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    February 10, 2020

    Caruana vs Firouzja

    In Week 5 of the PRO Chess League on chess.com, St. Louis met the ChessBrahs. Fabiano Caruana is on first board for the former and Alireza Firouzja on first board for the ChessBrahs.

    GM Alireza Firouzja played the game of the season against Caruana. He sacrificed a piece with ...Nxc2 and went on to win in impressive fashion against the number two player in the world. This 16-year-old superstar is shining brighter every day.

    Round 5, Feb. 3, 2020
    Live Chess, 15+2
    Caruana, Fabiano – Firouzja, Alireza
    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Nc4 Nd7 8.b3 O-O 9.Bb2 Re8 10.O-O b6 11.g3 a5 12.a4 Ba6 13.Ne3 Bc5 14.Qe2 f6 15.Nh4 Nf8 16.Kh1 Qd7 17.Rad1 Rad8 18.Nhg2 Ne6 19.f4 Nd4 20.Qh5 Qf7 21.Qxf7+ Kxf7 22.fxe5 Rxe5 23.Rd2 Ree8 24.g4 Nxc2 25.Nxc2 Rxd3 26.Rfd1 Rxb3 27.Bd4 Bd6 28.g5 c5 29.Ba1 Rxe4 30.gxf6 gxf6 31.Rf2 Re2 32.Rxf6+ Ke7 33.Re1 Rxe1+ 34.Ngxe1 Bb7+ 35.Kg1 Rh3 36.Rf2 Bc6 37.Re2+ Kd7 38.Ne3 Bxa4 39.Ng4 Bd1 40.Nf6+ Kc6 41.Rd2 Bb3 42.Nd3 c4 43.Ne5+ Kb7 44.Kg2 Rh6 45.Rf2 b5 46.Ne4 b4 47.Bd4 c3 48.Be3 Re6 49.Nxd6+ Rxd6 50.Kg3 Bd5 51.Nd3 b3 52.Nc5+ Kc6 53.Rf8 b2 54.Rb8 Rg6+ 55.Kf4 Rg8 56.Rb7 Rf8+ 57.Kg5 Rf1 58.Ra7 b1=Q 0-1

    Position after 24….Nxc2

    



    Firouzja shocked Caruana with 24...Nxc2!

    The game sent shockwaves around the Twitterverse, as even FIDE jumped in to congratulate the young star on his win. Firouzja has been catching fire lately on the back of eye-catching performances at World Rapid & Blitz 2019 as well as Tata Steel Masters 2020.

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    • Games from Recent Events

      April 4, 2020

      With there being no tournament games being presently played due to the covoid-19 pandemic, I have reached back into the past for two games of interest and enjoyment.

      From ChessBase:

      https://en.chessbase.com/post/old-ha...odebrady-17-15

      From December 7th to 16th (2012) the spa city of Poděbrady (Czech Republic) hosted a match between a rising generation of female chess players and chess legends of the 20th century. The former was represented by IM Valentina Gunina (Russia, rated 2517), IM Tania Sachdev (India, 2400), WGM Alina Kashlinskaya (Russia, 2344) and WIM Kristýna Havlíková (Czech Republic, 2310). They were trained by team captain GM Sergei Movsesian. The "Old Hands" were GM Oleg Romanishin (Ukraine, 2530), GM Fridrik Olafsson (Iceland, 2419), GM Vlastimil Hort (Czech Republic, 2455) and GM Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany, 2319). The games were played at Hotel Zámeček in Poděbrady, the rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.

      Round eight

      After the first three rounds the Snowdrops had been leading by five points, and it seemed that this year their match against the Old Hands would be an easy walkover. But the legendary grandmasters, averaging seventy years in age, demonstrated beautiful teamwork and fighting spirit in Poděbrady by ultimately winning it 17:15.

      The two Snowdrops with a higher rating finished with quick draws in the final round, while the other two had to give in to their adversaries, Fridrik Olafsson and Wolfgang Uhlmann, who scored the winning points. Especially the game Kashlinskaya-Uhlmann was considered the most beautiful of the event – the multiple East German Champion, it was said, played it like the young Mikhail Tal.

      Tania Sachdev finished with 6/8

      Snowdrops and Old-hands,
      Podebrady, Czech Republic
      Round 8, Dec. 16, 2012
      Kashlinskaya, Alina – Uhlmann, Wolfgang
      E90 King’s Indian, Orak, variation

      1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.h3 c6 7.Bg5 Nbd7 8.Bd3 e5 9.d5 a6 10.O-O cxd5 11.cxd5 h6 12.Be3 Nh5 13.Qd2 g5 14.Rfc1 Nf4 15.Bf1 Qf6 16.Qd1 Qg6 17.Nd2 h5 18.a4 Nf6 19.Nc4 g4 20.Nxd6 gxh3 21.Nxc8 Raxc8 22.g3 Nxe4 23.Nxe4 Qxe4 24.gxf4 exf4 25.Bxh3 fxe3 26.Bxc8 exf2+ 27.Kf1 Re8 28.Ra3 Bxb2 29.Rg3+ Kf8 30.Rb1 Bd4 31.Be6 Qh1+ 32.Ke2 Qxd5 33.Re3 Rxe6 34.Rxe6 Qxe6+ 35.Kf1 Qe4 36.Rc1 h4 37.Qd2 Qg4 38.Qh6+ Bg7 39.Qd6+ Kg8 40.Rd1 h3 41.Qd8+ Kh7 42.Qd3+ f5 43.Kxf2 h2 44.Qd6 Qh4+ 45.Kg2 Qe4+ 0-1

      Position after Black’s 27…Re8



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      Greg Serper, in an article on chess.com, discusses Anand-Ivanchuk games

      https://www.chess.com/article/view/a...d-masterpieces

      He writes: most of the games played by Anand and Ivanchuk are textbook examples of chess. Those of you who want to improve your positional play should not miss the next strategical masterpiece. In the following position, White has a spatial advantage typical for the Maroczy bind, but it is very difficult to make a progress since Black has no clear weaknesses. What should White play?

      Buenos Aires Sicilian 1994
      Buenos Aires, Argentina
      Round 3, October 1994
      Ivanchuk, Vassily – Anand, Vishy
      B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy bind

      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 O-O 10.Qd2 Be6 11.O-O Qa5 12.Rab1 Rfc8 13.b3 Nd7 14.Rfc1 Qd8 15.Nd5 Nc5 16.Bf3 a5 17.h4 Bxd5 18.exd5 Qd7 19.Qe2 Re8 20.h5 Qf5 21.Rd1 Be5 22.g4 Qc8 23.Kg2 Bg7 24.Rh1 Nd7 25.hxg6 hxg6 26.Rh4 a4 27.Rbh1 axb3 28.axb3 Ra1 29.R1h3 Qa8 30.Rh7 Qa2 31.Rxg7+ Kxg7 32.Bd4+ f6 33.Qe3 Nf8 34.Be4 Kf7 35.Rh8 1-0

      Position after White’s 31.Rxg7+

      

      You can see reams of analysis at:

      https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1018469
      Last edited by Wayne Komer; Sunday, 5th April, 2020, 12:06 AM.

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