CHESS

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Puzzles - Alexan­der Baburin

LAST week­end 70 play­ers took part in the Cork Chess Congress. Jaroslav Shanel, of the Czech Repub­lic, won the Mas­ter tour­na­ment with 5.5 points out of 6. Ai­dan Rawl­in­son came sec­ond with 5 points, while Henry Li and David Mur­ray tied for third on 4.5 points each.

The next ma­jor tour­na­ments in Ire­land are the Lim­er­ick Open (Oc­to­ber 27-29) and the Kilkenny Chess Congress (Novem­ber 16-18).

For more de­tails on these and other events, visit www.icu.ie

Rapid chess is very pop­u­lar nowa­days with two or three­day tour­na­ments, re­duc­ing the costs. Faster time con­trols also en­cour­age more of an in­tu­itive ap­proach to chess, which of­ten pro­duces ex­cit­ing games. Here is a good ex­am­ple of that from the re­cent Rus­sian Rapid Chess Cham­pi­onship in Sochi: 11.Ng5 Ngf6 12.Qd3 Nb6 (D) Af­ter 13.c4 or 13.Bd2 chances would be about equal, but in­stead White came up with a spec­u­la­tive sac­ri­fice: 13.Rxe6+?! fxe6 14.Qxg6+ Kd7 15.Bf4 Bxf4? Black had to de­fend with 15... Rhe8! 16.Qxg7+ Re7 17.Qxf6 Bxf4 18.N3e4 Rae8 and her chances would be higher. 16.Qxg7+ Kd6 17.Nf7+? Af­ter 17.Qxf6! Bxg5 18.Ne4+ Kd7 19.Nc5+ Kc8 20.Qxh8+ Qd8 21.Qh3 Black’s po­si­tion would be rather dif­fi­cult. 17...Kd5 18.Qxf6Raf8 19.c4+ Nxc4 20.b3 Qxf7

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