Sunday 25 September 2016

The London Chess Classic festival is in full swing this weekend. It consists of a big open tournament, blitz and rapid chess events, lectures, simultaneous play exhibitions and an elite 10-player closed tournament.

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

The London Chess Classic festival is in full swing this weekend. It consists of a big open tournament, blitz and rapid chess events, lectures, simultaneous play exhibitions and an elite 10-player closed tournament.

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In the latter, after six rounds, four players (Nakamura, Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave and Giri) were leading with 3.5 points each. There have been only five decisive games in this competition so far - but there is no shortage of good wins in the London Classic Open event. Here is one of them:

Rambaldi - Paterek

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5

3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7

5.Ng5

This move is the cause of the diminished popularity of the 4...Nd7 system.

5...Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6

7.N1f3 Bd6

In 1997 against the Deep Blue computer, Kasparov played 7...h6?! and came under deadly attack after 8.Nxe6! Qe7 9.0-0 fxe6 10.Bg6+ Kd8 11.Bf4.

8.Qe2 h6

9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Qc7

11.0-0 b6 12.Qg4! g5?

13.Qh3! Rg8 (D)

It looks as if Black now has the initiative as the threat of ...g5-g4 isn't easy to parry. However, the 16-year-old Italian GM just ignored Black's threat:

14.Re1! g4

15.Qxh6 gxf3 16.Rxe6+! fxe6

17.Qxe6+ Kf8?

Black should have defended with 17...Be7, even though White would have the edge after 18.Qxg8+ Nf8 19.Bg6+ Kd7 20.Bf5+ Ke8 21.Be4!.

18.Bh6+ Rg7

19.Qf5+ Kg8 20.Bc4+ Kh8

21.Bxg7+ Kxg7 22.Qg5+ Kf8

23.Qg8+ Ke7 24.Re1+ Be5

25.dxe5 Nc5 26.Qf7+ Kd8

27.Qf8+ 1-0

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