| 14.2°C Dublin

The European Club Championship, which is in progress in Bilbao, offers many club players a unique chance to meet some of the world's best players over the board. Two Irish teams - from Adare and Ennis - took advantage of this opportunity. The defending champion, the G-Team from Novy Bor in the Czech Republic, is facing tough competition from SOCAR (Azerbaijan), Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy) and Malakhite (Russia). Last week, I showed a game which illustrated the dangers of falling behind in development. Today, I would like to give another example of the same theme, played in Bilbao.

The European Club Championship, which is in progress in Bilbao, offers many club players a unique chance to meet some of the world's best players over the board. Two Irish teams - from Adare and Ennis - took advantage of this opportunity. The defending champion, the G-Team from Novy Bor in the Czech Republic, is facing tough competition from SOCAR (Azerbaijan), Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy) and Malakhite (Russia). Last week, I showed a game which illustrated the dangers of falling behind in development. Today, I would like to give another example of the same theme, played in Bilbao.

Grischuk - Rodshtein

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c6

3.Bg2 Bf5 4.c4 dxc4

5.Na3 e5 6.Nxc4

Of course, Grischuk did not fall for 6.Nxe5?? Bxa3 7.bxa3 Qd4!.

6...e4 7.Nfe5 Qc7

8.d4 f6 9.Ne3 Be6

10.N5c4 f5 11.0-0 Nf6 (D)

White is ahead in development. Grischuk, leader of the Malakhite team and currently the No 4 player in the world, very energetically took advantage of that fact:

12.f3! exf3 13.Rxf3 g6

14.g4! f4 15.g5 Nh5

16.d5! cxd5 17.Nxd5 Qc5+

18.Nce3 fxe3 19.b4! Qd6

20.Rxe3

Black is a piece up, but he is in dire trouble as his forces are uncoordinated. Rodshtein is one of the best Israeli players, but he could not save the game:

20...Na6 21.Bb2 Bg7

22.Nf6+ 1-0

Black resigned in view of the line 22...Ke7 23.Qxd6+ Kxd6 24.Rd1+ Ke7 25.Rd7+ Kf8 26.Rxe6.

Sunday Independent