China’s top young rising star continues to produce some brilliant victories. In the following game, his victim is one of India’s best players.
It always pains me to see my friends lose, and I hope Surya Ganguly forgives me for writing about this game. But Wei Yi played extremely well, using an opening finesse to disrupt the coordination of Ganguly’s pieces and then following through with some excellent strategic play.
( 13... b4I think Black should be
trying to open the queenside. )
14. h5!Ne715. dxe5Bxe516. Nxe5Qxe517. Nf3Black is now left with a backward d5 pawn and a passive bishop. 17... Qd6
( 17... Qf618. Qd4Qxd419. Nxd4I prefer this to the game continuation, but it's not much fun for Black in any case. )
( 18... h619. a4!The pawn on c4 is poorly defended: 19... b420. Rxc4 )
19. Bc2b420. h6!
( 20. Rxc4Ba6And Black will have some counterplay. )
( 20... g621. Rxc4Ba622. Qd4!This is a big difference. Now the pawn on b4 will fall and White will be up two pawns and Black will have no compensation. )
21. Rxc4!bxc322. bxc3!
( 22. Rxc3Rxb2There is no need to give up this pawn. )
22... Qa323. Rc7Black's position is coming under fire from all sides. His king is in the open, his pieces are passively positioned, and his pawns are weak. 23... Re824. Qd4Be625. Qxa7The simplest solution. White has a huge advantage. 25... Qb2
( 25... Qxa726. Rxa7I can't imagine Wei having much trouble converting this position into a win. )
( 26... Qxc227. Rxb8Qc1+28. Ke2Qc2+29. Nd2Out of checks and out of luck )
27. Bxb1Rxb1+28. Ke2The rest of the game requires no comment. 28... Nc829. Qa3Bg430. Qa4Rb2+31. Kf1Re432. Qa8Rc433. Rxc4dxc434. Kg1Kg735. Nd4
Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 4 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 was also a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Chess Olympiad. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
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