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Chigorin Memorial 5-Second Tactics

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Friday, 18 October 2013
By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada, FIDE 2544
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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More results HERE

As can be seen above, 9-rounds was hardly enough to get a clear winner.  Eleven GMs tied for first with  7 pts and 13 players-all GMs except for number 14, Bernadskiy (a mere IM)  had half a point less.  Eljanov won on tie-break.  Congrats to everyone involved!  This years higorin Memorial was a super strong tournament.

I continue with some tactical exercises and tidbits from this tournament:

WGM  Ivakhinova, Inna (2312)


IM  Bernadskiy, Vitaliy (2527)

The position after 28 moves.  With opposite side castling the Black King has not found a safe haven as virtually every White piece is on top of his majesty.   The two White Bishops beg demand a violent end!


GM  Sjugirov, Sanan (2635)


Ben Artzi, Ido  (2370)

Position before Blacks 23rd move.  Clearly White is having troubles developing his Rooks, the resultno doubt of an earlier pawn snatching campaign.  But the real problem here is the White King: it is dangerous to be on the same diagonal as the Black Queen.  IN THIS  position White is hoping for 23Bxd4 when 24.Rae1! keeps everything undercontrol, but the young grandmaster is not so complacent as to limit his sight to winning back his piece


Yakovlev, Yuri S  (1940)


Drachev, Oleg  (2176)

Position after 20 moves.  Quite simply, Black has neglected his development and especiallyhis King, while White has not.  Punishment  must be  swift and merciless!


Kukhmazov, Arsen  (2239)


GM  Popov, Valerij (2548)

Position after 19 moves of play.  White is clearly better, an exchange up and with the Bishop pair.  The only problemand it is not too seriousis his King is a bit exposed with his pawn on g4.  Here the correct way to proceed is the cautious 20.Rc3! (cutting out any Nh3 nonsense)  and  planning to follow up with Re3 and Be5, expelling the Black Queen from its strong position.  If Black tries 20Ne6, then 21.Be3  Qe5  22.Ra3 and it is just a question of time before Black will be in full retreat.  White must win.

HOWEVER, White decided to rush things and got  careless:



Chess can be a cruel mistress!  Popov was ready for the immediate 20Nh3+?  21.Kg2! when Black loses even more material.  However, in his rush he overlooked a small detail


Plotnikov, Vitaly  (2065)


IM  Anisimov, Pavel (2538)

Position after 15 moves.  Opposite side castling with all the pieces on the board.  What happens here  reminds me of some old games of Steinitz when he used to play h4 and then sac, sac and sac!  White deserves credit for his precise calculation and energetic attacking play.



Bernadskiy, VitaliyIvakhinova, Inna:   29.Bxb7+! Kxb7 ( It makes little difference; 29Rxb7 30.Rc6+ ( apparently even more precise is 30.Qg2 with a mate in 8 moves! ) wins the house ) 30.Qe4+ 1-0  It is forced mate after 30Kc8  31.Rc6+ etc.

Ben Artzi, IdoSjugirov, Sanan:  23Rxf3! 24.Qxf3 Re2+ 0-1

Drachev, OlegYakovlev, Yuri S:  21.Bxe6! Qxe6 22.Nc7+ Kd7 23.Nxe6 fxe6 24.Red1 and White wins easily.  The game continued 24Nac6 25.Rab1 a5 26.Bxe7 Nxe7 27.Rxd4+ Kc7 28.Qf7 Kb8 29.Rdxb4 1-0

Popov, ValerijKukhmazov, Arsen:  20Be4!!   0-1  The tables have been turned.  21.Bxf4 allows 21Nh3#    If White chooses to resist  for a few moves then  after 21.f3 Qxe3+ either  22.Kg2 Ng6! or 22.Kh1 Nxf3! Is curtains. Turn-around is fair play in our noble game!

Anisimov, PavelPlotnikov, Vitaly:  16.Nxe6!!  Elegant! The Black position simply collapses after this.  16 Rf7!?  relatively best  ( Unfortunately for Black 16Bxe6 does not work after 17.Ng5! fxg5  18.Bxh7+! similar to the game continuation.  And if 17Ne5 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.fxe5; finally if  17Bf7 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.Be4! Rad8 20.Nxf7+ Rxf7 21.Qh5+ mating ) 17.N4g5!! fxg5 ( 17f5 18.Nxf7 Kxf7 19.Bxf5 etc ) 18.Bxh7+! Kxh7 19.hxg5+ Kg8 20.Rh8+!!  Beautiful! An orgy of sacrífices.  20Kxh8 21.Qh5+ Kg8 22.g6 Nf6 23.gxf7# 1-0

Other posts by GM Kevin Spraggett:
Play it again, Sam
Time controls, Frank Marshal and Nuremberg 1906
World Junior Concludes
Capablanca's Final Advice
Chess Thriller: GM Moskalenko vs. GM Vallejo Pons
5-second tactics
Friday 5-second tactics
Happy 70th birthday to GM Kavalek
Today's Insight into Chess
Tactical workout-2
Tactical workout
6-time Portuguese Chess Champion Rui Damaso's Chess Brilliancies
Ode to the Kings's Gambit
Good news for old chess players
Lothar Schmid
Chess un-plugged!
Deceptively simple chess
Erich Eliskases
Robert Byrne

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