Tuesday 6 December 2016

Last week, I wrote about European chess club leagues. The Russian team championship took place in Sochi in early May. Apart from leading Russian players, such as Grischuk (2780) and Kramnik (2777), several prominent foreign players, such as Aronian (Armenia, 2776) and Wojtaszek (Poland, 2746) competed in this event. Sibir

Published 24/05/2015 | 02:30

Last week, I wrote about European chess club leagues. The Russian team championship took place in Sochi in early May. Apart from leading Russian players, such as Grischuk (2780) and Kramnik (2777), several prominent foreign players, such as Aronian (Armenia, 2776) and Wojtaszek (Poland, 2746) competed in this event. Sibir (Novosibirsk), led by Kramnik and Aronian, dominated the championship, winning each of the seven matches. In the rapid chess event Moscow club Nashe Naslediye scored 17 points out of 18 and finished four points clear of the nearest rival. The following game was played in that tournament:

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Fedoseev ­-Iv. Popov

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6

3.Bg2 c5 4.0-0 e6

5.d3 Nc6 6.c4 Be7

7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 d4

9.e3 e5 10.Qe2 dxe3?!

Black wants to leave his opponent with an isolated pawn, but that plan is flawed. It was better to play 10...Re8 and Black's spatial advantage would give him slightly better chances.

11.fxe3 e4 12.dxe4 Nxe4

13.Nh4 f5?

This move weakens Black's position. He had to play 13...Nd6.

14.Nc3! Nxc3 15.Bxc3 Bxh4?

Black will be soon missing this bishop in defence. He should have instead developed the other bishop by playing 15....Be6.

16.Bd5+! Kh8 17.gxh4 Qxh4

18.Qb2 Qe7 19.Kh1! Re8

20.Rg1 Ne5 (D)

It may seem that Black has solved his problems, but White has added fuel to his attack with a typical sacrifice:

21.Rxg7! Kxg7 22.Rg1+ Kh6

23.Bxe5 Qxe5 24.Qf2 1-0

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