Monthly Archives: April 2015

Dubai Open 2015


The third round of this strong event brought us some interesting battles.

The rook on the third rank.

Zhigalko-Khartikeyan1Zhigalko,S (2675) – Khartikeyan,M (2504)
Black to play

Here black continued with 12…Nxc3 13.Rxc3 Nb4. Black’s idea is to play b5 followed by Nd5 and Bb7. The game continued 14.a3 b5 15.Bb3 Nd5 16.Rd3! Deja Vu Not long ago we wrote here an article (Rocket Rooks) featuring a game by Sergei Zhigalko in which he played Rd3-Re3-Re5-Rh5-Rh3. He applies the same idea in this position, keeping the rook on the third rank will be useful on the attack against the black king.

Zhigalko-Khartikeyan2Zhigalko,S (2675) – Khartikeyan,M (2504)

The game continued 16…Bb7 17.Re1 Development completed. White’s idea is to play Nd4 followed by Qg4 with great pressure on the kingside, the rook on d3 can join the attack later to h3 or g3. Now black commited a serious mistake 17…Qc7? A typical square for the queen in this type of positions,however here it loses control over the g5 square allowing white to start a decisive attack.… Read more

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Chess events to follow

There are plenty of chess tournaments to follow these days, starting with the much awaited final match of Women’s World Championship between Mariya Muzychuk (2526) (Ukraine) and Natalia Pogonina (2456) (Russia). It will be a 4 games match to decide the winner.

Pogonina looking forward to it 🙂

CBcOKskU0AAAvs8The Muzychuck sisters after Mariya (left) reached the finals.
Picture by Anastasiya Karlovich (@NastiaKarlovich)

Aeroflot Open 2015

The Grandmasters Daniil Dubov (2627) (RUS) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) (RUS) are leading the Aeroflot Open with 5 points out of 6.  There has been just as much fighting chess as lazy draws under 15 moves in this tournament.… Read more

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