Millionaire Chess Op Las Vegas Yesterday! Black had just taken White c-pawn (25…Bxc4) , thinking that Akobian had overlooked it. At first sight, Black seems correct! White has problems along the c-file, so can not capture the Bishop; furthermore, playing 26.Rc5 loses as Black trades Rooks and follows up with …Rc8. Could it be that Akopian simply dropped the c-pawn?
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
gm Rombaldoni, Axel
Millionaire Chess Op Las Vegas 2015.10.11 The chinese superstar offered his e-pawn to his opponent, setting a trap, which White accepted (26.Rxe6). The Italian grandmaster correctly reasoned that if now 26…Rxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kg7 28.Be4 he is simply a pawn up; furthermore, if 26…Bc8 27.Rxg6+! hxg6 (27…Ng7 28.Rxe8 Bxg4 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Rxg4 and White is even better!) 28.Qxg6+ Ng7 29.Qh7+ and White has atleast a perpetual). Equally fruitless for Black would be 26…Qc6? 27.Be4 Qc7 28.Bxb7 and the game is won for White; 26…Nxf4? 27.Bxf4 Bxf4 28.Rxe8 is ditto.
WHAT DID WHITE OVERLOOK?
Millionaire Chess Op Las Vegas 2015.10.11 Akobian, Var.–Barcenilla, R: 26.Rd8+! (The first point is that if 26…Rxd8 27.Bxc4 Rac8 28.Bxf7+ Kxf7 29.Rc5 and White wins easily ) 26…Bf8 and now the way to force immediate resignation is 27.Rxe5! when the threat of Rg5+ and Bd4(+) is devastating. In the game White played less precise with 27.Rxf8+ Kxf8 28.Bc5+ Rxc5 29.Rxc5, though still had enough advantage to win the game. Black resigned on the 35th move.
Millionaire Chess Op Las Vegas 2015.10.11 Rombaldoni, Axel–Yu,Yangyi: 26…Nf6!! 27.Qh3 (Now if 27.Qe2 Qc6! 28.Be4 (what else?) when both 28…Nxe4 and 28…Rxe6 are reason enough for White to throw in the towel. Had White seen what was next, he should have tried 27.Rxf6!? Rxe1+ 28.Bxe1 Rxf6 though Black should eventually win) 27…Qc6! Again! This is the basic idea of Black’s little trap. White was hoping for 27…Bc8 when 28.f5! is an unclear mess. The game continued 28.Be4 Nxe4 29.R1xe4 Bc8! 30.Re1 Rxe6 31.Rxe6 Qf3 32.Be1 Bxf4 0-1