Monday 24 July 2017

Two major chess tournaments finished recently - Magnus Carlsen won the Gashimov Memorial in Azerbaijan (7pts out of 9), while China came first in the 10th World Team Championship in Armenia (15pts in 9 rounds). Ukraine won silver medals with 12 points, Armenia finished third with 11 points, while Russia and the USA tied for 4th on 10 points. Leader of the Chinese team GM Ding Liren had a solid performance in Armenia and moved to the 11th place in the rating list.

Two major chess tournaments finished recently - Magnus Carlsen won the Gashimov Memorial in Azerbaijan (7pts out of 9), while China came first in the 10th World Team Championship in Armenia (15pts in 9 rounds). Ukraine won silver medals with 12 points, Armenia finished third with 11 points, while Russia and the USA tied for 4th on 10 points. Leader of the Chinese team GM Ding Liren had a solid performance in Armenia and moved to the 11th place in the rating list.

Ding Liren - Amin

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6

3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 0-0

5.a3 Be7 6.e4 d5

7.e5 Nfd7 8.Bd3 c5

9.Qc2 g6?!

This move gives White a clear target, so 9...h6 would have been more prudent.

10.cxd5 exd5

11.e6! fxe6 12.Bxg6! hxg6

13.Qxg6+ Kh8 (D)

Many players may be tempted to settle for a perpetual check in this position, but the Chinese ace added more fuel to the fire:

14.Ne4! dxe4?

It's not easy to defend such positions. Black could bring the queen into defence with 14...Qe8, but that would fail after 15.Qh6+ Kg8 16.Nfg5 Bxg5 17.Qxg5+ Kh7 18.Qh6+ Kg8 as White has a powerful resource - 19.a4!!, followed by Ra1-a3-g3+. Therefore Black should have tried 14...Nf6!, even though White would retain the initiative after 15.Neg5 Qe8 16.Ne5 Qxg6 17.Nxg6+ Kg7 18.Nxe7.

15.Qh5+! Kg8 16.Bh6 Rf6

17.Qg4+ Kf7 18.Ng5+ Kg6

19.Nxe6+ Kf7 20.Nxd8+ Bxd8

21.Qg7+ Ke8 22.0-0-0 Be7

23.Bg5 Bf8 24.Qh7 cxd4

25.Rxd4 1-0

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