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In to­day’s hard-fought game from the first round of this year’s Division 1 In­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion, black boldly sac­ri­ficed the rook in a bid to trap his op­po­nent’s queen.

Un­de­terred, white re­sponded with an all-out pawn storm, giv­ing some of the ma­te­rial back in re­turn for com­plet­ing the de­vel­op­ment of his forces and un­set­tling the black king.

Peter Ser­wan v Mir­jan Maksmovic in Ade­laide in 2012 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. Bxc4 Bf5 6. Qb3 e6 7. Qxb7 Nfd7 8. Qxa8 Qb6 9. e4 Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. g4 Bg6 12. f4 Qxd4 13. Nge2 Qc5 14. f5 exf5 15. exf5 Bxf5 16. Bxf7+ Kxf7 17. Rf1 g6 18. Qb7 Bd6 19. Qb3+ Kg7 20. gxf5 Re8 21. Bh6+ Kxh6 22. O-O-O Be5 23. Qc2 Nf6 24. fxg6 hxg6 25. Rg1 g5 26. Kb1 Bc7 27. Nd4 Na6 28. Nf5+ Kh5 29. Ng7+ Kh6 30. Nxe8 Nxe8 31. h4 Bf4 32. hxg5+ Bxg5 33. Rh1+ 1-0.

In the lat­est FIDE Rat­ing list, Mag­nus Carlsen reigns supreme with 2843 points, fol­lowed by Levon Aro­nian on 2821 and Vladimir Kram­nik on 2795. World Cham­pion Viswanatha­n Anand sank to the 7th place, whereas US num­ber one Hikaru Naka­mura ad­vanced to the 5th place.

Best-rated Aus­tralian is Zong-Yuan Zhao with 2549 points, ahead of David Smer­don on 2498 and Dar­ryl Jo­hansen on 2446. Trevor Tao is top-rated South Aus­tralian with 2440 points.

In the women’s list, Ju­dit Pol­gar is still un­chal­lenged with 2705 points. Humpy Koneru is sec­ond on 2607, and World Cham­pion Yi­fan Hou third on 2605.

With 2350 points, Daniela Nutu-Ga­jic is the best-rated woman in Aus­tralia. Ari­anne Caoili is dis­tant sec­ond on 2202.

Prob­lem No 1538 from the game Alekhine v Asz­ta­los in Hun­gary in 1927. White to play and win. So­lu­tion to prob­lem No 1537: 1. Ng3! 2. Rg3 Rg1! 3. Kg1 Re1 0-1.

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