Garry Kasparov, now 58 years old and for many still player n ° 1 of all time, will make a rare comeback next month during the 2021 Grand Tour, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, reaches Zagreb in Croatia.
Kasparov will play 18 matches in the five-minute blitz section on July 10-11, when his main opponent will be current world title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi, who does not play the Full Round but participates in Zagreb as a wildcard.
The first five rounds of the opening round of the Tour, the Superbet Classic in Bucharest, were marred by numerous theoretical draws , only the two Romanians offering a combative approach. Only six of the 25 matches were decisive, and all but one involved Constantin Lupulescu or Bogdan-Daniel Deac.
Lupulescu a won an attack against Anish Giri after escaping a vicious trap at move 32. The Romanian correctly chose 32 Re7! but wouldn't 32 Re8 with an inevitable companion have been even better? Lupulescu spotted the trap: 32 Re8 ?? Rxg2 +! 33 Kh1 (33 Rxg2 ?? Qc6 +! Discards king and turn, winning for Black) Rh2 +! With perpetual control.
The rules of the Turn state: " To promote competitive play during all GCT events, iPlayers will not be allowed to offer or accept a match from a GCT 2021 event. The triple repetition of position is the main loophole for peaceful leanings, with armies sucking up 'to the naked kings also popular.
Recently, Kasparov relaunched his website Kasparovchess. com which he hopes to become a rival to the main established sites chess.com , chess24.com , and lichess.org .
When Kasparov made the opening ceremony of thefirst round in Bucharest for Teimour Radjabov, the bond between them for many spectators was simply their mutual birthplace in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2003 d ' after Radjabov, 15 years old sensational defeat of the then No.1 in Linares, Spain, Kasparov erupted in closing ceremony when the game received the beauty award, claiming he had ruined a room in a winning position, while later Radjabov said he had been blocked from invitations to other tournaments due to the influence of Kasparov. So, a late chance for revenge when Kasparov plays blitz in Zagreb? Unfortunately no. Radjabov will miss the Croatian stage of the Tour.
Radjabov has also become the player most blamed for the current draw epidemic, after his four mi -timequick in his first set against Nepomniachtchi in the FTX Crypto Cup online, and his five bloodless halves so far in Bucharest. Two weeks ago, when the Azerbaijani was criticized on Twitter by Wijk winner aan Zee Jorden van Foreest, Radjabov said: "I have read comments from amateur chess players on our matches. . "To which Van Foreest replied: " Rather be an amateur chess player than not play chess at all. "
Radjabov's post-match interviews in Bucharest show that preserving scoring points is one of the primary motivations for his cautious approach. It may be reminiscent of his traumatic experience eight years ago at the 2013 Candidates in London, where at the time he was world No. 4 with a lifetime peak of 2793. This tournament was a disaster as he finished last in the world. eight, scoring only 4/14. Subsequently, he played less for several yearsborn until his surprise 2019 World Cup victory qualifies him for the 2020 candidates in Yekaterinburg.
Then he withdrew from the candidates shortly before the start, citing coronavirus fears that turned out to be prophetic when the tournament had to be suspended for a year halfway through. Radjabov continued to campaign vigorously for compensation, hinting at legal action, and last month Fide announced that the 34-year-old would be awarded a spot in the next nominees, which will take place in 2022. It was a solution that Carlsen had previously called. "Ridiculous".
Besides Radjabov and the loser of the world championship game Carlsen against Nepomniachtchi, the 2022 candidates will each include two qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup (Sochi , July-August), the Grand Swiss 2021 (Isle of Man, October-November) and the Spring 2022 Grand Prix.Carlsen will compete in the World Cup although he doesn't need to qualify. He supports knockouts and has never won the World Cup where his last attempt in 2017 ended in a third round loss to China's Bu Xiangzhi. Caruana is the big loser of the new system, as he would most likely have taken the now abandoned ranking spot.
3727 1 ... Kc7! 2 Kc3 Kb7! and White resigned. 3 Rd3 Rb6 is the puzzle diagram, but this time with White to move, WK must therefore retreat and allow BK entry. The two 4 Rc4 Rc6 5 Rc3 Rd5 and 4 Rc3 Rb5 5 Rd3 Rb4 6 Rc2 c4 7 bxc4 Rxc4 lead the BK to eat White's pawns. This technique of "distance opposition" is well known to strong players, so White resigned as soon as it was clear that Black was aware of it.