For this week we have chosen three sharp games played in the strong tournaments that have just finished in Gibraltar and Wijk aan Zee. We’ll start with the victory of the highest rated female player, Hou Yifan, against the Czech talent David Navara.
In the Advance Variation of the Caro Kann, white got the initiative and used her more active pieces to start an attack against black’s king. The Chinese player showed her creativity and finished the game with a spectacular rook sacrifice!
The second game was played in the Challengers section of the Tata Steel tournament and features one of the surprises of the tournament, the win of Anne Haast over the experienced Grandmaster Dieter Nisipeanu. Having lost all her previous games, she quickly took the chance when Nisipeanu, as white, refused the theoretical draw by repetition and got into a slightly worse position.
The Tradewise Gibraltar Open produced many good games, but one that got our attention was round’s 6 win of the Cuban Grandmaster Lazaro Bruzon over Germany’s Alexander Donchenko. Having white, he quickly took the game into a very sharp position and, as soon as move 13, he had already sacrificed an exchange! A great attacking game that illustrates the old theme of development versus material!
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