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  • Ukrainian Championship

    GM Korobov, one of my favorite creative players, lost in the first round to a sensational remove the defender tactic with eventual checkmate. Very enjoyable.

  • #2
    Ukrainian Championship 2018

    December 12, 2018

    Ukrainian Championship 2018
    Kiev, UKR
    Round 1, Dec. 11, 2018
    Kovchan, Alexander – Korobov, Anton
    A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

    1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.d4 b5 5.a4 b4 6.c4 bxc3 7.Nxc3 Bb4 8.O-O O-O 9.Bf4 a5 10.Rc1 c6 11.Ne5 Ba6 12.Na2 Bd6 13.Re1 Qc7 14.Nc3 Qb7 15.e3 Rd8 16.Rc2 h6 17.h4 Bf8 18.g4 Nbd7 19.Nxf7 Kxf7 20.g5 Kg8 21.Bh3 Re8 22.gxf6 Nxf6 23.Kh2 c5 24.Rg1 Kh8 25.Be5 Nd7 26.Bg3 Rac8 27.Rd2 Nf6 28.Be5 Nd7 29.Bf4 cxd4 30.exd4 Rc6 31.Qh5 Nf6 32.Qg6 Bd6 33.Be5 Rf8 34.f4 Qe7 35.Rdg2 Rf7 36.Nxd5 exd5 37.Qxh6+ 1-0

    Position after White’s 35thmove:



    • #3
      Korobov is providing great entertainment even while losing. The round before full credit goes to Pono for setting the scene. This round Korobov let his opponent have the two knights. The result is eyepopping.


      • #4
        More entertainment from Korobov. Rd 5 good lesson for beginning club players. In the endgame Korobov locks his opponents rook in with the bishop and passed A pawn. This leaves his own rook free to create havoc.


        • #5
          Korobov beat the leader Kusubov by playing good defence (look at those defensive knights). Tricky tactics at the end.


          • #6
            Its Korobov half a point up on three tied for second going into the last round. Should be an interesting finish.


            • #7
              GM Korobov wins the Ukrainian Championship by agreement. I agree with it too.