Obviously the title of this article does not refer to the man on the right in the photo above — Garry Kasparov, the former World Champion. Instead, this game-of-the-day feature is about the other man — Silvio Danailov, the manager of Veselin Topalov, another former World Champion. In the following game, Danailov beats a world-class player, and he does it easily.
Silvio Danailov is best known as the manager of Veselin Topalov, the ex-World Champion and former No. 1 ranked player, but as the following game shows, he knows a thing or two about how to play, too. His victim is a player who recently pushed his rating to 2700.
1. Nf3d52. d4c63. c4e64. Qc2Nd75. g3Ngf66. Bg2b67. O-OBb78. b3Rc89. Rd1c510. Nc3So far, the game has followed the path of a typical variation of the Catalan. But the fireworks are about to start. 10... dxc4
( 10... Be7In light of how the game developed, this move would have been better. 11. cxd5Nxd5!12. Nxd5Bxd513. e4Bb714. d5exd515. exd5O-OThe engines like White, but I think that chances are about equal. )
11. d5!energetic and strong. The pawn cannot be taken, at least not comfortably. 11... cxb3
( 11... exd512. Nh4!And Black cannot stop Nxd5, when all the White pieces are poised to attack. 12... g613. Bg5!h614. Bxf6Nxf615. Nxg6!fxg616. Qxg6+Ke717. Bxd5Bxd518. Nxd5+Nxd519. Qe4+Kf720. Rxd5Black is in big trouble. )
( 11... Nxd512. Nxd5exd513. Nh4!Nf614. bxc4!and Black is losing control. )
13. e4!Very accurate; the d-file is forced open. 13... Ba814. Rxa7The rook on a1 has joined the action. All of White's pieces are already poised for the final strike and Black is terribly underdeveloped and a long way away from castling. How often do you see a near-2700 player go down like this in 13 moves? 14... Rc715. Ra2
( 15. Rxa8Would have been my choice, though the text spoils nothing. )
15... Qc816. Bf4Bc6
( 16... Rb717. Rda1Would be deeply embarrassing )
17. Bxc7Qxc718. e5Ng419. Nb5!Bxb520. Nd4!And Black
called it a day.
Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 7 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.
November 16, 2017 – The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series continued today in Palma de Mallorca with its final, fourth tournament, which will last well until the two winners are announced on November 25.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players
World’s best chess players, bankers, diplomats, watchmakers and businessmen came together to celebrate the opening of the FIDE World Chess Geneva Grand Prix at the Four Seasons Hotel. Geneva is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles which will possibly determine a winner of the series.