Thursday 29 September 2016

Young players dominate the professional chess scene. The World Champion Magnus Carlsen (24) is No 1 in the world, while Hikaru Nakamura (27) is No 4, Fabiano Caruana (22) is No 5, and Anish Giri (21) is No 6.

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

Young players dominate the professional chess scene. The World Champion Magnus Carlsen (24) is No 1 in the world, while Hikaru Nakamura (27) is No 4, Fabiano Caruana (22) is No 5, and Anish Giri (21) is No 6.

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However, the "old guard" did very well in the 3rd Norway Chess tournament Stavanger recently. Calsen started that event by losing on time to Veselin Topalov in a won position. He then lost three more games and finished seventh with 3.5 points. Meanwhile Topalov (40, No 3) got a great boost and won the tournament with 6.5 points. Vishy Anand (45, No 2) had a good tournament too, tying for second with Nakamura on 6 points.

I'd like to show one of his games from Stavanger:

Anand - Vachier Lagrave

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6

3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6

5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6

7.g4 h6 8.Bg2 Nc6

9.Be3 Be7 10.f4 Nd7

11.0-0 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 0-0

13.Qd2 Rb8 14.Ne2 b5

15.Rad1 Qc7 16.f5 Nf6

17.Ng3 Bb7 18.Kh1 Rbd8? (D)

Black has failed to see what was coming. Former World Champion Tigran Petrosian, who was famous for his sense of danger, would have played 18...Kh7 without much thinking. Black's mistake allowed Anand to launch a deadly attack:

19.Bxh6! gxh6 20.Qxh6 d5

21.g5 Qxg3

Black is hoping to play ...Bd6, but White's next move takes care of that threat:

22.Rd3! Nh5

23.g6 fxg6 24.fxg6 Rxf1+

25.Bxf1 Nf6 26.Rxg3 dxe4

27.Be2 e3+ 28.Kg1 Bc5

29.Kf1 1-0

Sunday Independent

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