New Zealand Chess Magazine, October 2018

Other Batumi Olympiad Games, Open Team by Dejan Bojkov

Fitzsimons, David - Gong, Daniel Hanwen 43rd Olympiad 2018

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Bd6 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.O-O O-O 12.Rae1 Nd7 13.Qc2 h6 14.Re3 Rac8 15.a3 e5 16.dxe5 Ndxe5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Rfe1 Nc4 19.Nxc4 dxc4 20.Bh7+ Kh8 21.h3 Be6 22.Bf5 Bxf5 23.Qxf5 Rc5 24.Qg4 Rb5 25.R1e2 Qd5 26.Qf4 Rb6 27.Re4 Qd3 28.Kh2 Rf6 29.Qd2

Moves are clickable

Daniel blundered in an in-between move and dropped a pawn in a rook endgame. His position was still defendable, but then he allowed white to achieve a winning set-up that determined the game. Daniel went for the forcing line:  29...Rd8 30.Qxd3 cxd3 31.Rd2 Rxf2 32.Rxf2 d2 But from afar missed:  33.Rf1! He was hoping for (33.Rxd2 Rxd2 34.b4 Ra2 35.Re7 Rxa3 36.Rxb7 Rxc3 37.Rxa7 Rb3 38.Rxf7 Rxb4 with complete pawn annihilation and draw. ) 33...d1=Q 34.Rxd1 Rxd1 35.Re7 b5 36.Rxa7 Rb1 37.b4 Rb3 38.Rxf7 Rxc3 39.Rf3 Rc2 40.h4 g6 41.Kg3 h5 42.Kh2 Kg7 43.Rd3 Rc4 44.Rd5! Rc3 45.Rxb5 Rxa3 46.Rc5 Rb3 47.b5 Kf6 48.Rg5! Rb4 49.g3 Rb2+ 50.Kg1 Re2 51.Kf1 Re4 52.Kf2 Kg7 53.Kf3 Re1 54.Kf4 Kf6 55.Rc5 Re2 56.Rc6+ Kg7 57.b6 Rb2 58.Ke5 Rb3 59.Kd6 Rxg3 60.b7 1-0

Skoberne, Jure - Kulashko, Alexei 43rd Olympiad 2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 d5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Bg3 Qe7 8.Ne5 O-O 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nf3 a6 12.Bh4 f6 13.Bd3 Kh8 14.Bc2 b5 15.Qe2 cxd4 16.exd4 b4 17.c4 b3 18.Bxb3 Bb4+ 19.Kf1 Na5 20.g4 Nxc4 21.Bxc4 dxc4 22.Qxc4 Nb6 23.Qe2 Qb7 24.Rg1 e5 25.g5 e4 26.gxf6

Moves are clickable

Objectively we were better and when Skoberne allowed a tactical strike it all seemed winning for us  26...exf3 But it turned out that this was a trap  27.fxg7+ Qxg7 28.Qe6 Qxd4 29.Rg8+


29...Rxg8 30.Bf6+ Qxf6 31.Qxf6+ And despite desperate defence afterwards, Alexei could not save the game. Skoberne was Slovenia's top scorer with 8/11  31...Rg7 32.Rd1 Be7 33.Qxb6 Rag8 34.Qd4 h6 35.Rd3 Bc5 36.Qe5 Bb6 37.Rd6 Kh7 38.Qf5+ Rg6 39.Rxb6 1-0

Baules, Jorge - Kulashko, Alexei 43rd Olympiad 2018

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 dxe5 6.Nxe5 N8d7 Alexei allowed a typical trick in the Alekhine:  7.Nxf7

Moves are clickable

7...Kxf7 8.c5 and White has a huge advantage. They kept on playing until move forty but the result was always clear.  8...g6 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.Be3 Rf8 11.Qb3+ e6 12.O-O-O c6 13.cxb6 Nxb6 14.h4 Nd5 15.h5 g5 16.h6 Bf6 17.Ne4 Be7 18.Rh5 Rg8 19.Be2 a5 20.Qd3 Nb4 21.Nxg5+ Bxg5 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Bxg5 Rxg5 24.Qh8+ Rg8 25.Qe5 Kf7 26.h7 Rh8 27.Rf5+ Ke7 28.Qc5+ Qd6 29.Rf7+ Kxf7 30.Qxd6 Rxh7 31.a3 Nd5 32.Rd3 Rh1+ 33.Kd2 Nf6 34.Rf3 Rh6 35.Qf4 Kg7 36.g4 e5 37.dxe5 Ng8 38.Qf8+ Kh8 39.Bc4 Be6 40.Qxa8 Bxc4 41.Rf6 Rh7 42.f4 Bd5 43.f5 c5 44.e6 Rh2+ 45.Ke3 Rh3+ 46.Kf4 Rf3+ 1-0

Dive, Russell John - Sanchez, Alvarez Roberto Car 43rd Olympiad 2018

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e5 6.O-O Nge7 7.Ne1 O-O 8.Nc2 d6 9.Ne3 Be6 10.a3 Qd7 11.Re1 Bh3 12.Bh1 f5 13.d3 f4 14.Ned5 Rf7 15.Ne4 h6 16.Nxe7+ Nxe7 17.b4 Raf8 18.Bb2 b6 19.Qd2 Nf5 20.a4 Nd4 21.Bxd4 exd4 22.a5 Be5 23.axb6 axb6 24.Bf3 Kg7 25.Ra6 Bf5

Moves are clickable

Black has just dropped his bishop back from h3 to f5. He is giving a pawn while retreating an attacking piece. White should be wary! But Russell is careless-  26.Rxb6?? Bxe4 27.Bxe4 fxg3 28.fxg3 Bxg3! Only here he started to think, but it was too late.  29.Bg2 (29.hxg3 Qh3 30.Bg2 Qxg3 31.Kh1 Rf2 ) 29...Bxe1 30.Qxe1 Qe6 31.bxc5 Qe3+ 32.Kh1 dxc5 33.h4 h5 34.Rc6 Rf2 35.Qg1 Qg3 36.Rxg6+ Qxg6 0-1

Ker, Anthony F - Ramos, Efren Andres 43rd Olympiad 2018

Anthony who convincingly won his second game  1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Qb3 O-O 8.Nf3 Nbd7 9.O-O Nb6 10.d3 Bg4 11.Ne5 Bf5 12.Re1 Ne8 13.Bf4 Nd6 14.Rac1 Rc8 15.Nb5 g5 16.Bg3 h5 17.h3 Nxb5 18.Qxb5 a6 19.Qb3 h4 20.Bh2 Nd7 21.d4 b5 22.Bf1 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Nf6 24.Nc6 Qd7 25.Qe3 Nxd5 26.Qxg5 f6 27.Qxh4 Rc8 28.Qh5 Be6 29.Nb8 Qb7 30.Rxc8+ Qxc8 31.Qd1 Bf7 32.a4 e5 33.dxe5 fxe5 34.Nxa6 Qxa6 35.Bxb5 Qb6 36.Bc4 Qc5 37.b3 e4 38.Bg3 e3 39.fxe3 Qxe3+ 40.Kh2 Bd4 41.Qe1 Bc3 42.Qxe3 Nxe3 43.Bxf7+ Kxf7 44.Bd6 Ke6 45.Bc5 Nf1+ 46.Kg1 Nd2 47.b4 Ne4 48.Kf1 Kd5 49.Ke2 Be5 50.Kf3 Bc3

Moves are clickable

51.h4 Be1 52.h5 Bd2 53.Be7 Nc3 54.a5 Ke6 55.Bc5 Kd5 56.Be3 Be1 57.h6 Ne4 58.a6 1-0

Dacres, Don - Kulashko, Alexei 43rd Olympiad 2018

Alexei was convincing as Black  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.d4 a6 6.Be3 c4 7.Be2 Bd6 8.O-O Ne7 9.Bg5 O-O 10.Nbd2 Nbc6 11.Re1 Qc7 12.Nf1 h6 13.Bh4 Nf5 14.Bg3 Nxg3 15.Nxg3 b5 16.a3 Be6 17.Nd2 Qd7 18.Bf3 Ne7 19.Ndf1 Rae8 20.Ne3 f5 21.Nef1 f4 22.Nh1 g6 23.Nd2 Kg7 24.Be2 Ng8 25.Nf3 Nf6 26.Ne5 Qc7 27.h3 h5 28.Bf1 Ne4 29.Be2 Bf5 30.Nf3 Qd7 31.Bf1 Kh6 32.Nd2 g5 33.f3 Nf6 34.Nf2 Re3 35.Be2 Rfe8 36.Nf1 R3e6 37.Nh2 Qe7 38.Kf1 Bg6 39.Qd2 Kg7 40.Qd1 Ng8 41.Qd2 Nh6 42.Rac1 Nf5 43.Nh1 Ng3+

Moves are clickable

44.Nxg3 fxg3 45.Ng4 hxg4 46.fxg4 Bf4 47.Rc2 Bxd2 48.Rxd2 Qf7+ 0-1

Johnson, Joshua - Dive, Russell John 43rd Olympiad 2018

Russell figured out that his opponent wanted to repeat the line that the Slovenian GM had played against him and switched to a line that he had played before in Wellington. The result - his most convincing win  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nd7 8.Qd2 O-O 9.O-O-O Nc5 10.Kb1 c6 11.h4 Ne4 12.Qc1 d5 13.h5 Re8 14.c4 Bf6 15.cxd5 cxd5 16.Bc4 Be6 17.Bb5

Moves are clickable

17...Qa5! 18.Bxe8 d4 19.a3 dxe3 20.Bd7 e2 21.Rd3 Bc4 22.Re3 Nxf2 23.Nd2 Ba6 24.Re1 Bxb2 25.Kxb2 Qb6+ 26.Rb3 Qd4+ 27.Kb1 Qxd7 28.Nf3 h6 29.Qe3 Ng4 30.Qd4 Qe6 31.Qd2 Re8 32.Kc1 b6 33.Nd4 Qe5 34.Kb1 Rd8 35.Rb4 Ne3 36.c3 Nxg2 37.Rxe2 Bxe2 38.Qxe2 Qxe2 39.Nxe2 Rd2 40.Re4 f5 41.Re5 f4 42.Nd4 Kf7 43.a4 Ne3 44.a5 Rd3 45.a6 Rxc3 46.Re4 Nd5 47.Kb2 Re3 48.Rxe3 fxe3 49.Kc2 Nb4+ 50.Kc3 Nxa6 51.Kd3 Kf6 52.Kxe3 Nc5 53.Kf3 Kg5 54.Kg3 a5 55.Kf3 a4 56.Ke3 a3 57.Nc2 a2 58.Na1 Kxh5 59.Kf4 g5+ 60.Kf5 b5 0-1

Harper, Ryan - Ker, Anthony F 43rd Olympiad 2018

On board three Anthony played a trade-mark game. He first equalised, then slowly outplayed his opponent strategically and finished the game with excellent play in the endgame. He was now on +3, undefeated.  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5 9.O-O d6 10.f3 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bd7 12.a4 Bc6 13.Re1 Nd7 14.Nd5 Nc5 15.Ra3 Rc8 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.c3 Kg8 18.Qd4 Re8 19.Bc2 Bxd5 20.exd5 Qc7 21.Bb3 Nd7 22.Ba2 Qc5 23.Rd1 Rc7 24.Rb3 Rec8 25.Rb5 Qxd4+ 26.Rxd4 b6 27.Kf2 Kf8 28.Ke2 Rc5 29.Bb1 Rxb5 30.axb5 Rc5 31.Bd3 Ne5 32.c4 Rc7 33.Kd2 Nd7 34.Rh4 Kg7 35.Re4 Nc5 36.Re1 e5 37.dxe6 fxe6 38.Bf1 g5 39.Bd3 Kf6 40.Bc2 h6 41.Re2 e5 42.Be4

Moves are clickable

42...Nb3+ 43.Kc3 Nd4 44.Re1 Nxb5+ 45.Kd3 Nd4 46.g3 Ne6 47.Bd5 Nc5+ 48.Kd2 Na4 49.Rb1 Nc5 50.Rh1 Na6 51.h4 Nb4 52.hxg5+ Kxg5 53.Be6 Nc6 54.f4+ Kg6 55.Bd5 Nd4 56.Kd3 Nb3 57.fxe5 dxe5 58.Ke4 Re7 59.Ke3 Nc5 60.Rb1 a4 61.Be4+ Kg5 62.Rd1 Rd7 63.Bd5 Rd6 64.Rh1 e4 65.Re1 Kg4 66.Rh1 Rf6 67.Kd4 Kxg3 68.Ke5 Rf8 69.Rxh6 Re8+ 70.Kd4 e3 71.Rg6+ Kf4 72.Rf6+ Kg5 73.Rf1 e2 74.Re1 Kg4 75.Kc3 Kg3 76.Kd2 Kf2 77.Bf7 Rd8+ 78.Bd5 Nb3+ A wipeout! 0-1