Figueira da Foz results
Video courtesy of Xadrez64
Yours truly –chess player and talented chess journalist/blogger–can not complain about his final result even though he felt a bit unlucky with his 7th round defeat by GM Rotstein. Somewhat out of form because of lack of serious practice recently, I intend to play 100 games in the next 8 months and this event was a good practice run. Next year I will play in Sevilla, Gibraltar, Moscow and Cappelle, amongst others.
There was some very entertaining chess played in the tournament. Here is probably the very best example of a Kingside attack.
19. g5 !?
Also a strong continuation. White asserts his domination over the dark squares and fixes the Black pawn structure.
Stets now threatens mate beginning with Qxh7ch, so Black has no choice but to weaken his Kingside pawns
Paulo Pinho had a great tournament, playing enterprising and flashy chess. Here he dispatches his opponent in fine style….guess what move White played?
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 29th MOVE (29.Bd4!)
For those readers interested in teaching Juniors, then you might find the following link very useful:
Portuguese legend Joaquim Durao (80-years old) played some great chess in Figueira!
Joao Vincente against national master Victor Morais
Deep in concentration