Apr 20, 2001

Olympia Casino

We already reported earlier that St.Petersburg celebrates a visit of V. Korchnoi and his 70th birthday. First round-robin of the tournament is over now. K. Sakaev who has just became father plays like a real terminator. 5 of 5! An excellent result and a fine way to celebrate the birth of a son. Korchnoi and Rublevsky have 3 point each. Popov scored 2. Both the distinguished grandmaster Taimanov and the beating boy Chepukaitis managed to make only two draws each.

However Sakaev also took chances on his way to the 100% result. The following game should teach you what to do and what not when playing chess. We give only one duel, though the strain of other games was no less.

Chepukaitis - Sakaev
Round 2

1. d4 d5 2. Bg5 c6 3. c4 dxc4 4. a4 Qa5+ 5. Bd2 Qc7 6. Nc3 e5 7. dxe5 Be6 8. e4 Na6 9. f4 Rd8 10. f5 Bc8

Well, after the opening Sakaevís position looks most unhappy. But the grandmaster keeps looking for his chance.

11. Nf3 Bc5 12. Bxc4 Nb4 13. Qb3 Nh6 14. h3 O-O 15. O-O-O Nxf5

The sacrifice is forced. Black parts with a piece which was of no use anyway.

16. exf5 Bxf5 17. Ne4 Rxd2

Again, Black uses the best chance to muddle the things up. He stands a rook down, and itís obvious that the game canít be saved unless White makes a blunder.

18. Nfxd2 Qxe5 19. Qc3 Qe7 20. Nxc5 Qxc5

A trap. The queen canít be captured: in case of 21. Bxf7 there is Rxf7 22. Qxc5 Na2#! White missed the opportunity to win immediately with 21. Ne4.

21. Rdf1 a5 22. g4 Bg6 23. Rf3 Qe7 24. h4 Re8 25. Kd1 b5

Doesnít matter. White could have won with a double capture on b5. Instead, he made an incredibly bad move, and Sakaevís persistent defence gave the result: the grandmaster mated.

26. Bb3 Qe2+ 27. Kc1 Na2+


You must see 28... Qe1+ 29. Rxe1 Rxe1#.

"Chess is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it;and thence it is never played for money."

Benjamin Franklin, "Chess made easy", 1802

"It is one of the insights of modern players, and especially of the best ones, that one has toplay the position itself, not some abstract idea of the position."

John Watson, "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy", 1998

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