Saturday 1 October 2016

The Irish chess calendar is pretty busy in the next two months - the Gonzaga Classic (January 22-24) is followed by the inaugural edition of the Enniscorthy Congress (January 29-31) and the Bunratty Chess Festival (February 19-21). The international calendar is equally busy - after competing in the Tata Steel tournament in Wjik aan Zee (January 15-31), the world's leading players will travel to Zurich, where the Zurich Chess Challenge tournament will take place from February 12-15.

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

The Irish chess calendar is pretty busy in the next two months - the Gonzaga Classic (January 22-24) is followed by the inaugural edition of the Enniscorthy Congress (January 29-31) and the Bunratty Chess Festival (February 19-21). The international calendar is equally busy - after competing in the Tata Steel tournament in Wjik aan Zee (January 15-31), the world's leading players will travel to Zurich, where the Zurich Chess Challenge tournament will take place from February 12-15.

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Gambits are the spice of chess, making the game more interesting. The conflict between energy (development) and matter (pawn) goes back centuries and probably won't ever be resolved. The following game, played a week ago in the Keres Memorial in Tallinn, is yet another contribution to this theme.

Kir. Georgiev - Romanov

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6

3.c4 Bb7 4.g3 e5

5.dxe5 Ng4 6.Bg2 Nxe5

7. 0-0!? Nxc4?

Pawn-grabbing is rarely a good idea in the opening. Black should have played 7...Nxf3+ 8.exf3 Be7 instead, with a solid position.

8.Nc3 Be7?

Black had to try 8...d5, although after 9.e4! White would have a strong initiative.

9.Qd4! Nd6 10.Qxg7 Bf6

11.Qh6 Na6 12.Bf4 Nf5

13.Qh3 Ng7 14.Rfd1 Ne6

15.Be5 Bxf3 16.Bxf6 Qxf6

17.Bxf3 0-0-0 18.Qg4 c6

19.Rac1 Nac7

20.Qa4 Kb8 (D)

Just when Black thought that his king was safe, White launched a deadly assault:

21.Rxd7! Rxd7 22.Qxc6 Kc8

23.Ne4! 1-0

Sunday Independent

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