Friday 20 September 2019

Chess

Alexander Baburin

Many leading Irish players will be competing today for the first prize of €500 in the 25th Bray Open Rapidplay tournament in the Esplanade Hotel. Round 1 starts at 11am.

A number of top tournaments took place recently. The 7th Altibox Norway tournament in Stavanger turned into yet another triumph for Magnus Carlsen, who scored 13.5 points in 9 rounds (a new format and a new scoring system is tested in this event), while Levon Aronian and Yu Yangyi tied for second on 10.5 points each.

Vladislav Artemiev and Dmitry Jakovenko shared victory in the Poikovsky tournament in Siberia, both scoring 5.5 points out of 9.

Young Russian GM Aleksandra Goryachkina won the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan with 9.5 pts out of 14, earning the right to challenge Ju Wenjun for the title of the Women's World Champion. GM Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) was second on 8pts, while GMs Tan Zhongyi (China) and Kateryna Lagno (Russia) tied for third on 7pts.

The following game from round 2 was very important, as before the competition GM Gunina was considered one of the favourites:

Goryachkina - Gunina

White to play

Black had deliberately gone for this position, clearly missing White's next move:

72.Nh4!!

Now the white pawn is unstoppable as 72...Rxh4 runs into 73.Ra4+. Black tried to organise defence by playing 72...Kg3 73.h8Q Rf2+ 74.Ke1 Bb4+ 75.Kd1 Bxa5, but resigned 17 moves later.

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