Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Rose Valley Open 2012 - Most entertaining game

by Junta

In a tournament where the majority of the players were titled, many of the games were high quality: subtle opening lines cooked up in depth at home, positional struggles across the whole board vying to exploit each others' weaknesses, energetic attacks meeting resilient defence, technique of the highest class in the endgame.

The game that caught my eye the most, however, was an entertaining piece of guerilla warfare in the penultimate, 10th round on Board 7, between the young Indian GM Adhiban and Filipino IM Dimakiling.

If a class positional struggle between two masters could be likened to two prominent mathematicians calmly but methodically competing to solve the same, difficult problem with pen on paper, this game could be something like two scientists eagerly mixing up some dangerous chemicals in test tubes and throwing them at each other from opposite ends of a lab, exploding on impact at times - yes, the ultimate aim in a game of chess is to checkmate the opponent's king.

The game leaves the realms of contemporary theory very early on - after Black's 3rd move, there have only been 31 other games in the database, and the only person who had faced the position after Black's 5th move was none other than Mikhail Tal in 1982!

I present you the game below - commentary would be superfluous for such a fun game.
Merry Christmas!


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