A passel of chess video games to get us by the canine days

A passel of chess games to get us through the dog days


It’s the center of August and an excellent time for a trip, so we’ll let the gamers do the heavy lifting at the moment. Thankfully, the canine days of summer season are a increase time for chess, and we’ve got a ton of superb video games to fill some column inches from the latest World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India and, nearer to house, the 122nd U.S. Open in Rancho Mirage, California.

The younger workforce from Uzbekistan exploited the absence of China and Russia and the missteps of the favored Indian and U.S. squads to take house an surprising however well-deserved gold medal in Chennai, with Armenia taking the silver and the India 2 workforce the bronze.

Tiny Armenia has gained three Olympiad golds since 2006, however was not anticipated to be within the hunt this yr after long-time No. 1 GM Levon Aronian decamped to play for the U.S. final yr. However the Armenians placed on a robust present helped by a superb closing kick from new high board GM Gabriel Sargissian, together with a pleasant win over Azeri super-GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov within the penultimate spherical final week.

Black successfully wins this Queen’s Gambit positionally after 15. Nb4 a4 16. Qc2? b3!, when the handed pawn proves a bone within the throat for White. Mamedyarov’s personal superior pawn is quickly misplaced and Sargissian nurses his benefit superbly — when the queenside pawns lastly fall (48. Nxb2 Nbxa3+ 49. Kb3 Nxb2 50. Kxb2), Black has 50…Nc4+ 51. Kc3 Ne3 and White’s kingside pawns are straightforward pickings; White quickly resigned.

The U.S. girls’s workforce completed strongly, barely dropping out on tiebreaks for a bronze medal and handing the front-running Indian girls’s workforce a harmful 3-1 loss within the closing spherical.

Indian IM Sachdev Tania had not misplaced a recreation in Chennai till assembly up with younger U.S. IM Carissa Yip within the concluding spherical. Yip proved higher versed within the intricacies of the King’s Indian, and regardless of some hiccups, by 33. Rc2 Qe7!, Black had an additional pawn and a profitable assault.

Within the closing place after 46. Rg2 Qf1+!, the only win is 47. Qxf1 Rxf1+ 48. Kh2 (Rg1 e2) Rf2! 49. Rxf2 exf2 50. Kg2 Kg5 and Black’s further pawn decides.

The gold medal for Ukraine’s girls was a well-liked end result given the nation’s real-world issues, and the sisters Muzychuk — GM Mariya and GM Anna — had been crucial to the workforce’s success.

Mariya took down Polish IM Alina Kashlinskaya in a Spherical 11 3-1 match win, simply sufficient to outpace the robust Georgian girls for the gold. In a taut, double-edged French, one little king sidestep wins for White after 28. Qe7 Qf2? (see diagram; holding was 28…Qh5! 29. Rg1+ Kh7 30. e6 Rg8 31. Rf1 f4 32. Qxf7+ Qxf7 33. exf7 Rb8+ 34. Kc1 Kg7, with a attract prospect) 29. Ka1!, and abruptly Muzychuk’s king is completely secure whereas Kashliskaya’s is in lethal peril.

White resigns dealing with the loss first of her queen and, quickly, of her king.

Lastly, congratulations to Russian GM and Texas Tech pupil Aleksey Sorokin on his first U.S. Open title. GM Elshan Moradiabadi misplaced the title in an armageddon tiebreak blitz recreation, however snagged a berth in subsequent yr’s U.S. Closed Championship as the best ending U.S.-registered participant.

Sorokin’s key win within the occasion was a fancy King’s Indian assault towards Texas Tech teammate IM Viktor Matviishen.

Black provides up his queen for 3 minor items and the assault, however his benefit doesn’t absolutely register till 36. Rxc5 Rxf3, when’s Sorokin’s items cowl one another magnificently and the handed d-pawn nears the queening sq.. White should finally hand over his queen to cease the pawn and Black is left with an simply gained ending.

Mamedyarov-Sargissian, Azerbaijan-Armenia, forty fourth World Chess Olympiad, Chennai, India, August 2022

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. b4 b6 9. h4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Rxa6 12. b5 cxb5 13. c6 Qc8 14. c7 b4 15. Nb5 a4 16. Qc2 b3 17. Qe2 Ra8 18. Rc1 Qa6 19. Nd6 b5 20. Nxb5 Rfc8 21. Nd2 Qb6 22. Nb1 Ra5 23. N5c3 Bd6 24. Bxd6 Qxd6 25. O-O Qxc7 26. Na2 Qb7 27. Rxc8+ Qxc8 28. Rc1 Qb7 29. Nb4 Ra8 30. f3 Rc8 31. Rc3 h5 32. Kf2 Rc7 33. Qa6 Qxa6 34. Nxa6 Rb7 35. Rc6 Ne8 36. Ke2 Kf8 37. e4 Rb6 38. Rxb6 Nxb6 39. e5 Ke7 40. Kd3 Kd8 41. Nc5 Nc7 42. Nc3 Nc4 43. g4 g6 44. gxh5 gxh5 45. f4 Ke7 46. N3xa4 b2 47. Kc2 Nb5 48. Nxb2 Nbxa3+ 49. Kb3 Nxb2 50. Kxb2 Nc4+ 51. Kc3 Ne3 52. f5 Nxf5 53. Nd3 Kf8 54. Nf4 Ng3 55. Kd3 Kg7 56. Ke3 Kh6 57. Kd3 Nf5 58. Ng2 Ne7 59. Ke3 Ng6 60. Kf3 Kg7 61. Ke3 f6 62. exf6+ Kxf6 63. Kf2 e5 64. Ke3 Kf5 65. Ne1 e4 66. Ng2 Kg4 67. Kf2 Nf4 White resigns.

Tania-Yip, India-USA, Girls’s World Chess Olympiad, Chennai, India, August 2022

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. Bg5 Na6 9. Nd2 Nc5 10. h4 h6 11. Be3 h5 12. f3 Bd7 13. Nb3 Na4 14. Nxa4 Bxa4 15. c5 Nd7 16. cxd6 cxd6 17. Qd2 f5 18. exf5 gxf5 19. Bh6 Bxb3 20. axb3 Nc5 21. Ra3 f4 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. b4 axb4 24. Qxb4 Rxa3 25. bxa3 Qf6 26. Qb6 e4 27. O-O e3 28. Rc1 Rg8 29. Rc4 Kh8 30. Bf1 Rg6 31. Qc7 Qxh4 32. Qc8+ Kg7 33. Rc2 Qe7 34. Bd3 Rf6 35. Be4 Rf7 36. Qh3 Nxe4 37. fxe4 Qxe4 38. Re2 Qb1+ 39. Kh2 Qf5 40. Qf3 Qg4 41. Qf1 Qg3+ 42. Kh1 f3 43. Qa1+ Kh7 44. Qb1+ Kh6 45. gxf3 Qxf3+ 46. Rg2 Qf1+ White resigns.

Muzychuk-Kashlinskaya, Girls’s World Chess Olympiad, Chennai, India, August 2022

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Ne2 Nbc6 11. f4 dxc3 12. Qd3 d4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Bd7 15. Rg1 Nf5 16. Qf2 Qc6 17. Bd3 Qd5 18. Be3 Nxe3 19. Qxe3 Rxg2 20. Rxg2 Qxg2 21. Be4 Qxh2 22. O-O-O Bc6 23. Bxc6+ bxc6 24. Qd4 a5 25. f5 exf5 26. Kb1 Kf8 27. Qd6+ Kg8 28. Qe7 Qf2 29. Ka1 Qg 30. e6 fxe6 31. Qxe6+ Kh8 32. Qxf5 a7 33. Rd8+ Kg7 34. Qf8+ Kg6 35. Rd6+ Black resigns.

Matviishen-Sorokin, 122nd U.S. Open, Rancho Mirage, Calif, August 2002

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O c5 5. d3 Nf6 6. Nbd2 Nc6 7. e4 O-O 8. c3 e6 9. Re1 a5 10. e5 Nd7 11. d4 cxd4 12. cxd4 f6 13. Bh3 fxe5 14. Bxe6+ Kh8 15. Bxd5 exd4 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Nc4 c5 18. Bg5 Nf6 19. Qb3 a4 20. Qb6 Qd5 21. Ncd2 b7 22. Bf4 g5 23. Re5 gxf4 24. Rxd5 Bxd5 25. Re1 fxg3 26. hxg3 Ng4 27. Re7 Rxf3 28. Nxf3 Bxf3 29. Rd7 Nf6 30. Rf7 Re8 31. Kf1 d3 32. Qd6 Bh5 33. Rc7 Bg6 34. f3 Rf8 35. Qe7 Ne8 36. Rxc5 Rxf3+ 37. Kg2 Rf8 38. b4 axb3 39. axb3 Nf6 40. Rc7 Rg8 41. Qe1 Re8 42. Qc3 Re2+ 43. Kf1 Ne8 44. Rxg7 Nxg7 45. b4 h6 46. b5 Rc2 47. Qd4 Rc1+ 48. Kf2 d2 49. Qxd2 Rc2 50. Qxc2 Bxc2 51. Ke3 Ba4 52. Kd4 and White resigns.

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