Friday 20 September 2019

Last Friday, Chinese GM Ju Wenjun successfully defended her title by defeating GM Kateryna Lagno (Russia) in the final of the Women's World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Alexander Baburin

Last Friday, Chinese GM Ju Wenjun successfully defended her title by defeating GM Kateryna Lagno (Russia) in the final of the Women's World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Meanwhile, the 12-game World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana is coming to an end in London - game 12 will be played tomorrow and, if needed, the tie-break games will take place on Wednesday. The first 10 games of the match were all drawn, with both players missing good winning chances in some of them.

The 42nd Kilkenny Chess Congress took place last weekend. In the Masters tournament, four players - IM David Fitzsimons, IM Jean-Noel Riff, GM Sebastien Maze and GM Alex Baburin - tied for first on 4.5 points out of six each.

The following miniature was played a week ago in Dallas between two young American players. White was a Grandmaster and Black was an International Master:

Li Ruifeng - Wheeler

1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5

3.a4 Bb7 4.Nd2 b4

5.Ngf3 e6 6.Bd3 c5

7.0-0 d6?

Black had adopted a risky opening, but after 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 d6 he would still have a reasonable position, while now he gets into big trouble:

8.dxc5! dxc5 9.Nc4 Nf6

10.e5 Nd5 11.Ng5! Nb6 (D)

The opening went terribly wrong for Black who is way behind in development. White finished the game with a standard tactical strike:

12.Nxf7! Kxf7 13.Bg6+ Ke7

14.Bg5#

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