Another double-figure swing from the first segment of the Scottish Cup, this one created by a difference in style. Iain Sime opened 1C to show his balanced weak no-trump.
RUSSIA’S Sergey Karjakin scored the biggest result of his life by winning the Norway Supreme Masters in Stavanger, scoring 6/9 to win the top prize of e100,000 (£84,600) in a field that included seven of the ten top-rated players in the world.
A TRUMP lead is not always bad, particularly against a high-level doubled contract. On this deal from the National Pairs semi-final the auction became a little overheated.
MUCH has been said on the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but not many know that Govan’s finest is a chess aficionado, and over the years has used the odd chess analogy such as, “you can play chess for 10 hours and still lose,” when having a dig at rivals Arsenal.
“WHEN in doubt – lead trump” is a maxim that has probably cost more points than any other. This example comes from the National Pairs Semi-final. South opened a horrible weak no-trump, but playing that range there is no good alternative.
FORMER world champion Vassily Smyslov said a master’s goal is to play 40 good moves in a game. And if his opponent also makes 40 good moves, it’s time to agree a draw, Smyslov believed.
HISTORY could well record 1990 as being a vintage year for chess players. It was when Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin were both born – and the two not only became the strongest teenage players of all time, they also now look set to be rivals for many years to come.
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