Batavia 2016 Round 3

Photo: Bas Beekhuizen.

15:24 The top pairing of the third round is Moulthun Ly versus Friso Nijboer. Friso is playing his favourite Classical Sicilian, but he seems unfamiliar with 16.Bc4!, a powerful relatively new move first played by Georgiadis and later played by Grischuk and Ganguly.

Ly-Nijboer after 16.Bc4

Moulthun already played a model attacking game against Dubov’s Classical Sicilian in Qatar, so he can be considered a true expert for White in this opening. By now the Australian candidate grandmaster is almost an hour up in time.

15:48 Lars Schandorff knows his openings well, and he did get a positional edge with White against Stef Soors’ Bogo-Indian.

Schandorff-Soors after 17…Nf8

18.Qd3 may have been a bit too careful though, whereas the straightforward 18.b5 looks nice for White. Black possibly should have tried 18…g6 (to get the bishop to f5) instead of 18…Re8.

16:33 Danny de Ruiter decided to go for the endgame that is known from a notorious Carlsen-Anand World Championship game.

Pijpers-De Ruiter after 21…e5

Here Arthur went for 22.Bd3 followed by Be4, but without bishop pair White is no longer better. 22.Re2! followed by Rb2 would have been pretty manoeuvre.

17:34 Thomas Willemze beat Lucas van Foreest in a pretty attacking game. Lucas probably should have closed the position with 13…d4, since 13…dxe4 gave White the central stability he needed.

Willemze-Van Foreest na 19…Kh7

Here Willemze found the key move 20.f4!, after which his attack crashes through.

17:49 Sabino Brunello beat Anne Haast in a theoretical discussion in the 3.e4 b5 variation. Not an easy start of the tournament for the Dutch lady, but she always fights back.

17:55 All games have finished now and Café Batavia is still packed with chess players. The three remaining games were all drawn. A final quiz question: how could Nijboer (who solved his problems impressively) have won in the following position?

Ly-Nijboer after 29.Rd8+


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