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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.

[pgn][Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.03”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Rusev, Krasimir”]
[Black “Brynell, Stellan”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A05”]
[WhiteElo “2540”]
[BlackElo “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 11. Nxa4 $1 dxc4 12. Qxc4 {With this strong
positional exchange sacrifice, Rusev takes full control of the white squares}
Ba6 13. Qc2 Bxf1 14. Rxf1 c5 15. Ne5 Rc8 $6 {Black was better off giving back
the exchange immidiately. 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 $11) 16. Nc6 Qe8 17. Na7 Rb8 18. Nc6 Rc8 19. Na7 Rb8 20. Nc3 $1
Ne5 21. Ncb5 {The white pieces are complety dominating the board} 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} 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

[Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.04”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Schou-Moldt, Thomas”]
[Black “Nilsen, Joachim Birger”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B27”]
[WhiteElo “2215”]
[BlackElo “2334”]
[PlyCount “83”]

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
} Na5 13. Nxa5 Qxa5 14. Bd3 Rfd8 (14… d5 $5 {Is an interesting possibility}
15. exd5 Bxd5 16. f5 Bc6 17. Rae1 $13) 15. f5 Bc4 16. Rad1 b5 17. fxg6 {Not
the best move, but it/^s a cunning one.} (17. Bxc4 $142 bxc4 18. Qf2 {With a
steady pressure}) 17… hxg6 $6 (17… fxg6 {was necessary, but it/^s not that
obvious that hxg6 is inferior} 18. Bxc4+ bxc4 (18… Rxc4 $4 19. e5 $1 $18) 19.
Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Qd5+ Qxd5 21. Nxd5 Kg7 22. c3 $11) 18. Nd5 $1 {Thematic} Qxd2 19.
Nxe7+ $1 Kf8 20. Rxd2 (20. Rxd2 $140 Kxe7 21. Rdf2 Rf8 22. Kg1 $14) 20… Nxe4
$2 {White is very low on time, and black is trying too complicate, instead of
just playing a position a pawn down} (20… Kxe7 21. Rdf2 Rf8 22. Kg1 Be6 23.
Bxf6+ Bxf6 24. Rxf6 Bf5 25. e5 dxe5 26. Rxa6 Bxd3 27. cxd3 $14 {but it is
likely that black can hold the rook endgame}) 21. Nxg6+ $1 {Now white has a
winning position} Kg8 22. Ne7+ Kf8 23. Ng6+ Kg8 24. Ne7+ {Gaining some time on
the clock} (24. Bxd8 {was even stronger} Nxd2 25. Ne7+ Kf8 26. Nxc8 Nxf1 27.
Bxc4 bxc4 28. Bg5 $1) 24… Kf8 25. Bxe4 Bxf1 26. Nxc8 Rxc8 27. Kg1 Bc4 28. b3
{White has a winning position, but in time trouble things can easily go wrong}
Re8 $1 29. Rxd6 f5 {Trying to mess things up, as white is on increment only}
30. Rd8 $1 {A practical decision. White only needs to be sure that the black
e-pawn can be controlled} Rxd8 31. Bxd8 Bd4+ 32. Kh1 fxe4 33. bxc4 e3 (33…
bxc4 34. Bh4 {is also winning}) 34. Ba5 bxc4 35. Be1 $1 ({but not} 35. g4 $2 c3
36. Bc7 e2 37. Bg3 Be3 38. Kg2 Bd2 39. Kf3 e1=Q 40. Bxe1 Bxe1 41. g5 $11 {With
a draw as the likely result}) 35… Kf7 36. g4 Kg6 37. Kg2 Bb2 38. Kf3 Bc1 39.
h4 Bd2 40. Bg3 c3 41. Bf4 e2 42. Bxd2 1-0

[Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.04”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Hector, Jonny”]
[Black “Bromann, Thorbjørn”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C11”]
[WhiteElo “2505”]
[BlackElo “2413”]
[PlyCount “57”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nf3 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6
8. Bh4 c5 9. Bc4 cxd4 10. O-O Be7 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Rad1 Qb6 13. Ne5 $5 $146 {A
new move in this position} (13. Nxd4 Qxb2 14. Nf5 exf5 15. Qxe7 {is the normal
continuation}) 13… Nd5 14. Bxd5 Bxh4 15. Bb3 Bf6 16. Rd3 $1 {A standard
Hector-move – aiming the opponents king!} a5 17. a4 Qc5 18. Ng4 Be7 19. c3 dxc3
20. Rxc3 Qb4 21. Bc2 Rd8 22. Ne5 Bf6 23. Rd3 Rxd3 24. Qxd3 Qb6 $2 (24… g6 $1
{was absolutely necessary, and also a good move, since it will deny white the
access to h7. Maybe black misses, that it/^s not possible to play neither Nxg6
or Nxf7} 25. Nxf7 (25. Nxg6 fxg6 26. Qxg6+ Bg7 27. Qh7+ Kf8 $17) 25… Kxf7 26.
Qxg6+ Ke7 27. Qh7+ Kd6 $1 $17) 25. Rd1 Kf8 26. Ng4 Bg5 $2 {The final mistake} (
26… Qxb2 27. Qh7 Bd4 28. Ne5 $1 Qb6 $1 29. Qh8+ Ke7 30. Qxg7 Bxe5 31. Qxe5
Bd7 $13) 27. Qh7 f5 28. Ne5 Bf6 {Now white can finish the game with a nice move
} 29. Rd7 $1 1-0

[Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.05”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Korley, Kassa”]
[Black “Aabling-Thomsen, Jakob”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A04”]
[WhiteElo “2412”]
[BlackElo “2341”]

1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 e5 4. O-O d5 5. d3 Be7 6. e4 d4 7. Nbd2 Bg4 8. h3
Be6 9. Nc4 Qc7 10. a4 h6 11. Nfd2 g5 12. Nb3 f6 13. c3 h5 14. cxd4 cxd4 15. Bd2
Qd7 16. Kh2 Rc8 17. a5 h4 18. Rh1 Nb4 19. Bxb4 Bxb4 20. Kg1 Ne7 21. Bf3 hxg3
22. fxg3 Bxc4 23. dxc4 Rxc4 24. Bh5+ Kd8 25. Bg4 Qc6 26. Qf3 Rf8 27. Rf1 f5 28.
Rh2 Kc7 29. exf5 e4 30. Qe2 d3 31. Qe3 Nd5 32. Qxg5 e3 33. Nd4 Rxd4 34. Qg7+
Kb8 35. Qxd4 e2 0-1

[Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.05”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Smith, Axel”]
[Black “Bromann, Thorbjørn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C11”]
[WhiteElo “2481”]
[BlackElo “2413”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nf3 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6
8. Bh4 c5 9. Bd3 cxd4 10. O-O Bc5 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Rfd1 Bd7 13. Qe5 Be7 14. Nxd4
Ng4 15. Qe4 f5 16. Nxf5 Bxh4 17. Nxg7 Bxf2+ 18. Kh1 Rf7 19. Nxe6 Qh4 20. h3 Qg3
21. Qg6+ Kh8 22. Qxf7 Qxh3+ 23. gxh3 Bc6+ 0-1

[Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.06”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Milchev, Nikolay”]
[Black “Pedersen, Daniel Vesterbæk”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A14”]
[WhiteElo “2422”]
[BlackElo “2275”]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O dxc4 6. Qa4+ Nbd7 7. Qxc4 c5 8.
d3 a6 9. Qb3 Ra7 10. a4 b6 11. Na3 Bb7 12. e4 Nb8 13. Nc4 Nfd7 14. Bf4 O-O 15.
Rfd1 Nc6 16. h4 Nd4 17. Nxd4 cxd4 18. Bf1 Bc5 19. Rdc1 Ba8 20. a5 b5 21. Ne5
Be7 22. Nxd7 Qxd7 23. Rc2 Bd6 24. Bxd6 Qxd6 25. Rac1 Rd7 26. Rc5 Bb7 27. Bg2 e5
28. Bh3 Re7 29. Bc8 Bxc8 30. Rxc8 Re6 31. Qc2 g6 32. Rc6 Qe7 33. Kg2 h5 34. Qb3
Qf6 35. Qd5 Rd8 36. Rc8 Red6 37. Qb7 Kg7 38. Rxd8 Qxd8 39. b4 Qf6 40. Rc8 Kh7
41. Rf8 Kg7 42. Qa8 Qe7 43. Rg8+ Kh7 44. Rh8+ Kg7 45. Re8 Qf6 46. Rc8 Kh7 47.
Qa7 Kg7 48. Qc7 Re6 49. Ra8 Rc6 50. Qb8 Kh6 51. Qf8+ Qg7 52. Qe8 Re6 53. Qd8
Qf6 54. Qf8+ Qg7 55. Qc5 Qf6 56. Rb8 Rc6 57. Qf8+ Qg7 58. Qe8 Re6 59. Qc8 Qf6
60. Rb6 1-0

[Event “Whitsun Grandmasters 2014”]
[Date “2014.06.06”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Hector, Jonny”]
[Black “Korley, Kassa”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B56”]
[WhiteElo “2505”]
[BlackElo “2412”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. f4 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. f5
g6 9. fxg6 hxg6 10. Bc4 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Bg5 Ng4 13. Bxe7 Qb6 14. Qd2 Kxe7
15. Qg5+ Kd7 16. Qxg4 Qxb2 17. Kd2 Nb4 18. Rhc1 Rac8 19. Nd1 Rxc2+ 20. Rxc2
Qxc2+ 21. Ke1 Rf8 22. Qxg6 Rf4 23. Qg7+ Kc6 24. Qg8 Kd7 25. Qh7+ Kc6 26. Qh5
Kd7 27. Qh7+ Kc6 28. Qh3 Qxe4+ 29. Kf1 Nc2 30. Kg1 Nxa1 31. Qxe6 Qd5 32. Qc8+
Kb6 33. Ne3 Qc5 34. Qxc5+ Kxc5 35. Ng5 Kd4 36. Nd1 Kd3 37. g3 Rf5 38. h4 d5 39.
g4 Rf4 40. Nf2+ Ke2 41. Ngh3 Rf8 42. g5 Nc2 43. g6 Nd4 44. h5 Nf5 45. Ng4 e4
46. h6 d4 47. Nf4+ Kf3 48. Ne6 Kxg4 49. Nxf8 Nxh6 50. Ne6 d3 51. Kf2 Kf5 52.
Nc5 b6 53. Nb3 Kxg6 54. Ke3 Kf5 55. Nd4+ Ke5 56. Nc6+ Kd5 57. Nxa7 Ng4+ 58. Kd2
Kc4 59. Nc6 e3+ 60. Kc1 Kc3 0-1[/pgn]

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