♕xg2?? 22.♕g7 mate is very 26.♕xc7? with 26...♕b4, when
unpleasant 22.♕e4 xf2 23.♕xe6+ 27. xd6? loses to a beautiful reply
♔h8 24.♗c6 ♘xa4+ 25.♔a3 not after 27. d3 I continue 27...♕b2+
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something I could rely on. 28.♔d2 c8!, and he will be left to


21.♕xa4 ♖xb5 22.♔c1 ♖b4 lament his greed : 27...♕f4+ 28.♔d1
b1+ 29.♔e2 ♗c4+.
._._.tM_ I don’t know why he didn’t imme-
diately try to shoulder my queen
Sarunas Sulskis and the fine art
of out-Jobavaing Jobava.
_.j._J_J away from its dangerous position
._.jL_J_ with 26.♕e4. I had intended to go
j._._.d. 26...♗a2, but 27.c3 b1+ 28.♔c2
t._.n._ b2+ 29.♔xb2 ♕xd2+ 3 .♕c2 seems
to be game over for Black. Apparently
29... b5 3 .♗xh1 a4 decreases my
deficit and o ers ample compensa-
_._.i._I he tried to upset my deep thinking by tion for the piece, but I was curious to
._I_.iB_ making some of his moves really fast. see whether Baadur wanted to repeat
_.kR_._R 26...♗a2! Now Black has a really moves or misplace his queen in the
dangerous attack. corner.
During my calculations before my 27.♔d1 He rose up from his chair, quickly
18th move I had thought that this glanced at his team mates’ positions
would yield me a large advantage
in view of the ... xf4 and ...♕xg2
.t._._M_ and, apparently not too pleased with
what he saw, rejected the possible
idea, and that if I forced his interme- _.j._J_J repetition at once in order to stop me
diate 23.♘xe6, then 23...fxe6 would ._.j._J_ from reaching move 40 too easily.
comfortably bring my other rook j._._._. 28.♕a1
into action via the f file. move or
two later, however, I understood what
._._.d._ 28.♔c1 ♗a2 29.♔d1 ♗c4 would
have been the road to peace, and
I had overlooked. _.q._._I I must admit I would probably have
23.♕c6! The only move. The queen L_I .iB_ taken it, given the time-trouble I was
must protect the bishop. _._K_._R already in. Moreover, the mission of
23...♖xf4!? nother sacrifice, and a harassing the Georgian leader had
rook gets added to my material deficit. 27...♗c4 I saw that 27... b1+ been accomplished regardless.
His knight was both cementing his 28.♔e2 ♗c4+ 29. d3 xh1 or 28...♕g5
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Young Iranian star is on a mission

Parham Maghsoodloo: ‘In 2022 I will


play the world title match’
DIRK JAN TEN GEUZENDAM

I
t’s a habit he cannot resist. Once loss against Russia’s Andrey Esipenko final-round rollercoaster game against
the clocks have been started on the final day. Parham, only to find out that he had
and most players are trying to When Maghsoodloo won the junior scored 8 points from the other 9 games.
focus and get into their game, world title, Nigel Short tweeted: ‘It In the classical event, Nigel (Short)
the first board player of Iran gets up as was obvious when I first met him in scored 8½ out of 10 for the ‘World’
often as possible and starts wandering Anzali 2016 that he possessed a very team, but Parham’s 8 out of 10 against
around the hall. Stopping here and special talent.’ Short referred to a the ‘World’ players was truly impres-
there to cast an inquisitive look at match tournament in Iran between sive. He was rated 2501 and performed
the openings, Parham Maghsoodloo an Iranian team and a ‘Stars of the close to 2700. Not only his result,
seems to be eager not to miss out on World’ team. The Englishman had but also the way he played left a deep
anything. As he makes his rounds, had trouble making a draw in the first impression.’
he inevitably gravitates to the top round against Maghsoodloo, whom he Miroshnichenko sees clear parallels
boards of the strongest teams of the then described as ‘a monster’. Another with the great natural feeling for the
Olympiad. The stars are fully aware of foreign participant in Anzali, besides game that was displayed by the young
who the 18-year-old in his trademark GMs like Romain Edouard, Ivan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and suggests
sleeveless jacket is. His win in the Sokolov and Alexey Dreev, was Evgeny that these parallels are a clear indica-
recent Junior World Championship Miroshnichenko. tion of his huge potential.
was impressive. Maghsoodloo scored ‘Miro’ also has vivid memories of
9½ points from his first 10 games. his first encounter with the Iranian Hard worker
Only then, when he had already phenomenon. ‘The event started with Maghsoodloo’s current rating is 2685,
secured the title, did he suffer his only a blitz tournament, in which I won a and he certainly isn’t banking only on
his talent. He works hard on the game
that he fell in love with when his father
showed it to him when he was nine
years old. He even claims that there
was a time when he worked 12-15
hours a day, and even today it’s ‘not
much less than 10 hours a day’.
At the Olympiad he was doing fine
until he caught a severe cold and lacked
the energy to show his best chess. But
he’s enjoyed the experience a lot as he
watched as many games as possible.
‘I think Bu Xiangzhi from China is
very strong and underrated. He is
playing over 2750, but I think he is only
2700. Many wins of China depended
on his result.’
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And he happily gives his prediction


for the World Championship match
in London. ‘Four, five months ago
As the first moves are being made, Parham Maghsoodloo begins making his I thought that Magnus would win, but
rounds, stopping here and there to cast an inquisitive look at the openings. now, after I watched Caruana’s games
here, I think he is in really good form.

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It will be a very tough match. I think him in some theory that I know well, g e a c
Carlsen will win with the smallest I might get a good result. c
of margins, and it will be close, but c 2 d d c d d
c a
Caruana has good chances.’
T_._M_.t
World Champion _Jd.lJ_.
As for his own future, he doesn’t lack
TsLdMl.t J_.j.sJ_
confidence. ‘I won eight of the last _J_.jJjJ n._Sj.bJ
twelve tournaments that I played in. J_.j.s._ ._B_._._
I am happy that I achieved my current _._._._. _._._I_.
rating and now I hope to play in more
di cult tournaments, like ata teel in
._.nI_._ IiIq._Ii
Wijk aan Zee coming January. ‘ _.n._._. _K_R_._R
And ultimately become World IiI_.iIi
Champion? r.bQkB_R White has good compensation for the
‘Yes, of course. I will try my best pawn. he bishop on c offers e cel-
and hope to qualify for the Candi- he a dorf. I had e pected ... c lent attacking chances and promising
dates Tournament in the World Cup in and had mainly prepared for a Rauzer. tactical play. If Black doesn’t know the
Khanty-Mansiysk (next year). If I don’t theory, I will go g4 and h4 and this
manage, I think I will do it in the next At the World Junior Championship, bishop on c4 will kill him.
cycle. I will play the world title match I had won a game against Vavulin c
in 2022.’ with 6.h3. And I also like playing 6.g3.
And no matter when he will play But because of my preparation for the
for the world title, as far as he can see Rauzer I wanted to play something ._T_M_.t
now, he will do so in a sleeveless jacket. that he would probably not expect. _Jd.lJ_.
‘Yes, these jackets give me a very good
feeling. I have many of them. When
I had looked at the 6.f3 variation two
or three months earlier, but had not
J_.j.sJ_
I began to play at 10 years of age, checked it before this game. n._Sj.bJ
I started wearing them and they always e e e h d ._._._._
motivated me. I tried to play without d 0e d d d2 g _B_._I_.
them, but the results were not good.’ He 2000 IiIq._Ii
laughs. ‘Without them I cannot play,
_K_R_._R
because I am not in the right mood.’
T_.dMl.t
In Batumi, Parham Maghsoodloo _J_._J_. 00
scored 6½/10 with a 2666 perfor- Js.j.sJ_ In my files I had ... f as the best
mance. In Round 5, he won an attrac- _._Ij._J move, as I had checked with the
tive attacking game against Estonian
GM Kaido Kulaots.
._._._._ engines, when chances are about equal.
But this is a move that is very hard to
_N_.bI_. find over the board.
IiIq._Ii h
NOTES BY _.kR_B_R This is very strong. Also possible
was . h , but then lack gives the
Parham Maghsoodloo
This is all theory so far, and has been e change with ... b . f f ,
seen many times. With my next move with compensation. The position after
Parham Maghsoodloo I go for a pawn sacrifice that I believe is 18.h4 appealed to me much more.
Kaido Kulaots fine for hite. I keep the pressure, have the bishop
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (5) pair and will push g4.
sicilian Defence, Najdorf Variation . a looks tempting but won t yield
much ... h . h h . b He could have played 18...b5, but
e f , and lack is O . after . d d . d g
I chose to play 1.e4, because I wanted to d .h g a .g , I don t see how
play a sharp game. I felt physically very Taking with the other knight is also Black can defend this position, because
well and thought that if I could catch possible. White has too many threats.

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._T_.tM_
_Jd.lJ_.
J_.j.sJ_
n._.j.bJ
._._.s.i
_B_._I_.
IiIq._I_
_K_R_._R
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19.♘c4 This is my best move of this
game, the key move in this position.
The knight is on its way, via e3, to the
d5-square. And on e3 the knight will Ever since he was 10, Parham Maghsoodloo has been wearing sleeveless
also support g4 and a horrible attack. jackets. ‘I tried to play without them, but the results were not good.’
19...♘e6
The point is that he cannot play 19...
22...♘xb3 Because after 22...♘e4
d5 because of 20.♘xe5, when after
20...♕xe5 White can choose between 23.♕g2 ♘xg5 24.hxg5 ♔g7
._.t.tM_
21.♖he1 and 21.♗xf4, with a much _J_D_J_S
better position.
._T_.t._ J_.j._J_
20.♘e3
_Jd.lJm. _._Nj.i.
The best move, continuing my plan.
Clearly less good was 20.♗xf6 ♗xf6 J_.j._J_ ._._._.i
21.♘xd6 ♖cd8 22.♗xe6 fxe6 23.♕c3 _._.j.i. _I_._._.
♕xc3 24.bxc3 ♗e7 25.♘e4 ♗xh4 (or
._.s._I_ .iI_._Q_
first exchange rooks on d1) 26.♖xd8
_B_.n._. _K_R_._R
♗xd8, and although the knight on
e4 looks impressive, this is not much IiI_._Q_ 27...♕e6 28.h5 ♖d7 29.♖df1
better for me, because I am also a pawn _K_R_._R An important move, not allowing him
down. ANALYSIS DIAGRAM to push his f-pawn to let the d7-rook
20...♘d4 21.g4 help the defence. 29...e4 29...f5
I have the beautiful move 25.♖h7+!, 30.gxf6 is winning for White. 30.♘f6+
♘xf6 31.gxf6 ♕e8 32.♕g5
._T_.tM_ and Black is mated after 25...♔xh7
26.♕h3+ ♔g8 27.♖h1.
_Jd.lJ_. 23.axb3 ♕d7 24.♕g2
J_.j.sJ_ Another good move. I want to keep the
._._DtM_
_._.j.bJ dark-squared bishop for the moment, _J_T_J_.
._.s._Ii because it exerts more pressure on him. J_.j.iJ_
_B_.nI_.
24...♘h7 _._._.qI
IiIq._._
Now White is winning in many ways.
On the other hand, it’s hard to suggest
._._J_._
_K_R_._R anything better for Black. _I_._._.
25.♘d5 .iI_._._
This gives White a very dangerous Another way was 25.♗h6 ♖fe8 26.h5 _K_._R_R
attack, which I feel is winning. An (or 26.g5, and then h5).
engine may be able to defend this, but Allowing me to exchange bishops Black resigned.
not a human. makes it really easy for me. I felt very good that day, but unfortu-
21...hxg4 22.fxg4 25...♗d8 nately I came down with a really bad
Also possible and winning was After 25...♘xg5 26.hxg5 ♔g7 there cold. When you are feeling bad, it is
22.♗xf6 ♗xf6 23.fxg4, but I played the would be 27.♖h7+ again. very hard to play good chess, and in
text-move to give him a chance to miss 26.♗xd8 ♖cxd8 27.g5 the remaining rounds I did not do so
that after 22...♘e4, I have 23.♕g2. There is no defence against h5. well.■
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A move that was hard to make, but it is With 31...♕xf4, my attack would have ♕g5+ 40.♖d2 ♗d3!! 41.♕xg5 ♖b1
charged with lots of venom. raged on, for example 32.♕xa5 (or mate would have been the cherry on
32.♖e1 ♗d3!) 32...♗d3. the cake!) 3 ...♕h6+ 40.♔c2 ♕h2+
32.♖b2 ♕xf4+ 33. d1 ♗b5
.t._._M_ 41.♔c1 ♕f4+ 42.♔b1 ♗d3+! 43.♗xd3
♖xb2+ 44.♔xb2 ♕d2+ 45.♔b3 ♕xe1
_.j._J_J
._.j._J_ .t._._M_ 46.♕xc7, and this is roughly level.

j._._.d. _.j._J_J
._.j._J_ .t._._M_
._ _._._ _.j._J_J
_._._._I j _._._.
._._.d._ ._.j._J_
._I .iB_ q _._._.
q._K_._R _.i._._I
. ._._B_ ._._B_D_
29.f4 There were the lovely twin vari- q._K_._R _.i._._.
ations 2 .♗f3 ♕f6!! and 2 .♗e4 . ._._._
♕e5!, both winning outright. 34.♖d2 Playing fast despite the wealth _._K ._.
On the other hand, I didn’t really of time he still had, Baadur obviously
expect him to play the timid 29.f3?!, wanted to prevent me from using his 39. c2 I had overlooked this light-
which would have made a fool of his time resources. square retreat and now had no reason-
own bishop. In doing so, he clearly overlooked the able checks left to safely reach the
29...♕f6 Fighting without my rook, fabulous 34.♗c6! , which I had seen in second session.
I realized that I was quite likely to lose my time trouble and was terrified of, as 39...♕g5 40.♖a2 I had seen this
the game, so I rushed to make all the in addition to playing a rook down for smart rook shift, defending his queen,
beautiful moves I saw. 10 long moves, I most probably would but it didn’t make the job to find a
I could have captured a fourth pawn have had to make fresh sacrifices: reasonable last move before the time-
with 2 ...♕xf4, but after 30.♖e1 I would 34...♗xc6 35.♖xb8+ ♔g7 36.c4+ ♔h6, control any easier.
no longer have the chance to drive him with a wild mess on the board. 40...d5 No doubt it was quite reason-
off the long diagonal so beautifully, 34...♕f5 35.♖e1 ♗d3 able to drive his bishop away from its
because 30...♕f6 loses to 31.♖e8+ now. Again, I’m trying to get the better of dominant post in the centre, but his
30.c3 him, and again he repulses me with the next move was so unpleasant...
One must be, of course, a very small thematic ♖b2 d2 b2. 41.♕xc7
child to accept my Greek gift with 36.♖b2 ♗b5 37.♗e4 ♕xh3
30.♕xf6 ♖b1 mate, and I obviously
had not at all expected Baadur to be
Capturing the 5th pawn and eyeing the
6th one. But his next move gives me
.t._._M_
one. But 30.♕c1 ♗a2 31.♕a3 ♕a1+! no respite. God, how I was wishing to _.q._J_J
32.♔e2 ♗c4+ would also have brought reach the time-control unscathed and ._._._J_
him irreparable harm. without some silly blunder! _ _J_.d.
30...♕f5 31. c1
._._B_._
.t._._M_ _.i._._.
.t._._M_ _.j._J_J R_K_._._
_.j._J_J ._.j._J_ _._. ._.
._.j._J_ j _._._.
j._._D_. ._._B_._ Only now did I have time to take stock.
._ _.i._ _.i._._D
First of all, my dare-devil strategy to
harass the entire Georgian team by
_.i._._I . ._._._ violently assaulting their pride had
._. ._B_ q._K ._. borne its first fruit, since we were
q. ._._R leading by 1½-½. And on Board 3, our
38.♕xa5 ♕g4+ Damned time- young fellow Titas Stremavicius was
31...♗d3 Too hasty, but easily trouble... 38...♕h5+ was called for, calmly defending a slightly inferior
explained with your clock ticking as it indirectly but very dangerously bishop ending as Black against Ivan
down. targets his ueen 3 .♔d2 (3 .♔c1 Cheparinov.

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More alarmingly, I felt I was losing He just couldn’t believe that the lethal The last move of the game. After
ground in my own game. But the shot of 44.♗xd5 that he had intended making it he saw the mate in two
successful efforts of my teammates would fail to 44...♕f5+! 45.♔b2 with 46...♖xe1+, groaned briefly, and
gave me the strength to fight on. ♖b8+! 46.♔a1 ♗xd5, and Black sat there silently without pressing the
41...♖e8 wins. So he burned up a lot of time clock. Finally, he slowly reached out
A desperate pin on the e-file. and finally caught up with me on the his hand to me. We had beaten Geor-
42.♖a7 During the game we both clock. gia’s best team 3-1.
believed this to be very powerful. It I had seen 44.♗d3 ♗xd3+ 45.♔xd3 ■■■
turns out, though, that Black can still ♕f3+ 46.♔c2, when 46...♕g2+
struggle on. would be safe for me and my team Azerbaijan had an excellent start and
Right after he had lost the game, a (46...♖xe1 is possible, but Black must topped the table, shared with Poland
visibly shocked Baadur mentioned be very careful, because 47.♖a8+ ♔g7 and the US, after seven rounds. The
42.♕c5!? as a possible improvement 48.♕d4+ ♕f6 – 48...f6 is the correct final stretch was arduous and after
that should have helped him to win winning move - 49.♖g8+ would lose losing three matches in a row, the
the game. After 42...♗c4 he may the queen), since his last attempt Azeris dropped back to 15th place. In
have had the 43.♗xd5 trick in mind: to reject a draw by repetition with the early rounds, Shakhriyar Mame-
43...♖xe1? 44.♖a8+! ♔g7 45.♕f8+ 47.♔b3? would cost him dearly on dyarov was scoring heavily. This is
♔f6 46.♕xf7+, and White wins, but account of 47...♖b8+!. what he did to none other than Levon
the clever 43...♕f5+ turns the tables. 44...♕h4! Obvious and strong. Aronian in Round 5.
42...♕f6 One of his rooks is attacked directly,
the other one indirectly. His bishop
._._T_M_ is writhing in a pin, and the assault
against his king resumes as it did a
NOTES BY

r.q._J_J good 20 moves ago.


Jan Timman
._._.dJ_ By now Stremavicius had drawn
_L_J_._. against Cheparinov and poor Baadur Levon Aronian
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
._._B_._ was in a must-win situation to save
his team from defeat. Confronted Batumi Olympiad 2018 (5)
_.i._._. with this unsolvable puzzle he ruy Lopez, Open Variation
._K_._._ reduced his remaining time to a few
_._.r._. meagre minutes before committing 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6
his final error. 4.♗a4 ♘f6 5.0-0 ♘xe4 6.d4 ♗e7
The only move, but an efficient one.
From here on in, Baadur started
thinking hard, slowly consuming his
._._T_M_ T_LdM_.t
huge lead in time. _.r._J_J _JjJlJjJ
43.♕c5 After 43.♗xd5 I have ._._._J_ J_S_._._
a pleasant choice, e.g. 43...♕f5+ _.qJ_._. _._.j._.
44.♔b2 ♕xd5 45.♖xe8+ ♗xe8, and
the game should end in a draw.
._L_B_.d B_.iS_._
43...♗c4 _.i._._. _._._N_.
._K_._._ IiI_.iIi
._._T_M_ _._.r._. rNbQ_Rk.
r._._J_J 45.♗xd5? He had probably hoped to A surprising choice. Radjabov played
._._.dJ_ frighten me with 45.♖c8, but quickly this old system a few years back.
_.qJ_._. realized how miserable his position 7.♖e1 b5 The modern approach
._L_B_._ remains after the cold-blooded
45...♖xc8 46.♕xc8+ ♔g7, when I am
introduced by Tarrasch, although he
didn’t fare well with it. The alterna-
_.i._._. winning, despite the fact that I am tive from the 19th century(!) is 7...f5.
._K_._._ still playing a rook down and one set 8.♖xe4
_._.r._. of rooks has been swapped. Black’s idea becomes clear after
45...♕h2+ Now, however, he will 8.♗b3 d5 9.dxe5 ♗e6. Now we have
44.♖c7? get mated. 46.♔d1 an Open Ruy Lopez, in which White

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has played his rook to e1: not the most


testing move.
8...d5 .♘xe5 ♘xe5 10.♖xe5
bxa4

T_LdM_.t
_.j.lJjJ
J_._._._
_._Jr._.
J_.i._._
_._._._.
IiI_.iIi
rNbQ_.k.
11.♕e1 In Lasker-Tarrasch, 2nd
match game Berlin 1916, White Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s brilliant attacking win against
played 11. c3 and won quickly Levon Aronian was an instant classic.
after 11...♗e6?! 12.♕h5 g6 13.♕f3
♗f6? 14.♖xd5!. Black should sac the
d-pawn with 11...0-0, after which he
will get enough compensation. This is the key move of Black’s set-up. axb3 17.axb3 ♗b7.
The text is new, but may be less It is not easy for White to get any 17.♕xd5+ ♔h8 18.♖d3 ♕e8
accurate than 11.♕e2, as in olok- opening advantage now that the 1 .♗b2 ♗e5
itin-Gerhardt, 2001. If Black then white queen is not very active. After 19...a3 2 .♕xd6 axb2 21.♖b1
plays 11...f6 12.♖e3 c5, like ame- 13.♕d1 After an eight-minute think ♗f5 22.♖e3 Black has insufficient
dyarov, White has 13.dxc5 ♔f7 (after Aronian decides to return his queen compensation.
13...d4 14.♖g3 - 15.♗h6 White is to its original square. If 13.dxc5, 20.♘xa4 ♖b5
better 14. c3 ♗xc5 15.♖d3, and Black can play 13...d4 14.♖e2 ♔f7,
now:
15...♖e8 16.♗e3 (16.♕h5+ is also
with a good game.
13...0-0 14.♘c3 ♖b8 The alter-
._L_ t.
better for White 16...♗xe3 17.♖xe3 native was 14...a3. After 15.b3 cxd4 _._._.jJ
♖xe3 18.♕xe3 ♗f5 19.♖d1, with a 16.♕xd4 ♗b7 the game is level. J_._.j._
positional edge. 15.b3 cxd4 16.♕xd4 _T_Ql._.
15...♕e7 16.♕h5+ g6 17.♕xd5+
N_._._._
♗e6 18.♕c6!, and Black doesn t get
enough compensation. It would have
.tLd.tM_ _I_R_._.
been interesting to see what Mame- _._.l.jJ IbI_.iIi
dyarov had prepared against 11.♕e2. J_._.j._ r._._.k.
11...f6 12.♖e3 _._J_._.
21.♕f3
J_.q._._
T_LdM_.t _I .r._.
Initially, the computer agrees with
this queen move, but Mamedyarov
_.j.l.jJ I_I_.iIi has a hidden resource.
J_._.j._ r.b._.k. For this reason, the other queen
_._J_._. move was better. After 21.♕c4! ♗e6
16...♗d6!?
J_.i._._ Mamedyarov starts an incredible
22.♕h4 ♗c7 23.g3 White consoli-
dates his defence. Black would have
_._.r._. adventure: he sacs two pawns, hoping enough compensation for one pawn,
IiI_.iIi to organize an attack against White’s but not for two.
rNb.q.k. king. Objectively it is unsound, but 21...♗b7 22.♕e3 ♗e4!
his courage will be rewarded. Mamedyarov must have seen this
12...c5! Black could have equalized with 16... fantastic move well in advance.

A 47
BATUMI OLYMPIAD

28...♖g1! Mamedyarov’s third


._._Dt.m ._._.t.m masterstroke. Suddenly White can’t
_._._.jJ _._._.jJ avoid material losses.
J_._.j._ J_._.jD_ 29.♗e5
_T_.l._. _T_._._. The only move to ward off immediate
defeat.
N_._L_._ N_._._._ 29...♗xe5 30.♖de2
_I_Rq._. _I_.q._.
IbI_.iIi IbIr.i.l ._._T_.m
r._._.k. r._._K_. _._._.jJ
23.♖d2! The only move to keep an 26.♖e1 Alternatives were: J_._.jD_
edge. The alternative was 23.♗xe5, – 26.♘c5 ♖e8 27.♕xe8+ ♕xe8 28.♘e6 _._.l._.
when Black has two options: ♕xe6 29.♖d8+ ♕g8 30.♖xg8+ ♔xg8
31.c4 ♖g5 32.♔e2 h5, with an equal
N_._._._
_I_.q._.
._._Dt.m endgame.
– 26.f4 ♗xf4 27.♕e7 ♖g8 28.♖d8, and I_I_Ri._
_._._.jJ the position is dynamically balanced. _._Kr.t.
J_._.j._ 26...♖g5
_T_.b._. 30...h5
N_._L_._ ._._.t.m A good move, but Black could have
won instantly with 30...♖d8+ 31.♔c1,
_I_Rq._. _._._.jJ and now 31...♕f5!. This queen move
I_I_.iIi J_._.jD_ is certainly not easy to see. White’s
r._._.k. _._._.t. only move is 32.♕e4, but after
ANALYSIS DIAGRAM
N_._._._ 32...♕g5+ 33.f4 ♕xf4+ Black has an
easy win in the endgame.
– 23...♖xe5! 24.f4 ♖e7 25.♖e1! ♖ff7! _I_.q._. 31.♕d3
26.♕xe4 ♖xe4 27.♖xe4 ♖e7, and the IbIr.i.l Probably the best defence. After
chances are equal. _._.rK_. 31.♘b2 ♖d8+ 32.♔c1 Black has the
– 23...♗xd3 24.♗d6 ♕xe3 25.fxe3 quiet move 32...♔h7, which should
♖d8 26.cxd3 ♖xd6 27.♖c1 ♖b8 27.♔e2? Based on an oversight. guarantee the win.
28.♘c5, and White has winning White had two better moves: 31...♕g2 32.♘b6 ♖xe1+
chances. His knight is very powerful. – 27.♗a3 ♖g1+ 28.♔e2 ♕h5+ 29.f3 33.♖xe1 ♕xf2
♖e8 30.♗e7 ♖g5 31.♔d1 ♗g3 32.♖f1
._._Dt.m ♖e5 33.♕g1 ♕h3!, and Black is better.
– 27.♘c3! ♕h5 28.f3 ♗g3 29.♖g2
._._T_.m
_._._.jJ ♗xe1 30.♖xg5 fxg5 31.♔xe1 ♖xf3 _._._.j.
J_._.j._ 32.♕e5 ♖f8 33.♔d2, and this sharp Jn._.j._
_T_.l._. position offers equal chances. _._.l._J
27...♖e8 28.♔d1
N_._L_._ ._._._._
_I_.q._. _I_Q_._.
IbIr.iIi ._._T_.m I_I_.d._
r._._.k. _._._.jJ _._Kr._.
J_._.jD_
23...♗xg2! The second surprise. _._._.t. 34.♘d5
24.♔xg2 If Aronian had foreseen
what was coming, he would probably
N_._._._ White could have put a tougher
defence with 34.♘c4, in which case
have opted for 24.f4!, forcing the _I_.q._. 34...♕c5 is the best way to keep the
exchange of queens. After 24...♗xb2 IbIr.i.l White knight from d6, although
25.♕xe8 ♖xe8 26.♘xb2 ♗h3 27.♘c4, _._Kr._. Black will not find it easy to convert
Black doesn’t have full compensation. his extra pawn after 35.a4.
24...♕g6+ 25.♔f1 ♗xh2 It looks as if White is winning, but... 34...♖d8 35.c4 ♕xa2
continued on page 53

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g6 2.d4 ♗g7, I decided to advance my simply offering the trade of the light-
._.t._.m c-pawn two steps, so we ended up in a squared bishops with ...♗e6; and
_._._.j. King’s Indian. finally, perhaps the most creative one,
J_._.j._ 1...e5 the plan in the game.
8.♘bd2 I was wondering whether my
_._Nl._J In team events, everyone usually
plays solidly against me. opponent wanted to go for the ...♘h7
._I_._._ 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♘f6 I guess plan or for ...♖e8, ...♗f8, ...♗e6. In
_I_Q_._. most players aren’t really ready to any case, the text-move seemed to
D_._._._ face 4.♘g5 here, but this didn’t fit into be the most flexible move for White.
_._Kr._. my plans of playing a calm game.
4.d3 ♗e7
♘c3-♘d5 is also an option, but I
didn’t want to be too creative.
Now Black is two solid pawns up. The This system is less fashionable than 8...♘h7 9.♘f1
rest is easy. the traditional Italian, when Black In my experience, when Black goes
36.♕f3 g6 37.♖e3 develops the bishop more actively to for some peculiar knight manoeuvre
Or 37.♖xe5 ♕a1+, and Black wins. c5. But it still has its merits. in a Spanish set-up, the best way to
37...♔g7 38.♕h3 ♕f2 39.♖d3 5.0-0 0-0 6.♖e1 counter it is by just playing the most
♕g1+ 40.♔c2 ♕h2+ 41.♕xh2 Magnus Carlsen played the cunning standard moves. I considered getting
♗xh2 42.♖h3 ♗e5 43.♔d3 a5 6.♗b3 here against Bu Xiangzhi, but creative with a b4, ♗b2 set-up, but in
44.♔e4 ♔f7 45.♔f3 ♖h8 46.♔g2 since I wasn’t expecting this system, the end, I saw potential for a small
g5 47.♘e3 ♔e6 48.♔f1 f5 I didn’t want to face a move like 6...d5 plus from the text.
White resigned. unprepared. 9...♘g5
■■■ 6...d6
T_Ld.tM_
The Netherlands had an Olympiad
they will hope to forget very soon. A
T_Ld.tM_ jJj.lJj.
final-round defeat against Mongolia jJj.lJjJ ._Sj._.j
even threw the 13th seed back ._Sj.s._ _._.j.s.
to 40th place. The only player in _._.j._. ._B_I_._
good form was our contributing
editor Anish Giri, who played all 11
._B_I_._ i._I_N_.
rounds, collected 8½ points and won _._I_N_. .iI_.iIi
the bronze medal on Board 1. His IiI_.iIi r.bQrNk.
comments to the following win are rNbQr.k.
crisp and crystal-clear as always. 10.c3! I was proud of this standard
Now Black is threatening to ‘win’ the move. ...♗g4 is not a real threat, while
bishop with ...♘a5, so White usually c3 is pretty much essential in these
NOTES BY
chooses between 7.a4, 7.c3 or the structures.
move that I opted for, which is a lot 10.♘ xg5 ♗ xg5 11.♗ xg5 ♕xg5
Anish Giri
rarer. 12.♖e3 is what I would have done 10
7.a3 In 95 percent of the cases this years ago, when I still saw the world
Anish Giri move is going to be less useful than through rose-coloured glasses. The
Viorel Iordachescu 7.a4, but I was ready to take the odds rook lift looks appealing but is not
Batumi Olympiad 2018 (9) and, more importantly, wanted to try going to accomplish much.
Two Knights Defence to slightly confuse my opponent. 10...♗g4?!
7.c3 in fact transposes to a sub-line of My opponent happily grabs the
I had faced Viorel Iordachescu once the Spanish: 7...♘a5 8.♗b5 a6 9.♗a4 bishop pair, which was also some-
before. In our previous game he had b5 10.♗c2 c5, when White has lost a thing I had originally been concerned
played brilliantly until I managed to tempo on ♗c4-♗b5, but gained one about. But after thinking about
turn things around at some point and on ♗a4-♗c2 without a stop on b3. the ensuing position for some time
eventually win the game. This time 7...h6 Just like after 7.a4, Black can I realized that it would not solve
I was aiming for a calmer position. choose between a few tempting plans. Black’s opening problems.
1.e4 ...♔h8, ...♘g8, ...f5 is a plan I used 10...♘xf3+ 11.♕xf3 ♗g5 would
Curiously enough, 1.e4 was also how myself a couple of times; ...♘a5, ...c5 have clarified the position. I would
our previous game started. After 1... is similar to the Spanish Chigorin; expect Black to follow up with ...♗e6,

A 53
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‘Since some people
see chess as a game
when White has too little to claim an
advantage, but enough to continue of plans and not T_.d.t._
the game in the hope of outplaying
moves, my opponent jJjL_JjM
his opponent. For example, White ._Sj.l.j
can try to carry out the d3-d4 push at
an opportune moment.
tried to justify his _._.j._.
11.♗xg5 ♗xg5 12.h3 play and landed in a ._BiI_._
i.i._N_I
T_.d.tM_ horrible position.’ .i.q.iI_
jJj._Jj. _._RrNk.
._Sj._.j Better was 13...a5!?. After delving 15...♘a5?
_._.j.l. deeper into the position I came to the A tempting tempo move, but since
._B_I_L_ conclusion that the only thing that
would slightly annoy me is if Black
there is clearly no follow-up, I don’t
know why my opponent decided to
i.iI_N_I pushed ...a5-a4 and stop me from go for this.
.i._.iI_ gaining space on the queenside. If 15...g6 no longer seems attractive.
r._QrNk. I met ...a5 with a4, the black knight After any move Black should reckon
would enjoy the b4-square after the with dxe5!?, when he will have to
12...♗d7 eventual ...exd4, cxd4. recapture with a piece and watch out
Taking on f3 is worse, since White’s 13...g6 first would allow 14.♘xg5, for f4, e5. White can also just play it
control of the light squares is stronger when weakening the kingside with slowly with ♘e3, b4, perhaps ♗d5
than Black’s control of the dark ones. ...g6 seems rather uncalled for. somewhere, adding to the pressure
The game move leads to an unpleasant and asking Black if he really dares to
position, too, so by elimination the
best practical decision would have
T_.d.tM_ go for ...f7-f5, which seems way too
risky with such an unstable centre.
been to go 12...♗h5, and although jJjL_Jj. Still, it would have been a much better
the bishop would be out of play on ._Sj.l.j move than the idea in the game.
g6, Black would have some play with _._.j._. 16.♗a2 ♗a4 17.♖b1
...♘e7, preparing ...c6-d5.
13.d4
._BiI_._ Now b4 is a serious threat, and it
turns out that all Black did with his
I like my centre here, and the lack of