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The Irish Junior Chess Championships took place last weekend near Blanchardstown. Arnold Kecskemeti won the under-8 tournament, his sister Admira was first in the under-10 group, Daniel Dwyer won the under-12 section, while Padraig Hughes finished first in the under-14 tournament.

Published 19/04/2015 | 02:30

The Irish Junior Chess Championships took place last weekend near Blanchardstown. Arnold Kecskemeti won the under-8 tournament, his sister Admira was first in the under-10 group, Daniel Dwyer won the under-12 section, while Padraig Hughes finished first in the under-14 tournament.

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Conor O'Donnell is the new under-16 champion, while Tom O'Gorman came first in the under-19 tournament. The next major tournament in Ireland is the Malahide Chess Congress (May 2-4). For more information, visit www.icu.ie

The Aeroflot Open, which recently took place in Moscow, is one of the toughest chess tournaments in the world. Young Russian GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and Daniil Dubov shared victory in this year's competition. Both scored 7 points in 9 rounds.

The top-seeded player GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov finished on just 5 points, but he won the following nice game:

Mamedyarov - B Savchenko

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6

3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Be7

5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7

7.Qc2 c5 8.Rd1 cxd4

9.Rxd4 Bb4 10.cxd5 Nxd5

11.Bd3 h6 12.0-0 Bxc3

13.bxc3 Nxf4 14.exf4 Qc7

15.Rd1 Nc5?? (D)

Black would be doing OK had he played 15...e5 or 15...b6, but his careless move allowed Mamedyarov to launch a sudden attack:

16.Bh7+! Kh8

17.Ne5! g5

This move was forced, as 17...b6 would be met with 18.Rd8! Bb7 19.R8d7 Nxd7 20.Rxd7 Qc8 21.Rxf7 and Black is doomed.

18.Bg6! gxf4

19.Qe2! 1-0

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