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Capablanca Mem 2013 Rd3-GM Almasi(HUN)

Andrew Martin Analyzes
The featured Almasi game is analyzed by IM Andrew Martin on his Youtube Chanel-The Yately Manor Chess Master.



TWIC 964
GM Almasi rolled out the big guns and went for 6.Bg5 against the Sicilian Najdorf. GM Harikrishna defended with 6…Nbd7 and a sharp battle followed.

Here is the feature game.

Almasi,Z (2689) – Harikrishna,P (2705)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qe2 [B94]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (3.3), 23.04.2013

Position 1
The position is sharp. White has just attacked the queen with 28.Nd7. What do you recommend for black?

  • 28…Qb7
  • 28…Qc7
  • Something else

Black to Play

28.Nd7

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Capablanca Memorial 2013 Rd8-GM Almasi, Z(HUN)

TWIC 964
The Berlin Wall Declined(4.d3)
GM Almasi won a complex defensive battle against GM Harikrishna,P in rd8.

Almasi offered to defend the Berlin Wall but white declined with 4.d3 preferring a complex middlegame. Almasi chose the fresh defensive plan of ..Re8 to support e5 while delaying moving the d-pawn and quickly reached an original position after 7…Bb6(diagram)

7…Bb6

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Here is the feature game.

Harikrishna,P (2705) – Almasi,Z (2689)
Spanish 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0–0 6.0–0 Re8 [C65]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (8.2), 29.04.2013

Position 1
White has sacrificed a rook for a quick knockout on the kingside. A precise defense is required. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

14.Qd4

Capablanca Mem Elite 2013 Rd9-GM Almasi,Z(HUN)

TWIC 965
GM Almasi won with a blend of solidarity and aggression from the black side of a Four Knights game with the odd looking 4…Bd6!?(diagram)

4…Bd6!?


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Here is the feature game.

Inarkiev,E (2688) – Almasi,Z (2689) 
Four Knights 4…Bd6[C48] 
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (9.3), 30.04.2013


Position 1
Black is pressing the kingside and has the better structure. What do you recommend for black?(more than one answer)

Black to Play
29.Bxc4

Capablanca Mem Elite 2013 Rd4-GM Almasi,Z(HUN)

TWIC 964
GM Almasi took clear first in the recent Capablanca Memorial. In round 4 he won with a nice attack using the ever popular English Attack against the Sicilian Kan.

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Interview(in Hungarian)



Interview in English by Cebalo(who also translates)



Here is the feature game.


Almasi,Z (2689) – Inarkiev,E (2688) 
Sicilian Kan English Attack
4… Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0–0–0 Be7 9.f3 [B48]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (4.1), 24.04.2013

Position 1

White has a nice attack going. The g,h files have been cleared; white’s queenside is secure from counterattack and Ba6 is just a spectator. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play
28…f5

Capablanca Memorial 2013-GM Almasi,Z(HUN) Clear First

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ChessBase Report
‘For the first time since 2010 the Capablanca Memorial Elite group did not include GM Vassily Ivanchuk among its participants. In his six trips to Havana, the Ukrainian has only lost two games and only once was his ultimate triumph in danger.

His unfortunate absence led to a variety of predictions and more than a few hoped GM Leinier Dominguez would win his third title in this event. As it was, the best chess player in Latin America, with 2723 Elo, finished in third place.

GM Almasi
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In the Elite there were several unexpected results. In his first trip to Havana, the Hungarian Zoltan Almasi (2689) left a very good impression, and dominated the group with 6.5/10, thanks to four wins, five draws and a lone setback.

The veteran player, aged 37, added fifteen Elo points and will now return to the ever expanding list of players rated over 2700. (more)’

Final Standings
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Player FED Total
1 Zoltan Almasi HUN  6.5
2 Yuniesky Quesada Perez CUB 6
  Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB 6
4 Dmitry Andreikin RUS 4.5
5 Ernesto Inarkiev RUS 4
6 P. Harikrishna IND 3
 
 
Here is an Almasi Game From the Tournament 
Comments by IM Andrew Martin from his Youtube chanel.
 

TWIC 963(HUN) INDEX-April 23 2013

Introduction
TWIC is the work of Mark Crowther. This was a busy week for Hungarian players, who were playing all over the world from Cuba to Thailand.

TCh AUT 2 East 2012-13
GM Gonda had a fantastic result winning all 5 games.

Gonda L 5/5
Flumbort 2.5/5
Fodor 2.5/4
Papp, G 2/4
Banusz T 1.5/2
Horvath Ad 1.5/3

Videcki 1/3
Bokros A 0.5/2
Molnar At 0.5/3
Steiner A 2/4
Pataki G 1.5/3
Gergacz A 4/5
Takacs B 1/2
Horvath T 3/6

Renova FIDE GP Zug  2013

GM Leko (left)

Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
GM Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS * ½ 1 ½ ½
GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR * 1 ½ ½ ½
GM Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL * ½ ½ ½ 1
GM Caruana Fabiano 2772 ITA ½ 0 * ½ 1 2
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2709 UZB 0 ½ * ½ 1 2
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 AZE ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2
GM Karjakin Sergey 2786 RUS ½ ½ * ½ ½ 2
GM Giri Anish 2727 NED ½ ½ * ½ ½ 2
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2767 USA ½ ½ * ½ ½ 2
GM Kamsky Gata 2741 USA ½ 0 ½ * ½
GM Radjabov Teimour 2793 AZE 0 ½ ½ * ½
GM Leko Peter 2744 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ *


48th Capablanca Mem Elite  2013

GM Inarkiev,E

Name FIDE 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 Andreikin,D 2727 * ½ ½ 1.0/2
2 Dominguez Perez,L 2723 * ½ ½ 1.0/2
3 Harikrishna,P 2705 ½ * ½ 1.0/2
4 Almasi,Z 2689 ½ * ½ 1.0/2
5 Inarkiev,E 2688 ½ ½ * 1.0/2
6 Quesada Perez,Yu 2608 ½ ½ * 1.0/2

 
Bangkok Chess Club Open 2013
Top Hungarian was GM Horvath,A with 6.5/9.

Report From Bangkok CC
‘In a multinational field of over 300 players, Australian number one, GM Zhao Zong-Yuan has won the Thailand Open 2013 ahead of big name favorites. 

Australian Grandmaster Zhao Zong-Yuan takes the Thailand Open Crown


GM Zhao had a rating performance just under 2700 overall including a dramatic win over GM Nigel Short in the eighth round. He finished with 7.5 points from nine rounds.

Following Zhao Zong-Yuan were six players on seven points. On tiebreaks, IM Wan Yunguo took 2nd place and a GM norm. GM Jan Gustafsson, who admitted that “he’s just on holiday” when asked about the tournament, finishes in 3rd place.

The top seed GM Nigel Short, a familiar and welcome presence at the Thailand Open, played fighting chess throughout the tournament making a decisive result in all but one game. He struggled at times pushing too hard for wins. The world’s 3rd highest rated female player GM Humpy Koneru had a solid tournament, not losing any games.(more)’

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SNo Name FIDE FED Pts.
11 GM Horvath Jozsef 2534 HUN 5.5
14 GM Horvath Adam 2509 HUN 6.5
19 GM Czebe Attila 2479 HUN 6
21 GM Varga Zoltan 2472 HUN 5.5
46 FM Juhasz Kristof 2330 HUN 5

Overall Standings-Chess-Results

Zhao Zong-Yuan took clear first with 7.5/9.

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Rk. Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2537 7.5
2 IM Wan Yunguo CHN 2494 7
3 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2621 7
4 GM Vajda Levente ROU 2632 7
5 GM Hansen Sune Berg DEN 2561 7
6 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2491 7
7 GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2563 7
8 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI 2527 6.5
9 IM Wang Chen CHN 2485 6.5
10 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2597 6.5
11 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2697 6.5
12 GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2508 6.5
13 Ma Zhonghan CHN 2372 6.5
14 GM Schebler Gerhard GER 2445 6.5
15 GM Horvath Adam HUN 2509 6.5
16 Rishi Sardana IND 2232 6.5

TWIC 938(HUN) Almasi,Z 2/3 at the Chigorin Memorial

There is not much action to report for Hungarian players in TWIC 938.

Chigorin Memorial 2012(In progress)
A large group of players are at 3/3. Almasi,Z is at 2/3 after an upset loss to a 2425 player.

1 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2657 3.0 6.0 2.0 6.0
GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2638 3.0 6.0 2.0 6.0
IM Demchenko Anton RUS 2610 3.0 6.0 2.0 6.0
4 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2638 3.0 5.5 2.0 6.0
GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2599 3.0 5.5 2.0 6.0
IM Gladyszev Oleg RUS 2446 3.0 5.5 2.0 6.0
IM Matinian Nikita RUS 2439 3.0 5.5 2.0 6.0
8 GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2610 3.0 5.0 2.0 6.0
GM Epishin Vladimir RUS 2574 3.0 5.0 2.0 6.0
GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2572 3.0 5.0 2.0 6.0
GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2520 3.0 5.0 2.0 6.0
IM Hayrapetyan Hovik ARM 2450 3.0 5.0 2.0 6.0
FM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2434 3.0 5.0 2.0 6.0
14 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2558 3.0 4.5 1.5 6.0
GM Cori Jorge PER 2522 3.0 4.5 1.5 6.0
16 GM Zhigalko Andrey BLR 2582 3.0 4.0 1.0 6.0
IM Popilski Gil ISR 2475 3.0 4.0 1.0 6.0
76 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2707 2.0 5.5 2.0 4.0

Here is an Almasi win in the popular Sicilian Taimanov English Attack(B48).

Almasi,Z (2707) – Zalkind,K (2232) [B48]
Chigorin Memorial 2012 St Petersburg RUS (1.3), 27.10.2012
Some of the themes examined in this game include

  • Transition to queenless play
  • Weak pawns
  • Convert P+ technique 

White to play