SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
As mentioned in an earlier blog, the Geneva Chess Club has organized an interesting event for their best players: a double-round event against some ”old timers” (also called the LEGENDS, probably because each was in his time a Candidate)
Besides myself, we can find V.Hort, V.Korchnoi, Z.Ribli and U.Andersson
The results after 7 rounds are in the favour of the old dogs, we lead the Geneva Chess Club by a score of 22-13. While this looks convincing, let me assure the reader that the reality is not so black and white! I have lost 2 games so far, and was lucky to have not lost a third against Dubessay (he beat Korchnoi this morning!)
I recommend the reader to visit the club site (link) , especially for the videos and interview, or take a look at some pictures by Miguel Babo, the media expert hired to promote the event on the internet. You can also find more at chess results.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/46956196 w=854&h=480]
Here is my best effort so far, against IM Richard Gerber.
I had just played my preparation 10.Qe1!?. It is almost impossible to surprise anyone in the opening any more, and so I decided to play this practical line because it leads to a comfortable position that I know quite well. I had been working on this line with a number of my students in recent months.
Richard responded with the most solid line: 10…e6 11. Kb1 Re8!? 12.Nb3 Qc7 13.Qh4!?
This is an annoying little move for Black to handle. The idea contains some poison: Bg5, which is not easy to handle. I am not certain how Black should best continue, but my opponent soon played an inaccuracy and I was able to pounce on him…
THIS IS THE POSITION AFTER 23 MOVES:
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!