Wednesday 7 December 2016

There is an abundance of chess tournaments around the New Year and some of them have a long-running history.

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

There is an abundance of chess tournaments around the New Year and some of them have a long-running history.

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One such event is the Rilton Cup in Stockholm, and the 45th edition of this tournament finished five days ago.

It turned into a race between the two Elo-favourites - Israeli GM Maxim Rodshtein (2678) finished first with 8 pts out of 9, while Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer (2695) came second with 7.5pts.

The following interesting game was played in this event:

S Ivanov - Wallace

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6

3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5

5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Nf3 Qb6

7.e3 Qc7 8.b3 b6

9.Bb2 Bb7 10.Be2 Be7?!

Black is trying to get a typical "hedgehog" position, with pawns on a6, b6, d6 and e6, bishops on b7 and e7 and knights on d7 and f6. However, he should have started with 10...a6.

Even then Black needs to be careful, as the following game shows: 11.Rd1 Be7 12.0-0 0-0?! 13.Ng5 Rd8? 14.Nd5! exd5 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Qxh7+ Kf8 17.cxd5 d6 18.Bh5! and White soon won in Kiriakov-Tiviakov, Port Erin 1999.

11.Nb5! Qc6 12.0-0-0 0-0? (D)

Rather than bringing the king to safety, here castling landed the king in trouble! Black should have played 12...Na6 instead. White proved his advantage with a quick assault:

13.Ng5! Rc8?!

Black had to play 13... g6, although after 14.Bf3 d5 15.h4! h5 16.g4! hxg4 17.h5 Black's position is shattered.

14.Nd6! Bxd6

15.Bf3 Qc7 16.Bxf6 Ba3+

17.Kb1 g6 18.h4! d5

19.h5 Nd7 20.hxg6 1-0

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