Before the last round, no fewer than ten players shared the lead! So, five pairings between the leaders, the candidates for the main prizes. After pretty equal struggles, in which neither side wanted to risk the bird in the hand, three of these ended in draws.
The Indian GM quickly disposed of his opponent. The 24-year old player is getting more and more attention from players and journalists these days, and it seems only logical that India will soon have a new 2700-player in their midst.
19.Nxa4 Bxa4 20.Ng5 Bxd1 21.Qxd1 Qa5 22.Qb3 Kh8 23.Bd3 Nh5 24.Nxh7 Rxf3 25.Ng5 Rf5 26.Qe6 Qd5 27.Rxh5 gxh5 28.Nf7 Kg8 29.Qxc8 Kxf7 30.Qxf5 – Black resigns (1:0). Thus, one winner of the Swedish capital's open was settled. The task facing the Russian GM was more complicated - after all, how does one beat a strong GM to order, with the black pieces? His opponent, of course, was of a lower class, but not so much so that one could beat him with "correct" play. So does that mean that it makes sense to play incorrectly? That, of course, carries a serious risk, as if the opponent reacts correctly and resolutely, then one can find oneself in trouble. Let us see how Dmitry coped with the task:
After just the first three moves (1.e4 g6 2.h4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5) it became clear that it was not going to be boring. The players quickly headed for a real mess and here 11.b3?! – This choice turned out not to be very good. Borki did not want to concede his opponent the victory in the battle for who could play the most strange-looking moves, but he becomes the co-author of a masterpiece... 11…Bg7 12.Bxh5 Nd3 13.Kd2 Rd8 (!) – Maybe taking on f2 at once is even better, but the rook move looks stronger. Black is a piece down, with two en prise, yet he calmly brings up the reserves. Here the Bosnian GM probably realised that his name was going to end up associated with a masterpiece, but there was nowhere to hide and he had to continue down the appointed path:
14.bxc4 Nxf2 15.Ke3 Bd4 16.Kf3 Nxh1 17.Bb2 Nf2 18.Bg4 h6 19.Nh3 Nxg4 20.Kxg4 f5 21.Kf3 e5 22.Rb1 Kd7 23.Nd5 Bxb2 24.Rxb2 b6 25.Rb1 c6 26.Ne3 Ke6 27.Re1 Rd4 28.g3 g5! – Now it is the infantry's turn.
29.Nf2 e4 30.Kg2 Ke5 31.c3 Rd7 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.Nc2 c5 34.g4 Rd2 35.Ne3 f4 36.Nf1 Re2
White resigns (0:1). An excellent achievement by the 2013 World Cup finalist! But one must give his opponent his due - would this Morphy-style brilliance have occurred without his help?
But in general, one can say that such creativity is possible when chess is played in such conditions - then it becomes more than just a sport. And it is no coincidence that one of the main prizewinners was the chief hero and disturber of the peace at the «Hasselbacken open»:
Shirov – Torn
35.d6 Qa8 36.f3 Rd8 37.Rcc1 Qc6 38.Rcd1 Rb7 39.Nf5 Bxf5 40.exf5 Rbd7 41.Kg3 Rxd6
42.Qh2 Kf8 43.Qh8 Ke7 44.Qxg7 Rxd1 45.Qxe5 Kd7 46.Rxd1 Kc8 47.Rxd8 Kxd8 48.f6 – Black resigns (1:0).
Almost all of those occupying the top places are well-known, but an open would not be an open without one of the leading spots going to an unknown "Mr X". This time it was Liang Awonder. The 13-year old American beat Landa in the final round, the latter committing a serious error on move 20...
Liang - Landa
20…Nd7? 21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Bh5 Kd8 23.Bxb6 Rc7 24.Bf7 Kc8 25.Bxe6 Rd8 26.Rxd7 – Total paralysis! Black resigned (1:0).
The well-known trainer Dmitry Komarov also recommends that we pay attention to 12-year old Nihal Sarin. The teenager confidently scored «+4», beating Eduard Rozentalis with Blakc in the final round. Maybe yet anotehr Indian star is on the horizon?
Stockholm. «Hasselbacken chess open». A masterpiece on schedule