2nd Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival 2012 (5)
2nd Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival 2012
IM Malcolm Pein - Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Your correspondent is at the 2nd Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival, an event that has sprung up as a result of the success of the prestigious Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, now looking forward to its eleventh edition.
The tournament has a substantial prize fund and is split into under 12 and under 16 competitions. After four rounds, the top prize of £1000 looked like going to the Hungarian prodigy Benjamin Gledura who was rated nearly 350 points higher than the second seed and had won all his games. The leading English player is Henry Broadley, the British under 15 champion on 3.5/4. There are lectures and masterclasses from GMs Stuart Conquest, Juan Bellon, Pia Cramling and IM Jovanka Houska. Support from the Kusuma Trust has secured the future of the event and I would recommend it to any chess parent.
I continue my tribute to Svetozar Gligoric who died last week at the age of 89. I cannot readily recall other chess professionals who have become government ministers but WGM Alisa Maric was recently appointed Serbian Minister of Youth and Sports. She described Gligoric as: " above all a precious and noble man ... who brought world fame to Yugoslav and Serbian chess, and was a teacher and role model for generations of young chess players. If we could wangle a chess player into the DCMS perhaps we could get chess recognised as a sport at long last.
Gligoric was the world's leading exponent of the King's Indian. Here is perhaps his most famous game with the defence.
Opening notes: Nowadays the prime exponent of 9.b4 Vladimir Kramnik plays 10.g3 keeping the knight at bay; 12...fxe4 13.Ndxe4 Nf5 14.g3 Nh3+ 15.Kg2 Nd4 16.Bg4 traps the knight on h3. 14.Nde4 is met by Nh4.
T Petrosian - S Gligoric
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.Nd2?! Nf4 11.a4 f5 12.Bf3 g5! 13.exf5 Nxf5 14.g3 Nd4!!
15.gxf4 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3
(16.Nxf3 exf4 17.Bb2 g4 18.Kh1!? Rf5! 19. Rg1 Rh5! is unclear
(17.Qd3! was a better defence now the queen is buried alive)
17...exf4 18.Bb2 Bf5 19.Rfe1 f3
20.Nde4 Qh4 21.h3 Be5 22.Re3
(22.hxg4 Qxg4+ 23.Kf1 Bxc3 24.Bxc3 Bxe4 25.Rad1 Bc2 26.Rd2 Qxc4+ wins)
22...gxh3 23.Qxf3 Bg4 24.Qh1 h2+ 25.Kg2
25...Qh5 26.Nd2 Bd4 27.Qe1
(27.Rae1 Bh3+ 28.Rxh3 Rxf2+ 29.Kg3 Qg5#)
(27...Bxe3 28.Qxe3 Rf3 29.Qxf3 Bxf3+ 30.Nxf3 Qg4+)
(28.Nd1 Rxe3 29.fxe3 Bh3+ 30.Kxh2 Bf1+ 31.Kg1 Qg5+ 32.Qg3 Qxg3+ and mate)
28...Bxb2 29.Rg3 Be5 30.Raa3 Kh8 31.Kh1 Rg8 32.Qf1 Bxg3 33.Rxg3
If 33.Nxg3 Qh6 How did Gligoric bring matters to an immediate conclusion ?
Answer: 33...Rxe4 0-1
34.Nxe4 Bf3+ wins