Sunday, June 13, 2010

Leonard Barden on Chess

Series: Leonard Barden on Chess

Vishy Anand to head strong field at London Chess Classic in December

Chess 3143
3143: White mates in two moves (by Alain White). A tricky problem, even with the clue that White?s first move is with the e4 rook. Photograph: Graphic
The London Chess Classic at Olympia, so impressively successful in 2009, will be repeated on 8-15 December with an increased prize fund and the participation of the reigning world champion, Vishy Anand.
The Indian, who will be 41 during the tournament, will take on the former champion Vlad Kramnik and the current world No1 and likely future champion Magnus Carlsen. They will be the principals in a field which will also include Hikaru Nakamura, ranked No1 in the US, and England's top four Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell. The fact that Howell, reigning British champion and at age 20 one of the best young talents in Europe, is the lowest ranked player shows that this is indeed an elite contest, which the organisers hope will cement London's bid to stage Anand's next world title defence in 2012.
In this game from a current Russian tournament, Kramnik's Berlin Wall defence is defeated by a rather simple plan. White's 13 f4 with b3/c4 aims to render Black's Q-side pawns static while mobilising White's 4-3 majority on the other flank. It worked when Black made an unsound knight sac (22...a6!) which was refuted by 27 Na7+! and 28 e6 with a winning passed pawn for White.
S Karjakin v A Naiditsch, Poikovsky 2010
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 0-0 Nxe4 5 d4 Nd6 6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 dxe5 Nf5 8 Qxd8+ Kxd8 9 Nc3 Ne7 10 Ne4 h6 11 Rd1+ Ke8 12 Nd4 Ng6 13 f4 Nh4 14 b3 Bg4 15 Re1 c5 16 Nb5 Kd7 17 c4 Kc6 18 Kf2 Be7 19 h3 Bd7 20 g4 h5 21 f5 hxg4 22 hxg4 Nxf5? 23 gxf5 Rh2+ 24 Kg1 Rah8 25 Ng3 R2h3 26 Bf4 a6 27 Na7+! Kb6 28 e6 Bd6 29 Bxd6 cxd6 30 exd7 Rxg3+ 31 Kf2 Rgh3 32 Re8 Rh2+ 33 Ke1 Rh1+ 34 Kd2 R8h2+ 35 Kc3 Rh3+ 36 Kb2 1-0
3143 1 Rb4. If Qxd7 2 Be4, or Qd5 2 Bb5, or Qd4 2 Rb3, or e5 2 Qh3, or Bf6 2 Qh7.
3142 The black pawn at e5 should be a bishop.

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