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Whitsun Grandmasters

The winner of the Whitsun Grandmasters tournament in Copenhagen was Bulgarian GM Krasimir Rusev with 6½/9 .

Two Quality Chess authors took part: Axel Smith scored 50% in the GM-group, while Silas (Esben) Lund won the IM-group with 6/9.

Quality Chess sponsored a “Game of the Round” prize and a selection of the winning games can be played through below.

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Whitsun Grandmasters Rounds 2 and 3

Quality Chess, is sponsoring “Best game of the round” in the Whitsun Grandmasters in Copenhagen, with both players involved in the game getting a book prize. The games are selected by IA Peter Olsen.

In round 2 there were only three decisive games, all in the IM group. The best game of the round was a Sicilian game with a thematic Nd5-combination in an unusual way (because of the open f-file), and a good conversion to a full point.

Whitsun Grandmasters 2014, Round 2, 2014.06.04

White: Schou-Moldt, Thomas (2215)

Black: Nilsen, Joachim Birger (2334)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nb3 Nf6 7. Be2 O-O 8.O-O d6 9. Bg5 Be6 10. Kh1 Rc8 11. f4 a6 12. Qd2

Bf3 is a more normal move here

12…Na5 13. Nxa5 Qxa5 14. Bd3 Rfd8

14… d5!? is an interesting possibility 15. exd5 Bxd5 16. f5 Bc6 17. Rae1 unclear

15. f5 Bc4 16. Rad1 b5 17. fxg6

Not the best move, but it’s a cunning one. Better is 17. Bxc4 bxc4 18. Qf2 With a  steady pressure

17… hxg6?!

17… fxg6 was necessary, but it’s not that obvious that hxg6 is inferior} 18. Bxc4+ bxc4 (18… Rxc4?? 19. e5!+-) 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Qd5+ Qxd5 21. Nxd5 Kg7 22. c3=

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18. Nd5!

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Whitsun Grandmasters tournament

June 4th, 2014 1 comment

Quality Chess, is sponsoring “Best game of the round” in the Whitsun Grandmasters tournament in Copenhagen. Drop by the website to see live games.

In round one, there were a couple of candidate games (Bech Hansen – Carstensen and Hector – Aabling-Thomsen), but one game was shining just a little bit brighter:  GM Rusev – GM Brynell, where Rusev with a beautiful positional exchange sacrifice took control of the game, and after that just outplayed Brynell.

Whitsun Grandmasters 2014, Round 1, 2014.06.03

White: Rusev, Krasimir  (2540)

Black: Brynell, Stellan 2463)

Annotator: Schou-Moldt,Thomas

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O Be7 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 d5 8. e3
Nbd7 9. Qe2 a5 10. Nc3 a4

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11. Nxa4! dxc4 12. Qxc4

With this strong positional exchange sacrifice, Rusev takes full control of the white squares.

12…Ba6 13. Qc2 Bxf1 14. Rxf1 c5 15. Ne5 Rc8?!

Black was better off giving back the exchange immediately. Now the white bishop on g2 becomes a monster and the knights becomes very dominating.

15… Nxe5 16. Bxa8 Qxa8 17. Bxe5 Nd7 18. Ba1 b5 19. Nc3 Ne5=

16. Nc6 Qe8 17. Na7 Rb8 18. Nc6 Rc8 19. Na7 Rb8 20. Nc3! Ne5 21. Ncb5

The white pieces are completely dominating the board.

21…Ng6 22. h4 h5 23. a4 Ng4 24. d4 f5 25. Qc4

The game is now practically over, there are simply too many weaknesses in the black position and the white pieces are working perfectly together.

25…Qf7 26. Nc6 cxd4 27. Nbxd4 N6e5 28. Qxe6 Nxc6 29.Qxf7+ Kxf7 30. Nxc6 Rbc8 31. Bd5+ Ke8 32. Bxg7 Rf7 33. Bd4 Rh7 34. Bxb6 Rh6 35.Nxe7 Kxe7 36. a5 Rc2 37. b4 Nf6 38. Bf3 Ne4 39. Bxe4 fxe4 40. Bd4 Ra2 41. Ra1 Rxa1+ 42. Bxa1 Rc6 43. Bd4 Kd7 44. Kg2 Kc7 45. b5 Rc2 46. a6 1-0

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