Tuesday 17 September 2019

Chess

Alexander Baburin

Two important tournaments finished recently. Hikaru Nakamura won the US Championship, scoring eight points in 11 games. In the European Championship, Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) and Nils Grandelius (Sweden) shared victory with 8.5 points out of 11. The former got the title as he had a better tiebreak score. Now the focus is on the Gashimov Memorial tournament in Azerbaijan, where, after five rounds, World Champion Magnus Carlsen was leading alone with 3.5 points. Here's a nice game by the new European Champion:

Artemiev - Hracek

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6

3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6

5.d4 d5 6.cxd5 exd5

7.Bb5 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7

9.0-0 0-0 10.Ne5 Bd7

11.Bg5 Rc8 12.Re1 Re8

13.Rc1 a6 14.Bxc6 Bxc6

15.Qf3 Qd6 16.h3 Bd8

17.Re3 Rf8 18.Rce1 Qb4?!

19.Qf5! Ra8 20.Rd1

Here White could launch an attack with 20.Bh6!, winning after 20...gxh6 21.Qf4 Ne8 22.Qxh6 Bf6 23.Nxc6 bxc6 24.Rg3+ Bg7 25.Rxe8 Qxd4 26.Rxa8 Rxa8 27.Qxc6.

20.Rd1 Ne8 21.Bf4 Nf6

22.Rg3 Kh8 23.Rdd3 Be8

24.a3 Qxb2? (D)

Black should have kept his queen closer to the kingside by playing 24...Qe7. Artemiev quickly finished the game:

25.Rxg7! Kxg7 26.Rg3+ Kh8

27.Nxd5! Nxd5 28.Bh6 Bf6

29.Qxf6+ 1-0

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