Last Monday the World Cup started in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. 128 players are competing in this knockout tournament for the first prize of $110,000 and two places in the next Candidates tournament.
Over 120 players took part in the City of Dublin tournament last weekend. Atharva Paibir won the Challenger section with 6 points out of 6, Cahit Sallan Furkan and Zhengjn Wang shared victory in the Major group with 5 from 6, while Tim Harding won the Championship section with 5/6.
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There were only five rounds in the Master tournament - but that was enough to define a clear winner: FM Conor O'Donnell, who scored 4,5 points. Trisha Kanyamarala came second with 3.5 points, while FM Colm Daly, Tarun Kanyamarala and Jacob Flynn tied for third on 3 points each.
Jacob and Tarun produced a very nice game in the starting round:
Flynn - T. Kanyamarala
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6
3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4
5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6
7.Nf3 b6 8.d4 Bb7
9.Bd3 h6 10.0-0 Bd6
Black should have opted for the complicated endgame arising after 11...Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Qxf3 13.gxf3 Nd7.
12.Ne5 Bxe5 13.Rxe5
Objectively, it was better to play 13.dxe5, with a strong initiative after 13...Qe7 14.Qg4. However, Jacob Flynn had an interesting idea in mind:
13...Nc6 14.Rh5!? Ne7?? (D)
Black could have put up tough resistance with 14...Rfd8, but he fell into a trap:
15.Bg5! hxg5 16.Bh7+ Kh8
17.Bg6+ Kg8 18.Rh8+! 1-0