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GM So takes another scalp; Ivanchuk “unretires”

Chinese GM Wesley So toppled another world-class grandmaster at the FIDE World Cup currently underway in Siberia. In Round 3, So, playing the Black pieces, beat U.S. GM Gata Kamsky in a Classical French Defense. In the second game of their mini-match, the players drew; GM So advanced while Kamsky was eliminated.

Kamsky was quite gracious in defeat. In an interview published on http://www.chessbase.com, Kamsky said, “So was playing better and he deserved the victory.”

In other World Cup news, two Chinese players were eliminated from the event for smoking. Wang Yue and Li Chao were late for their tiebreak games because they were catching a quick smoke in the designated smoking area. Despite the fact that they were a mere two minutes late, current FIDE regulations stipulate that tardy players be eliminated from the competition. (One must assume that if they’d just threatened to smoke, they’d have got off with just a warning.)

We reported here a couple of days ago that GM Vassily Ivanchuk had announced his retirement from chess. In a move reminiscent of Ross Perot and Garth Brooks, Ivanchuk has now reversed himself and announced that he is “unretired”. In a statement published on the ChessPro website (www.chesspro.ru, and translated into English on http://www.chessbase.com), Ivanchuk said, “I ask the forgiveness of my supporters, friends, colleagues in arms, and numerous chess lovers, for the emotional interview. I was very upset after losing, but am not in any circumstances planning to give up chess! And I wish to contradict the reports on SMI regarding my departure from the game…”

In response, permit me to quote Emily Litella from Saturday Night Live: “Never mind!”

Here is the Classical French between GMs So and Kamsky from Round 3 of the World Cup:

FIDE World Cup, 2009

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Qb6 8. a3
cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bc5 10. Na4 Qa5+ 11. c3 Bxd4 12. Bxd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 b6 14. Be2 Ba6 15. Bd1 Qb5

(15… O-O 16. b4 Qb5 17. Nb2 Qc6 18. Ba4 Bb5 19. Bxb5 Qxb5 20. c4 dxc4 21. Qxc4 Qxc4 22. Nxc4 g5 23. Rd1 Rfd8 24. g3 gxf4 25. gxf4 Nf8 26. Ke2 Ng6 27. Ke3 Rxd1 28. Rxd1 Rc8 29. Rd4 Kf8 30. Ke4 h5 31. a4 h4 {Drawn. Alekseev,E (2597)-Ivanchuk,V (2739)/Sochi 2005})

16. b4 Rc8 17. Nb2 Qc6 18. Rc1 O-O {Home preparation with a computer analyst? Fritz12 spots this right away and gives a slight edge to Black.}

(18… f6 {Fritz12 sees this as leading to an even position.} 19. exf6 Nxf6 20. Bf3 O-O 21. c4 Qd7 22. a4 Bxc4 23. Nxc4 Qxa4 24. O-O Qxb4 25. Be2 dxc4 26. Bxc4 Kh8 27. Qd3 Qc5+ 28. Kh1 b5 {0-1 Gueroff,E-Jackelen,T (2325)/Germany 1988})

19. a4 Bc4 20. Bg4 Bb3 21. O-O Bxa4 22. f5? (22. Nxa4 Qxa4 23. Ra1 Qc2 24. Rxa7 Rfd8=) 22… Bb5 23. Rfe1 Rfe8 24. Re3 f6 25. fxe6 Nxe5 26. Bf5 g6 27. Bh3 Qd6 28. Rd1 Rcd8 29. Rd2 Qe7 30. Rf2 Nc6 31. Qd2 d4 32. Re4 dxc3 33. Qxc3 Rf8 34. g4 Rd6 35. Bg2 Ne5 36. g5 {A deliberate sacrifice? It’s difficult to say. Kamsky may be trying to create counterplay, but ends up simply losing another pawn.} Rxe6 37. gxf6 Rfxf6 38. Rxf6 Qxf6 39. Re3 Bc6 40. Nd1 Qg5 41. Rg3 Qf4 42. Nf2 Bxg2 43. Kxg2 Nc4 44. Qd3 Ne3+ 45. Kg1 Nf5 46. Qd5 Qc1+ 47. Nd1 Kf7 48. Rc3 Qg5+ 49. Kf2 Qf4+ 50. Kg2 Qg4+ 51. Kf2 Qe2+ 52. Kg1 Qe1+ 53. Kg2 Kg7 0-1

The French Defense Fritz Trainer, from ChessCentral

You can learn the basics of the French Defense from the French Defense Fritz Trainer disk by IM Ari Ziegler, available from ChessCentral.

Have fun! — Steve


2 Responses

  1. Chinese GM? He is a Vietnamese!

  2. Wesley So is a Filipino not Chinese

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