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    Recent Firouzja Games

    April 3, 2021

    While the rest of us are worried about covid-19, the young masters are playing full steam ahead. I give here two recent blitz tournaments with all the games of Firouzja. In the first set, I just have the noms from With work, I suppose one could dig out the actual names.

    March 30 Titled Tuesday

    GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003) won the Titled Tuesday tournament on March 30 with an undefeated 10/11 score. It was his second Titled Tuesday victory, after having won on June 23, 2020.

    This week's Titled Tuesday tournament had a total of 740 participants. As always, it was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

    This time, Firouzja managed to remain undefeated throughout the tournament. He started with seven wins, then drew twice, with GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Aleksei Pridorozhni (@Alexsur1981), and next finished with two more wins.

    won $750 for first place, Pridorozhni $400 for second, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (@ChessWarrior7197) $150, and GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei) $100.

    Games 3m+1 sec

    Round 1, March 30
    Firouzja, Alireza – Cptn2
    A45 Trompovsky Attack
    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 h6 5.Bh4 d6 6.e4 Be7 7.Bb5+ Nbd7 8.dxe6 fxe6 9.Nf3 O-O 10.Qe2 Ng4 11.Bg3 a6 12.Bc4 Nb6 13.Bd3 d5 14.e5 h5 15.O-O-O Nh6 16.h4 Nf5 17.Ng5 Bxg5+ 18.hxg5 Qxg5+ 19.Kb1 c4 20.Bxf5 1-0

    Round 2, March 30
    Enriquetejedor – Firouzja, Alireza
    B00 Owen Defence

    1.e4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.d4 e6 4.a3 Nf6 5.f3 d5 6.e5 Nfd7 7.f4 c5 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.Be3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bc5 11.Qd2 O-O 12.Nf3 Ndxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 d4 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.Qg3 dxc3 17.Qxc3 Rc8 18.Qd2 Qf6 19.O-O-O Be4 20.Bd3 Bxd3 21.Qxd3 Qxf4+ 22.Kb1 Qc7 23.Rhe1 Rfd8 24.Qe2 Qxh2 25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.Qa6 Qc7 27.Re3 g6 28.Rc3 Qe7 29.Ka2 e5 30.Qe2 e4 31.Re3 Qe6+ 32.b3 Re8 33.Rc3 f5 34.g4 f4 35.Rc4 f3 36.Qe3 Qf7 37.Rc7 Qxc7 0-1 (won on time)

    Round 3, March 30
    Firouzja, Alireza – ymoy
    A45 Trompovsky Attack

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 h6 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.a4 a6 9.a5 Qc7 10.Bxd7+ Nxd7 11.Nge2 b5 12.axb6 Qxb6 13.O-O h5 14.Ng3 h4 15.Nf5 Ne5 16.f4 Ng6 17.h3 Bh6 18.Ne2 Qxb2 19.Rb1 Qa3 20.c4 Rd8 21.Rb7 Kf8 22.Kh1 Qa2 23.Qd3 a5 24.Nc3 Qa3 25.Qc2 a4 26.Nb1 Qa1 27.Nd2 Qa3 28.Rf3 Qa1+ 29.Rb1 Qxb1+ 30.Qxb1 Bxf4 31.Rxf4 Nxf4 32.Qb7 Re8 33.Qa7 Rg8 34.Nxh4 Rh8 35.Nf5 Rg8 36.g3 Nxh3 37.Kg2 Ng5 38.Qxa4 Rb8 39.Qd7 Re8 40.Ne3 Rh8 41.Ng4 Kg7 42.Nf2 Kf8 43.Nf3 Nxf3 44.Kxf3 Rb8 45.Ng4 Rb3+ 46.Ne3 Rb8 47.Nf5 Re8 48.Qb7 Rg8 49.Qb1 Rh8 50.Qc1 Rb8 51.Qa3 Rg8 52.Qa7 Re8 53.Ne3 Rh8 54.Qd7 Rg8 55.Qh3 Ra8 56.Qh6+ Ke8 57.Qh7 Kf8 58.Nf5 Ra3+ 59.Kg2 Ra2+ 60.Kf3 Ra3+ 61.Kf4 Rg5 62.Qh6+ Ke8 63.Qh8+ Kd7 64.Qf8 Rxf5+ 65.exf5 Rc3 66.Qxf7 Rxc4+ 67.Ke3 Rd4 68.Qe6+ Kd8 69.Qg8+ Kd7 70.Qa8 Rg4 71.Kf3 Rd4 72.Qc6+ Kd8 73.g4 Rc4 74.Kg3 Rc3+ 75.Kh4 Rd3 76.Kh5 Rh3+ 77.Kg6 Rg3 78.Kf7 Rxg4 79.Qe8+ Kc7 80.Qxe7+ Kb6 81.Qxd6+ Kb5 82.Qxf6 Rd4 83.d6 Kc6 84.Qxd4 cxd4 85.Ke7 d3 86.d7 d2 87.d8=Q d1=Q 88.Qxd1 1-0

    Round 4, March 30
    Firouzja, Alireza – TigrVShlyape
    D00 Levitsky Attack

    1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 c6 4.e3 Qb6 5.b3 Bf5 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Be2 e6 8.O-O Be7 9.Bxe7 Nxe7 10.c4 O-O 11.Nc3 a5 12.Qd2 Bg4 13.Rac1 Rfd8 14.Rfd1 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Nf6 16.Qe1 Qa7 17.h3 Nf5 18.Be2 Nd6 19.Bd3 Rab8 20.a4 Re8 21.Qe2 Rbd8 22.Qf3 Nc8 23.Bb1 Ne7 24.Ne2 Qb6 25.Bc2 Qc7 26.Nf4 Qb8 27.Nd3 Nd7 28.Bb1 Ng6 29.cxd5 exd5 30.Nc5 Ngf8 31.Qe2 Nxc5 32.Rxc5 Qa7 33.Qd2 Ra8 34.Bf5 Ne6 35.Rc3 Qb6 36.Qc2 Qb4 37.h4 Nc7 38.g3 Re7 39.Qd2 Ne8 40.Bc2 Nf6 41.Rc5 Qb6 42.Rb1 Nd7 43.Rc3 Qb4 44.Rd3 Qxd2 45.Rxd2 Nf6 46.Bd3 Ne8 47.Re2 Nd6 48.f3 f5 49.h5 Kf7 50.Kf2 Ke6 51.Rg1 Rf8 52.g4 fxg4 53.Rxg4 Ref7 54.f4 Re7 55.Kf3 Kd7 56.Reg2 Ne8 57.Bg6 Nf6 58.Bf5+ Kd6 59.Rxg7 Nxh5 60.R2g6+ Nf6 61.Rxe7 Kxe7 62.Rxh6 Rg8 63.Bg6 Rg7 64.f5 1-0

    Round 5, March 30
    Ducu14 – Firouzja, Alireza
    B00 Owen Defence

    1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 c5 6.c3 Ne7 7.O-O Nec6 8.a3 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Qa4 Qc8 11.b4 Nb8 12.Be3 c4 13.h4 Be7 14.h5 h6 15.Nbd2 O-O 16.Qc2 Nd7 17.Nh2 b5 18.a4 bxa4 19.Rxa4 Nb6 20.Ra2 a5 21.bxa5 Rxa5 22.Rfa1 Rxa2 23.Qxa2 Qb7 24.Qa6 Qxa6 25.Rxa6 Rb8 26.f4 Bd8 27.Nhf3 Ra8 28.Rxa8 Nxa8 29.Nb1 Ba5 30.Kf2 Nb6 31.Bd2 Na4 32.Ke3 Na7 33.Ng1 Nb5 34.Ne2 f5 35.Kf3 Kf7 36.g4 g6 37.hxg6+ Kxg6 38.gxf5+ Kxf5 39.Ng3+ Kg6 40.Ne2 h5 41.Be1 Bd8 42.Bf2 Be7 43.Be1 Nb2 44.Nc1 Bd8 45.Kg3 Kf5 46.Kf3 h4 47.Bf2 Nd1 48.Be1 h3 49.Ne2 Ba5 50.Ng3+ Kg6 51.Ne2 h2 52.Kg2 Kf5 53.Kxh2 Ke4 54.Kg2 Kd3 55.Kf3 Kc2 56.Nd2 Nbxc3 57.Nxc3 Bxc3 58.f5 Bxd4 59.fxe6 Bc5 60.Nf1 Kd3 61.Ng3 d4 62.Nf5 c3 63.Nxd4 Kxd4 64.Bxc3+ Nxc3 65.Kg4 Kxe5 66.e7 Bxe7 67.Kf3 Bc5 68.Kg4 Be3 69.Kf3 Kd4 70.Kg4 Ke4 71.Kg3 Nd5 72.Kg2 Kf4 73.Kf1 Kf3 74.Ke1 Nc3 75.Kf1 Ne4 76.Ke1 Nf2 77.Kf1 Bd2 78.Kg1 Bf4 79.Kf1 Bh2 80.Ke1 Ne4 81.Kd1 Ke3 82.Kc2 Nd2 83.Kc3 Bd6 84.Kc2 Be5 85.Kc1 Kd3 86.Kd1 Bg3 87.Kc1 Nc4 88.Kd1 Nb2+ 89.Kc1 Kc3 90.Kb1 Kb3 91.Kc1 Bf4+ 92.Kb1 Nc4 93.Ka1 Bc1 94.Kb1 Ba3 95.Ka1 Bb2+ 96.Kb1 Na3# 0-1

    Final position


    Round 6, March 30
    Firouzja, Alireza – Fandorine
    A45 Trompovsky Attack

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d5 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.exd5 O-O 7.Bc4 Nd7 8.Nge2 Nb6 9.Bb3 a5 10.a4 Re8 11.O-O Bd7 12.Qd2 f5 13.Rfe1 Qf6 14.h3 h5 15.Rad1 h4 16.Kh1 g5 17.f3 Bf8 18.Nc1 Bd6 19.Nd3 Bg3 20.Rf1 Kg7 21.Nc5 Bf4 22.Qd3 Re3 23.Nxd7 Nxd7 24.Qb5 Nb6 25.Ne2 Bd6 26.c3 Rae8 27.Ng1 Bg3 28.Bc2 Nc8 29.Qxa5 Ne7 30.Qb5 Ng6 31.d6 Qxd6 32.Qxf5 Bf4 33.Be4 c6 34.Rfe1 Rxe1 35.Rxe1 Bg3 36.Rf1 Bf4 37.Ne2 Re6 38.Nxf4 Nxf4 39.Qxg5+ Rg6 40.Bxg6 Nxg6 41.f4 f6 42.Qg4 Kf7 43.f5 Nf8 44.Qxh4 1-0

    Round 7, March 30
    Jcibarra – Firouzja, Alireza
    A14 English, symmetrical, hedgehog

    1.Nf3 e6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.O-O Nf6 5.c4 d5 6.b3 Be7 7.Bb2 O-O 8.e3 dxc4 9.bxc4 c5 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.Nc3 Qc7 12.Rab1 Rfd8 13.Rfd1 Rac8 14.Ba1 Nb4 15.Nb5 Qb8 16.Be5 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 Qxe5 18.Nxa7 Rc7 19.Nb5 Rcd7 20.a3 Na6 21.Bc6 Rd3 22.Bb7 Nb8 23.Bd5 Qf5 24.Bg2 Rxd2 25.Rxd2 Qxb1+ 26.Bf1 Rxd2 27.Qxd2 Nbd7 28.Kg2 Ne5 29.Nc3 Qb3 30.Be2 Nxc4 31.Qd3 Ne5 32.Qd2 g6 33.h3 Nd5 0-1 lost on time

    Round 8, March 30
    Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
    C67 Ruy Lopez, open Berlin Defence, l’Hermet variation

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.dxe5 Nxb5 7.a4 Nbd4 8.Nxd4 d5 9.exd6 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qxd6 11.Qe4+ Qe6 12.Qd4 Qd6 13.Qe4+ Qe6 14.Qd4 Qd6 1/2-1/2 by repetition

    Round 9, March 30
    Firouzja, Alireza – Pridorozhni, Aleksei
    D00 Levitsky Attack

    1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Qb6 4.b3 Bf5 5.Nf3 Nd7 6.Be2 Ngf6 7.O-O e6 8.c4 Be7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Nh4 Bg6 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Rc1 Qa5 13.h4 Bb4 14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.Qc2 Bxc3 16.Qxc3 Qxc3 17.Rxc3 a5 18.f3 Rfd8 19.Kf2 Kf8 20.Rfc1 Ke7 21.Bd3 Ne8 22.cxd5 exd5 23.a4 Nc7 24.g4 Ne6 25.Kg3 g5 26.hxg5 Nxg5 27.Rh1 Ne6 28.Rcc1 g6 29.Rh7 Nf8 30.Rh6 Ne6 31.f4 Rh8 32.Rch1 Rxh6 33.Rxh6 Rb8 34.f5 gxf5 35.Bxf5 Ng7 36.Kf4 Rg8 37.Bh7 Rh8 38.g5 Ne6+ 39.Kg4 Re8 40.Bf5 Ng7 41.Bd3 Rg8 42.Rh7 Ne6 43.g6 Rg7 44.Rxg7 Nxg7 45.gxf7 Kxf7 46.Bf5 1/2-1/2 drawn by agreement

    Round 10, March 30
    Naroditsky, Daniel – Firouzja, Alireza
    A45 Queen’s Pawn game

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 cxd4 5.Nb5 Na6 6.exd4 g6 7.c3 Bg7 8.Nf3 O-O 9.Bd3 Nh5 10.Bg5 Nc7 11.a4 Ne6 12.Be3 Nef4 13.Bf1 a6 14.Na3 Qc7 15.g3 Ne6 16.Bg2 f5 17.O-O Nf6 18.Ne5 Ne4 19.f3 Nf6 20.Qd2 Rd8 21.Rae1 Bd7 22.Bh6 Qd6 23.a5 Be8 24.Nc2 Rac8 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 26.Nb4 Nf8 27.Nbd3 Bb5 28.Re3 Bxd3 29.Nxd3 N6d7 30.Rfe1 e6 31.Nf4 Re8 32.Bf1 Kf7 33.h4 Qc7 34.b4 Nf6 35.Qf2 Nh5 36.Nxh5 gxh5 37.f4 Nd7 38.Qe2 Nf6 39.Rxe6 Qxc3 40.Qe5 Qxg3+ 41.Bg2 Qxe1+ 42.Qxe1 Rxe6 43.Qb1 Rg8 44.Kf1 Ne4 45.Qc2 Rc6 46.Qd1 Rg4 47.Bxe4 fxe4 48.Qb3 Rxf4+ 49.Ke2 Rc4 50.Qg3 Rc2+ 51.Kd1 Rcf2 52.Qg5 Rf1+ 53.Ke2 R4f2+ 54.Ke3 Rf5 55.Qd8 R1f3+ 56.Ke2 Kg6 57.Qe8+ Rf7 58.Qe6+ R3f6 59.Qxd5 Rf2+ 60.Ke3 R2f5 61.Qxe4 Kf6 62.Qc2 Re7+ 63.Kd3 Rf3+ 64.Kc4 Rc7+ 0-1 lost on time

    Round 11, March 30
    Firouzja, Alireza – Srinavasan
    A45 Trompovsky Attack

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 g6 4.Bxf6 exf6 5.c4 dxc4 6.Bxc4 Bd6 7.Nc3 c6 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 Nd7 11.e4 Nb6 12.Bb3 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Rad8 15.Rad1 Kg7 16.a3 Bb8 17.g3 c5 18.d5 c4 19.Bc2 a6 20.Kg2 Nd7 21.Qe3 Qc5 22.Qxc5 Nxc5 23.a4 Rd6 24.Rd4 Rb6 25.Rxc4 Nd7 26.Rb1 Bd6 27.f4 Rb4 28.Rxb4 Bxb4 29.Na2 Bd6 30.b4 Rc8 31.Bd3 Nb6 32.a5 Nc4 33.Kf2 Na3 34.Rb3 Nc2 35.Rb2 Na3 36.Ke3 g5 37.h4 h6 38.h5 Kf8 39.Rf2 Kg7 40.Kd2 Rc7 41.Ke3 Rc8 42.Kf3 Rb8 43.Re2 b6 44.e5 fxe5 45.fxe5 Bf8 46.axb6 Rxb6 47.d6 Rb8 48.Bxa6 f6 49.d7 fxe5 50.Rxe5 Bd6 51.Re8 1-0

    (to be continued)
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Monday, 5th April, 2021, 05:14 PM.

  • #2
    Recent Firouzja Games

    April 3, 2021


    March 23 Titled Tuesday

    GM Pavel Anisimov (@PaulfromSPb) won the Titled Tuesday tournament on March 23. The grandmaster from St. Petersburg (as his handle points out!) finished half a point ahead of GM Hikaru Nakamura (@Hikaru) and Dmitry Andreikin (@FairChess_on_YouTube).

    This week's Titled Tuesday tournament, the first after the official end of the winter, had a total of 659 participants. The 11-round Swiss, with a 3+1 time control, was kind of a "Russian spring" as seven out of the top-10 were Russian grandmasters.

    It's tempting to describe Anisimov's tournament as the perfect Swiss gambit. He lost his very first game on time and in a lost position to a young candidate master but then finished with an astonishing 10/10.

    It took a while before he faced big names, but it is still impressive that he also managed to win his last three rounds against GM Sanan Sjugirov (@Sanan_Sjugirov), GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003), and his famous co-resident of St. Petersburg, Peter Svidler (@PSvidler).

    Alireza stood 20th with 8 points.

    Round 1, March 23
    Firouzja, Alireza – Kulkarni, Rakesh
    E10 Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.d5 b5 5.e4 Nxe4 6.Bd3 Nd6 7.dxe6 dxe6 8.cxb5 Bb7 9.Nc3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Qe2 Nd7 12.Rd1 Rc8 13.Bf4 Qb6 14.a4 c4 15.Bc2 Nf6 16.a5 Qc5 17.Be3 Qb4 18.Ra4 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Qxa4 20.Bxa4 Nf5 21.Bxa7 Bb4 22.b6 Bxc3 23.bxc3 Nd5 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.b7 Rce8 1-0

    Round 2, March 23
    Rosen, E. – Firouzja, Alireza
    A45 Queen’s Pawn game

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 h6 3.e3 g5 4.Bg3 Bg7 5.c4 d6 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.h4 Nc6 8.hxg5 hxg5 9.Rxh8+ Bxh8 10.Be2 e6 11.Nf3 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Qb3 Qe7 14.O-O-O O-O-O 15.Bd3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 f5 17.Rh1 Bf6 18.d5 Nb4 19.Qb3 Na6 20.Nd4 f4 21.Bh2 Nc5 22.Qa3 Qh7 23.dxe6 Bxd4 24.exd4 Nxe6 25.d5 Nc5 26.Qh3+ Qxh3 27.gxh3 Nd3+ 28.Kd2 Nxf2 29.Re1 Nxh3 30.Re7 Rg8 31.Ke2 g4 32.Rh7 f3+ 33.Ke3 Re8+ 34.Kd4 Rf8 35.c5 f2 36.cxd6 cxd6 37.Bxd6 f1=Q 38.Bxf8 Qxf8 39.Kc3 Qc5+ 40.Kb3 Qxd5+ 41.Ka4 Qe4+ 0-1

    Round 3, March 23
    Firouzja, Alireza – Lovkov, Roman
    D00 Levitsky Attack

    1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c5 3.dxc5 f6 4.Bd2 a5 5.e4 dxe4 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.Bb5+ Nc6 8.Nge2 e6 9.Ng3 Bg6 10.Ncxe4 f5 11.Ng5 Qd5 12.Qe2 e5 13.Bc4 Qxc5 14.Ne6 Qd6 15.O-O-O Nf6 16.Be3 Qb8 17.Bb6 Bd6 18.Qd3 Ke7 19.Nxg7 Nd4 20.Bxd4 exd4 21.N3xf5+ Bxf5 22.Nxf5+ Kd7 23.Qxd4 Ra6 24.Bxa6 1-0

    Round 4, March 23
    Firouzja, Alireza – Gadimbayli, Abdulla
    D00 Levitsky Attack

    1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 c6 4.e3 Qb6 5.b3 e5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nd7 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 e4 10.Be2 Bd6 11.O-O Ne7 12.c4 Qa5 13.Bxe7 Bxe7 14.Qc2 O-O 15.a3 Rac8 16.Nc3 f5 17.b4 Qd8 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Qb3 Nf6 20.Rac1 Kh7 21.f4 Qd7 22.Rc2 g5 23.fxg5 hxg5 24.Bd1 Kg6 25.Rcf2 Qc6 26.Ne2 Nh5 27.b5 Qe6 28.Nc3 Ng3 29.Nxd5 Kg7 30.Re1 Bd6 31.Qa4 Rc1 32.Nb4 Qc4 33.Rc2 Rxc2 34.Qxc2 Qxb5 35.Qf2 a5 36.Na2 f4 37.Nc3 Qd3 38.Nd5 Rf5 39.Bc2 Qc4 40.Nb6 Qc3 41.Na4 Qxa3 42.exf4 Bxf4 43.d5 e3 44.Qf3 Qb4 45.Rxe3 Bxe3+ 46.Qxe3 Rf1+ 47.Kh2 Qf4 48.Qe7+ Kg8 49.Qe8+ Kg7 50.Qe7+ Kg8 51.Qe8+ Kg7 52.Qd7+ Kg8 53.Qc8+ Kg7 54.Qxb7+ Kf6 55.Qc6+ Ke5 56.Qc7+ Kf6 57.Qd8+ Kg7 58.Qe7+ Kg8 59.Qe8+ Kg7 60.Qd7+ Kg8 61.Qh7+ Kf8 62.Qh6+ Ke7 63.d6+ Kd7 64.Nb6+ Kc6 65.d7+ Kc5 66.Na4+ Kb4 67.Qb6+ Kc4 68.Qb3+ Kd4 69.d8=Q+ Ke5 70.Qbd5# 1-0

    Round 5, March 23
    Bernadskiy, V. – Firouzja, Alireza
    B00 Owen Defence

    1.e4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.Nf3 e6 4.Be2 c5 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 a6 7.O-O Ne7 8.f4 Nbc6 9.Kh1 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Nc6 11.Qd3 Be7 12.a3 O-O 13.Bf3 Qc7 14.Be3 b5 15.Rad1 Rad8 16.Nd5 exd5 17.exd5 Bf6 18.dxc6 dxc6 19.Qb3 c5 20.Bxb7 c4 21.Qb4 Qxb7 22.a4 h5 23.axb5 axb5 24.b3 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Re8 26.Re1 Re4 27.Bd2 Rd4 28.Qc5 Qd7 29.Bb4 Rd5 30.Qe3 cxb3 31.cxb3 Rd3 32.Qe4 Rxb3 33.Qa8+ Kh7 34.Qe4+ g6 35.h3 Bd4 36.Bf8 Rxh3+ 0-1

    Round 6, March 23
    Firouzja, Alireza – Matlakov, M
    A46 Queen’s Pawn, Torre Attack

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.e4 d5 6.Nbd2 Qd8 7.Bd3 c5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Qe2+ Be7 10.dxc5 O-O 11.O-O-O Bxc5 12.Nb3 Bb6 13.Rhe1 Nc6 14.c3 Qf6 15.Bc2 a5 16.Rxd5 a4 17.Qd3 g6 18.Nbd2 a3 19.Rd6 axb2+ 20.Kxb2 Qg7 21.Bb3 Bf5 22.Qb5 Ba5 23.Re3 Rac8 24.Rxc6 bxc6 25.Qxa5 Rfe8 26.Nd4 Rxe3 27.fxe3 Bd3 28.Qc5 Qf6 29.N2f3 Re8 30.Qxc6 Qxc6 31.Nxc6 Rxe3 32.Ncd4 Be4 33.a4 g5 34.a5 Kg7 35.a6 g4 36.Ne5 Bxg2 37.Nf5+ 1-0

    Round 7, March 23
    Chigaev, M. – Firouzja, Alireza
    B00 Owen Defence

    1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 Qd7 6.a4 Ba6 7.Bxa6 Nxa6 8.O-O c5 9.c3 Ne7 10.Qe2 Qb7 11.Be3 Nc6 12.Nbd2 Be7 13.h4 O-O 14.h5 h6 15.Nb3 cxd4 16.Nbxd4 Nab8 17.Bf4 Nxd4 18.cxd4 Nc6 19.Rfc1 Rfc8 20.Qe3 Nb4 21.Bxh6 gxh6 22.Qxh6 Qa6 23.Rc3 Rxc3 24.bxc3 Nc2 25.Rd1 Qe2 26.Qc1 Qe4 27.Rd2 Na3 28.Qd1 Rc8 29.Rd3 Nc4 30.Ne1 Bh4 31.Rh3 Kh8 32.Nf3 Be7 33.Qc1 Kh7 34.Rg3 Rg8 35.Rxg8 Kxg8 36.a5 bxa5 37.Qd1 Bf8 38.Qa4 Qb1+ 39.Kh2 Qf5 0-1

    Round 8, March 23
    Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 Nd7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nc4 f6 9.h4 Re8 10.Be3 b6 11.Bxc5 Nxc5 12.Ne3 Be6 13.h5 a5 14.g3 a4 15.Kg2 Qd7 16.Rh1 Rad8 17.Nh4 Nb7 18.Nhf5 Nd6 19.g4 Nf7 20.Qf3 h6 21.Qg3 c5 22.b3 Ra8 23.f4 exf4 24.Qxf4 Ng5 25.Rhf1 Ra7 26.Rad1 axb3 27.axb3 Ra2 28.Rf2 Bxf5 29.gxf5 Qf7 30.Rh1 Raa8 31.Nd5 Re5 32.Ne3 Rd8 33.Ng4 Ree8 34.Re2 b5 35.Ne3 Ra8 36.Qh2 Ra2 37.Rhe1 Re5 38.Ng4 Re8 39.Ne3 Re5 40.Ng4 Re8 41.Qg3 Rd8 42.Ne3 Re8 43.Nd5 c6 44.Nf4 c4 45.bxc4 bxc4 46.d4 Qd7 47.Qc3 Ra4 48.Ng6 Kh7 49.Kg1 Qa7 50.Kg2 Qc7 51.Re3 Rea8 52.e5 Qd7 53.Rf1 Qd5+ 54.Kh2 Ra2 55.Rf2 Ra1 56.Re1 Rxe1 57.Qxe1 Nf3+ 58.Rxf3 Qxf3 59.exf6 Qxh5+ 60.Kg3 Qg5+ 61.Kh2 Qxf5 62.Ne5 Qxc2+ 63.Kg3 gxf6 64.Ng4 Qg6 65.Qe7+ Kh8 66.Kf3 Qf5+ 67.Ke3 Qxg4 0-1

    Round 9, March 23
    Firouzja, Alireza – Svidler, Peter
    A45 Trompovsky Attack

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Qd2 g5 7.Bc4 a6 8.a4 Nc6 9.Nge2 Bg7 10.Rd1 Bd7 11.O-O O-O-O 12.b4 Nxb4 13.Rb1 c5 14.a5 cxd4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 exd5 17.Bxd5 Bb5 18.Rfc1 Kb8 19.c4 dxc3 20.Nxc3 Qd4 21.Qxd4 Bxd4 22.Nxb5 axb5 23.Rxb5 Rd7 24.Rcb1 Ka7 25.g3 Re8 26.a6 b6 27.Bc6 Ree7 28.Bxd7 Rxd7 29.R1b4 Kxa6 30.Rf5 Bc5 31.Rb3 b5 32.Kf1 b4 33.Ke2 Kb5 34.Kd3 Ra7 35.f4 g4 36.Rh5 Ra1 37.Rxh6 Ka4 38.Kc2 Ra2+ 39.Rb2 b3+ 40.Kb1 Ka3 0-1 lost on time

    Round 10, March 23
    Anisimov, P. - Firouzja, Alireza
    B00 Owen Defence

    1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.O-O Nf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.c4 Qd8 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Bf4 Nbd7 11.Qe2 Re8 12.Rad1 Qc8 13.h3 a6 14.Ne5 Nf8 15.a3 Ng6 16.Bh2 Bf8 17.Bg3 Bd6 18.Bc2 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Nd7 20.h4 h6 21.Qg4 Ndf8 22.Ne4 Bxe4 23.Bxe4 Rb8 24.Bc6 Rd8 25.Rxd8 Qxd8 26.h5 Ne7 27.Bh4 Nh7 28.Be4 Kh8 29.Qf4 Qe8 30.b4 Rd8 31.Re3 Rd4 32.Rd3 Rxc4 33.Qd2 Nd5 34.Bxd5 Rxh4 35.Bb7 Nf8 36.Rd8 Qe7 37.Bc6 f5 38.Re8 Qf7 39.Qd8 1-0 lost on time

    Round 11, March 23
    Firouzja, Alireza - Ivic, Velimir
    A01 Nimzo-Larsen Attack

    1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 e4 5.f3 a6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.fxe4 Nxe4 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.O-O Bd6 10.d3 Ng5 11.Nbd2 Qe7 12.Qe1 Nxf3+ 13.Nxf3 O-O-O 14.e4 f6 15.Kh1 Kb8 16.e5 fxe5 17.Nxe5 Bh5 18.Qg3 Rhf8 19.Rfe1 Qf6 20.h3 Qf2 21.Qxf2 Rxf2 22.Rac1 Kc8 23.Rf1 Rdf8 24.Kg1 Rxf1+ 25.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 26.Kxf1 Bxe5 27.Bxe5 Kd7 28.Bxg7 c5 29.Ke1 b5 30.g4 Bg6 31.Ke2 c4 32.Ke3 cxd3 33.cxd3 c5 34.h4 h5 35.g5 Ke6 36.Bf8 Kd5 37.b4 c4 38.d4 Bf5 39.Be7 Bg6 40.Bf6 Be4 41.Be5 Bg6 42.Bg3 Be4 43.Be1 Bg6 44.Bc3 Be4 45.Kf4 Bg6 46.a3 Be4 47.g6 Bxg6 48.Kg5 Be8 49.Kf6 Bd7 50.Ke7 Bg4 51.Kd8 Ke4 52.Kc7 Kd3 53.Ba1 c3 54.d5 c2 55.Bb2 Kd2 56.Kb6 c1=Q 57.Bxc1+ Kxc1 58.Kxa6 Bd7 59.Kb6 Kb2 60.Kc7 Be8 61.Kd8 Bg6 62.Ke7 Kxa3 63.Kf6 Be4 64.d6 Bc6 65.Kg5 Kxb4 66.Kxh5 Kc5 67.Kg5 Kxd6 68.h5 Be4 69.Kf4 Bh7 70.Ke3 Kc5 71.Kd2 b4 72.Kc1 Kc4 73.Kb2 b3 74.h6 Kb4 75.Ka1 Bg6 76.Kb2 Kc4 77.h7 Bxh7 78.Ka1 Kb4 79.Kb2 Bg8 80.Ka1 Ka3 81.Kb1 Bh7+ 82.Ka1 b2# 0-1


    • #3
      Rd 4 Firoujza - Tigr. What a high quality game, especially at that time control! Amazing! Also round 10 Naroditsky - Firoujza great entertainment.
      By the way the diagram should be moved down a rank, otherwise it doesnt make sense.


      • #4
        Recent Firouzja Games

        April 7, 2021

        April 6 Titled Tuesday

        See Peter Doggers -

        He hadn't won a Titled Tuesday since June 23, 2020, but after winning last week, this week GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003) came in first twice in a row. The victory, again achieved with a 10/11 score, was a nice warm-up for his match with GM Vladislav Artemiev in the bullet championship that Firouzja would win as well.

        This week's Titled Tuesday tournament, held on April 6, had a total of 800 participants. As always, it was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

        Like last week, Firouzja managed to remain undefeated throughout the tournament. After five wins, he drew with GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk and joined a big group of players on 5.5/6. GM Jeffery Xiong (@jefferyx) and GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (@BogdanDeac) were still ahead of the pack with 6/6.

        An exciting game was Firouzja's clash with GM Baadur Jobava (@exoticprincess), who played a promising sacrifice on the kingside but then didn't find the right follow-up.

        After nine rounds, Firouzja was in a tie for first place with GM Hikaru Nakamura as both had scored 8.5/9. Obviously, they got paired against each other. It was Firouzja who had winning chances for a while:

        While Nakamura was held to a draw in the final round by GM Federico Perez Ponsa (@Genghis_K), Firouzja as Black Firouzja as Black became the only player to reach 10 points as he defeated GM Peter Svidler.

        Firouzja won $750 for first place, Nakamura $400 for second, GM Srinath Narayanan (@GMSrinath) $150 for third, and GM Kirill Shevchenko (@kirillshevchenko) $100 for fourth.


        Round 1, April 6
        Firouzja, Alireza – alex1531
        A45 Trompovsky Attack

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.e3 c5 5.dxc5 Nc6 6.Nf3 e5 7.Nc3 Be6 8.Na4 Bxc5 9.Nxc5 Qa5+ 10.c3 Qxc5 11.Be2 Rg8 12.O-O Qe7 13.Qa4 O-O-O 14.Rfd1 Bh3 15.Ne1 Qd7 16.Qh4 Bf5 17.Qxf6 Rg6 18.Qh4 Rdg8 19.Rd2 Qe6 20.Rad1 Rh6 21.Qa4 Be4 22.Bd3 Qh3 23.Bxe4 Qxh2+ 24.Kf1 dxe4 25.Qxe4 Qh1+ 26.Ke2 Qh5+ 27.Qf3 Qg5 28.Rd6 Rxd6 29.Rxd6 Kc7 30.Rf6 Nd8 31.Nd3 e4 32.Qf4+ Qxf4 33.Nxf4 Kd7 34.Rh6 Rg7 35.g3 Nc6 36.Nh5 Rg8 37.Nf6+ 1-0

        Round 2, April 6
        Sanyura – Firouzja, Alireza
        B00 Owen Defence

        1.e4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Bd3 d5 6.exd5 Qxd5 7.O-O Qh5 8.Be4 Bxe4 9.Nxe4 Nf6 10.Nxf6+ gxf6 11.Bf4 Bd6 12.Bg3 Nc6 13.Re1 O-O-O 14.c3 Rhg8 15.Qe2 Kb7 16.a4 a5 17.Nd2 Qh6 18.Ne4 Bxg3 19.hxg3 Rd5 20.Nc5+ Kb8 21.Qa6 Nd8 22.b4 Rgg5 23.bxa5 Rh5 24.f4 Rxc5 25.dxc5 Qf8 26.Qc4 Rxc5 27.Qd3 Rxa5 28.Red1 Nc6 29.Qxh7 Qc5+ 30.Kh1 Kb7 31.Qxf7 Ra8 32.Qg6 Rh8+ 0-1

        Round 3, April 6
        Firouzja, Alireza – Vugar_Manafov
        A45 Trompovsky Attack

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 Be7 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxe7 Qxe7 6.c4 Nb6 7.Nc3 d6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Nf3 O-O 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.O-O Nb4 12.Be2 a5 13.a3 Na6 14.Re1 Bd7 15.Bd3 Rfc8 16.b3 a4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.cxd5 Qf6 19.dxe6 Bxe6 20.bxa4 Rc3 21.Re3 Rac8 22.Qd2 g6 23.h3 Bd5 24.Bxa6 Rxe3 25.Bxb7 Bxf3 26.Bxc8 Re2 27.Qc3 Bxg2 28.Qg3 Bd5 29.Ba6 Rb2 30.Re1 Qxd4 31.Bb5 Kg7 32.Qe3 Qf6 33.Rd1 Bf3 34.Rc1 d5 35.Re1 Be4 36.Bf1 Qf5 37.a5 Qf6 38.a6 Rb8 39.Rd1 Ra8 40.Qd4 Qxd4 41.Rxd4 Kf6 42.f4 Ke6 43.Kf2 Kd6 44.Rb4 Kc6 45.Ke3 f5 46.Kd4 Rc8 47.Rb7 Ra8 48.Bb5+ Kd6 49.Rd7+ Ke6 50.a7 Bc2 51.Rc7 Be4 52.Bc6 Rd8 53.a8=Q 1-0

        Round 4, April 6
        Kiborg95 – Firouzja, Alireza
        B00 Owen Defence

        1.e4 b6 2.d3 Bb7 3.Nd2 e6 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.Nh3 a5 7.e5 Nfd7 8.f4 a4 9.a3 Bc5 10.Nf3 O-O 11.d4 Be7 12.O-O c5 13.c3 Nc6 14.f5 exf5 15.Nf4 cxd4 16.cxd4 Re8 17.Nxd5 Na5 18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.Qxa4 Nf8 20.Bg5 Qe6 21.Rad1 Bd5 22.Qb4 Rac8 23.Rc1 Nc6 24.Qxb6 Rb8 25.Qc5 Rxb2 26.Rf2 Rxf2 27.Kxf2 Rb8 28.Rc2 Be4 29.Rd2 Qg6 30.Be3 Ne6 31.Nh4 Qh5 32.Qd6 Bxg2 33.Nxg2 f4 34.Qxc6 fxe3+ 35.Nxe3 Qxh2+ 36.Qg2 Qh5 37.Qf3 Qg6 38.Nf5 Kh8 39.d5 Ng5 40.Qf4 Nh3+ 0-1


        Round 5, April 6
        Firouzja, Alireza – Twitch-ElhamBlitz05
        D63 QGD, Orthodox Defence

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 e6 4.c4 Be7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Rc1 Nbd7 7.Nf3 h6 8.Bh4 c6 9.Be2 b6 10.O-O Bb7 11.Qc2 Rc8 12.Rfd1 c5 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.cxd5 Nxd5 15.Bg3 Ne4 16.Qb3 Ndxc3 17.bxc3 Qe8 18.Ne5 Bd6 19.Bf3 Nxg3 20.Rxd6 Bxf3 21.hxg3 Bd5 22.c4 b5 23.Qa3 Bxc4 24.Nd7 Qe7 25.Nxf8 Rc6 26.Rcd1 Rxd6 27.Qxd6 Qxf8 28.a3 Qxd6 29.Rxd6 a5 30.Ra6 a4 31.Rb6 g5 32.e4 Kg7 33.f4 gxf4 34.gxf4 Kg6 35.Kf2 Kh5 36.Rb7 Kg6 37.g4 Kf6 38.Ke3 1-0 Lost on time

        Round 6, April 6
        Oleksandr_Bortnyk – Firouzja, Alireza
        C28 Vienna game

        1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Na5 5.Bg5 c6 6.f4 h6 7.Bh4 Nxc4 8.dxc4 Qa5 9.Qd3 Bb4 10.Ne2 d6 11.fxe5 dxe5 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.O-O Be6 14.Rxf6 Qc5+ 15.Kh1 Qxc4 16.Qg3 Bd6 17.b3 Qc5 18.Rxe6+ fxe6 19.Qg6+ Kd7 20.Qg7+ Be7 21.Rd1+ Kc7 22.Na4 Qa3 23.Qxe5+ Bd6 24.Qg7+ Be7 25.Nf4 Rad8 26.Nxe6+ Kc8 27.Nxd8 Rxd8 28.Rf1 Rd7 29.Qxh6 Qxa2 30.Qh8+ Kc7 31.Qc3 Qa3 32.h3 b5 33.Ra1 Qb4 34.Qxb4 Bxb4 35.Nb2 a5 36.Nd3 Bc3 37.Rf1 Kb6 38.Rb1 Ra7 39.e5 Kc7 40.g4 a4 41.bxa4 bxa4 42.Nc1 a3 43.Na2 Bxe5 44.Rb3 Bb2 45.Kg2 Ra4 46.Rb4 Ra5 47.h4 Rc5 48.c4 Re5 49.Kf3 Re1 50.Ra4 Ra1 51.Nb4 c5 52.Nd3 Bd4 53.Ke4 Kc6 54.Ra6+ Kb7 55.Ra4 a2 56.Kd5 Rd1 57.Rxa2 Rxd3 58.Ke6 Re3+ 59.Kf5 Rc3 60.g5 Rxc4 61.h5 Rc1 62.h6 Rf1+ 63.Ke6 Rg1 64.Kf5 Kc6 65.g6 Kd5 66.Rh2 Rf1+ 67.Kg4 Rg1+ 68.Kf5 Rf1+ 69.Kg4 Ke6 70.Rg2 Kf6 71.g7 Kf7 72.Kh5 Rh1+ 73.Kg5 Kg8 74.Kg6 Be3 75.Re2 Rxh6+ 76.Kf5 Rh3 77.Kg4 Rh1 78.Rxe3 Kxg7 79.Re6 Rh7 80.Rc6 Rh6 81.Rxc5 Rg6+ 82.Kf5 Rf6+ 83.Ke5 Rf7 84.Rc4 Re7+ 85.Kd6 Rf7 86.Rg4+ Kf8 87.Ke6 Re7+ 88.Kf6 Rf7+ 89.Ke6 Re7+ 90.Kf5 Rf7+ 91.Kg5 Rg7+ 92.Kf4 Rxg4+ 93.Kxg4 1/2-1/2 Book draw

        Round 7, April 6
        Firouzja, Alireza – Genghis_K
        B50 Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen/Najdorf/dragon

        1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.h3 a6 5.a4 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.d3 O-O 8.O-O Nc6 9.Bg5 Rb8 10.Qd2 Bd7 11.Rfe1 Re8 12.e5 dxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Rxe5 b5 15.axb5 axb5 16.Bb3 Qb6 17.Be3 Rbc8 18.Re1 e6 19.Ba2 Qd6 20.Bf4 Qb6 21.Bh6 Bh8 22.Qe3 Qd6 23.Qf3 b4 24.Nd1 Bc6 25.Qe2 Bd5 26.Bxd5 Nxd5 27.Re4 Bg7 28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Ne3 Nxe3 30.Qxe3 Red8 31.b3 Qc7 32.Rc4 Rd5 33.Ra1 Qe5 34.Qxe5+ Rxe5 35.Kf1 Rd5 36.Ra5 Kf6 37.Ke2 Rc7 38.Rb5 Ke5 39.Rbxb4 Ra7 40.Rb5 Rc7 41.b4 Kd6 42.Rbxc5 Rdxc5 43.Rxc5 Ra7 44.Ra5 Rb7 45.c3 Rc7 46.c4 Rb7 47.Ra6+ Ke5 48.b5 Kd4 49.Rd6+ Kc3 50.b6 Kb4 51.Rc6 Ka5 52.c5 Kb5 53.Rc7 Rb8 54.b7 Rxb7 55.Rxb7+ 1-0

        Round 8, April 6
        Jefferyx – Firouzja, Alireza
        A47 Queen’s Indian Defence

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.Bf4 Bb7 4.e3 g6 5.Nbd2 Bg7 6.Bd3 O-O 7.O-O d6 8.h3 Nbd7 9.Bh2 Re8 10.e4 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qe2 Nh5 13.Ba6 Bxa6 14.Qxa6 Nc5 15.Qc4 a5 16.Nb3 Nb7 17.Rfd1 Nd6 18.Qc6 a4 19.Nbd2 Ra5 20.b4 axb3 21.Nxb3 Ra7 22.c4 Qa8 23.Qxa8 Raxa8 24.Nfd2 Nf4 25.c5 bxc5 26.Nxc5 Ne2+ 27.Kf1 Nc3 28.Rdc1 Nxa2 29.Rc2 Nb4 30.Rxa8 Rxa8 31.Rb2 Nc6 32.Ncb3 Nb5 33.f3 Bf8 34.Bg1 f6 35.Be3 Kf7 36.Rc2 Nb4 37.Rc4 Bd6 38.Bc5 Nd3 39.Bxd6 cxd6 40.g3 Ke6 41.Ke2 Nb2 42.Rc2 Na4 43.Kd3 f5 44.h4 Nb6 45.Rc6 Nd7 46.Kc4 Rb8 47.g4 fxg4 48.fxg4 Nf6 49.Nc5+ Ke7 50.g5 Ne8 51.Na6 Rb7 52.Nb4 Kd7 53.Ra6 Nec7 54.Ra5 Nd4 55.Ra2 Rb5 56.Nd3 Rb6 57.Nb4 Rb7 58.Nd5 Nxd5 59.exd5 Nf5 60.Ne4 Ne3+ 61.Kd3 Nxd5 62.Ke2 Ke6 63.Ra6 Rb6 64.Ra7 Rb2+ 65.Ke1 Rb4 0-1

        Round 9, April 6
        Firouzja, Alireza – exoticprincess
        C26 Vienna game

        1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 d6 5.O-O O-O 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Re1 h6 8.a4 a5 9.b3 Re8 10.Bb2 c6 11.Qd2 Qc7 12.Rad1 Nf8 13.h3 Ng6 14.d5 Nf4 15.Ba3 Rd8 16.Qe3 cxd5 17.Nb5 Qd7 18.exd5 Nxg2 19.Kxg2 Qxh3+ 20.Kg1 Ng4 21.Bf1 Nxe3 22.Bxh3 Nxd1 23.Bxc8 Raxc8 24.Rxd1 Rxc2 25.Nxe5 dxe5 26.Bxe7 Rd7 27.d6 f6 28.Kg2 Kf7 29.Nc7 Rxe7 30.d7 Rxd7 31.Rxd7+ Kg6 32.Ne6 b6 33.Rxg7+ Kf5 34.Nc7 Rc3 35.Nd5 Rxb3 36.Rb7 Ra3 37.Nxb6 Rb3 38.Nc4 Rd3 39.Rb5 Rd4 40.Ne3+ Kg5 41.Rxa5 h5 42.Ra8 f5 43.Rg8+ Kf4 44.Rf8 Rxa4 45.Rxf5+ Ke4 46.Rxh5 1-0

        Round 10, April 6
        Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
        A45 Trompovsky Attack

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 g6 6.Bd3 Bg7 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.O-O Ne5 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.a4 a6 11.a5 Qc7 12.Bxd7+ Nexd7 13.Qd2 O-O 14.Bh6 Rab8 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.b3 b5 17.axb6 Rxb6 18.Ng3 c4 19.b4 Rxb4 20.Rxa6 Rfb8 21.h4 h5 22.Nge2 R4b6 23.Ra4 Rb4 24.Rxb4 Rxb4 25.Nd4 Ne5 26.f3 Qc5 27.Kh2 Rb7 28.Ra1 Rb8 29.Nce2 Qb4 30.Qxb4 Rxb4 31.Ra7 Kf8 32.Nc6 Rb2 33.Ned4 Ng8 34.Kg3 c3 35.Ra3 Nd7 36.Rxc3 Ra2 37.Rb3 Ra8 38.Rb7 Nc5 39.Rc7 Na6 40.Ra7 Rxa7 41.Nxa7 Nf6 42.Nab5 Nd7 43.Nb3 Nb4 44.c4 Nd3 45.N5d4 Nb6 46.Nd2 Nb2 47.Nc6 N6xc4 48.Nxc4 Nxc4 1/2-1/2 Drawn by agreement

        Round 11, April 6
        Svidler, Peter – Firouzja, Alireza
        A15 English Opening

        1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.e3 d5 4.b3 Be7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Qc2 b6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Bxd5 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bh7+ Kh8 12.Be4 c5 13.Ne5 Bf6 14.f4 Bxe5 15.Bxe5 Nc6 16.Bc3 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Qd5 18.Qxd5 exd5 19.Ke2 Rfe8 20.a3 d4 21.Bb2 dxe3 22.dxe3 Nd4+ 23.Kf2 Nxb3 24.Rad1 Rad8 25.g4 c4 26.Bc3 Nc5 27.Kf3 Nd3 28.h4 Kg8 29.g5 h5 30.Rb1 Rd7 31.Rhd1 Red8 32.Ke2 Kh7 33.f5 Rd5 34.e4 Nf4+ 35.Ke1 Rd3 36.Rxd3 Rxd3 37.Be5 Re3+ 38.Kf2 Rxe4 39.Bb8 Nd3+ 40.Kf3 Rxh4 41.Ke3 Nc5 42.Bxa7 Rh3+ 43.Kd4 Nb3+ 44.Kd5 b5 45.Rg1 g6 46.Ke5 c3 47.Rg2 Rf3 0-1


        • #5
          Recent Firouzja Games

          April 8, 2021

          From Peter Doggers at

          Firouzja Wins 2021 Bullet Chess Championship Presented By SIG‎


          GM Alireza Firouzja has won the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG. The Iranian super-GM first eliminated top favorite GM Hikaru Nakamura in the semifinals and then was too strong for GM Andrew Tang in the final.

          The Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG was held April 5-7 on with the very best bullet players on the planet. Only World Champion Magnus Carlsen was missing from an otherwise star-studded field. Firouzja earned $10,000 for his first place.

          Naroditsky-Tang 7.5 - 9.5

          Firouzja-Nakamura 10 -8

          The much-anticipated match between Firouzja and Nakamura started next. It was a repeat of the final of the Bullet Open Championship from the end of 2020 and also of the 2019 quarterfinal when both times Nakamura emerged victoriously. The American GM was definitely the slight favorite again, also because he had just beaten GM Arjun Erigaisi 13-3 the other day.

          Nakamura had an excellent start and was about to go 3-0 when he blundered a piece and it was 2-1 instead. He still reached 4-1 anyway, winning game five in the nick of time.

          With Nakamura leading 6-3 at halftime, few would have predicted Firouzja to win this match. However, the second half saw a completely different picture with the Iranian prodigy winning that second "set," also nine games, 7-2 to take match 10-8.

          "[During the break] I thought I had to play more relaxed and play more like I'm playing every day against Naroditsky or like this," Firouzja explained his comeback. "That way I could have a chance, at least."

          The end was an absolute nail-biter, with Nakamura winning a must-win game to make 8-9 with 21 seconds left on the match clock. Having double the amount of time (22 seconds vs. 11 for Firouzja) he seemed on his way to flag his opponent, make 9-9 and force a playoff. He also could have won a piece there but instead blundered his own rook.

          "It was a bit of luck I guess, but overall I think I played good chess against Hikaru," Firouzja would later say. "The first games were a bit shaky, but after that it was pretty decent."

          Firouzja - Tang 11 - 5

          The 2021 Bullet Chess Championship was presented by Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG). SIG is a global quantitative trading firm founded with a growth mindset and an analytical approach to decision-making. As one of the largest proprietary trading firms in the world

          One Minute Bullet Games

          Round 1, April 7
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
          B22 Sicilian-Alekhine-Alapin

          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.O-O Be7 9.Qe2 O-O 10.Rd1 Bd7 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 d5 13.g3 Rc8 14.h4 h6 15.Bc2 f5 16.exf6 Rxf6 17.Qd3 Rf5 18.g4 Rxf3 19.Qxf3 Bxh4 20.Qd3 Bf6 21.f4 Qb6 22.Be3 Ne7 23.g5 Bb5 24.Qh7+ Kf7 25.gxf6 Kxf6 26.Bf2 Kf7 27.Rab1 Rxc3 28.a4 Qc7 29.Rxb5 Qxf4 30.Rb3 Qg4+ 31.Kf1 Qh3+ 32.Ke1 Rxb3 33.Bxb3 Qc3+ 34.Ke2 Qxb3 35.Qd3 Qxa4 36.Qf3+ Nf5 37.Qd3 Qc6 38.Rb1 Qd7 39.Qb5 1-0

          Round 2, April 7
          Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
          A45 Trompovsky Attack

          1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.Nc3 Qd8 6.Qd2 d5 7.e5 c5 8.f4 Nc6 9.Nf3 Qb6 10.Na4 Qb4 11.Qxb4 Nxb4 12.Kd2 b6 13.a3 Nc6 14.Bb5 Bd7 15.Nc3 Na5 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 17.b3 Rc8 18.Ne2 c4 19.b4 c3+ 20.Kd3 Nc4 21.Rhb1 Nb2+ 22.Ke3 a5 23.bxa5 bxa5 24.Nxc3 Rxc3+ 25.Kd2 Na4 26.Rb7+ Rc7 27.Rb5 Ra7 28.c3 Be7 29.Ne1 Rc8 30.Rb3 Rac7 31.Rc1 Kc6 32.Rcb1 Kd7 33.Rc1 Rc6 34.Nd3 Nb6 0-1

          Round 3, April 7
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
          B10 Caro-Kann, Two Knights variation

          1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Nbd7 8.d4 Bd6 9.c3 O-O 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Qc7 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Nf6 14.Bc2 h6 15.Qf3 Be7 16.Re1 Rfe8 17.Bf4 Qb6 18.Bb3 a5 19.Re2 a4 20.Bc2 Qb5 21.Bd3 Qd5 22.Qe3 Qh5 23.Qd2 Nd7 24.Bg3 Bg5 25.Qc2 Bf6 26.Rae1 Qd5 27.Qb1 Nf8 28.Re4 Qd8 29.Rg4 Ra5 30.Bf4 h5 31.Rg3 g6 32.Rf3 Bg5 33.Be5 Bh6 34.Qd1 Bg7 35.Bg3 e5 36.Bc4 Re7 37.Bh4 Ne6 38.Bxe6 fxe6 39.Qe2 exd4 40.cxd4 g5 41.Bg3 Qxd4 42.Rd3 Qf6 43.Rd8+ Bf8 44.Qxh5 Rf7 45.Be5 Rxe5 46.Rxe5 Qxe5 47.Qg6+ Qg7 48.Qxe6 Qf6 49.Qc4 Qxd8 0-1

          Round 4, April 7
          Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
          B06 Robatsch Defence

          1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nc3 d5 5.e5 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 e6 8.h4 h5 9.Bg5 Qb6 10.O-O-O Nd7 11.Kb1 a6 12.Bd3 c5 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.e6 Ndf6 15.Rhe1 c4 16.Bf1 fxe6 17.Qh3 Kf7 18.Re5 Re8 19.Qf3 Nh6 20.Bxh6 Bxh6 21.Rde1 Kg7 22.c3 Rhf8 23.Qe2 Ne4 24.f3 Nxc3+ 0-1

          Round 5, April 7
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
          C47 Four Knights, Scotch variation

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O d5 9.exd5 cxd5 10.Bg5 c6 11.Na4 Bd6 12.c3 h6 13.Bh4 Re8 14.Bc2 Ba6 15.Re1 Rxe1+ 16.Qxe1 g5 17.Bg3 Bxg3 18.hxg3 Qd6 19.Qe3 Bb5 20.Nc5 Re8 21.Qd4 Re2 22.a4 Bc4 23.Bd3 Bxd3 24.Nxd3 Qe7 25.b4 Ne4 26.b5 c5 27.Qxd5 Rd2 28.Re1 Qd6 29.Qxd6 Nxd6 30.Nxc5 Rc2 31.Rd1 Nc4 32.Rd8+ Kg7 33.Rd7 Nd2 34.f3 Rxc3 35.Rxd2 Rc1+ 36.Kf2 Rxc5 37.Rd6 a6 38.Rxa6 Rc2+ 39.Ke3 Rxg2 40.b6 Rb2 41.a5 h5 42.Ra7 h4 43.gxh4 gxh4 44.Rc7 h3 45.Rc1 Rb5 46.Ra1 h2 47.a6 Rxb6 48.a7 Re6+ 49.Kf2 Re8 50.Kg2 Ra8 51.Kxh2 Kf6 52.Kg3 Kf5 53.Kf2 Kg5 54.Ra5+ f5 55.Ra4 Kf6 56.Ke3 Ke5 57.Ra5+ Kf6 58.Kf4 Ke6 59.Ra6+ Kd5 60.Kxf5 Kc5 61.Ra3 Kb4 62.Ra1 Kc5 63.Ke6 Kc6 64.Ke7 Kb7 65.f4 Kc7 66.f5 Kc6 67.f6 Kd5 68.Rc1 Rxa7+ 69.Ke8 Ra8+ 70.Kf7 Ra7+ 71.Kg6 Ra1 72.Kg7 Rxc1 73.f7 Rg1+ 74.Kf8 Rf1 75.Ke8 Rd1 76.f8=Q Re1+ 77.Kd8 Rb1 78.Qe7 Kc4 79.Qc7+ Kd3 80.Qb7 Kd2 81.Qxb1 Kc3 82.Ke7 Kd4 83.Kf6 1-0

          Round 6, April 7
          Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
          B06 Robatsch Defence

          1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 a6 4.f4 c6 5.Nf3 d5 6.e5 Bg4 7.Be3 h5 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 e6 10.g4 Qh4+ 11.Bf2 hxg4 12.Qd3 Qd8 13.O-O-O Nd7 14.Kb1 Qc7 15.h4 Ne7 16.Be2 g3 17.Bxg3 O-O-O 18.h5 Kb8 19.hxg6 Nxg6 20.f5 exf5 21.Qxf5 Nb6 22.a3 Ka7 23.Rhf1 Rdf8 24.Qg4 Qd7 25.Qxd7 Nxd7 26.Bd3 Ne7 27.Rh1 Nb6 28.Bh4 Ng6 29.Bg5 Nc4 30.Bxc4 dxc4 31.Ne4 b5 32.c3 a5 33.Rhf1 Rh2 34.Nd6 Rg2 35.Bc1 Kb6 36.Nxf7 Ne7 37.Ng5 Rxf1 38.Rxf1 Nd5 39.Ne6 b4 40.axb4 axb4 41.cxb4 Nxb4 42.Nxg7 Rxg7 43.Bd2 Nd5 44.Rf2 Rg1+ 45.Kc2 Rg4 46.Bc3 Re4 47.Kd2 Re3 48.Re2 Rd3+ 49.Kc2 Kc7 50.e6 Ne3+ 51.Kb1 Kd6 52.e7 Kd7 53.e8=Q+ Kxe8 54.Bd2 Rxd4 55.Bxe3 Rd3 56.Kc2 Kf7 57.Bd2 Rf3 58.Bc3 Rf5 59.Re4 Rc5 60.Rd4 Ke6 61.Rd2 Rf5 62.Kb1 c5 63.Ka2 Rf8 64.Kb1 Ra8 65.Kc2 Rc8 66.Rd1 Rb8 67.Re1+ Kd5 68.Rd1+ Kc6 69.Bd2 Rd8 70.Bc1 Rd5 71.Rxd5 1-0

          Round 7, April 7
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
          A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, Indian variation

          1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 O-O 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.O-O a5 8.Re1 a4 9.e4 axb3 10.axb3 Rxa1 11.Bxa1 c6 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Nd5 14.c4 Nc7 15.Nc3 Nc5 16.Qb1 Bf5 17.Qa2 Qa8 18.Nd4 Qxa2 19.Nxa2 Ra8 20.Nxf5 gxf5 21.Nb4 Nxb3 22.Bc3 Ne6 23.Bh3 Ng5 24.Bg2 Nc5 25.h4 Nge4 26.Bd4 Ra4 27.Rb1 Ne6 28.Be3 Nc3 29.Rb3 Bxe5 30.Nd3 Bd4 31.Rxb7 Bxe3 32.fxe3 Ra1+ 33.Kh2 Kf8 34.Ne5 Ra2 35.Nxc6 Nd1 36.Kh3 Nxe3 37.Bf3 Rf2 38.Ne5 Nd4 39.Bd5 h5 40.Rb1 Ng4 0-1

          Round 8, April 7
          Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
          B15 Caro-Kann, Gurgenidze

          1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Be3 Nh6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.Bd3 Nf5 9.Bf2 e6 10.g3 h4 11.Rg1 hxg3 12.hxg3 Nd7 13.Be2 Qe7 14.Qd3 O-O-O 15.O-O-O Kb8 16.Ng5 Bxe2 17.Nxe2 c5 18.g4 Nxd4 19.Nxd4 cxd4 20.Bxd4 Rc8 21.Kb1 Bh6 22.Nh3 Bg7 23.c3 Nc5 24.Qe3 b6 25.Ng5 Bh6 26.Nf3 Ne4 27.Rh1 Bg7 28.Nd2 Nxd2+ 29.Qxd2 f5 30.exf6 Bxf6 31.a3 Qf7 32.Qe3 Kb7 33.Rhe1 Rce8 34.Re2 Rhf8 35.Rf1 Bd8 36.Be5 g5 37.Ref2 Qg6+ 38.Ka2 gxf4 39.Rxf4 Bg5 40.Qd4 Bxf4 41.Rxf4 Rxf4 42.Qxf4 Re7 43.Qf8 Qe8 44.Qf6 Rf7 45.Qg6 Re7 46.Qf6 Qf7 47.Qh8 Re8 48.Qh3 Rg8 49.Qe3 Qg6 50.Bf4 Qe4 51.Qg3 Qc4+ 52.Ka1 e5 53.Bxe5 Rxg4 54.Qf2 Qe4 55.Qf7+ Ka6 56.Bd4 Qd3 57.Ka2 Qc4+ 58.Kb1 Re4 59.Qf2 Re2 60.Qf7 Qd3+ 61.Ka2 Qc4+ 62.Kb1 Qb3 63.c4 Re1# 0-1

          Round 9, April 7
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
          B10 Caro-Kann, Two Knights variation

          1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 Nbd7 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.d4 O-O 9.O-O b5 10.Bd3 a6 11.a4 Bb7 12.c3 Qc7 13.Be3 Rfd8 14.Rfd1 Nd5 15.Bd2 Nf4 16.Bxf4 Qxf4 17.Be4 Nf6 18.Ne5 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Rd5 20.g3 Qf5 21.b4 Rad8 22.f4 f6 23.Nf3 h5 24.Nc5 Bxc5 25.bxc5 Bc8 26.Re1 Qg4 27.Kg2 h4 28.Nxh4 Qxe2+ 29.Rxe2 b4 30.cxb4 Rxd4 31.Rb1 Bd7 32.Nf3 Rd5 33.Rc2 e5 34.Rc3 Bf5 35.Re1 e4 36.Nh4 Rd2+ 37.Kg1 Bh3 38.f5 Ra2 39.Rce3 Rxa4 40.Rxe4 Rb8 41.Ng6 Raxb4 42.Rxb4 Rxb4 43.Re8+ 1-0

          (to be continued)


          • #6
            Recent Firouzja Games

            April 8, 2021

            Bullet Match vs Nakamura (continued)

            Round 10, April 7
            Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
            B15 Caro-Kann, Gurgenidze

            1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.h3 h4 7.Nf3 Bf5 8.Be3 e6 9.Be2 Bf8 10.O-O Nd7 11.Bf2 Be7 12.Qd2 Be4 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Ng5 Bxg5 15.fxg5 Ne7 16.Qf4 Nf5 17.c3 Nb6 18.Bg4 e3 19.Be1 Nd5 20.Qe4 Qxg5 21.c4 Nde7 22.Bc3 O-O-O 23.Rf3 Ng3 24.Qxe3 Qxe3+ 25.Rxe3 Nef5 26.Rd3 Ne4 27.Re1 Nxc3 28.bxc3 Rd7 29.Rb1 Rhd8 30.c5 Kc7 31.Rf3 b6 32.cxb6+ axb6 33.Rf4 Ng3 34.Bf3 c5 35.dxc5 bxc5 36.Rc4 Rc8 37.Rxc5+ Kd8 38.Rxc8+ Kxc8 39.Rb4 Rd2 40.Rxh4 Rxa2 41.Rh7 Nf5 42.Rxf7 Kd8 43.Rf6 Ke7 44.Rxg6 Kf7 45.Rf6+ Ke7 46.Bg4 Ne3 47.Rxe6+ Kf7 48.Rf6+ Kg7 49.Bf3 Rc2 50.Kh2 Rxc3 51.Rf4 Kg6 52.Re4 Nf1+ 53.Kg1 Ng3 54.Rg4+ Kf5 55.Rxg3 Kxe5 56.Rg4 Kf5 57.Kf2 Rc2+ 58.Kg3 Ra2 59.h4 Kf6 60.Rg5 Ra4 61.Rg4 Kf5 62.Rxa4 Ke5 63.Ra5+ Kf6 64.h5 Ke6 65.Kg4 Kf6 66.h6 Kg6 67.Ra6+ Kf7 68.Kg5 Ke7 69.h7 Kf7 70.h8=Q Ke7 71.Qh7+ 1-0

            Hey Firouzja, none of your muscle tactics in the endgame!

            Round 11, April 7
            Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
            B10 Caro-Kann, Two Knights variation

            1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.h3 O-O 8.a4 c5 9.O-O Nc6 10.Re1 b6 11.c3 Bb7 12.d3 e6 13.Qe2 Qc7 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bd2 Rad8 16.Rad1 Nd5 17.Bc1 Nf4 18.Qe3 e5 19.Ne2 Nd5 20.Qd2 Nce7 21.Qc2 Bc6 22.Ng3 Rfe8 23.Bb3 Kh7 24.d4 exd4 25.cxd4 Nb4 26.Qc3 Ned5 27.Qd2 Nf6 28.Rxe8 Nxe8 29.Qf4 Qxf4 30.Bxf4 Bxf3 31.gxf3 Rxd4 32.Re1 Rxf4 33.Rxe8 Rxf3 34.Bc4 Bd4 35.Ne2 Bxf2+ 36.Kg2 Rf6 37.Re7 Bd4 38.Bxf7 Nc6 39.Rc7 Rf2+ 40.Kg3 Be5+ 41.Kxf2 Bxc7 42.Bd5 Ne5 43.Be4 Kg7 44.Nc3 Nc4 45.b3 Be5 46.Nb5 Na5 47.Nxa7 Nxb3 48.Nc6 Bc7 49.Bc2 Nd4 50.Nxd4 cxd4 51.Kf3 Kf6 52.h4 g5 53.Bd3 gxh4 54.Kg4 Bg3 55.Be2 Ke5 56.Bd3 Kd5 57.Kf3 Kc5 58.Bb5 Kb4 59.Ke2 Kc3 0-1

            Round 12, April 7
            Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
            B15 Caro-Kann, Gurgenidze

            1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 h4 9.f5 gxf5 10.Qxf5 e6 11.Qg4 Bf8 12.Bd3 c5 13.O-O Qd7 14.Rxf7 Ne7 15.Rf6 Nbc6 16.Nb5 O-O-O 17.Nd6+ Kb8 18.Nf7 Rg8 19.Qxe6 Qxe6 20.Rxe6 Rc8 21.dxc5 Nd4 22.Rf6 Rxc5 23.Be3 Nec6 24.c3 1-0

            Round 13, April 7
            Nakmura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
            B10 Caro-Kann, Two Knights variation

            1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.O-O O-O 8.d4 Bg4 9.c3 Nbd7 10.Re1 e6 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 a5 13.a4 Nb6 14.Bb3 Nbd5 15.Bg5 Qb6 16.Qd1 Rfe8 17.Qc2 Rad8 18.Ne4 h6 19.Bd2 Nxe4 20.Rxe4 Nf6 21.Re2 Nd5 22.Rae1 Ne7 23.Bc1 Nf5 24.Bc4 Qc7 25.Bd3 c5 26.Bxf5 gxf5 27.dxc5 Qxc5 28.Qb3 Qc6 29.Be3 Rd5 30.c4 Rd7 31.Qb5 Qxb5 32.cxb5 Rc8 33.Bb6 Rc4 34.b3 Rb4 35.Re3 Bd4 36.Rg3+ Kh7 37.Bxa5 Bc5 38.Bxb4 Bxb4 39.Rc1 1-0

            Round 14, April 7
            Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
            D06 QGD, Marshall Defence

            1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.e4 Nb6 5.Nc3 g6 6.h4 Bg7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.h5 c6 10.h6 Bf6 11.Nf3 Bg4 12.Be2 Nec4 13.Bc1 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 cxd5 15.exd5 Rc8 16.O-O O-O 17.Qe2 Nd6 18.Rd1 Nf5 19.Ne4 Bh8 20.Bg4 Nd4 21.Qd3 f5 22.Be3 Nc2 23.d6 Nxe3 24.Qxe3 e6 25.Ng5 Qd7 26.Bf3 Rce8 27.Rac1 Na8 28.b4 Bf6 29.Nh3 e5 30.Bd5+ Kh8 31.Ng5 f4 32.Qh3 Qxh3 33.Nxh3 Nb6 34.Be4 Rd8 35.Rc7 Rd7 36.Rxd7 Nxd7 37.f3 Rd8 38.Nf2 Nb6 39.Ng4 Bg5 40.Nxe5 Kg8 41.d7 Bf6 42.Ng4 Kf7 43.Bxb7 Bg5 44.Re1 Nxd7 45.Bc6 Nb6 46.Ne5+ Kf6 47.Ng4+ Kf7 48.Be4 Be7 49.Ne5+ Kf8 50.Nc6 Bxb4 51.Nxb4 Nc4 52.Nc6 Rd6 53.Rc1 Ne3 54.Ne5 Rd2 55.Ng4 Ke7 56.Nxe3 fxe3 57.Re1 e2 58.Kf2 Rxa2 59.Rxe2 Ra3 60.Bxg6+ Kf6 61.Bxh7 Kg5 62.Be4 Kxh6 63.Rd2 Ra5 64.Rd5 Ra2+ 65.Ke3 Kg7 66.g4 Kf6 67.Kf4 Ra3 68.Rf5+ Ke6 69.g5 Kd6 70.Rf6+ 1-0

            Round 15, April 7
            Nakamura, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
            A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, Modern variation

            1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.Na3 Be7 6.Nc4 d6 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Ne2 Be6 9.O-O Rb8 10.d3 O-O 11.Nd2 Nd5 12.Ng3 f5 13.e4 Nf4 14.exf5 Bxf5 15.Nxf5 Rxf5 16.g3 Ne6 17.Qe2 Qd7 18.Rae1 Rbf8 19.f4 Bf6 20.Nc4 Nd4 21.Bxd4 exd4 22.g4 Rc5 23.b4 Rb5 24.a3 c5 25.g5 Bd8 26.bxc5 Rxc5 27.Qe4 Rcf5 28.Qxd4 d5 29.Ne3 c6 30.Kh1 Bb6 31.Qa4 Bxe3 32.Rxe3 Rxg5 33.Qd4 Rgf5 34.Rg3 R5f7 35.Qe3 Qe7 36.Qxe7 Rxe7 37.Kg2 h6 38.f5 Ref7 39.Rg6 Rf6 40.h4 Rxg6+ 41.fxg6 Rxf1 42.Kxf1 Kf8 43.Kf2 Ke7 44.Ke3 Kf6 45.Kd4 Kxg6 46.Kc5 Kf5 47.Kxc6 g5 48.hxg5 hxg5 49.c4 dxc4 50.dxc4 g4 51.Kb7 g3 52.c5 g2 53.c6 g1=Q 54.c7 Qb6+ 55.Ka8 Qxc7 0-1

            Round 16, April 7
            Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
            B01 Scandinavian (Centre Counter) Defence

            1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.Bd2 e6 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Bb4 11.g4 Bg6 12.Kb1 O-O-O 13.Nh4 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Qc7 15.Nxg6 hxg6 16.Bb3 Nd5 17.Bd2 c5 18.c3 cxd4 19.cxd4 Kb8 20.Bxd5 exd5 21.Qf3 Ka8 22.Qxf7 Qb6 23.Qxd5 Nf6 24.Qb3 Qxb3 25.axb3 Rxd4 26.Bc3 Rf4 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.Rd2 Rxg4 29.hxg4 Rxh1+ 30.Ka2 Kb8 31.Rd6 Rg1 32.f3 g5 33.Rxf6 Rg3 34.Rf5 Kc7 35.b4 Kc6 36.Kb3 b5 37.Kc3 a6 38.Kd4 Rg2 39.Rxg5 Rxb2 40.Rg6+ Kd7 41.Kc5 Rc2+ 42.Kb6 Rb2 43.Kxa6 Rxb4 44.Rf6 Ke7 45.Rf5 Ke6 46.Rxb5 Rf4 47.Rb3 Ke5 48.Kb5 Rf7 49.Kc4 Kf4 50.Kd5 Rd7+ 51.Ke6 Ra7 52.Kf6 Ra6+ 53.Kg7 Ra5 54.Kh6 Ra4 55.g5 1-0

            Round 17, April 7
            Nakamra, Hikaru – Firouzja, Alireza
            A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, Modern variation

            1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 Bc5 6.Nxc6 dxc6 7.d3 exd3 8.Bxd3 O-O 9.Nd2 Re8 10.O-O Bd6 11.Nf3 h6 12.h3 Be6 13.Re1 Qe7 14.e4 Bb4 15.c3 Bc5 16.Qc2 Rad8 17.Nd4 Nh5 18.Rad1 Nf4 19.Bf1 Qg5 20.Kh1 Ng6 21.Bc1 Qf6 22.Be3 Bd6 23.g3 c5 24.Nxe6 Qxe6 25.Bg2 Qc8 26.f4 Bf8 27.e5 b6 28.Qf2 Ne7 29.g4 Rxd1 30.Rxd1 Rd8 31.Rf1 Nd5 32.Bd2 Qd7 33.f5 f6 34.e6 Qe8 35.c4 Nb4 36.Be3 Bd6 37.Qe2 Kh7 38.Rd1 Nc6 39.Qf3 Ne5 40.Qe4 Be7 41.Rd5 Bd6 42.h4 a5 43.Kg1 c6 44.Rd2 Bc7 45.g5 Rxd2 46.g6+ Kg8 47.Bxd2 Qd8 48.Qe3 Kf8 49.Kf1 Ke7 50.Ke2 Qd6 51.Qe4 Qd4 52.Qxd4 cxd4 53.Bxh6 Kf8 54.Bxg7+ Ke7 55.Bh6 Ng4 56.Bd2 d3+ 57.Kxd3 Ne5+ 58.Ke4 Kf8 59.h5 Ng4 60.h6 Nf2+ 61.Kf3 Nd3 62.h7 Ne5+ 63.Ke4 Kg7 64.e7 Nd7 65.h8=Q+ Kxh8 66.e8=Q+ Kg7 67.Qxd7+ Kf8 68.Qf7# 1-0

            Round 18, April 7
            Firouzja, Alireza – Nakamura, Hikaru
            B06 Robatsch (Modern) Defence

            1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.O-O c5 8.Be3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bb7 10.a4 b4 11.Nd5 Ngf6 12.Qf3 O-O 13.Nxb4 Nc5 14.Nd5 e6 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.b4 Nxd3 17.cxd3 Rc8 18.Rac1 Qd7 19.b5 axb5 20.axb5 Bg7 21.h3 e5 22.Nc6 Bxc6 23.bxc6 Rxc6 24.Rxc6 Qxc6 25.f5 f6 26.Qg4 g5 27.h4 h6 28.hxg5 hxg5 29.Rc1 Qb5 30.Qe2 d5 31.Qc2 d4 32.Bd2 Kh7 33.Kf2 Rb8 34.Rh1+ Kg8 35.Qa2+ Qb3 36.Qxb3+ Rxb3 37.Ke2 Rb2 38.Rc1 Bf8 39.Kd1 Rb3 40.Ke2 Rb2 41.Kd1 Ra2 42.Rc2 Ra3 43.Ke2 Kf7 44.Rb2 Bd6 45.Rb6 Be7 46.Rb7 Ra2 47.Kd1 Ke8 48.Rb8+ Bd8 49.Bb4 Kd7 50.Rb7+ Bc7 51.Bd2 Kc6 52.Rb1 Bd6 53.Rc1+ Kb5 54.Rc2 Ra1+ 55.Rc1 Ra3 56.Rb1+ Kc6 57.Ke2 Ra2 58.Rc1+ Kd7 59.Kd1 Ba3 60.Rc2 Ra1+ 61.Ke2 Be7 62.Kf2 Rb1 63.Ke2 Rb3 64.Rc1 g4 65.Rc4 Rb2 66.Ra4 Rc2 67.Ra7+ Ke8 68.Ra6 Rb2 69.Re6 Kf7 70.Kd1 Bb4 71.Bxb4 Rb1+ 72.Kc2 Rxb4 73.Ra6 Rb7 74.Ra2 Rc7+ 75.Kd2 g3 76.Rc2 Kg7 77.Ke2 Kh6 78.Rxc7 Kg5 79.Rf7 Kh6 80.Rxf6+ Kg5 81.Re6 Kf4 82.Re7 Kg5 83.Rxe5 Kf6 84.Rd5 Kg5 85.Rxd4 Kf6 86.Rd8 Ke5 87.Rg8 Kf6 88.Rxg3 1-0

            Bullet Semi-Final

            Firouzja 10 – Nakamura 8


            • #7
              In the Xiong Firoujza game incredible knight play, I loved it.
              Also in Firoujza - Nakamura early bishop exchanges so lots of knight maneuvering. Very enjoyable.


              • #8
                After no chess postings for a while we have a lot of new games (thanks to Wayne) and I have to catch up but I'm loving it. I'm even looking at the bullet games (which I never thought I would do). Firoujza would seem to be spanked by Nakamura in the first half, including a miniature and after losing 4 out of 5 he bounced back and won the next two before losing two more. Then he won the next half with an overwhelming score to win the match! Brilliant! He's building, endurance, fortitude, and stamina at an amazing rate and i think this is a milestone beating Nakamura at his forte. Ive checked the first half games and they are of surprising good quality for bullet chess. I need to play over the last half games.


                • #9
                  I admire Naka and Firoujza's ability to play bullet chess. The quality is actually pretty good considering. and especially Firoujza has the ability to finish with nice endgames (usually) at that speed.