domenica 21 gennaio 2018

C’mon, Edna, I’m sure next life he will reincarnate in a higher form

Thrilla in Bærum

 http://www.frchess.com/
Everything is ready for the unofficial World Fischerandom Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (the current World Chess Champion) and Hikaru Nakamura (the 4th and last unofficial World Fischerandom Chess Champion) which will take place at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden in Bærum municipality, Norway from 9 to 14 February 2018. The format will consist of 16 games: 8 one-hour-per-player games over four days, and finally 8 blitz games on the last day, with 900,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) in prize money for the winner, and 600,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) for the loser. For further details please visit: http://www.frchess.com/.

How to Fly a Plane

Very special thanks to all those who yesterday, from near and far, joined the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s Fischerandom chess meeting, and special thanks in particular to Cesare for standing beside our wall-mounted chessboard all the time.

sabato 20 gennaio 2018

1. g4 h5

Magnus Carlsen – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán)
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 20, 2018
Semi-Tarrasch Defence D35

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e3. Carlsen avoids confrontation on 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Rb1 Be7 8. Nf3 [not 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Nxd7 10. Rxb7? on account of 10. ... cxd4 11. cxd4 Nb6 12. Qd2 Qc8 13. Rxe7+ Kxe7 14. Nf3 f6 15. 0-0 Kf7! 16. e5 f5 and White has no sufficient compensation, Nepomniachtchi – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), Grand Prix 2017, second stage, Moscow 2017] 8. ... 0-0 9. Bc4 Nc6 10. 0-0 b6 11. d5 Na5 12. Bd3 c4 13. Bc2 exd5 14. exd5 Bb7 15. Re1 Bf6 16. d6 Re8 17. Rxe8+ Qxe8 18. Bf4 Rd8 19. Bf5 g6? (19. ... Qc6! 20. d7 g6 was called for, though after 21. Bh3 Bxc3 22. Qe2 White stands better) 20. d7 Qf8 21. Bh3 Be4 22. Rc1 Qc5 23. Qe2 Bf5 24. Rd1 Bxh3 25. gxh3 Kg7 26. Rd6! Bxc3 27. Ng5 Qf5 28. Qe7 h6 29. Ne6+ Kh7 30. Nxd8 Qxf4 31. Nxf7 1 : 0 Svidler – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), Grand Prix 2017, 3rd stage, Genève 2017. 5. ... c5 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. exd4 Nxc3 8. bxc3 Qc7 9. Bd2 Nd7 10. Qg4!? If 10. Nf3 then 10. ... b6 11. 0-0 Bb7 12. Re1 Bd6 with rough equality, Rantanen – Barbosa, 15th Bangkok Chess Club Open, Pattaya 2015. 10. ... Nf6 11. Qg3. A qualified member of Carlsen’s entourage tellingly explained that such an early exchange of Queens was aimed to produce a remake of the game Carlsen – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2016, when the four-time Women’s World Chess Champion, in a kind of cupio dissolvi, deliberately blundered a perfectly drawn King-and-Pawn endgame (by 45. ... h6-h5??). 11. ... Qxg3 12. hxg3 Bd6 13. Nf3 b6 14. a4 Bb7 15. a5 Ke7 16. Ke2 Ne4 17. Be1 h6 18. c4 Nf6. Hi, Magnus! Be careful at not falling into a Knight fork! 19. Bc3 Rhc8 20. Rhb1 Bxd3+ 21. Kxd3 Nd7 22. Nd2 Rhd8 23. Ne4 Bc7! 24. Bb4+ Ke8 25. f4 Rac8 26. axb6 axb6 27. Ra7 Nb8!


28. Rxc7! Carlsen sacrifices the Exchange in order to create a climax of sharp feelings. 28. ... Rxc7 29. Nd6+ Kd7 30. Nxf7 Rdc8 31. Ne5+ Ke8 32. Bd6 Rb7 33. c5 Nc6 34. Rxb6 Rxb6 35. cxb6 Nd8! 36. Bc7 Ra8 37. Kc4 Nb7 38. Kb5 Ra2 39. g4! Ke7! 40. g3 Nd6+ 41. Bxd6+ Kxd6 42. Nc4+ Kd7 43. Kc5 Rc2. The game is inexorably drifting towards a draw, but since we know already “The End”, we also know that it won’t end in a draw... 44. f5 exf5 45. gxf5 Rf2 46. Nd6 Rg2 47. Ne4 Rb2 48. g4 Rb1 49. Nd2 Rh1 50. d5


49. ... h5?? Virtually all the Rook moves along the first rank (except for ... Rh1-f1 and Rh1-b1) would have yielded a draw; for instance: 50. ... Rg1 51. Nc4 Rb1 52. d6 Rb3 and White cannot make progress. Apparently it was also important that the metaphoric gift were the same as that of two years ago (... h6-h5). 51. d6! Kc8 52. gxh5 Rxh5 53. Kc6 Kb8 54. Ne4 Rxf5 55. Nc5 1 : 0. “What a relief! It was a hard game. I got an early edge, but perhaps I didn’t play perfectly afterwards. I assumed that the game would have ended in a draw, but still I wanted to challenge her”, Carlsen finally told TV 2.

Artwork © Willum Morsch

Love Motion

Love Motion by Rhys Coren in the Royal Academy courtyard. It is a Matisse-inspired animation of two dancing paper-cut figures projected onto the facade of the Royal Academy, accompanied by a moving and original soundtrack. As Coren writes, “it’s cheesy and honest and emotional. It’s about a sort of spirituality. It’s about a longing for oneness and love and togetherness. It’s about a possible optimism. It’s about a definite scepticism”. The artwork will be on display from 18 to 21 January 2018 as part of the second edition of the light festival Lumiere London. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts.

Oh no, Edna, don’t exaggerate as usual. A girl wearing glasses is not enough to make a copyright claim!

Credit: @anjsng

(Just Like) Starting Over

Today is Saturday and it is the day of the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s Fischerandom chess meeting (as usual starting at 16,00), so don’t be late, and keep ready for the starting position 518, too!

Shinya Watanabe (渡辺 真也) and Yōko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ) playing Yōko Ono’s art work “White Chess Set (Play it by Trust)” at Puffin Room in Soho, New York, United States on January 12, 2008. Photo: shinyawatanabe.net.

venerdì 19 gennaio 2018

Metacriticism

Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler – Magnus Carlsen
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 19, 2018
English Opening A13

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Qb3 c5 4. Nb5 Nc6 5. Nd6+ Kf8 6. Nf3 Qe7 7. Nxc8 Rxc8 8. e3 e5! 9. Qc2 e4 10. Ng1 Nf6 11. Ne2 Ba5 12. a3 h5! I know at least one person who would unconditionally approve this move. 13. b3 Rd8 14. Bb2 d5 15. cxd5 Rxd5 16. 0-0-0!? Ng4 17. Ng3! Nxf2 18. Bc4 Nxd1 19. Rxd1 Rg5 20. Rf1 Nd8 21. Nf5 Qd7 22. Qxe4 Rg4 23. Bxg7+! Rxg7 24. Nxg7 Qxd2+ 25. Kb1 Bc3


26. Rxf7+! Nxf7 27. Qe8+ Kxg7 28. Qxf7+ Kh6 29. Qf4+ Kg6 30. Qf7+ Kh6 31. Qf4+ ½ : ½. One cannot but admire this game as a superb piece of analysis.

Yeah, Edna, show him who’s who!

The Tomorrow Code

侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 19, 2018
Caro-Kann Defence B19

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3. Nuances from the scrapbook: 9. ... Nf6 10. Bxh7 Nxh7 11. Qd3 Nd7 12. f4 Be7 13. Bd2 Nxe5 14. fxe5 Bxh4 15. 0-0-0 Bg5 16. Ne4 Bxd2+ 17. Rxd2 0-0 18. Qg3 f5 19. Nc5 Ng5 20. Nxb7 Qd5 21. b3 f4 22. Qg4 f3 23. Nc5 fxg2 24. Qxg2 Rf4 25. Qxd5 exd5 26. c3 Raf8 27. Rhd1 Ne4 28. Nxe4 Rxe4 29. c4 dxc4 30. bxc4 c5 31. dxc5 Rxe5 32. Rd5 Re4 33. R1d4 Rxd4 34. Rxd4 Rc8 35. Rd5 g5 36. Kd2 Kg7 37. Ke3 Kf6 38. Rd6+ Kf5 39. Rxh6 Rxc5 40. Kd4 Rc8 41. Kd5 g4 42. c5 g3 43. Rh1 Kf4 44. c6 g2 45. Rc1 Kf3 46. Kd6 Rh8 47. c7 Rh6+?? (47. ... Rg8 would have earned Black a draw) 48. Kd7 Rh7+ 49. Kc6 Rh1 50. Rc3+ Ke4 51. c8=Q Rh6+ 52. Kb5 g1=Q 53. Qe8+ Kf4 54. Qf8+ Ke4 1 : 0 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – 郭琦 (Guō Qí), 7th “天津弈诚杯” (“Tiānjīn Yìchéng Cup”) Chinese Chess League, 成都 (Chéngdū) 2011. 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Be7 12. Bd2 Nxe5 13. fxe5 Bxh4 14. 0-0-0 Bxg3 15. Qxg3 Ne7 16. Qxg7. The alternative 16. Bb4 Nf5 17. Qf4 g5 18. Qf2 g4 19. c4 Qb6 20. Bc5 Qa6 21. b3 g3 22. Qd2 0-0-0 23. Kb2 b6 24. Bd6 Nxd6 25. exd6 Rxd6 26. Qf4 Rd7 looks quite comfortable for Black, 韦奕 (Wéi Yì) – Giri, 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2017. 16. ... Rg8 17. Qf6!? It would appear one does not know what to invent in order to change the nature of a (very) drawish position. If 17. Qh7 then 17. ... Qd5 18. Kb1 0-0-0 19. Qxf7 Rxg2 20. Ba5 Qxa5 21. Qxe7 Qd5 22. b3 Rd7 23. Qf8+ Kc7 24. Rxh6 c5 25. Rh4 Qc6 26. Rh8 cxd4 27. Qc8+ Kb6 28. Qxc6+ Kxc6 29. Rh4 Re2 30. Rhxd4 Rxd4 31. Rxd4 Rxe5 32. Kb2 Rd5 33. Rh4 e5 ½ : ½ Šarić – Mamedyarov, 42nd Chess Olympiad, Baku 2016. 17. ... Nf5 18. Bxh6 Qxf6 19. exf6 Rd8 20. Bf4 Nxd4. 20. ... Rxd4 eventually followed by the exchange of Rooks might have been a clearer way to claim equality. 21. Rd2 c5 22. c3 Nc6 23. Bd6 b6 24. b4! cxb4 25. cxb4 a5 26. b5 Na7. Probably Black should have played 26. ... Nb4 27. Bxb4 axb4 28. Rc2 Kd7 29. Rh7 Rdf8 30. Rd2+ Kc7 31. Rh4 Rd8 (Stockfish’s analysis) with a likely draw.


27. a4. 27. Rhd1! at once seems much stronger (threatening both Bd6-e7 and Bd6-c7), for Black can not play either 27. ... Nxb5?? due to 28. Be7! followed by mate in a few moves, nor 27. ... Nc8?? because of the “dual” 28. Bc7! with mate coming soon. Therefore Black should have played 27. ... Rg5 (in order to answer 28. Be7 by 28. ... Rdd5), but then 28. a4 Nc8 29. Bb8(!) would have given White a much better position than in the actual game. 27. ... Nc8 28. Rhd1 Rg4 29. Bb8 Rxd2 30. Rxd2 Rxa4 31. Rc2 Kd8 32. Rd2+ ½ : ½.

Artwork © Willum Morsch

Maybe I was looking in the wrong direction

http://sports.sina.com.cn/go/2018-01-17/doc-ifyqrewk0173316.shtml
Go star 柯洁 (Kē Jié) did not apparently change his wish for no revenge with AlphaGo on being awarded as one of the most influential people in sports business for the year 2017 on the occasion of the 体育大生意峰会 (Sport Business Summit) held at 三里屯洲际酒店 (InterContinental Sānlǐtún) Hotel in 北京 (Běijīng), China on January 16, 2018. Photo: sports.sina.com.cn.

Pray, Edna, bite him today, but do not bite too hard

Ice giant

 http://tass.ru/sport/4869040
Karpov and 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) will play a Rapid chess match in China from 4 to 7 February

The winner will receive a cash prize $20,000, while the loser will be paid $10,000.

北京 (Běijīng), January 12. TASS. Russian Grandmaster Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov and Chinese Grandmaster 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) will meet from 4 to 7 February in 哈尔滨 (Hā’ěrbīn), the administrative centre of 黑龙江省 (Hēilóngjiāng province), Northeast China, in the “2018 Sino-Russian Chess Champions Showdown”. This is reported by 新华社 (Xīnhuá News Agency).
The event is organised with the assistance of the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sports of China and the Chinese Chess Association. The match of 6 games will be played in Rapid chess format. Time control is 15 minutes per player, plus 10 seconds time per move.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, while the loser will be paid $10,000.
Besides the match, Karpov and 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) will jointly give a simultaneous exhibition to 50 young players. It is also planned to stage a demonstration-performance on chess on ice.
Karpov is the 12th World Chess Champion, a two-time winner of the World Team Chess Championship representing the Soviet Union, a six-time winner of the Chess Olympiads representing the Soviet Union, a three-time winner of the USSR Chess Championship, a nine-time Oscar winner – the award given to the best player of the year.
侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – four-time Women’s World Chess Champion, a three-time winner of the World Women’s Team Chess Championship representing China, is one of the three World Champions who succeeded in regaining the chess crown after an eclipse.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov. Photo © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS.

The Seventh Seal

 http://tass.ru/sport/4884520
Filatov has formalised his candidacy for re-election as President of the Russian Chess Federation

The President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) had announced his intention to run for a new term at the end of 2017

Moscow, January 18, 2018. TASS correspondent: Andrei Kartashov. President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) Andrey Vasilievich Filatov formalised his candidacy for the RCF presidential election scheduled to take place on February 3, 2018, he himself told TASS.
On Thursday, Filatov filed all necessary documents required. He had announced his intention to run for a new term at the end of 2017.
“At the moment, 21 regions out of 32 asked me to represent them and continue our work”, Filatov said. “It’s a honour for me and such trust makes me proud. The numbers say that so far we’ve done everything right“.
Earlier Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov also announced his candidacy. Furthermore, on Monday it was reported that five people registered themselves as candidates to run for RCF Presidency: the former Soviet Champion in ski jumping Eduard Anatolyevich Suboch, the member of the Supervisory Board of the RCF from Ingushetia Zaurbek Sultanovich Malsagov, the leading researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ivan Valentinovich Starikov, the President of the Moscow Region Chess Federation as well as President of the Rostov Region Chess Federation Sergey Anatolyevich Nesterov, and the Vice President of the RCF Andrey Vladimirovich Selivanov.
Filatov said he’s not afraid of the competition with Ilyumzhinov. “It’s great that there are such candidates out there. It shows how much attention Russia pays to chess”, he said.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

Russian Chess Federation President Andrey Vasilievich Filatov. Photo © ITAR-TASS Archive/Sergey Karpov.

giovedì 18 gennaio 2018

Friday Evening, January 26


The Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna” will participate in the third edition of the ballet festival “Le ali della danza”, which will be staged at the Teatro Aurora, Via San Bartolo in Tuto, 1, 50018 Scandicci, Florence, on Friday, January 26, 2018, starting at 20,45.
The event is organised by Lions Club Fiesole under the patronage of the Comune di Scandicci.
As usual proceeds will be donated to support non-profit charity institutions.

Wind tunnel

Matty’s interpretation of 衣夫人 (Edna “E” Mode). Credit: wowsugar.blogspot.com.

Edna, you better take the train if you can, as he has not yet applied for his full driving licence

Kampen, Netherlands: A lorry trailer blown over by strong winds. A code red weather warning was issued in the Netherlands. Photo: Ginopress B.v./EPA.

A Special Day

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: A girl holds her pet while waiting for a blessing on the day of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of domestic animals. Photo: José Luis González/Reuters.

Trading Places

http://tass.ru/sport/4881051
Ilyumzhinov put forward his candidacy to be President of the Russian Chess Federation

Moscow, January 17, 2018. TASS correspondent: Andrei Kartashov. Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov put forward his candidacy to be President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF), he himself told TASS.
The election of the President of the RCF will be celebrated on February 3, 2018. Earlier, the current RCF President Andrey Vasilievich Filatov, who had been in office since February 1, 2014, had announced that he would be standing for re-election. Furthermore, on Monday it was reported that five people registered themselves as candidates to run for RCF Presidency: the former Soviet Champion in ski jumping Eduard Anatolyevich Suboch, the member of the Supervisory Board of the RCF from Ingushetia Zaurbek Sultanovich Malsagov, the leading researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ivan Valentinovich Starikov, the President of the Moscow Region Chess Federation as well as President of the Rostov Region Chess Federation Sergey Anatolyevich Nesterov, and the Vice President of the RCF Andrey Vladimirovich Selivanov.
Ilyumzhinov has been chairing the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) since 1995. The election of the new FIDE President will take place in Batumi, Georgia next September.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

FIDE President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. Photo © Valery Sharifulin/TASS.

Russian Chess Federation Andrey Vasilievich Filatov. Photo © Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS Archive.

C’mon, Edna, we got an almost perfect score, and he has all reason to be scared of facing you!

Photo © Mileymouse101

mercoledì 17 gennaio 2018

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Fabiano Caruana
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Hilversum, January 17, 2018
Queen’s Gambit Declined D30

Unlike Wesley So, who is silently climbing the ladder to the top, Fabiano Caruana did not seem neither lucky nor in good shape here (there) in the Netherlands. But I wouldn’t trust appearances. Most likely he’s just covering all of the fireworks he’s gonna show in Berlin next March. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bg5 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2 dxc4 6. e3 b5 7. Be2. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov does not dare to hope again for 7. a4 c6 8. Be2 Nb7 9. 0-0 Qb6 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. b3 c3 12. Nb1 c5 13. Nxc3 cxd4 14. Nxb5 Rc8 15. Qb2 a6 16. a5 Qc5 17. exd4 Qf5 18. Bd2 Be7 19. Nc3 0-0?? (only in Switzerland such a thing could happen!) 20. Nh4 1 : 0 Mamedyarov – Inarkiev, Grand Prix 2017, 4th stage, Genève 2017. 7. ... Bb7 8. 0-0 0-0 9. b3 c3 10. a3 Be7 11. Nb1 c5 12. Nxc3 a6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Qc2 Nbd7 15. Rfd1 Rc8 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. b4 Be7 18. Rac1 Qe8 19. Qb1 Nb6 20. Nd4 Kh8 21. Bf3 Bxf3 22. Nxf3 Nc4 23. Ne4! “I think my opponent played quite correctly. I didn’t get anything special from the opening. A playful, dynamic position in which Fabiano seems to have missed White’s idea of 23. Ne4! and 24. Nfd2. Black’s problems began after the exchange of Knights, only to then become more and more serious”, then Mamedyarov told Chess-New.ru. 23. ... Qc6 24. Nfd2 Qb7 25. Nxc4 Rxc4 26. Rxc4 bxc4 27. Qc2 Rc8 28. h3 Qc6 29. Rd4 a5 30. Nd2 Rg8 31. g3 axb4 32. Rxc4 b3. It doesn’t seem the best way to bury the doomed Pawn, but Caruana was also in serious time trouble. 33. Nxb3 Qf3 34. a4 Bd6 35. Rc8 Rxc8 36. Qxc8+ Kg7 37. Qc2 Bb4?


38. Qc4! Threatening both the Bishop and to exchange Queens by Qc4-g4+. The rest is easy. 38. ... Qb7 39. a5 Bd6 40. a6 Qb6 41. Nd4 Qa5 42. Kg2 Qa3 43. Qc6 1 : 0.

Jeremy, tell Magnus to be careful at not falling into a Knight fork

The fourteen participants in the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament posing for a group picture in the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid) in Hilversum, Netherlands which was the venue for today’s fifth round. Photo: Tata Steel Chess‏ (@tatasteelchess).

Clustering illusion

Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán)
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Hilversum, January 17, 2018
Queen’s Gambit Declined D38

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Bb4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bf4. Theoretically speaking, the text is less fashionable than 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Nbd7 [if 7. ... c5 then 8. e3 c4 9. Be2 Nc6 10. 0-0 g5 11. Bg3 0-0 12. Ne5 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ne4 14. Bf3 Nxg3 15. hxg3 Bf5 16. Bg4 Be4 17. f4 Nxe5 18. dxe5 f6!? 19. Qd4 fxe5 20. fxe5 Qb6 21. Bf3 Qg6 22. Rad1 Rae8 23. Qxa7! Bxf3 24. Rxf3 Rxf3 25. gxf3 Qc2! 26. Qd4 Rxe5 27. Rd2 Qc1+ 28. Kf2 Rf5 29. g4 Rf7 30. Kg2 Qe1 31. a4 Qa1 32. Qe5 Qe1 33. Qd4 Qa1 34. Rf2 with a very slight edge for White, Lékó – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), 7th 海南 (Hǎinán) 儋州 (Dānzhōu) Super Grandmaster Chess Tournament “人民网 (People’s Daily Online) Cup”, 儋州 (Dānzhōu) 2016] 8. e3 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Qb3 c5 11. Rc1 Qa5 12. Nd2 Nxg3 13. hxg3 cxd4 14. exd4 Nf6 15. Bd3 Be6 16. a3 Bxc3 17. Rxc3 Rc8 18. Rxc8+ Bxc8 19. Qb4 Qxb4 20. axb4 Ke7 21. Nb1 Bd7 22. Nc3 a6 23. f3 Kd6 24. Kf2 Ng8 25. Ra1 Ne7 26. Ra5 Rc8 27. g4 Rc6= 丁立人 (Dīng Lìrén) – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2016. 6. ... 0-0. In Shankland – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), Hawaii Grandmaster Challenge Rapid 2015, Honolulu 2015 was seen 6. ... c5 7. g3 Ne4 8. Rc1 Qa5 9. Bg2 Nc6 10. 0-0 Bxc3 11. bxc3 c4 12. Qc2 0-0 13. Nd2 Nxd2 14. Bxd2 Re8 15. e4 with a more promising game for White. 7. Rc1 c6 8. e3 Bd6!? As a matter of fact, the game now transposes into the Exchange Variation. For 8. ... 0-0 9. Qb3 Qb6 10. Be2 Be7 11. Nd2 Nbd7 12. h3 Bg6 13. 0-0 a5 take a look at Narayanan – Dubov, 15th Aeroflot Open, Moscow 2017. 9. Bxd6 Qxd6 10. Qc2 Re8 11. Bd3 Nbd7 12. 0-0 Nf8 13. h3 g6 14. Ne5 Nh5 15. Rfe1 Re7 16. Qa4 Nd7 17. Nf3 Ndf6 18. b4 a6 19. b5 cxb5 20. Nxb5 Bd7? A staggering blind spot. Black had to play 20. ... Qd8 21. Nc3 Be6. 21. Nxd6 Bxa4


22. Rb1? Svidler, too, plays a little lazily, apparently overlooking that by 22. Nc8 (threatening both Nc8xe7+ and Nc8-b6) 22. ... Re6 23. Ng5 White would have won the Exchange crystal clearly. 22. ... b5 23. Ne5? It looks like a careless inversion of moves. 23. Rec1(!) followed by Nf3-e5 would still have been strong, as 23. ... Nd7 wouldn’t work as well as in the game (due to 24. Rc7). 23. ... Nd7! Now, finally, the worst is over. 24. Rec1 Nxe5 25. dxe5 Rxe5 26. Rc7 Rf8 27. Rc6 Ra8 28. Rc7 Rf8 29. Rc6 Ra8 30. Rbc1!? d4!? 31. g4 Nf6 32. e4!? Re6 33. f4 b4! 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán)’s playing well although terribly short of time. 34. Rc8+ Rxc8 35. Rxc8+ Kg7 36. e5 Nd5 37. Bc4 Nxf4 38. Rc7! This speculative move, though not objectively effective in turning the status quo, subjectively has a shocking effect on an opponent panicked by lack of time. After 38. Bxe6 Nxe6 Black shouldn’t have any particular problem with her position. 38. ... d3?? And here comes the blunder. Correct was 38. ... Nxh3+ 39. Kh2 Ng5 40. Bxe6 Nxe6 (but 40. ... d3?? 41. Bxf7! would likewise be only a cruel Fata Morgana) and Black should hold quite comfortably. 39. Rxf7+ Kh6 40. Rxf4 d2 41. Rd4 1 : 0.

It Happened in Bugojno

Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik – Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 16, 2018
Neo-Grünfeld Defence D78

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 g6 4. 0-0 Bg7 5. d4 0-0 6. c4 c6 7. Ne5 Be6 8. cxd5 Bxd5 9. Nc3. If 9. Bh3 then 9. ... c5 10. dxc5 Ne4 11. Nd3 Na6 12. Be3 Bc6 13. Qc2 Bd4 14. Bxd4 Qxd4 15. Bg2 Rac8 16. Nc3 Nxc3 17. bxc3 Qf6 ½ : ½ Speelman – Kasparov, World Cup, 3rd stage, Reykjavík 1988. 9. ... Bxg2 10. Kxg2 Nbd7. 10. ... Na6 11. Nf3 c5 12. d5 b5 seems quite more interesting, 温阳 (Wēn Yáng) – 徐铭辉 (Xú Mínghuī), 12th Chinese Team Chess Championship, 无锡 (Wúxī) 2016. 11. Qb3 Qb6 12. Rd1 Qxb3 13. axb3 Rfc8 14. f4 c5 15. Be3 cxd4 16. Rxd4 Nxe5 17. fxe5 Ne8 18. Rd7 Rc7? 18. ... Kf8 19. Rxb7 Bxe5 is the computer’s suggestion, and probably a best way to strive for survival.


19. Rxa7! Rb8. 19. ... Rxa7 is met by the zwischenzug 20. Rd8. 20. Rd5! b6. 20. ... e6 21. Rb5 b6 22. Rxb6! cannot be too better. 21. Nb5! Rxa7 22. Nxa7 Kf8 23. Rd7 Ra8 24. Bd4 1 : 0. Black can do nothing but wait for further damage.

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Pictured above from left: Sophia Menconi, Chiara Ciocia Vida, Serena Vinci, Arianna Settembrini, Letizia Rogai, Ester Marra, and Giuditta Sottili performing in the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s final dance showdown on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Photo: Stefano Marmino.