Chair-Bosch wins Spanish Tch
And the Champions are…
Congratulations to Shirov’s team Chair-Bosch for winning the 2020 Spanish Team Championship (Honor Div)! This team narrowly edged out their closest rival, Andreu Paterna. Both teams won yesterday.
The game between gm Shirov and gm Naiditsch on board 2 proved to be the decisive factor in yesterday’s 3.5 to 2.5 match victory.
The endgame, in particular, is worth close study as it featured an even-material asymmetric ending (2-pieces for Rook and Pawn). In general, the pieces are better than the Rook and Pawn, and in this particular case this was true.
However, Shirov’s technique is near perfect and it is very instructive to see how he gradually exploited his small advantage.
gm Shirov,A – gm Naiditsch,A