Chess Life - March 2011 by Daniel Lucas

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Na3 are also possible and present sharper possibilities. Leading the tournament, and playing against a player I knew to like dynamic, tactical positions, I decided to play a safer and more dry line, without many losing chances. 15. Be6 also deserved attention, which leads to an endgame, with White having a slightly better structure but unclear if it’s enough for a win. 7. Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bxc5 9. Nbd2 c3 I considered 18. Rc1 but after 18. Nxa2 19. Rc2 Nb4 20. Rxc3 Rxc3 21. Rxb4 I thought there is not enough left to win with.

24. Be6 25. Nxe6 fxe6 26. Qf3 Bxf4 27. Rae1 e5 28. Kh1 [ANDERSSEN] To drive away the bishop by g2-g3. Had White played 28. dxe5 Black would have retaken 28. Bxe5 (if 28. Nxe5 Black loses the bishop by 29. Qh3+). 28. Qh6 29. Qh3+ [MORPHY] Very well played. Although Black has two pieces for a rook, the strength of White’s pawns and general position more than counterbalance the inferiority. 29. Qxh3 30. gxh3 Bd2 31. Rd1 Bxc3 32. d5 Ne7 [ANDERSSEN] Evidently the only square to which the knight could go with safety.

Ra6 Rb8 92. a4 Rc8 93. Ra7 Rb8 94. Rc7+ Kd6 95. Rc1 Ra8+ 96. Kb5 Rb8+ 97. Ka6 Ra8+ 98. Kb7 Rh8 99. Rh1, Black resigned. S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura firmly in the mix. By IM Greg Shahade | Photography by Ray Morris-Hill had never watched a high-level chess tournament before, and so I used the 2010 London Chess Classic as an excuse to take a ten-day vacation to London in early December. The Classic seemed like it would be a good tournament to observe, as the eight-player field was full of interesting players such as GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Viswanathan Anand, and our own GM Hikaru Nakamura, and the organizers mandated fighting chess via the use of the “Sofia rules” disallowing quick I 34 Chess Life — March 2011 draws.

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