Saturday 23 September 2017

Two important chess events concluded a week ago in Bilbao. Vishy Anand won the 6-player Grand Slam Masters tournament with 11 points after 6 rounds (a win was awarded with 3 points).

Two important chess events concluded a week ago in Bilbao. Vishy Anand won the 6-player Grand Slam Masters tournament with 11 points after 6 rounds (a win was awarded with 3 points).

Anand's victory must be a confidence boost for the Indian before his World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen later this year. Aronian came second in this event with 10 points.

In the European Club Championship club SOCAR from Azerbaijan won very convincingly, with 14 points out of 14. The 2013 champions, G-Team from Novy Bor in the Czech Republic, came second with 12 points, while Russian club Malakhite finished third with 11 points.

Last week I mentioned that this tournament gives many amateurs a unique chance to meet some of the world's best players over the board. In the following game 51-year old Dutch IM Manuel Bosboom took advantage of his chance, beating Hungary's No 1 player.

Bosboom - Leko

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6

3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7

5.0-0 0-0 6.Qc2 b6

7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.a3 Bb7

9.d4 Nf6 10.Nc3 c5

11.dxc5 bxc5 12.Rd1 Qb6

13.Bg5 Rc8 14.Rac1 Na6?!

15.e4! Bf8 16.Bxf6 gxf6

17.e5 Bg7

Black should have tried to muddy the waters by playing 17...f5 18.g4 c4 19.gxf5 Nc5 20.fxe6 Nd3 21.exf7+ Kh8.

18.Rd6 Qc7

19.Rcd1 Rd8 20.Nb5 Qa5 (D)

White's pieces dominate the board, which allowed the Dutch IM to finish the game with a direct attack:

21.Ng5! Rxd6 22.Qxh7+ Kf8

23.Nxd6 fxg5 24.Bxb7 Rd8

25.Qh5 Rd7 26.Nc4 1-0

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