World Junior Championships 2012 (13)
Ipatov wins the World Junior Championship 2012
IM Malcolm Pein - Tuesday 21st August 2012
Alexander Ipatov, a Ukrainian representing Turkey won the FIDE World Junior Championship for players under 20 in Athens which concluded last week.
Ipatov scored 10/13 and was ahead of the Hungarian prodigy Richard Rapport on tiebreak. The top seed and world number 50 Ding Liren of China was third on 9.5/13. Ipatov also qualifies for the 2013 World Cup which is part of the World Championship cycle 2012-2014.
F Urkedal - A Ipatov
51st World Junior Athens
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Na6 7.e3 Nb4 8.Bxc4 e6 9.0-0 Bd6 10.Qe2 h6 11.e4 Bh7 12.Rd1 0-0 13.Bf4 Qc7 14.Rac1 a6 15.Qf3 c5 16.Bb3
A clever retreat, the Ne5 is pinned
(17.g3 Nxd4 18.Rxd4 Bxe5 limits the damage to a pawn; 17.g3 cxd4 18.Nxc6 Bxf4 19.Qxf4 Qxf4 20.Ne7+!)
17...Bxf4 18.e5 Bxc1 19.exf6 Qxc6 20.d5 Qb6!
White never gets time to recapture
21.fxg7 Rfd8 22.dxe6 Rxd1+ 23.Qxd1 fxe6 24.a5
24...Qb4! 25.Bxe6+ Kxg7 26.Qxc1 Re8 27.Bd5
Answer: 27...Qxb2! 0-1
I continue my tribute to Svetozar Gligoric who died last week at the age of 89.
Gligoric's career was interrupted by the war during which he became a partisan and reached the rank of captain. Latterly, he studied music and had recently released a CD of some of his songs. He wrote a widely acclaimed book on the Fischer-Spassky match in 1972; Fischer vs. Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century which I remember devouring as a child. His other main work I Play Against Pieces was also a masterpiece and if you can find a second hand copy, I strongly recommend it. With black, Gligoric was the world's leading exponent of the King's Indian.
V Korchnoi - S Gligoric
Capablanca Memorial Havana 1969
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 Nd7 10.b4 f5 11.Nb3 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Nf6 13.Ng3 Nf5 14.Nxf5 Bxf5 15.Be3 h5 16.f3 Qd7 17.Qd2 b6 18.a4 Rae8 19.a5 e4 20.axb6 exf3 21.Bxf3 axb6 22.Ra7 Ne4 23.Qc1 Bg4! 24.Bxg4 Qxg4 25.Rxc7 Be5! 26.Bd4
(26.Nd4 Qh4 27.Nf3 Rxf3 28.Rxf3 Qxh2+ 29.Kf1 Qh1+ 30.Ke2 Qxg2+ wins)
26...Rxf1+ 27.Qxf1 Rf8 28.Qa1 Qf4 29.g3 Nxg3! 0-1