SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The 27th European Club Cup (and 16th for women) takes place in Rogaska Slatina 24th September – 2nd October 2011. 7 round event includes many of the world’s leading players. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game (plus, ofcourse, 30′ per move).
I recommend the readers to visit the website (link above), which provides live games, lots of photos and other goodies.
SOME SNAPSHOTS FROM ROUND 1
POSITION AFTER 18 MOVES (18…b4)
Black’s last move was very provocative, and Sutovsky usually does not need much of a push in order to make a sacrifice and complicate the game! Here Sutovsky was very obliging:
19.Nxd5! (a purely positional idea) 19…PxN 20.Qxd5-ch Rf7 forced
21. Ng5 Raf8. 22.NxR RxN
White has a clear advantage because his Rooks dominate the centre. Now 23.Qc4! (maintaining the pin on the Rook) and threatening to let the Queen Rook wreck havoc on the d-line would be the most incisive continuation.
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 11th MOVE 11.Ne5:
Barely out of the opening, it is a pity that Black blundered! White is not really threatening anything at all, but after 11…Nd7? 12.Nxf7! wins a pawn for nothing. (12…RxN. 13.Rxe7 etc)
document.getElementById(“cwvpd_1316998971”).value=document.getElementById(“cwvpg_1316998971”).innerHTML;document.getElementById(“cwvfm_1316998971”).submit(); POSITION AFTER 18. MOVES:
GM Wang Hao
A really nice, smooth game! My readers would do well to play it over several times. Every single White move is easy to understand , clear and with purpose.
White played 19.g4!
POSITION AFTER 18 MOVES:
Here we are in the 21st century and still players fall for the cheapo on f7! When will we learn??
19.Nxf7! Black can resign.
Black can not take the Knight lest he believes in a miracle: 19…Kxf7 20.Qxe6-ch Kf8 21.Bg6 etc
document.getElementById(“cwvpd_1316999444”).value=document.getElementById(“cwvpg_1316999444”).innerHTML;document.getElementById(“cwvfm_1316999444”).submit(); POSITION AFTER 14 MOVES:
Natalia Pogonina is the 2nd to the left
Another really nice and instructive performance by Natalia Pogonina. The readers would do well to replay this game several times. We see so many games where Black does the Kingside fianchetto that we tend to forget that there are other effective ways of deploying the Black Bishop.