The Saint Louis Blues

Nerves caused me to give up tournament chess largely in my brain that it was all those new fangled timers that caused my sudden shaking and cost me heartache in missing winning positions due to seeing the seconds blaze the trail into the sunset of emotion. The reality is that chess is for the young in heart and spirit.

The game between US Woman Champion GM Irina Krush (2553) and IM Nazi Paikidze  (2471) resulted in the following game win for Nazi who played probably the best chess of her life in this year’s USA title event.  At the start, she was second (7.5-2.5) behind Tatev Abahamyan (8-2). One clue to her growth as a player is that she did not lose one game in the previous championship and this result will likely propel her to even higher achievement in the future.

White:  Irina Krush  vs.  Black:  Nazi Paikidze  Opening:  Reti Opening

l. Nf3  Nf6  2. g3  d5  3. Bg2  c6  4. O-O  Bg4  5. d3  Nbd7  6. h3  Bh5  7. Qe1  This odd looking move has broke the pin and supports the e-pawn advance while leaving the Rook to possibly support a future f-pawn advance.

7. … e5  8. e4  d:e4  9. d:e4  Bc5  Preparing to castle and adding pressure on the additional diagonal and f2 square.

10. a4  a5  11. Na3  O-O  12. Nc4  Qc7  13. Bd2  b6  14. Nh4  Rfe8 15. Kh1 Bg6  16. N:g6 h:g6 17.f4  b5! This deeply constructed pawn sacrifice will benefit black.

18. B:a5  Qc8  19. a:b5  c:b5  20. Nd2  e:f4 21. g:f4  The pawn sac has achieved an important feature of the pawn structure.  White has weakened her position having 3 pawn islands vs. 2 pawn islands for black that  signifies a useful plus for black.

21. … Nd5  22. Rf3  f5  23. e5  g5  24. f:g5  N:e5  25. Rf2  Ne3  26. Nb3 N:g2 27.R:g2 f4! 28.Qc3 Not a bad try but the position for White hangs on a negative thread of the Bishop on a5 having no stake in the melee.

28. … Nc4  29. Qf3  Qf5  Inviting the Queen to join the fight.

30. N:c5  Q:c5  31. b4  Qf5  32. Rf2  Re4  33. Rg1  Rae8 34. Bc7 White finally gets a breather to get this piece back into the game but Black continues the pressure in hopes that her opponent will crack first in this complexity of drama on the board.

34. … Re3  35. Q:f4  R:h3+ 36. Kg2  Ne3+ 37. Q:e3  Qg4+ 38. Qg3  R:g3+ 39. B:g3  Re3  40. Kh2 Qh5+ 41. Kg2  Q:g5 42. Kh2  Re6  43. Rgg2 Qh5+ 44. Kg1 Qd1+ 45. Rf1 Qd4+ 46. Rff2 Re1+  47.Kh2  Qd1 48. Bf4  Qh5+ 49. Kg3 Rh1 50. Rh2 Rg1+ 51. Rhg2 Rh1 52.Rh2 Qg6+53. Kh3 White runs but can’t hide from enemy action.

53. … Qe6+ 54. Kg3  Re1  55. Rhg2 Qg6+ 56. Kh2  Qe4 57. Bg5  Q:b4  White could hope for the 50 move without a capture drawing rule to apply but no more!

58. Bf4  Qe7   59. Kg3 Re6  60. Kh3 Qd7  61. Kh2 Re4  62. Kg3  White hopes to set up a position  that Black cannot breach.

62. … Qf5  63. Rf3  g5!  At last Nazi can get the pawn into the act.

64. B:g5  Rg4+ White resigns.

The new champion deserves her title managing to emerge victorious in this grueling contest.  When asked about her first name Nazi on Seth Meyers night show, she said it was not offensive to her constitution because in Georgian the word means tender and delicate.


2 Responses to “The Saint Louis Blues”

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