Russia_Ch: Karjakin & Nepo lead after Rd.4
Vitiugov scores quick KO
After 4 rounds of play at the Russian Championship in Moscow, grandmasters Karjakin and Nepomniachtchi lead with 3 points each. They are followed closely behind by Chigaev and Fedoseev at 2.5 points each.
Vitiugov crushes Goganov in mating attack
St.Petersburg grandmaster Nikita Vitiugov (33 years old) was given an attacking position virtually right from the opening by his opponent, fellow St.Petersburg grandmaster Alexey Goganov (29 year old). Quoting from the official website:
“According to the grandmaster, the game, in fact, was decided in the opening. “As far as I remember, Black should play 13…Qb6 instead of 13…Qa5, while I implemented a standard plan in the game: a3, b4, and Ng3. I got a very easy play and a huge advantage after the opening, and I only had to find an elegant move 19. Qd2, which is typical for such positions. We both knew the move, and after it, Black can just resign”.”
Vitiugov,N – Goganov, A
Rd.4 Moscow 8.12.2020