Monday 16 September 2019


Alexander Baburin

The Russian chess championships finished just a few days ago.

In the absence of Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin and Svidler, several up-and-coming players made their debut. Evgeny Tomashevsky became the Champion, scoring 7 points in 11 games.

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The top seed and the current European Champion Vladislav Artemiev finished on 50pc.

In the women's championship WGMs Natalija Pogonina and Olga Girya shared first place with 8 points out of 11, with the latter winning the title after a tie-break match.

In modern opening moves, like g2-g4 and h2-h4, have become very fashionable. In the following game, played in the recent Josef Kupper Memorial tournament in Zurich, White managed to play both!

Bluebaum - Zysk

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6

3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0

5.Bd2 b6 6.Nf3 Bb7

7.Bd3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Ne4

9.Bxe4 Bxe4 10.d5!

This line was considered rather harmless for Black when White played 10.0-0, but 10.d5 leads to more lively play.

10...c5 11.Nd2 Bg6

12.h4! exd5 13.cxd5 h6?

In modern chess the first mistake often becomes the last one! After this move Black gets into serious trouble; he should have opted for 13...Qe7.

14.Qg4 h5 15.Qf3 Qe8

16.g4! f6 17.Rg1 Na6

18.Qf4 Kh7 19.gxh5 Bxh5

20.a3 Qf7 21.Ne4 Qxd5 (D)

It seems that Black has tamed the enemy one - but White's next move dispelled that illusion:

22.Rxg7+! Kxg7 23.Nxf6 Qh1+

24.Kd2 Qg2 25.Ng4+ 1-0

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