Bits and pieces from the World Team Championship
What a pleasure to watch the play at Ningbo, China! So many interesting and instructive games. Below is a short selection that my readers will no doubt appreciate….
And White resigned. The pawn can not be stopped from scoring a touchdown…
White is a little bit worse, but nothing to worry about; in particular, the passed c-pawn is going nowhere. White should proably play it safe with 36.Rd4 and keep the game more or less balanced. INSTEAD, probably short of time, Almasi panicked and played the horrible blunder 36.BxN ??. Almasi was probably braced for 36…Rd2-ch 37.QxR! PxQ 38.BxQ d1(Q) 39.Re3! with a solid line of defence and excellent drawing chances.
The Indian GM must have originally thought that he could play 25…Re8 with a solid pawn plus. However, it was with horror that he now realized that the intended 25…Re8 would lose to 26.Nf6-ch!!, winning an exchange since 26…PxN gets mated after 27.Rg4-ch!! Ganguly panicked with 25…f5? and after 26.PxP ep Rf7 27.Nxg7 he threw in the towel.
Definitely, a great technical achievement by the young Armenian!
Superb positional play! (2)
HOW TO ATTACK THE KING (PART 1)
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 23 rd MOVE:
and Black’s position crumbled like a house of cards.
HOW TO ATTACK THE KING (PART 2)
POSITION AFTER 30 MOVES:
31.Bxa6! A stock sacrifice to expose the King 31…PxB 32.Nxa6! Qa5 33.Nb5!!
The threats are building. Every single one of White’s pieces is in the skirmish!
35…Ne5 36.Nxe8! simplest 36….Rxe8 37.Rxd6!