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).