Friday, April 8, 2011

King Hunter

European Individual Championship 2011 (10)

Entertaining King Hunt from Aix-les-Bains

Malcolm Pein looks at Fedorchuk's fine win from the European Individual and also reports on Anand's rapid win against Kasimdzhanov.
An entertaining king hunt from the European Individual. Black executes a faultless attack as eight of White's last nine moves are with his king. With one to play Judit Polgar was one of the leaders on 8/10 and will surely progress to the World Cup. For Luke McShane a draw should be enough to progress.
S Fedorchuk - S Martinovic
French Tarrasch
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.N2f3 Bb4+! 8.Bd2
(8.c3 Nxc3!)
8...0-0 9.Bc4 e5! 10.Nb5 e4 11.Bxd5?
(11.Bxb4 Nxb4 12.Ne5 Qf6 13.Nxf7!?)
11...exf3 12.Bxb4 Qe8+!
S Martinovic
S Fedorchuk
Position after 12...Qe8+
(13.Kf1 Qxb5+)
13...Qxb5 14.Kc3
(14.Bxf8 Qxd5+ 15.Kc1 Qg5+ 16.Kb1 Kxf8)
14...Be6!! 15.Bxe6
S Martinovic
S Fedorchuk
Position after 15.Bxe6
(15...fxe6 16.Bxf8 Nc6 17.Bd6 Rc8)
16.Bxf8 Qe5+! 17.Kb3 Nd4+! 18.Kb4 Qb5+ 19.Kc3 Ne2+ 20.Kd2 Rd8+ 21.Ke3 Qe5+ 22.Kxf3 Nd4+ 0-1
22...Rd4 also mates but after 22...Nd4+ 23.Kg4 Qxe6+ 24.Kg3 Nf5+ wins.
S Martinovic
S Fedorchuk
Final position after 22...Nd4+
World champion Vishy Anand defeated his trainer Rustam Kasimdzhanov 3.5-0.5 in a Rapid match staged in the latter's home town of Tashkent.
V Anand - R Kasimdzhanov
Petroff Defence
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Ne5 10.Kb1 c6 11.Be2 Ng4 12.Bd3 d5 13.Bf4 Bd6 14.h3 Bxf4 15.Bxh7+! Kh8 16.Qxf4 Nxf2 17.Ng5 f6 18.Nf7+!! Rxf7 19.Bg6 Nxd1 20.Qh4+ Kg8 21.Re1 Nxc3+ 22.bxc3 Be6 23.Rxe6 Qb6+ 24.Kc1 1-0
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