CHESS

Alexan­der Baburin

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Puzzles -

THE World Chess Cham­pi­onship match be­tween Mag­nus Carlsen and Fabi­ano Caru­ana started two days ago in Lon­don. Twelve games are sched­uled, with ad­di­tional games and shorter time con­trols, if needed for the tie-break. The to­tal prize purse of this match is €1m — which may sound gen­er­ous but is ac­tu­ally on the lower side for such events.

The con­tes­tants are No.1 and No.2 on the world’s rat­ing list, with just three points be­tween them, so most ex­perts pre­dict a very close match in which the reign­ing cham­pion may be a small favourite. You can fol­low it at www.world­chess.com as well as other pop­u­lar chess web­sites.

Mean­while, the World Women’s Chess Cham­pi­onship is in progress in Khanty-Mansiysk, Rus­sia. Sixty-four play­ers started in this knock­out tour­na­ment, which has a prize fund of €250,000. The fol­low­ing game was played in the open­ing round of this com­pe­ti­tion: As of­ten hap­pens in chess, a king stuck in the cen­tre causes its owner’s de­feat: 17...b6! 18.cxb6 Rxe2+! 19.Qxe2 Qxd4 20.Qe8+ Kh7 21.0–0 Qxb6 22.Re1 Qg6 23.g3 Bb7 0–1

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