What does a chess professional do in between big events? One answer is to hit the lecture circuit. Our chess24 contributor Sopiko Guramishvili recently visited the SV Schaesberg chess club in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, to present her games on the theme of "active play". Sopiko also awarded three free months of chess24 Premium membership to members of the audience! Among the four games she presented where two from the recently completed Women's World Championship. She shares one highlight below.
Prize winners (from left to right) Arjan Klein, Roger Hünen and Kevin Deider (the youngest participant), will each be given a free month to try Premium. If you'd like to arrange something similar for your chess club or school event, contact us for details.
Sopiko has of course recorded over a dozen instructive video series for chess24, which are available to all Premium members or can be purchased a la carte.
Among the examples presented by Sopiko in her presentation last Sunday was her first round win over Iranian star Sarasadat Khademalsharieh:
[Notes by Sopiko Guramishvili]
The critical moment! Black needs to figure out what is the difference between Ne7/ Nh4, as Rf5 looks bad after Bg4.
19... ♘e7 looks more appealing to the eye as it attacks the d5 pawn at the same time. This however allows the very strong reply g4!
19... ♘h4! With the idea to take the pawn on f5, because now g4 doesn't work for White. 20. ♗g1(20. g4? ♕b7∓ 21. ♗f3 ♘xf3 22. ♖xf3 ♕xd5 ) 20... ♘xf5 21. ♗g4 g6 22. ♗xf5 gxf5 (22...♖xf5 23. ♘e3 ♖f8 24. f5↑ ) 23. a4+/=
20. g4! ♘xd5 21. ♗f3