Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot Open

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Reuse this content Moscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this weekend (noon GMT start, free and live online viewing) at the Cosmos Hotel. Aeroflot vies with Tradewise Gibraltar for premier status and the differences between them are interesting.Gibraltar boasts GMs from the world top 10, almost all the best women players, a wide mix of nationalities and a fine offboard social programme. Aeroflot targets the GMs from the top 50-200 with ambitions to reach the elite and has an impressive array of junior talent, though its geographical mix is narrower. news Since you’re here… Topics Aeroflot’s players come from the old Soviet Union and from the new powers India and China, with only a sprinkling of entrants from the West. There are no British players in any of the three sections and just a handful of Americans led by Gata Kamsky, who emigrated as a child from the old USSR. Gibraltar’s first prize is £25,000 (€28,400), Aeroflot’s is €18,000 plus a place in the next Dortmund elite event.Andrey Episenko, 15, has qualified as one of the youngest GMs, shone at the world rapid/blitz and drew his first two games at Aeroflot against top seeds. The blitz specialist Vladislav Artemiev, 19, began with two wins.There was less favourable news for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who became the youngest ever IM at 10 and has since had his eyes on Sergey Karjakin’s record as the youngest ever GM at 12 years 7 months.The Indian prodigy still has only one of the three required GM results, time will run out for him on 10 March, and he lost in round two to Russia’s Igor Lysyj.North-East England is enjoying a sudden chess boom. Its team in the UK 4NCL tops its section of Division Two after six rounds and will qualify for the promotion pool where it will have good chances to qualify for the top division in 2018-19 along with the powerful Manx Liberty squad.Last week Heaton, Newcastle, staged the Northumbrian Masters, the first international tournament in the region for many years. Backing from Capital Bridging Finance Solutions meant a prize fund of over £3,000 which attracted 18 GMs and IMs. There was almost a dramatic English success as Ravi Haria, 18, reached a won ending in the final round which could have earned the Elstree teenager outright second place. He only drew, so shared third with the winner of this week’s game and two others.Danny Gormally’s victory looks smooth, but it was aided by Black’s passive strategy. White’s gambit 5 Nc3 (Bd2 is normal) could have been dubious if Black had countered actively by 7…Bd7! or c5 at moves 8-9. As played, White regained the pawn with a big space advantage, and concluded forcefully with the star move 23 Nd7!Danny Gormally v Iain Gourlay, Northumbrian Masters 20181 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 g3 Bb4+ 5 Nc3?! dxc 4 6 a3 Bxc3+ 7 bxc3 O-O 8 Bg2 Nd5 9 Qc2 f6 10 Nd2 Nb6 11 O-O Nc6 12 a4 a5 13 e4 Bd7 14 Ba3 Ne7 15 Bc5 Bc6 16 Rfb1 Rc8 17 Bxb6 cxb6 18 Nxc4 Be8 19 Nxb6 Rc6 20 Qb3 Bf7 21 d5 exd5 22 exd5 Nc8 23 Nd7! Qxd7 24 dxc6 bxc6 25 Qb7 1-03555 1 f7+ wins. If Kf8 2 Rh8+ Ke7 3 Re8+ Kd6 4 f8Q+ and Black will soon be mated. If Kg7 2 Rh7+! Kxg6 (if Kf6 3 f8Q+) 3 f8N+! Kf6 4 Rxd7 ends it. Share on Twitter Chess Share on Messenger Read more Leonard Barden on chess Chess: Magnus Carlsen beats Hikaru Nakamura in Fischer Random match Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Emaillast_img read more