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Chess

Last Sunday, 80 players took part in the 25th Bray Open, competing for the first prize of €500. The top seeds were IM Sam Collins, IM David Fitzsimons and FM Stephen Brady. After 7 rounds, three players tied for first with 6 points each - Tarun Kanyamarala, Tom O'Gorman and David Fitzsimons. Sam Collins and Stephen Brady scored 5.5 points, sharing fourth place with Killian Delaney and Peter Carroll.

It looks as if professional chess players never had it so good - just when one tournament ends, another one starts! At the moment three top events are in progress - the Netanya Masters, St Louis Summer Chess Classic and the Croatia Grand Chess Tour. The World Champion started the latter with a powerful win over one of his main rivals:

Giri - Carlsen

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6

3.Bb5 e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6

5.d3 Ne7 6.h4 h5

7.e5 d6 8.exd6 Ng6

9.Nfd2 Bxd6 10.Nc4 Be7

11.Nc3 Ba6 12.Qf3 Bxc4

13.Qxc6+ Kf8 14.dxc4 Nxh4

15.0-0 Nf5

Here White should have fought for the initiative by playing 16.Be3!, but Giri made a passive move:

16.Ne2?! Rc8 17.Qa4 Rc7

18.Bf4 Rd7 (D)

In this critical position White had to tackle Black's best piece with 19.Ng3!, but Giri did not sense the danger, opting for a natural-looking move instead:

19.c3? g5! 20.Rad1 Rxd1

21.Rxd1 Qa8!

The black queen is ideally placed here, targeting the g2-pawn.

22.Bc7 h4 23.f3 h3 0-1

Sunday Independent