Nowadays chess players are spoiled with opportunities - there are numerous tournaments held on all continents all year round. And this is also true for the leading players.
Just a couple of days after the FIDE Grand Prix tournament (won by Russian GM Dmitry Andreikin) finished in Tashkent, the Petrosian Memorial started in Moscow. After three rounds Alexander Grischuk was leading in this eight-player tournament with a perfect score, followed Vladimir Kramnik (2pts).
There is plenty of new talent in chess. Today I would like to show a game played by 15-year old Francesco Rambaldi in the Bavarian Masters tournament. The young Italian tied for fourth place in this prestigious open tournament scoring 7 points in 9 rounds.
In this game Rambaldi defeated a very experienced Bulgarian Grandmaster.
Rambaldi - Delchev
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6
3.Nc3 Bb4 4.g3 0-0
5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 Bxc3+
7.bxc3 Nbd7 8.0-0 Rb8
9.Qa4 a6 10.Qc2 b6 Perhaps it was better to play 10...c5 11.e4 e5, building a pawn blockade on dark squares in the centre.
11.e4 Bb7 12.Nh4 Re8
Black's plan is too slow - he should have tried 12...b5, creating counter-play on the queenside as soon as possible.
13.f4 e5 14.fxe5 dxe5
15.d5 Qe7 16.Qe2 b5?
17.Be3 bxc4 18.Nf5 Qa3
19.g4! Nc5 (D)
Black does not have too many pieces on the kingside, which prompted the young Italian to launch an attack:
21.Rxf6! Kxf6 22.Qf2+ Kg7