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.