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Thursday 25 April 2019

I would like to remind readers that the Cork Chess Congress will take place at the Metropole Hotel on April 27-29 - see corkchess.com for more details. Last week I reported on the friendly match between India and China, which was tied (8-8) half-way through. The Chinese team accelerated at the finish and won the match 18-14. Now the Reykjavik Open is in the chess spotlight. Iceland has a special place in chess - Reykjavik hosted the famous 1972 Spassky vs. Fischer World Chess Championship match and Iceland has far more Grandmasters per capita than any other country. The main favourites in the Reykjavik Open 2015 are GMs Mamedyarov (AZE, 2756), Navara (CZE, 2736) and Eljanov (UKR, 2727). I'd like to show a nice game from this tournament:

I would like to remind readers that the Cork Chess Congress will take place at the Metropole Hotel on April 27-29 - see corkchess.com for more details. Last week I reported on the friendly match between India and China, which was tied (8-8) half-way through. The Chinese team accelerated at the finish and won the match 18-14. Now the Reykjavik Open is in the chess spotlight. Iceland has a special place in chess - Reykjavik hosted the famous 1972 Spassky vs. Fischer World Chess Championship match and Iceland has far more Grandmasters per capita than any other country. The main favourites in the Reykjavik Open 2015 are GMs Mamedyarov (AZE, 2756), Navara (CZE, 2736) and Eljanov (UKR, 2727). I'd like to show a nice game from this tournament:

Gupta - Hitzler

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6

3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6

5.g3 b5 6.cxd5 cxd5

7.Bg2 Bb7 8.0-0 Nc6

9.Bg5 Ne4?

This aggressive move isn't justified as Black is behind in development. Instead he should have played 9...e6 or 9...Rc8.

10.Nxe4 dxe4

11.Nd2 Nxd4 12.Nxe4 Qb6 13.Rc1 Rd8 14.Bf4 Qe6? (D)

This tempting move loses the game. In order to stay in it Black had to find a paradoxical manoeuvre - 14...Ne6! 15.Be3 Nd4.

15.Nc5! Nxe2+ 16.Qxe2 Qxe2

17.Nxb7

White has sacrificed a queen and a pawn for just two minor pieces, but Black's army is disarray and can't put up a fight.

17...e6 18.Bc6+ Ke7

19.Nxd8 Kxd8 20.Rfd1+ Ke7

21.Bg5+ 1-0

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