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  • Exciting game! I enjoyed Black's attack but 23.Qg4, 24.Qe6+ and Qe7+ trading queens was a great find.


    • This was also before computers were superstrong.


      • Does anybody know what year smoking stopped over the board in Canada? Its not thought about much now but at the time it was remarkable.


        • Games from Recent Events

          June 12, 2019

          From Johannes Fischer in chessbase:

          A Queen Sacrifice on Move Nine

          Chances to sacrifice your queen after nine moves are rare. But in round five of the Asian Continental Championship in Xingtai, China, the Indian Grandmaster Karthikeyan Murali had such a chance. He used it to win a brilliancy against Alireza Firouzja and to take the lead in the tournament.

          A surprising queen sacrifice

          Host of the Asian Continental Chess Championship 2019 is the Chinese Chess Federation. The Open Championship and the Women's Championship are played in parallel in Xingtai, a city with about 700,000 inhabitants in the Northeast of China.

          Number one seed is the Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi, who is the only player in the tournament who has a rating of more than 2700. However, the field is strong and among the favourites are players like Adhiban Baskaran from India, the two Iranian talents Parham Maghsoodloo and Alireza Firouzja or Le Quang Liem from Vietnam.

          With 3½/4 Alireza Firouzja, the world's best player U16, had a good start and was about to cross the 2700-mark on the Live-Rating list, when he had to play against Karthikeyan Murali, World Champion U12 2011 and World Champion U16 in 2013. After nine moves Karthikeyan sacrificed his queen for two pieces to create a masterpiece – and to become sole leader with 4½/5.

          Asian Continental Open
          Xing Tai, China
          Round 5, June 11
          Firouzja, Alireza (2682) – Karthikeyan, Murali (2593)
          E71 King’s Indian, Makagonov System

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 O-O 6.Be3 c5 7.Nf3 Qa5 8.Nd2 cxd4 9.Nb3 Qxc3+ 10.bxc3 dxe3 11.f3 Nh5 12.Qc1 Bh6 13.g4 Nf4 14.Kd1 Ne6 15.Kc2 Nc6 16.h4 Bf4 17.Qd1 Ne5 18.Nc1 Bd7 19.a4 Rac8 20.Ne2 Bh6 21.g5 Bg7 22.Bh3 Nxf3 23.Qd3 Ne5 24.Qxe3 Nxc4 25.Qf2 Rc5 26.Rhb1 Bc6 27.Bg2 f5 28.gxf6 Bxf6 29.Rf1 Bxc3 30.Qxc5 Nxc5 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.Kxc3 Ne5 33.a5 Nxe4+ 34.Bxe4 Bxe4 35.Nd4 Bd5 36.Nb5 a6 37.Nc7 Bc6 38.Rf1+ Kg7 39.Ne6+ Kh6 40.Rf8 Kh5 41.Rh8 h6 42.Rh7 Kxh4 43.Rxh6+ Kg4 44.Nd4 Kg5 45.Rh2 Bd5 46.Re2 Kf4 47.Rf2+ Nf3 48.Re2 e5 49.Nc2 Be4 50.Ne3 d5 51.Kb4 Nd4 52.Re1 Kf3 0-1

          Position after 9…Qxc3+



          • A brilliant queen sacrifice!!, which can be described as in the style of Tal or Bronstein


            • Games from Recent Events

              July 15, 2019


              This is an eight-player round-robin featuring Nepomniachtchi, Wojtaszek, Rapport, Radjabov and Dominguez, among others.

              July 13 - 21, 2019

              From the first round:

              Round 1, July 13
              Radjabov, Teimour – Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
              C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Flohr-Zaitsev System

              1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a3 h6 13.Bc2 d5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Rxe5 16.Nf3 Re8 17.e5 Ne4 18.Qe2 c5 19.Nd2 Rxe5 20.f3 c4 21.fxe4 Bc5+ 22.Kh1 dxe4 23.Nf1 e3 24.Bxe3 Bxe3 25.Nxe3 Qh4 26.Qg4 Qe7 27.Qxg7+ Kxg7 28.Nf5+ Rxf5 29.Rxe7 Rf2 30.Rxb7 Rxc2 31.Rf1 Rf8 32.Ra7 Rxb2 33.Rxa6 f5 34.Rf3 Rf6 35.Rg3+ Kf7 36.Ra7+ Ke6 37.Ra6+ Kf7 38.Ra7+ Ke6 39.Ra6+ Kf7 40.Ra7+ 1/2-1/2

              It was a day of sacrifices, with 2017 champion Radek Wojtaszek following a correspondence game to play 19…Rxe5!? 20.f3 c4!?:

              Position after Black’s 20…..c4


              Teimour Radjabov barely blinked as he went for 21.fxe4 Bc5+ 22.Kh1 dxe4 23.Nf1 e3 24.Bxe3 Bxe3 25.Nxe3 Qh4! 26.Qg4 Qe7!

              As you can see, this is the kind of stuff you want to have all worked out in the comfort of your own home! At this stage Black would simply be a pawn up (you can’t save the e3-knight as 27.Qe2 is met by 27...Re8), if not for 27.Qxg7+! Kxg7 28.Nf5+! and the game soon raced towards a draw.

              Commentary by Colin McGourty at chess24