The Skilling Open started off brilliantly, the event is part of the new Champions Chess Tours Tournament Series 2020-2021. It has the participation of the best players in the world. After qualifying, the World Champion, the Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen and the American GM Hikaru Nakamura were tied for first place with 9 points out of 15 possible.
In the third place there was a triple tie with 8,5 points between the American GM Wesley So, the Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and the Armenian GM Levon Aronian, in the sixth place there was a tie, between the Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov, the French GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave and Dutch GM Anish Giri with 8 points, who qualified for the next phase of direct elimination Matches. The elimination of great figures such as the Chinese GM Ding Liren, the Russian GM Sergey Karjakin and the FIDE-flagged GM (of Iranian origin) Alireza Firouzja was the most shocking news, as was the performance of the Spanish GM David “El Niño ”Antón who was close to qualifying.
The Semifinals have been defined and will face the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen against the Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, as well as the American GM Hikaru Nakamura against his compatriot, the GM (of Philippine origin) Wesley So, in what promises some exciting Matches that start today, fans worldwide hope a match can be repeated between the fastest players on the planet, such as Carlsen and Nakamura, we will see if their rivals allow it. For more information visit the following link: www.championschesstour.com
The Paralympics started successfully, after 6 rounds the event organized by FIDE is led by the Russian team with 11 points, followed by the teams from Poland 2, Germany, Philippines 1 and Ukraine 3 with 10 points, and they will be battling to reach one of the 4 qualifying spots on the way to the Semifinals. For Latin America, the best classified team is Ecuador, which with 7 points occupies position 19. The updated Results Table can be followed at the following link: www.chess-results.com/tnr539368.aspx?lan=1
The Venezuelan team in the absence of a Round, has 7 points and occupies position 20 (with the possibility of becoming the best team on the Continent), highlighting the individual performances of the Carabobeño Edgar Rivas, who accumulates 4 points out of 5 and the Falconian Victor Abiad With 3,5 out of 5, as well as the experienced CM Giuseppe Abatantuono with 2 out of 4, in the seventh round they will face the dangerous team of Canada, from this space we wish the tricolor team the greatest success and that they can demonstrate all their potential and talent in such a demanding competition on the international calendar. You can follow live the development of the last Round starting at 10 am at the following link: https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/fide/events/fide-online-olympiad-for-people-with-disabilities /lobby
Let's see below an instructive Study of the talented Italian-Venezuelan CM Giuseppe Abatantuono Lattarulo, White wins in the position indicated by the Diagram with elegance and precision, taking advantage of all the attack and defense resources present in the 64 squares full of life and energy.
1.g6 !! (excellent maneuver that decides mathematically, does not win 1.Kxe4 ?? g3 2.g6! g2 3.gxf7 g1 = D 4.f8 = D Qb1 +! (he also does Draw 4… Qg4 + !? 5.Kd3 Qf3 + 6 .Rc4 Qd5 + !! unique and saving Queen maneuver 7.Rc3 Qf3 + 8.Rb4 Qb7 + 9.Rc5 Qc7 + with a draw) 5.Kf4 Qf5 +! (`Loses the careless 5… Qc1 + ?? by 6.Kg4! Qd1 + 7. Kg5 Qg1 + 8.Kh6 that wins) 6.Ke3 Qh3 +! 7.Kd2 Qg2 + !! 8.Kc3 (8.Kd3 Qf1 + equals) 8… Qf3 + !! 9.Kb4 (9.Kb2 Qe2 + !! 10.Ra3 Qf3 + 11. Ra4 Qc6 + 12.Rb4 Qb7 + 13.Rc5 Qc7 +) 9… Qb7 + !! 10.Rc4 (10.Rc5 Qc7 + and perpetual check cannot be avoided; 10.Ra4 Qc6 +; 10.Ra3 Qf3 +) 10… Qd5 + !! 11. Kb4 Qb7 + 12.Kc5 Qc7 + !! with some incredible positional boards) 1… Bxg6 (loses 1… fxg6 2.Kxe4 g3 3.Bh4! g2 4.Bf2 g1 = D 5.Bxg1 + Kxg1 6.a6 !! winning, 6. Kf4 !! also wins gracefully thanks to the active White Monarch) 2.a6 g3 3.Bh4! g2 4.Bf2 (and White wins thanks to Zugzwang, again Abatantuono shows us the magic of the Finals and its multiple stratagems) 1-0
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