Tuesday 27 September 2016

Russian GM Sergey Karjakin won the FIDE World Cup in Baku by defeating his compatriot Peter Svidler 6-4 in the nerve-wrecking final. Curiously, there were no draws in that match.

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Russian GM Sergey Karjakin won the FIDE World Cup in Baku by defeating his compatriot Peter Svidler 6-4 in the nerve-wrecking final. Curiously, there were no draws in that match.

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Now attention shifts to the Isle of Man, where the PokerStars Open is taking place in Douglas. It's a very strong tournament, with several players rated over 2,700 taking part. One of them is young English GM David Howell, who won the following nice game in round 3:

Howell - Arkell

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5

3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7

This solid, if some somewhat passive line is favoured by those players who want to avoid theoretical debates in the opening.

5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7

7.0-0 Ngf6 8.Neg5 Bd6

9.Re1 Bxf3?

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. GM Arkell probably was not familiar with the nuances of this system. Black should have played 9...h6 10.Nh3 and only then 10...Bxf3 11.Qxf3 c6, which has been tested many times.

10.Qxf3 h6? (D)

Black probably expected only 11.Ne4 or 11.Nh3, so White's next move must have come as a nasty surprise for him:

11.Nxe6!

It should be mentioned that White could also play 11.Rxe6+! fxe6 12.Nxe6 Qb8 13.Bd2, with a winning attack.

11...fxe6 12.Rxe6+ Kf7

13.Bc4 Kf8 14.Qf5 Nb6

15.Bb3 Be7 16.Bd2 c5

17.dxc5 Qxd2 18.cxb6 Qg5

19.Qf3 axb6 20.Rxe7! Kxe7

21.Qxb7+ Kd6 22.Qxb6+ Ke5

23.Qe6+ Kf4 24.g3+ Kf3

25.Bc4! Ne4 26.Be2+ Kxe2

27.Qxe4+ Kd2 28.Qd3#

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