What a Game! Nakamura – Andreikin 1-0

One of my students has this problem with passivity. He often gets his pieces out quickly in the opening, but then founders a bit and simply hands the initiative over to his opponent.

After seeing and hearing of many good positions being spoiled this way I started showing him some King’s Gambit games. Not because I think he should play the opening, but because I think that so many of those games are famous for teaching about the importance of speed and initiative.

Of course we looked at games like the immortal game:

And more modern games like Nakamura – Adams:

So tonight I was thinking…I wonder f there are any other games Hikaru has played in the KG that would be worth showing my student. I messaged Hikaru to ask him if he had any good ones and he said “My game against Andreikin in the World Blitz.”

And that’s where I discovered this amazing game. Enjoy!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Pogonina Shows Great Technique

Earlier this morning I was watching some of the Russian Superfinals online.

The game Pogonina – Tomiova was about in this position when Pavel Tregubov said in the commentary booth that while White appears to be better it remained to be seen if Black could get rid of the queenside pawns and construct a fortress.

Then a while later this position was on the board, and to me it looked like there was still some serious work to do, but here Natalija showed magnificent finishing technique and polished off her opponent.

Wonderfully done!

Here is the complete game.

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Chris Wainscott

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Gelfand – Svidler Game Eight

And with this, Svidler takes the rapid match by a score of 5-3

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Gelfand – Svidler Game Seven

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Gelfand – Svidler Game Six

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Gelfand – Svidler Game Five

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Gelfand – Svidler Game Four

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Gelfand – Svidler Game Two

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Gelfand – Svidler Game One

First a tactic from the game you’re about to see.

Can White take the bishop hanging on g4? The answer is at the very bottom of this post.

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Answer: No! After 20.Qxg4?? Black mates in three with 20…Qxf2+ 21.Kh1 Qe1+ 22.Bf1 Qxf1#

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Starting today and proceeding for the next several days the game of the day will be a bit different.

These games are taken from the Gelfand-Svidler rapid match at the 2nd Gedeon Japhet tournament from 2014.

What makes them different is that the players gave in depth interviews about each game. So I will give not only the games, but the YouTube videos of the interviews as well!

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Chris Wainscott

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