Dennis M's Chess Site

This is a blog for chess fans by a chess fan. I enjoy winning as much as anyone else, and I've had a reasonable amount of success as a competitor, but what keeps me coming back to the game is its beauty. And that, primarily, is what this site will be about! All material copyrighted.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Monday's ChessBase Show

Now that you-know-who has left the game, it's time to look to the younger generation for the games subsequent superstars to emerge. One player on his way up is Indian grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, who has been making steady progress towards the 2700 barrier.

Among the qualities possessed by the greatest players is imagination, and in this week's game, Sasikiran demonstrates great creativity against the Danish player Rasmus Skytte. After

1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 f5 4.Qb3 Nf6 5.Bg5 c6 6.Nbd2 d5 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Be2 0-0 9.c4 e6 10.0-0 h6 11.Bh4 Qb6 12.Qc2 Ne4 13.Be7 Re8 14.Ba3 Qd8 15.Rad1 Qf6 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Nd2 e5 18.d5 c5 19.b4 Qa6 20.Qb2 Bf8 21.bxc5 Bxc5 22.Bxc5 Nxc5 23.Nb3 Qd6 24.Nxc5 Qxc5 25.d6 Be6 26.Qxb7 Rab8 27.Qa6 Red8 28.d7 Kf7

"Sasi" has some advantage, but it looks like the game will continue for a good long time - Black will round up the d-pawn, and then the question is whether the passed c-pawn gives White enough to win. That's how things would go under normal circumstances, but White comes up with something special. To see just what he found, tune in to this Monday's show!

(For instructions on tuning in, click here; for a list of previous shows' games, try this one.)


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