Saturday, December 20, 2014

Practical chess tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?


Exclusive interview with Wesley So's Mother by Chessdom

Interview with Leny So
Dec 19, 2014

Chessdom: Hello Leny. Thank you very much for doing this interview. We just heard the news about your son Wesley becoming a full time professional. We interviewed his former coach, GM Susan Polgar. We would like to know your perspective.

Are you and your husband chess players?

Leny So: I am not a chess player but I can play a little. I find it interesting and mentally stimulating. It was my husband, a hobby chess player, who taught Wesley chess when he was about 6. But we, as parents, did everything we could to support and nurture him throughout his whole life to give him a chance to succeed.

Q: Did you recognize Wesley’s talent early on?

LS: Yes, we knew he has a special God given talent in chess. We bought him various toys, but it was the chess that caught his interest. He is a very bright boy. He had many early successes and became a very strong player in his early teens. But his talent was not fully realized until later because he did not get proper training and assistance in chess. He needed help.

Q: So what happened? How did the big jump happen?

LS: My husband met GM Susan Polgar and her husband when he accompanied Wesley to the SPICE Cup in the US some years ago. After talking to them at length various times during this event, he understood that Wesley can benefit greatly from their world class chess training system. Our son was still too young at that time to enter university. But we had this idea in mind. And some years later when the time was right, Wesley joined SPICE at Webster University. That was the best decision for him and his chess career.

Q: So what did they do to help Wesley?

LS: First of all, they took Wesley in and treated him like their own son. Secondly, they knew right away what Wesley needed to do to become an elite player. They knew how to help him improve in many areas, on and off the chess board. They also have a very structured chess training / learning system at Webster University. They created for him baby steps to reach one goal at a time such as to break 2700, 2725, 2750, then top 10, etc. Wesley needed to be in a disciplined, positive, and structured environment. He came in as a talented boy and after 2 years became an accomplished man.

Q: So did you talk to Wesley about becoming a full time professional chess player?

LS: Yes, but only after he graduates from Webster University. We had hoped it did not mean that he would give up his education. No matter how good he is as a chess professional, it cannot replace education and a university degree. All of us encouraged him to stay in school. He still has so much to learn.

Unfortunately, there were poor advices given to Wesley which is not to our liking. I have a negative feeling as a mother that this is a very huge mistake on Wesley. It hurts me terribly.

Likewise, he has full plate, has to study and play chess, being distracted is not helpful.

Wesley is an adult and he has made his choice. Unfortunately, we could easily imagine better choices, or better ways for him to have expressed his choice or brought it about. All we can do as parents is to re-express our hope that he will make well-thought-out choices in the future, and display regard for their effects. We also like to reiterate to him our constant message as parents– reassurance of our continued love and welcome for him, and a gentle reminder to keep his upright upbringing and display continued awareness, concern for, sense of gratitude and sensitivity to the welfare and feelings of other people.

Leny So

Q: What is next? What will you do?

LS: We love our son and we will support him any way we can.

We taught him to be a loyal, honest, caring, and loving person, and always remain humble no matter how good he is. We taught him the value of professionalism and strong integrity.

Q: I know that this is a difficult time for you and your family. Is there anything else you wish to say?

LS: So family is very grateful to Paul Truong and GM Susan Polgar for what they have done for Wesley and his development as a person, teaching him to be responsible and reaching top ten in the world. I also thank his friends, supporters, Webster University, Reginald Tee, NCFP and President Pichay, and many more. I hope Wesley will never forget what everyone had sacrificed to help him for so many years. We will remain strong as a family and support our son anyway we can.

Q: Once again, thank you for taking the time to do this interview.

LS: Thank you very much.

Young talent aiming for the record

This Awesome 16-Year-Old Wants To Be The Youngest African American Chess Grandmaster
Posted: 12/19/2014 11:01 am EST Updated: 1 hour ago
Nico Pitney
Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

There were plenty of signs that 16-year-old Joshua Colas was a chess prodigy.

"He told me one day, 'Daddy, I can play you blindfolded,'" his father Guy Colas recounted to The Huffington Post. "And I said, 'You sure? I've never seen you practice.'"

Joshua was right; he could not only match his dad but beat him, with his eyes closed.

At age 12, Joshua became the youngest African American chess master in history. This past weekend, he won the national chess championship for the second consecutive year.

Now a high school junior, Joshua's goal is to attain the highest rank in chess, grandmaster. His family is running an Indiegogo campaign to cover the requisite tournament fees and travel costs. So far, they have raised just over $4,000 -- but they only have until next week to raise a lot more.

"He wants to be the role model for all these other kids from poor neighborhoods everywhere, to understand that chess is not only for the rich kids and for the smartest kids," his father said. "He wants to show, if you work hard enough, you can reach the top level."

The Colas family lives just north of New York City, but both of Joshua's parents were born in Haiti. Joshua grew up watching his dad play chess, and at age seven he asked to be taught the rules.

Within months, Guy said, "I was giving him puzzles that people who'd been playing chess for years couldn't solve, and he was able to solve them instantly."

Full article here.

SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California (A World Youth Qualifier - Over $100K in prizes)

Dear Chess Parents,

We have officially opened registration for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation's National Open Championship for Girls and Boys. We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:

The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
As well as $100,000 in prizes.

Please mark your calendars now and join us this February 27th - March 1st. We look forward to seeing you in San Mateo.


The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
WHEN: 2/28 & 3/1/2015

1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403


U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys

Age Cut-Offs

To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.

Example - to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.

To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line.1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.

ROUND TIMES: All sections will be G/60 – All players MUST be current USCF Members

2/28/15 * Round 1 @ 9am * Round 2 @ 12:15pm * Round 3 @ 3:30pm

3/1/15 * Round 4 @ 9am * Round 5 @ 12:15pm * Round 6 @ 3:30pm

AWARDS: 3/1/15 @ 6:45pm

Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships. Trophies go to the top 20 players and top 3 teams in all sections. All other participants will get medals. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections, the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections, the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections. the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections, the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections, and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.

The first place winner in the girls sections will qualify for The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating*)

* After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 (or 4?) scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.


2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

– 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay * Special Room Rate for this tournament $129

Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City


Main Event – ONLY $60 if registered by 2/1

$80 after 2/1

Polgar Simul - $40 if registered by 2/1

$50 after 2/1

Puzzle Competition - $15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

Blitz Tournament - $15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

Event Application

Please click on the links to register for each event

Main Event * We do have a sibling discount for multiple children participating in this event, however, we are unable to process automatically process the discount at this time. Please go here to pay online with the sibling discount included

Susan Polgar 25 Board Simul and Q & A Session

2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

Puzzle Competition

2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

Blitz Tournament

2/28/15 – 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 players will get trophies

Commemorative T-Shirt

If you would rather print out the application, click here. You can mail the application and check to:

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Webster University 2014

Beating The Pirc Modern Defences - GM Aaron Summerscale ... and more

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What is Zugzwang and How do I Use it?

Posted on December 19,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. Zugzwang is a situation when a player is in a disadvantage because it's his turn to play, but all available moves are bad. Zugzwang appears relatively rarely in practice. Zugzwang positions normally arise in the endgames, when the number of pieces and possible moves is reduced. Sometimes creating a Zugzwang position is the only possible way to win the game. In order to discover Zugzwang's motivations, you need to plan not only your own play, but[...]

Beating The Pirc Modern Defences - GM Aaron Summerscale

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Weak Squares in the Game

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Anand: My best is yet to come, hopefully!

Anand: My best is yet to come, hopefully!
Saturday, 20 12 2014 08:01

HYDERABAD (PTI): Indicating that he is still hungry for success, five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand said he is not quitting the game anytime soon and is preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year after a decent performance in 2014.

Asked if his best is yet to come, Anand said: "I hope so. I try to be optimistic."

The 45-year-old said he was happy with his performance in the year that is drawing to a close as he won three tournaments, although he acknowledged that in the recent world championship he could not capitalise on the self-created opportunities.

"I am happy with this year. I played well in many tournaments. I won three tournaments. I hope the trend continues," Anand, who earlier launched the NIIT Nguru MathLab Plus at a function organised by Kennedy High global school here, said.

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The latest from New In Chess

Sam’s miniature in New In Chess 2014#8

The 13-year-old Sam Sevian recently played a very nice miniature game that found its way into New In Chess magazine, issue 2014#8, that was published this week. The youngest American GM was heralded for his coffeehouse chess in NIC’s Café.

Look, it’s Sam Sevian!

Talking about the United States and records, a remarkable record that may have an impact on the future of American chess was set in St. Louis. In the shadow of an exhibition match between Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura (2-2 in the classical games, the American took the blitz, 9½-6½) the Saint Louis Chess Club organized two 10-player invitational tournaments where IM and GM norms could be made. The GM invitational was a huge success for 13-year-old Sam Sevian (13 years, 10 months and 27 days, to be more precise). The youngster from Boston became the youngest American GM in history, a record previously held by the likes of Fischer, Nakamura and Caruana, and bested the record held by Ray Robson by nearly a full year. Sevian, who had already scored three GM norms before but whose rating was not high enough to claim the GM title, swept the field, 7½/9, and raised his rating above the required 2500 points.

Samuel Sevian - Denes Boros
St. Louis 2014 (1)

1.e4 g6 2.d4 ♗g7 3.♘c3 d6 4.f4 ♘f6 5.♘f3 0‑0 6.e5 ♘fd7 7.h4 c5 8.h5 cxd4 9.♕xd4 dxe5 10.♕f2 A move introduced by David Bronstein at the 1958 Olympiad in Munich against Palmiotti (1-0, 29). 10...♕b6 The Italian took on f4, which was also fine. 11.♕h4 exf4 12.hxg6 h6 ­Safer was 12...♕xg6. Now White probably would be better after 13.gxf7+, but Sevian has different plans. 13.♗xf4

Wow. This is very sharp. 13...♕xb2 14.♘d5 This was the idea. The white king has a safe hiding place on g3, while his black colleague is in grave danger. 14...♕xa1+ 15.♔f2 ♘c6 16.♗d3 ♕b2 Not ready to give his queen on h1, which was his best chance. 17.♗c1 ♕xa2 Now Black is lost. 18.♗xh6 ♘c5 19.♗xg7 ♘xd3+ 20.♔g3 fxg6 21.♘g5 Black resigned. He will be mated.

New In Chess 2014#8 is available at all specialist chess shops. The magazine can also be downloaded on your iPad o Android tablet. For direct links go to:

Navara wins European Blitz Championship by 2 full points!

European Blitz Chess Championship 2014: David Navara convincing winner
Dec 19, 2014

Grandmaster David Navara won the European Blitz Chess Championship 2014 that was held on 19th December at the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland.

616 players from 31 European federations (FIDE Zones 1.1 to 1.10), including 176 International title holders, competed in the 11 double-round Swiss event with the time control G-3′+2”.

David Navara finished clear first with 19/22 points, leaving the nearest followers full two points behind. The Czech won ten mini-matches and tied only against GM Marin Bosiocic.

Six players shared the second place with 17/22 points each. According to the additional criteria GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda from Poland claimed the silver medal, while GM Ivan Salgado from Spain took the bronze.

David Navara

Final standings:

1. GM NAVARA David CZE B 2705 – 19,0

2-7. GM DUDA Jan-Krzysztof POL B 2525, GM SALGADO Lopez Ivan ESP B 2522, GM SAVCHENKO Boris RUS B 2733, GM ALEKSEEV Evgeny RUS B 2624, GM ANTON Guijarro David ESP B 2664 and GM EFIMENKO Zahar UKR B 2640 – 17,0

8-13. IM BORTNYK Olexandr UKR B 2679, GM KOROBOV Anton UKR B 2752, GM KOVALENKO Igor LAT B 2682,GM VITIUGOV Nikita RUS B 2695, GM LYSYJ Igor RUS B 2577 and GM BOLOGAN Viktor MDA B 2601 – 16,5

14-19. GM BARTEL Mateusz POL B 2585, GM MATLAKOV Maxim RUS B 2683, IM DOURERASSOU Jonathan FRA B 2523, GM KEMPINSKI Robert POL B 2637, IM GEORGIADIS Nico SUI 2465 and GM GAJEWSKI Grzegorz POL B 2560 – 16,0

20-31. GM MITON Kamil POL B 2621, GM CYBOROWSKI Lukasz POL B 2560, GM KOVALEV Vladislav BLR B 2541,GM SOCKO Bartosz POL B 2632, GM BELOUS Vladimir RUS B 2632, GM KULAOTS Kaido EST B 2560, GM MOISEENKO Alexander UKR B 2607, IM NAGY Gabor HUN B 2472, GM AZAROV Sergei BLR B 2602, GM EDOUARD Romain FRA B 2686, GM BINDRICH Falko GER B 2595 and PUTKA Verners LAT B 2416 – 15,5 etc

RCF President Birthday

GM Salem Saleh wins Al Ain Rapid Chess

UAE’s Salem A.R. Saleh wins Al Ain rapid chess event
GM scores six out of a possible seven points in precursor to classic championship
Staff Report
Published: 17:12 December 19, 2014

Al Ain: Grandmaster Salem A.R. Saleh of the UAE won the Al Ain Rapid Chess Championship at the Hili Rayhaan by Rotana hotel in Al Ain on Thursday.

Seventy players from 17 countries, including 25 Grandmasters, took part in the one-day precursor to the December 19 to 26 Al Ain Classic Chess Championship.

Saleh finished undefeated with six points from seven rounds. He beat Vugar Asadli of Azerbaijan, Armenians FM Manuel Petrosyan, GM Arman Pashikian and GM Samuel Ter-Sahakyan, GM Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan and drew with GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko of Ukraine and GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia.

After his fourth-round loss to Saleh, Ter-Sahakyan caught up to tie with six points, but Saleh emerged first in the tie-break.

Kryvoruchko finished third with 5.5 points ahead by tie-break over Mchedlishvili and GM Levon Babujian of Armenia.

Seven players followed with five points each. Finishing in tieb-reak order were GM Miknailo Oleksienko of Ukraine in sixth followed by Marin Kravtsiv, also of Ukraine, GM Viktor Moskalenko of Spain, GM Alexander Kovchan of Ukraine, GM Arman Pashikian of Armenia and IM Amierreza Pourrameezanali of Iran.

Mokal Amruta Sunil of India won the award for best female player, while IM Omar Noaman received the prize for Emirati player and FM Mayed Al Rashedi won the best Al Ain player award.

Many more players are expected to arrive for the Al Ain Chess Classic at the same venue. At stake is $50,000 (Dh 183,000) in cash prizes, with a top prize of $11,000 (Dh40,000), and various category prizes.

Two rounds are scheduled on Saturday at 10am and 5pm. From Sunday, games start at 4pm daily except for the last round, which starts at 2pm. All games will be broadcast live at the website.


44th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, Sweden

44th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 19, 2014

The Stockholm Chess Federation is organizing the 44th Rilton Cup, which will be held from 27th December 2014 to 5th January 2015.

The tournament will be played in four groups: Rilton Cup, Rilton Elo, Rilton 1800 and Rilton 1600. All sections will be FIDE rated.

Rilton Cup and Rilton Elo will be rated with FIDE and played over 9 rounds of Swiss system. The first round starts at 3:00 p.m. on 27th December. Round 2-8 start the same time. The last, 9th round starts at noon on 5th January. The 31st December (New Year’s Eve) is free of play.

The winner of the previous Rilton Cup was Norwegian Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer.

The playing venue is at Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98, Stockholm. Metro station Skanstull, green line.

Clarion Hotel Stockholm

Rilton Cup

Rilton Cup is open for players with an ELO-rating or National rating of at least 2200.
Prizes: 1st 20 000 SEK, 2nd 15 000 SEK, 3rd 12 000 SEK, 4th 10 000 SEK, 5th 8 000 SEK, 6th 6 000 SEK, 7th 5 000 SEK, 8th 4 000 SEK, 9th 3 000 SEK, 10th 3 000 SEK
Rating prizes: 3 000 SEK, 2 000 SEK and 1 000 SEK per rating-group

Rilton Elo

Open for players with an Elo rating and national rating less than 2200.
Prizes: 7,000 – 5,000 – 4,000 – 3,000 – 2,500 – 2,000 – 1,500 – 1,000 – 1,000 – 1,000 SEK.
Rating prizes: 3,000, 2,000 and 1,000 SEK per rating group.

Rilton 1800

Open for players with an Elo rating and national rating less than 1800. 7 rounds, 29/12 – 5/1.
Players registered outside the Nordic countries must have an Elo rating to participate.
Prizes: 4,000 – 2,500 – 1,500 – 1,000 – 1,000 SEK.
Rating prizes: 1,500, 800 and 500 SEK per rating group.

Rilton 1600

Open for players with an Elo rating and national rating less than 1600. 7 rounds with two double rounds, 1/1 – 5/1.
Players registered outside the Nordic countries must have an Elo rating to participate.
Prizes: 2,000 – 1,000 – 800 – 600 – 500 SEK.
Rating prizes: 800, 600 and 400 SEK per rating group.

Official website

Rilton Cup (top seeds):

1 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2644
2 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2636
3 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2635
4 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2615
5 GM Krasenkow Michal POL 2614
6 GM Roiz Michael ISR 2592
7 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2589
8 GM Turov Maxim RUS 2587
9 GM Karen Grigoryan ARM 2586
10 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2573
11 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2571
12 GM Ivanov Sergey RUS 2559
13 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2544
14 GM Tikkanen Hans SWE 2543
15 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2514
16 GM Blomqvist Erik SWE 2512
17 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2512
18 IM Prizant Jaroslav RUS 2511
19 GM Semcesen Daniel SWE 2482
20 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2479
21 IM Smith Axel SWE 2475
22 GM Åkesson Ralf SWE 2461
23 IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2458
24 IM Turova Irina RUS 2421
25 IM Sjödahl Pontus SWE 2419
26 FM Vandenbussche Thibaut BEL 2418
27 IM Bellia Fabrizio ITA 2415
28 FM Habu Yoshiharu JPN 2415
29 GM Bellon Juan ESP 2412
30 IM Westerberg Jonathan SWE 2411

S P Sethuraman is 2014 Indian Chess Champion

GM S P Sethuraman won the SIB-CMS College 52nd National Premier Chess Championship, organised by Kottayam Chess Academy, with an undefeated score of 8.5 points, at CMS College, Kottayam, in the southern state of Kerala.

Both GM Deep Sengupta of PSPB and IM P. Karthikeyan of ICF, a unit of Railways scored 8 points, but better tiebreak score favoured Deep to finish runner up.

Grandmaster SP Sethuraman

The smile shows as Sethu and Deepan drew their game in 15 moves out of the Ruy Lopez Berlin and Sethuraman to win the National Championship, just in his 3rd attempt. Sethu remained undefeated in his score card of 8.5 points with 5 wins and 7 draws.

From a scotch opening Deep Sengupta and VAV Rajesh of Tamil Nadu were following a game between Anish Giri and David Navara. Anish won the game with 17.Qb5, but Deep varied with 17.Nd5. Unperturbed by the changes Rajesh rallied his knights to defensive post disallowing further attack for the white pieces and the game ended in a draw in 25 moves.

Better tiebreak helped Deep Sengupta to finish second. His final round opponent was IM Rajesh

Catalan was the topic between these two ICF players. White was not interested in reclaiming the sacrificed c4 pawn, allowing black to have a stronghold on the queen side. Laxman unable to revive the position, tried a few tactics which was well averted by Karthik. Laxman resigned on the 41st move, facing the deficit of 2 pawns and no compensation to play for.

From the white side of Rossolimo Sicilian, Girinath played a modest 11.d3 against the highest rated player of the tournament Vidit Santosh Gujrathi of PSPB, instead of the active pawn push in the centre. Interestingly in the middle game both Kings were shielded by pieces and without pawns. Vidit erred with 31…Kh8, which was well used by Girinath who pointed his major pieces successfully towards black king. Vidit threw in the towel on 35th move owing to the irresistible attack by white. Girinath caused a great upset by beating the top seed of the championship.

IM Girinath had a upset win over GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Lalith’s outpost on d5 square did not materialise against Kunte’s Bogo Indian defense. Even the passed centre pawns was unable to create inroads, despite piling of major pieces on the King file by White. The experienced Kunte played the endgame phase innovatively and won the game in 49 moves.

GM Lalith Babu – GM Abhijit Kunte

IM Swayams Mishra of Orissa chose the Rubinstein variation against the Nimzo Indian setup. On the 10th move, his opponent Shyam played out a new move to exchange one of the white’s bishops. Despite Swayams having a good control over the Queen file with array of his major pieces, Shyam’s timely counterattack on white’s king had to be dealt with. Immediately after the defense, both signed a truce in 26 moves.

IM Swayams Mishra – IM Shyam Nikhil

Dr. Babu Sebastin, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University was the chief guest for the prize distribution function, presided by Dr. Roy Sam Daniel, Principal of the host CMS College in the august presence of Mr. Shelly Joseph, Regional Head & Dy. GM, South Indian Bank, the main sponsor.

Final standings:

1. GM Sethuraman S.P. 2622 – 8.5
2-3. GM Sengupta Deep 2566 and IM Karthikeyan P. 2400 – 8
4-5. GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2625 and GM Grover Sahaj 2505 – 7
6. GM Kunte Abhijit 2480 – 6.5
7. GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2547 – 6
8-9. IM Shyam Nikil P. 2454 and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2489 – 5.5
10. IM Swayams Mishra 2491 – 5
11. GM Laxman R.R. 2408 – 4
12-13. IM Rajesh V A V 2408 and IM Girinath P.D.S. 2333 – 3.5

Report by R. Anantharam
Chief Arbiter
Councillor, Arbiters’ Commission, FIDE

Brilliancy prize at World Youth u16 Chess Olympiad

Sophus Mechlenburg Moller (2133) - Jason Cao (2309)
Najdorf Sicilian
World U–16 Chess Olympiad 2014 Györ round five, 16.12.2014
[By Marin,Mihail]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.f4 Qc7 8.Qe2 e6 9.0–0–0 b5 10.a3 Bb7 11.g4

A typical 6.Bg5 Najdorf position, with mutual pawn attacks on the opposite wings.

11...Be7 12.Bg2 Rc8 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.g5 Nd7 15.h4 Qc4 16.Qe1 b4 17.Bf1 Qc5 18.Nb3 Qb6 19.axb4 Qxb4 20.Kb1 Nc5

White has maintained his space advantage, but Black seems to be the first in creating concrete threats. On the next move the Danish player thought up a surprise for his opponent...


He must have seen it in advance, as he played it after less than two minutes.
According to the Canadian captain, the Romanian Grandmaster Gergely Szabo, his pupil had not seen this coming, indeed.

But this small oversight might have been the best thing happening to him in this game since it opened his path to the brilliancy prize!

21...axb5 22.Rd4 Qxd4

The unexpected 22...Nd3 would have saved the queen, but left White with some positional advantage.

23.Nxd4 b4 24.Na2

24.Ncb5 would have been more active.


The oversight suddenly started looking like a deep positional sacrifice. Black has excellent compensation for his queen.

25.Rh2 d5 26.Nxb4 0–0 27.Qd2 Ra8 28.Nd3?

This makes White' centre hanging.

28.Nbc6 would have been more solid.

28...Ra4 29.Qe3 Rfa8 30.Kc1 Bxd3 31.Nc6

Trying to avoid 31.cxd3 Rxd4 but getting into other form of trouble.

31...Bd6 32.cxd3 Bxf4 0–1