Stellwagen still plays for gold

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Dani?ɬ´l Stellwagen is playing an excellent world championship under 20. After eight rounds of a total of thirteen he shares a fine second spot. Today Dani?ɬ´l had a game that must have been most relaxing to play.

Stellwagen-Li Chao 8th round Wch under 20 (Yerevan), 2006

Black played the Breyer-variation of the Closed Spanish but he put up his 'attack' on the queenside far too slow. Thus Dani?ɬ´l had all the time in the world to build up his king's attack. From here it's not difficult anymore: 31.Bxg6! hxg6 32.Nxg6 fxg6 33.Rxg6+ Kh8 34.exd6 Rxd6 35.Qd4+ and Black resigned.

Daan Brandenburg will be less satisfied with his 3,5 out of 8. It seems he had to deal with an important theoretical novelty today.

Kjatransson-Brandenburg 8th round Wch under 20 (Yerevan), 2006

In this position from the Rauzer (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. fxg5 Ng4 12. Nf3 hxg5 13. Bg3 Be7) White usually play 14.Kb1. But here the White came with something quite nice: 14. Bxd6!N Bxd6 15. Qxd6 Nf2 16. Nd5!!

Well, that's a hard task for Black, against such a well-prepared opponent... What followed was 16...exd5 17. exd5 Ne7 (worth a try was 17... Nxd1 18. dxc6 Bxc6 19. Qe5+ Kd7) 18. Re1 Be6 19. Qe5 Ng6

and here 20.Qf5! is undefendable for Black. Instead, Daan got another chance after 20.Qd4? Nxh1 21.Bd3 but then I think he should have played 21...Rh6 instead of 21...0-0. White got a better ending which he, probably with a lot more time on the clock, won convincingly.

A nice combination was played in the next game:

Li-Wang 7th round Wch under 20 (Yerevan), 2006

49.Rd8+! Kh7 50.Rg7+! Kxg7 (50...Kh6 51.Qf4+ Kxg7 52.Qg5+ also mates) 51.Qg2+ Kh7 52.Qg8+ Kh6 53.Qh8+ Kg6 54.Qf6+ Kh5 55.Qg5 mate.

Top standings, boys, after eight rounds:

1 Kryvoruchko 6,5 2-5 Pantsulaia, Frolyanov, Vitiugov, Pashikian, Stellwagen 6 6-13 Zhou, Wang, Meier, Khairullin, Zhao, Warakomski, Andriasian, Wen 5,5

Bianca M?ɬºhren started well with 4 out of 5 but unfortunately lost twice in a row in the last rounds. She's now on 4,5 out of 8.

So far the Dutch participants wrote twice about the world championship. There we read that Dani?ɬ´l had a nice entree in Yerevan. Being one of the first Dutchmen to travel with a newly designed, high-tech passport, at first he didn't get a visa because the Armenian computer didn't accept his document. 'Because chess is so popular in Armenia' it wasn't a big problem. :)

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