Chess

The Guardian Weekly - - Sport - Leonard Barden

Rus­sia’s an­nual super-fi­nal is a his­toric event that was won by Boris Spassky and other world cham­pi­ons dur­ing the Soviet era, and the re­newal at Satka in the Urals seemed an op­por­tu­nity for a new gen­er­a­tion to make a break­though.

In­stead, the win­ner was Dmitry An­dreikin, an­other of the gifted group born in 1990, which has pro­duced more elite play­ers than any other, in­clud­ing Mag­nus Carlsen.

A very dif­fer­ent out­come looked pos­si­ble when Daniil Dubov took a clear lead by in­ci­sive at­tacks in the third and fourth rounds. The 22-year-old was a GM at age 14.

Dubov’s win be­low show­cased his at­tack­ing skills against White’s pas­sive open­ing strat­egy. The typ­i­cal ad­vance 16...h5! tar­geted the white king since 17 Bxh5 Nf3+! 18 Bxf3 exf3 is too dan­ger­ous. The knight re­mained im­mune two moves later, be­cause 19 gxf3 exf3 20 Rg1 Be5 21 Rg3 Bxg3 22 fxg3 Qxc4 threat­ens both Qxf1 mate and Qxa2. How­ever, more test­ing was 19 Bxf3! exf3 20 gxf3 Qh3 21 Nd2 with de­fen­sive chances.

Black’s 19...f5! planned 20 Nc3 Ne5 21 Be2 c6 fol­lowed by a rook

ex­change on the d file and g5-g4, while later if 24 Rxd1 Qxh3+ 25 Kg1 Qg4+ 26 Kh2 Qxd1. White re­signed af­ter 25...g5! since 26 fxg5 Be5 is hope­less.

De­nis Khis­mat­ullin v Daniil Dubov

1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 e3 Bg7 4 Be2 O-O 5 O-O d6 6 b3 Nc6 7 Bb2 Bf5 8 c4 e5 9 dxe5 dxe5 10 Qc1 Qe7 11 a3 Rad8 12 b4 Bg4 13 Ra2 e4 14 Bxf6 Qxf6 15 Nd4 Nxd4 16 Bxg4 h5! 17 Bd1 Nf3+ 18 Kh1 Qh4 19 h3? f5! 20 c5 Ng5 21 Qc4+ Kh7 22 f4 Nxh3! 23 gxh3 Rxd1 24 Kg2 Rd3 25 Re2 g5! 0-1 mate. Be4 2 Kc6 or mate Bc4 3 Ke6 if and Rf7! 2 f4 Rf6! 1 3583

3583 White mates in three moves (by Fritz Giegold, 1975).

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