SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
27…Rfxf3! 28. Bxf3 [28. e7?? Qxf2 29. Kh1 Qxg2! ] 28… Rxf3 [28… Bxf3? 29. Qf5]
And lastly, but no least, two Canadian players have been making a name for themselves down south by scoring well in the 2nd Panama International.
It has been a busy weekend. I went up to Lisbon for the traditional December-1 Benfica Rapid Tournament and to see some of my friends. I had a great time and also tied for first in the tournament with Portuguese IM Sergio Rocha. Because of strikes in the transportation sector, I could only get back home in Guarda yesterday evening, and for this reason my blog has been a bit late in being updated.
Italian postcard by Rotalfoto, Milano, no. R 180
There is certainly a lot taking place right now, especially with the Tashkent Grand Prix and the London Classic in full swing. Congrats to Anna Ushenina for winning the womens World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, narrowly beating out the Bulgarian star Stefanova.
FIDE prez Kirsan, Ushenina and Stefanova to the right…no doubt wondering what went wrong! Photo courtesy of the official website.
The 17th Bora Kostic Memorial came to an end over the weekend, with gm Svetushkin emerging a convincing winner, one and a half points ahead of the field! Congrats!
Svetuskin (left) being congratulated on winning the traditional tournament.
Thirty-two year old Dmitry Svetushkin was born in Moldavia. He played some really great tactical chess in this tournament. Last week I gave several examples, and today I give another example from his last round game:
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 27th MOVE (27.e6)
A razor-sharp position! If now Black starts to worry about the passed e-pawn, it is too late: 27… Re7? 28. Ng5! with advantage. For example, 28… Bxg2? 29. Rc8! Be4 30. Rxe4 dxe4 31. Qf4! winning. The only way for Black to proceed is to accept White’s challenge:
For the moment the passed e-pawn is stopped
29. Qxf3! Bxf3 30. e7
Did Black overlook something? If 30…Bh5 31.Rc8! wins immediately.
A brilliant resource, no doubt forseen several moves earlier! If now 31.Rc8 then Black wins comfortably with 31…Qf6!, willing to give up the Black Queen for the White passed-pawn, and then advancing his own passed d-pawns.
WHITE CHOOSES HIS BEST CHANCE:
31.e8 (Q) d2!
A very curious piece distribution! White is up two exchanges, but must lose material due to the strong d-pawn!
If now 32.Rc8 then 32…dxe1 (Q) 33.Qxe1 Qf6! and Black must win with 2-pieces and a pawn for Rook: 34.Qc3!? Qf5 35.Qc5 h5! and it is just a question of time. In the game continuation White tried 32.Qe3, but could not save himself in the end. Black won in 39 moves.
You can get lots more information at Michael Yip’s great blog BUDAPEST CHESS NEWS
Grandmaster Eric Hansen scored a fantastic 8.5 points out of 9 games, picking up 30 rating points to boot! IM Aman Hambleton scored a more modest 6 points, but picked up close to 25 rating points for his efforts. Congrats to both! I will post some games or positions from the event if and when some pgn appears. The organizers did a GREAT job running the event, from all accounts, but forgot that some of us would have liked to see the games published!
A PICTURE IS WORTH A 1,000 WORDS…
”Fourteen-year-old prodigy and chess master Richard Wang plays a simultaneous game with a number of members of the Edmonton Chess Club in Edmonton on Saturday, Dec.1, 2012.”
My readers might remember that Richard achieved the best overall result (a bronze medal) at the recently completed World Youth Championship in Slovenia.