Tuesday 27 September 2016

I often think we chess fans don't realise how lucky we are. Not only do we have lots of tournaments to play in at any time of the year, but we also have frequent super-tournaments to follow - 100 years ago the chess public had to wait three to five years for a big tournament involving the world's best players. Now we have them every two or three months!

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

I often think we chess fans don't realise how lucky we are. Not only do we have lots of tournaments to play in at any time of the year, but we also have frequent super-tournaments to follow - 100 years ago the chess public had to wait three to five years for a big tournament involving the world's best players. Now we have them every two or three months!

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The most recent top event was the 43rd Sparkassen tournament in Dortmund, won by Fabiano Caruana with 5.5 points out of 7. Wesley So and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu tied for second with 4 points.

I would like to show a brilliant game between these two players.

Nisipeanu - So

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6

3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7

5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7

7.0-0 Nc6 8.d3 e6

9.f5 Nge7 10.fxe6 fxe6

11.Ng5 Ne5? (D)

This is one of those rare occasions when centralisation isn't the best option. Black had to play 11...Nd8 or 11...h6 12.Nf7 Rf8 13.Nxh6 0-0-0. Black's mistake allowed Romanian GM to seize the initiative with a very creative move:

12.Nb5!! Qxb5

13.Nxe6 Kd7 14.Nxg7 h5?

Black is hoping to trap the white knight, but this plan is too ambitious and it was better to play 14...Raf8.

15.a4 Qb6 16.a5 Qb5

17.c4 Qc6 18.b4 Rh7

19.bxc5 Rxg7 20.Rf6! Nc8

21.d4 Ng4 22.Rf3 Qxe4

23.h3

The g4-knight is lost and with the rest of Black's pieces in total disarray, Black is doomed.

23...dxc5 24.dxc5+ Ke8

25.hxg4 Ne7 26.Qf1 Rg8

27.Bb2 hxg4 28.Re1 1-0

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