Alexan­der Baburin

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Puzzles -

LAST Wed­nes­day, Mag­nus Carlsen suc­cess­fully de­fended his ti­tle in Lon­don. Af­ter all 12 games with clas­si­cal time con­trol were drawn, the cham­pion dom­i­nated the rapid chess tie-break, beat­ing Fabi­ano Caru­ana 3-0. This is the se­cond time Carlsen has done that — in 2016 he de­feated Sergey Kar­jakin 3-1 in the rapid chess tie-break as well.

In this col­umn I usu­ally show chess minia­tures, and such games are usu­ally won by White. How­ever, Black can win quickly too — with a lot of courage and a bit of help from the op­po­nent. The fol­low­ing game, played a week ago in Bel­grade, is a good ex­am­ple of that. In it, a 16-year-old Turk­ish player de­feated a 23-year-old Bos­nian Grand­mas­ter, who was rated 350 points higher than him.

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