Beauty in Chess: Mikhalevski vs Finkel

Dec 19, 2013
25 min
Playing completely uncompromising chess, GM Mikhalevski plays an early novelty and gets great development and open lines against Black's king. Pawn structures are similar to many Sicilians - Black's center must withstand intense pressure if he is to survive. It's a great fight with an interesting subtext - one player declines a draw before the game, while the other declines a repetition during the game. Will either player be able to avoid a draw at the end?