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Sunday, June 9, 2013

QID 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 [E15]-TWIC 966

More on Team Armenia in the Istanbul 2012 Olympiad
The feature game is a nice victory by GM Sargissian who plays regularly on the Armenian national team.

Here is more on the Armenian team's performance in Istanbul
Comments by GM Alejandro Ramirez

If China won their final round match, they would, for the first time, be Olympiad champions in the Open section. It looked as if the dream was possible -- in fact China could win the Open and the Women's sections at the same time. But it was not to be. Vassily Ivanchuk came to the board with nothing but brilliancy, and slayed that dream before it even began to take off.

In the Open section, since China was out of the race by losing, it came down to the matches between Hungary-Armenia and Russia-Germany. In what I can only describe as a strange game Kramnik beat Naiditsch, Karjakin beat Fridman after being up a pawn the whole game, and Russia took a 3-1 in a typical "let's draw with black and win with white" approach to chess.

Armenia would not give up, however. In a very unclear match both Leko and Polgar were easily neutralized by Aronian and Akopian.

So it was all up to Sergei Movsesian (above), who had by any definition had a bad Olympiad, and who was arguably the villain in the European Team Championship, when his loss against Meier cost Armenia Gold. But this time he came through, he had his shining moment, defeating Almasi and winning first place and Gold for his team with the narrow 2.5-1.5 victory.

TWIC 966
GM Sargissian(ARM) used a massive space advantage to press for the victory against the solid Queen's Indian.

Sargissian,G (2667) - Parligras,M (2570)
QID 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 [E15]
14th Euro Indiv 2013 Legnica POL (3.29), 07.05.2013

Position 1
White has more space and black is going nowhere on the kingside. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


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