My highlights from the London FIDE Chess Open
In December I played the London FIDE Chess Open alongside the London Chess Classic with Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier Lagrave battling for first place in the Grand Chess Tour. It is fun to follow the games of the super GMs while playing some chess yourself. Due to a flu I ended up playing 7 games in 8 days instead on the planned 9 games. It was a Swiss tournament with the typical Swiss seesaw. With white I played opponents rated at least 200 points below me while with black I played against opponents with 200 points or more. In the first 5 rounds I won with white and lost with black. I was able to break this jojo-effect in rounds 6 and 7 by drawing GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (2350) with black and drawing in my my final game 15 year old Indian talent Kalyan Arjun (2419) with white. I was happy that with my flu and jet lag I could perform at 2225 FIDE rating level and gained 12 rating points.
Black just played 26... Kh7 preventing Rg4! White is ofcourse already much better in this position.
Still, it was nice to finish the game with 27. Be4!
Black countered with 27... Qg6 but lost after 28. Rh4+ Kg7 29. Rg4.
GM Dimitri Reinderman named this a "SelfFork". A nice picture!
My 2 games that I drew against the stronger players:
Position after 23... dxe4 After 24. Nh5 Qg5 25. Rg3 Bg4 26. Qxg7+ Qxg7 27. Nxg7 Kxg7 28. Rxg4+ I had a comfortable draw. The Evans-Gambit is always a joy to play.
One missed chance as a puzzle.
White's last move was 26.Qb7. I continued here with 26... Ng4 with an equal position. Can you spot a better move winning a pawn?