SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The always strong Ukranian Championshp is exceptionally strong this year! Missing is only Ivanchuk. Play began yesterday in Kiev and continues until the 21st of this month.The official site is here. Games are transmitted live.
The game between Areschenko (White) and Volokitin (Black) was a very hard fought affair. It seemed as though Areschenko was well on his way to a deserved victory until time trouble spoiled everything. White had to be content with a perpetual check.
I MIGHT FULLY ANNOTATE THIS GAME LATER
KEY MOMENTS IN THE GAME
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 27th MOVE (27.Qh6)
White has a serious threat (g6) and Black must either give up the exchange on c4 or play the courageous d5. Neither of them are entirely satisfactory. What would you do? What does your intuition tell you?
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 30th MOVE (30…Rxc4)
Black is struggling and trying to keep his head above water long enough to get some air. If White now takes back on c4 he gets hit with 31…Bc8 and the advantage would change sides! What would you do if you had White here? What ‘trick’ did White pull from his hat?
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 35th MOVE (35…Bf4)
White has a crushing position; his connected passed pawns in the centre are about to start moving. Knight to f5 is also in the air, as in an attempt to open the f-file with g3. What would you do here with White? This is the final critical position of the game and Areschenko was not up to the task! How does White win?
ANSWERS LATER TODAY!