The New Chess!
When young Grandmasters whip out crazy theory backed by millions of pre-game CPU cycles, this is the new chess, Ladies and Gentlemen.
[Event “World Team”]
[White “Vitiugov, Nikita” (Russia)]
[Black “Rodshtein, Maxim” (Israel)]
1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. d4 b5 6. b3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 e5!!?
I believe Levon Aronian started to popularize this wild shot. What follows is a sequence of bizarre and somewhat logical moves resulting in more computer-aided insanity.
9. dxe5 Bb4 10. Bd2 Bxc3 11. Bxc3 Ne4 12. Bb4 bxc4 13. Qg4
So far, so crazy modern theory. Note that 13. bxc4 Nd7! (13…c5 14. Rd1!) 14. Rb1 Rb8 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Qd1 Qh4 17. g3 Nxg3 18. fxg3 Qe4 19. Rh2 a5 is equal!
13… c5 14. f3 Nc6 15. fxe4 Nxb4 16. Qxg7 Rf8 17. exd5
17…Qh4+ My computer, admittedly running on fewer cycles than the players, prefers the absolutely craven material grab 17…Nc2+ 18. Kf2 Nxa1 19. Bxc4 Nc2 20. Qxh7 Na3 – talk about a laborious capture-and-slink-back! – and here is a sample absurd continuation: 21. d6 Nxc4 22. bxc4 Rb8 23. Rf1 Qg5 24. Rb1 Rxb1 25. Qxb1 Rg8 26. Qb7 Qh4+ 27. Kg1 Kf8 28. Qc8+ Kg7 and black is happy since his King has somehow found safety. Well, if my computer is much newer, its shorter ponder time might have accomplished the same cycles. The players and I need to compare computer benchmarks.
18. Ke2 Qe4 19. Kf2 (19. bxc4?! Nc2 20. Qh6 Nd4+ 21. Ke1 Rb8)
19… Nc2 20. Qh6 Qg6 21. Qf4 Nxa1 22. Bxc4 Nc2 23. d6 Rg8 24. g4!
This is terrible for black. White completely dominates. I refer to the prior note on move 17 for a possible improvement.
24…Ra7 25. Rd1 Qg5 26. Qe4 Rg6 27. Ke2 h5
Here White missed a vicious win. 28. d7+!! Rxd7 (28… Kd8 29. Bxf7 Rh6 30. e6 Nb4 (30… Qe7 31. Qc6 wins) 31. e7+ Qxe7 32. Qxe7+ wins) 29. Bxf7+ Rxf7 (29… Kxf7 30. Rxd7+ Ke8 31. Qb7 Qxe3+ 32. Kd1 and wins, an amazing variation and the one most likely missed by white!) 30. Qa8+ Ke7 31. Qd8+ Ke6 32. Qd6 mate)
28… Kd8? In mild time trouble, black has to try the tricky 28… Qh4! – the only correct response is 29. Qxc2!. Note after 29. Rxc5?? Qe1+! black turns the tables and wins!
After 29. Qxc2! Qxh3 30. Rxc5 white should take the point.
29. Qxc2 Now white wins without much trouble and even gets to finish it with a nice blow.
29…hxg4 30. e6 Qh6 31. e7+ Ke8 32. Qf5 Rd7 33. Qxf7+! Nice. Mate in 8.
The rather cruel computer points out that 33. Rxc5 is Mate in 7!
At any rate, in the game, if black takes it is indeed mate: 33… Kxf7 34. Rf5+ Kg7 35. Rf7+ Kh8 36. e8=Q+ Rg8 37. Qe5+ Rg7 38. Rf8+ Kh7 39. Bd3+ Rg6 40. Qh8 mate.
A competitively important win for white – vive the New Chess!
Corus “B” Prediction
Here’s the round 1 pairings.
|Round 1 – Saturday the 16th|
|Ni – E. l’Ami|
|E. Sutovsky – D. Reinderman|
|T. Nyback – L. Nisipeanu|
|A. Giri – P. Harikrishna|
|D. Howell – P. Negi|
|A. Muzychuk – V. Akobian|
|A. Naiditsch – W. So|
Looking at this list of strong grandmasters, and noticing young GM Parmesan (Cheese) Negi, and other luminaries of the junior chess world, I predict the redoubtable Wesley So from the Philippines to have a monster result. Not sure if he will win it ahead of tough cookie Nispy or Arkady (Mr Vienna) Naiditsch, but So has a great shot at winning the “B”. So there! Recent games from Wesley (Wesley is the name of a crazed serial killer in books by Andrew Vachss, but that doesn’t relate to the Corus prediction) have been most impressive. Super young GM Giri is a force, but I think So having only half the letters brings double the chess to the table. Look for Giri to do well and So to do even better. Hopefully Naiditsch will lose in a Vienna causing him to CHANGE OPENINGS! I don’t like it when a strong GM repeats a single, narrow variation ad nauseum.
For A Change in Perspective
First, a giant cactus.
Second, a vessel sink schematic (you wouldn’t know this, but the material is Italian Travertine granite).
Thirdly, a new toy line.