Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Antipov stormed through the 7th qualifier tournament of the FIDE Online Juniors World Blitz Championship that was held last Tursday on the official FIDE Online platform by scoring 11 points from 11 games.
Below is annotated one of his victories.
The 8th and final Juniors World Blitz qualifier tournament will be held on August 20th | 13:00 (GMT/UTC time), make sure not to miss it!
Meanwhile, the 3rd qualifying tournament of the FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship will be held today (30th July) at 7:00 GMT/UTC time on the official FIDE Online platform.
Chiffa (2510) – Purushoth (1823) [B17]
Tournament 31721239 online arena (1), 23.07.2015
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Qe2
A rare variation played by GMs Luther and Totsky.
5…e6 6.Nf3 Ngf6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.g3 Be7 9.Bg2 0–0 10.0–0 b6 11.b3
The immediate 11.Ne5
was also possible 11…Bb7 (11…Qxd4? 12.Nxc6) 12.Bxc6 Bxc6 13.Nxc6 Qd7 14.Nxe7+ Qxe7 15.Bg5 and White has a clear extra pawn.
11…Bb7 12.Bb2 Rc8 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.c4 c5 15.dxc5 Qxc5 16.Rd4 Rfd8 17.Rfd1 Rxd4 18.Bxd4 Qc7 19.Be5 Qc5 20.Bf4
White has a small but stable advantage.
20…Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Bxd8 22.Qd3 Bc7
23…Bxg2 24.Kxg2 h6 The blunder on move 23rd remained unnoticed. Black could have won a piece after 24…g5!
25.Qe2 a5 26.f3 g5 27.Nd3 Qc6 28.Bc1 g4 29.Bb2
was also good.
29…gxf3+ 30.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 31.Kxf3 Nd7 32.h4 Kh7 33.h5!
White fixes the kingside pawn structure.
33…Kg8 34.g4 f6 35.Bd4 Kf7 36.a3 e5 37.Be3 Ke6 38.Bxh6 Bd6
38…f5 would be more stubborn. 39.gxf5+ Kxf5
39.b4 axb4 40.axb4 f5!
Black creates a passed “e” pawn.
41.gxf5+ Kxf5 42.Ke3 e4 43.Nf2 Bxb4 44.Nxe4 Ne5 45.Kd4 Nf3+?
46.Nxc5 bxc5+ 47.Kxc5 Nxc4 48.Kxc4 Kg4 would be draw.
White’s activity prevails.
46…Kg4 47.Nf6+ Kf5 48.Nd7 Ba5 49.Be3 Ng5 50.Bxb6 Bxb6 51.Nxb6 Nf7 52.c5 Nd8 53.Nc4 Kg5 54.Nd6 Kxh5 55.Nb7!
A splendid end of this endgame.
55…Nxb7 56.c6 Nd8 57.c7 Nb7
58…Na5 59.Qg8 Kh6 60.Ke4 Nb7 61.Qd5 Na5 62.Kf5 Nb3 63.Qxb3 Kh5 64.Qh3#