Tuesday 19 February 2019

Several tournaments come to a conclusion today in Dublin's Talbot Hotel Stillorgan.

Alexander Baburin

Several tournaments come to a conclusion today in Dublin's Talbot Hotel Stillorgan.

After five rounds in the GM-tournament, English GM Daniel Fernandez was leading with 4 points, while Irish players IM Collins Sam, IM Alex Lopez and FM Conor O'Donnell were tied for fourth place with 2.5 points each. In the IM-tournament the young Irish FM Tom O'Gorman was clear second with 3.5 points.

Both he and O'Donnell retained good chances of making an IM norm.

The Queen is the most powerful piece in chess and therefore its effective handling may have a great influence on the outcome of the game.

In the following game, played a week ago in the 48th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, both sides moved their queens a lot, but White's manoeuvres were more justified:

Soumya - Klek

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6

3.Nf3 a6 4.e3 Nf6

5.Qc2 c5 6.cxd5 Nxd5

7.dxc5 Qa5+ 8.Bd2 Qxc5

9.Nc3 b5 10.Rc1 Bb7

11.Qb1!? Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Qh5

13.Bd3 Qg4? (D)

Instead of developing his pieces with 13...Nc6, Black tried to create short-term threats. I am not exactly sure what he missed, as White's response was as strong as it was predictable:

14.Ke2!

This move would have pleased William Steinitz, who believed that the king could and should play an active role in most games.

14...Nd7 15.h3 Qh5

16.Be4! Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Rb8

18.Rhd1 b4 19.Be5 Nxe5

20.g4 Qg6 21.Qxe5 Ra8

22.Qc7 1-0

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