While Fabiano Caruana and Nazi Paikidze topped the field of the men and women US Championship, former World Champion Garry Kasparov, a frequent visitor to the US and a supporter of spreading the joys and values learned from the game’s exposure to America’s youth, found him once more lured to the competitive spirit of Blitz chess play.
A huge number of youthful talent are honing their skills and a popular chess event is the Blitz tournaments seen played in many clubs across America. One of the popular defenses seen in these events is the Modern Defense which Kasparov adopts against one of the top rising stars of this era, GM Wesley So. So set up your pieces and see the fur fly in this rare gem by these two giants of old and new generational talent.
l. Nf3 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Bg4 5. Be2 Nc6 6. Nbd2 White introduces a new twist to the line of operations that contains a bit of poison. Kasparov recognizes the danger and avoids 6. …N:d4? 7. N:d4 B:e2 8. N:e2.
6. … e5 7. d5 Nce7 8. h3 Bd7 9. c5!
Wesley So essays a sharp attack to vacate the c4 square for the knight, open the position and increased activity.
9. … d:c5 10. Nc4 f6 11. d6 A strong Blitz tactic but best was 11. Be3.
11. … Nc8 12. Be3 b6 Kasparov misses an opportunity to hit the Q-side by 12….b5! using another idea of square count by 13. d:c7 Q:c7 14. Na3 Nd6! As Dr. Marchand used to say,”A pawn is a pawn is a pawn after all.” But pressure chess is the name of the game in Blitz.
13. O-O Bc6 14. d:c7 Q:c7 15. b4 c:b4 16. Rc1 Nge7 17. Qb3! Once again you can see the results of a King caught in the center files.
17. … h6 18. Rfd1 b5 19. Nc4: e5 20. B:b5 Rb8 21. Ba4 Qb7 22. R:c6 N:c6 23. Qe6+ N8e6 24. Bc5 Rc8 25. B:e7 Resigns as it is mate in four moves.