Wednesday 26 July 2017

Last week Russian club Siberia won the 31st European Club Cup in Skopje. Irish teams Gonzaga and Adare finished in 45th and 50th place respectively.

Last week Russian club Siberia won the 31st European Club Cup in Skopje. Irish teams Gonzaga and Adare finished in 45th and 50th place respectively.

Also last weekend Romanian WGM Ioana Gelip won the Limerick Open with 5.5 points out of 6, while Tom O'Gorman and Stephen Moran tied for second place with 5 points.

The next big tournament in Ireland is the Kilkenny Chess Congress (November 27-29). For more details on this and other events, visit www.icu.ie

Pattern recognition is very important in chess, as knowing standard plans and motifs makes decision-making much easier. This game, played a week ago in Moscow, is a good illustration of this thesis.

Arslanov - Dragomarezkij

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4

3.e3 Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6

5.Nf3 c5 6.0-0 cxd4

7.exd4 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0

9.Re1 Nbd7

This move is too passive - Black should have played 9...Nc6 instead.

10.Bb3 Nb6

11.Ne5 Bd7 (D)

This is a typical position with the isolated d-pawn. White organised an attack on the kingside, starting with a well-known manoeuvre called the rook lift.

12.Re3! Bc6

13.Rg3 Be4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4

15.Rh3 Nd5? 16.Bc2 Ndf6

17.g4! Nd6

Black could not prevent g4-g5 as after 17...h6 18.g5 Nxg5 19.Bxg5 hxg5 White plays 20.Bh7+! Nxh7 21.Qh5, winning.

18.g5 Nfe4

19.Qh5 h6 20.gxh6 Nf6

21.Qg5 Nfe8 22.Bh7+! Kh8

23.hxg7+ Nxg7 24.Bg6+ Kg8

25.Rh8+ 1-0

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