Monthly Archives: May 2015

Active Defense

The other day I was analyzing the recently game played in the Russian Team Championship between Grandmasters Nepomniachtchi and Sjugirov and one variation caught my eye, so I decided to share it with you. The game was a Najdorf Sicilian, namely the Adams Attack, where both sides have been fighting to mate each other’s king. After 27 moves, the game reached the following position:

In this position, black played 27…Be8, allowing white to play 28. h5, followed by g6. The game ended with a beautiful queen sacrifice by Nepomniachtchi. If you haven’t already seen the game, I recommend you replay it and try to find the final blow.

Having seen what happened in the game, I wondered if black could have played 27… g6 instead of 27…Be8 in this position. The variation I looked into looks like this: 27… g6 28. h5 gxh5 29. Rh1 e5 (freeing the light squares bishop) 30.Read more

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Llucmajor Open under way!

The fourth edition of Llucmajor Open has started yesterday, in the exotic island of Mallorca.

11109173_944930548871830_3755526430340212756_nThe festival opened on Saturday, with a blitz tournament. After 9 rounds, the French GM Edouard Romain emerged as a winner (scoring 8/9!), followed by GMs Munoz Pantoja Miguel and Georgiev Kiril, both with 7 points. Click here for the full standings.

The schedule of the tournament allows the participants to enjoy the surroundings and the nice weather. After a double round on Sunday, rounds 3-8 will be played every day from 20:30, while round 9 is set for 09:30.

The games can be watched live here.

For more information, don’t forget to check out the official website and the chess-results server.

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Open Llucmajor 2015

A partir del próximo 9 de mayo y hasta el 17 se celebrará la cuarta edición del Open Internacional Llucmajor en la isla de Mallorca.

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El torneo contará con la participación de fuertes Grandes Maestros como Alexandr Fier (2624), Eduard Romain (2622), Kiril Georgiev (2595) entre otros.

El torneo será válido para la obtención de normas de MI/GM. La bolsa de premios es de más de 4.600 € que se repartirán de la siguiente manera:

Clasificación general
1º – 1300€ + trofeo
2º –   800€ + trofeo
3º –   600€ + trofeo
4º –   500€
5º –   400€
6º –   300€
7º –   200€
8º –   100€
9º –   100€
10º – 100€
11º – 60 €
12º – 60 €
13º – 60 €
14º – 60 €
15º – 60 €

Tramos de Elo
Mejor sub 2400 – 100€
Mejor sub 2300 – 100€
Mejor sub 2150 – 100€
Mejor sub 2000 – 100€
Mejor sub 1850 – 100€
Mejor sub 1700 – 100€

Sitio oficial del torneo: WinterChessRead more

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